Doi Suthep Hill Tribe Village and Evening Buddhist Service
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 6 hours
Mr Kam was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. On the tour was myself, my husband and a young man traveler. Nice small group meant it was easy to ask questions. The trek was not an easy trail at times. We’re used to these types of hikes in our Rocky Mountains, so this was not a problem for us but could be problematic if mobility is an issue. We stopped at the lower temple where a monk ordination was taking place. We were then driven up to the top of Doi Suthep where there was a huge complex temple and LOTS of people- praying, giving offerings- obviously a very religious place for Buddhists. Tourism in Thailand is currently low due to COVID2019 and no Chinese tourists being allowed out of China, so this was the first time we saw so many Asians in one place. Lunch padthai was okay. We stopped at a waterfall and dipped our toes in. Water level is really low due to drought conditions. We were grateful to be driven back to our hotel even tho the description said we wouldn’t be.
Quick tips they forget to mention in the description : bring long pants or skirt for the temple and good shoes for a serious hike. Ours was 3 hours but there is a shorter one for 2 hours. The hike is totally doable if you are in semi-decent shape. We luckily had no injuries in our group but there are definitely points where you could slip easily and just fall down hard possibly over a cliff. The guide, Mr K I think, said that other people have indeed gotten very injured in the past. We brought swimsuits and towels but didn't go swimming. Well organized and were responsive to questions even before the tour. They reached out via email two days before to confirm details and get passport info for insurance purposes. Picked up on time and driven up the mountain to the temple first and then scaled down to the three waterfalls. The guide was super nice and truly loved the forest. He was very enthusiastic and wished he could go hiking every day. His English was good enough.
We were the only 2 people going on this day, which was a great surprise! The guide, Mr. Kam, was patient with us, and explained everything we needed to know. He had a vast knowledge of the jungle, buddhism and thai culture. The hike was extremely beautiful and the lush green forest was stunning to walk in. The view from Doi Suthep should not be missed, if you are in Chiang Mai! For lunch we were served a really good padthai. After lunch we went to a waterfall nearby. There were no other people at the waterfall - not a single soul besides us. It was so nice! And great to get away from the hordes of chinese at Doi Suthep. We dont have a single bad thing to say about the trip. We highly recomend!
Our trekking tour with mr.kam was a very pleasant experience due to his broad knowledge about the jungle, animals, trees, but also about buddhism and the temple. Unfortunately he did no take part of the tour throughout the temple and explained things, but we were able to ask him all our questions - and he knew all the answers! The hike itself was not very exhausting, but „difficult“ in a way, that we had to climb over trees and rocks. Only downside: I never received any information from the organizer, so I needed to contact them via facebook the night before the trip to make sure, that they will pick us up the next morning.
Great time! Mr. Kam is a great guide very funny and knowledgeable. The hike was quite easy, anyone healthy will have no problems at all even if not very athletic. But it was a nice descent from the temple through the jungle. Food was simple but very good Pad Thai and fresh fruits. The waterfall is nice to bathe in and comes at almost the end of the hike so it is refreshing. Total time was less than expected around 4 hours. It was definitely worth it for Mr. Kam's stories and his clear love for the forest.