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Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby catt » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:40 am

I'm going on the hill tribe trek from Chiang Mai end January, any recommendations on travel gear to take for the 3 day hike (-:
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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby IndyGent » Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:24 am

Hi Catt,

Take a small day pack, toiletries, a comfortable pair of shoes with some tread to them, and a change of clothes as the bamboo rafting can get pretty wet.

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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby catt » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:43 am

hi indygent, thanks for the advice (-:
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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby moley » Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:14 am

Hi indygent,

We are also doing the trek. We go in November. Would you recommend we have malaria tablets for where the trek is?

We are likely to have them anyway, just wanted some advice from someone that has already been!

Please help!

Thank you 8)
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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby monkeymagic » Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:11 am

Hi Moley
You dont need Malaria tablets for this trip... But please seek medical advice.
You will have a fanastic time. the trek is amazing finised by looking down at the elephants waiting for you down in the valley.
Do not wear flip flops when water rafting.
If you need any advice, give me a shout.

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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby IndyGent » Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:39 pm

Hi Moley,

My local travel health clinic recommended taking malaria tablets though I never encountered a mosquito when I was there. Where you stay has mosquito netting at night when you most have to worry. I don't have a problem taking Malarone but some people have a reaction to it so as has been said it's best to get medical advice. Better to be prepared than to risk catching something nasty.

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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby moley » Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:51 pm

Thank you both for your advice...it's very helpful!!

Been to my nurse twice, they said to check the travel forums and ask advice of those that have been. They only know so much. Think I will go for the malarone tablets to be safe. That was what she had recommended too.

As for baggage...we are travelling about for the 2 weeks we are in Thailand. Whilst trekking is your main baggage looked after....or do you carry it all with you?

And one more question...for the nights when you sleep in the huts, is bedding provided or should we take a sleeping bag of our own?

If you have any more tips for us please let me know.

Thanks again :)
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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby monkeymagic » Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:23 pm

Hey Moley

If you google Malaria risk maps, it will show the risk areas.
Having been to Chiang Mai twice with two different groups, one of the tours we visited Vietnam Cambodia Laos, none of us had taking tablets, though these are risk areas.
Did you book through STA? If so pop into one of there Nomad health clinics. They are really helpful folk. But please always seek medical advice.also carry repellant in a small first aid kit.

Your main rucksack will remain at the hotel and you will carry essentials. I personal did take a sleeping bag, small slim one.You do get supplied with bedding but I found having a sleeping bag more comfortable on a separate note, brilliant for night trains.

You are going to have a cracking time, it's such a great tour. Thailand is stunning. Full of smiles!!

If you need anymore advice give me a shout
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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby tonyp » Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:18 am

Hi Moley,

We are doing this trip on the 19th November and have been advised that we don't need Malaria tablets.

Also, I don't know when you are going, but we got a call yesterday to say there will be no overnight train because of monsoon flooding and we will be getting an internal flight instead.

Cheers
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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby maryrain » Tue Dec 17, 2013 12:23 am

Hi,

My boyfriend and I are also going on the trek, leaving the 7th of Jan. Anyone else going on this trip? Anyone that has already been have any advice? We have been traveling for about 6 months and this will be our first group travel. We think we have everything we need but want to make sure before we go. I read we can rent sleeping bags in Chiang Mai, want to see if that is worth it or if we don't really need them. Also how cold does it get in the hills at night? Thanks!
Looking forward to it!
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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby first_timer2014 » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:24 pm

Hello :D

My cousin and I are going on Hike, Bike and Kayak tour starting on 25 Jan 2014. It includes a 3 day Hill tribe trek in Chang Mai.. does anyone have any helpful hint for us ? Packing hints would be great :D :D

Thanks
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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby jcraine » Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:43 pm

Hi, I am doing this trek in February... I spoke with my travel doc (specialist) and malaria pills are not required for this part of the country. However, what about taking Dukoral? Any suggestions on whether this medication is worth taking? Anyone who has been to Thailand (especially in the more off trail regions) is it necessary to eat only cooked fruit and vegetables? Thanks!
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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby IndyGent » Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:05 pm

Hi,
If you are using G Adventures for the Chiang Mai trek, the food at the place you stay will be properly prepared and safe. Taking Dukoral is not a bad idea at all. You never really know what it was that you ate that gave you trouble and fortifying yourself ahead of time will reduce your worry in the end. :)

All the best,
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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby lreeder » Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:24 am

Were doing the northern hilltribes and villages tour in april. So many different people saying yes about maleria and others saying no.
Got to go back to my gp for last lot of injections so will sort maleria out then.
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Re: Chiang Mai Hill Tribe trek

Postby helenduke » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:22 pm

Hi we are doing this trek in April too. Our dr has said we don't need malaria tablets, just had tetanus, hep A and typhoid jabs. We've read bedding is provided on the train and can hire sleeping bags in Chiang Mai. Wondering how cold it will get at night in april tho...does anyone have any advice? Maybe take sleeping bag liners to cover for trains and trek? Also will we need a towel? Don't want to be carrying things if unnecessary! x
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