Q. Are you officially licensed?
A. Yes. TAT
Q. Do I have to pay a deposit?
A. Yes we require a deposit via an online payment
to secure your booking. When we receive your booking we will forward
details of how to and how much to pay.
Q. When I arrive can I pay the balance with a credit card?
A. Unfortunately no. A combination of additional charges
and the companys policy mean that we cannot take credit cards in Chiang
Dao. Please have the balance ready to pay in cash (Thai Baht preferred,
but major currencies accepted), when you arrive in Chiang Dao.
Q. Can children come on these tours/ treks?
A. Children aged under 16 are not
allowed on the Group Treks. They are welcome on the Group Tours and
Q. How much for children?
A. Children from the ages 2 to 12 can get a discount
of 25% on most tours - there needs to be at least two adults booked
onto any non-private group tours for a child to get a discounted rate.
Q. When you say the trek starts in Chiang Dao, can I join it from
Chiang Dao Nest?
Yes. We Chiang Dao Nest is the starting point but we can
collect you from anywhere in the Chiang Dao area.
Q. Do your guides speak English?
We have always set out to give employment / self-employment to local
people, Thai and Hilltribe. On our treks it has ended up being the
case that we have different guides for different areas so that for
a three day trek, for example, you may well have three guides. This
seems to actually work out very well and trekkers have said how they
enjoyed the variety of personalities involved.
overnight treks we only employ local people, mainly Thai and Lisu.
This does mean that their level of English is very basic but, while
we are trying to get them to improve, they can still communicate,
are very knowledgeable and friendly, and we would rather locals get
the benefit of having visitors.
At the the Lisu villages where we stay at night there will normally
be a host (the person who owns / runs the accommodation) who can speak
We are trying to find ways to improve the standard of English in the
area. Please feel free to teach the guides en route!!
Q. Do you provide blankets / sleeping bags / camping gear?
Q. Do I need a backpack / rucksack?
A. Yes. A small back pack / ruck sack is best. We
have a few that we can lend but it may not be enough for everyone.
Q. Can you store my luggage while I'm away on my trek?
A. Yes. We can also lock away valuables (passport tickets etc.),
at your own risk, but you must remeber to collect them when you leave!!
Q. Can you provide Vegetarian food.
A. Yes. In fact we can cater for most special meal requirements, please
let us know when booking, thanks.
Q. Can I take photo's of people?
A. If you are taking what is obviously a portrait
of an individual you should ask first, and not be surprised or upset
if they say no. People who are assisting your group or who you buy
something from are usually happier to have their photo taken. Please
don't give or offer to give money or sweets in exchange for photo's.
Q. Can I bring a gift for the villagers?
A. Yes, of course. While sweets and biscuits always
go down well with the children (and adults!), educational/ stationery
-type / medical / first aid things are better. If you would like advice
Q. How much should I tip?
A. That is entirely up to you. Any amounts are gratefully
received by the guides / hosts, larger amounts are especially gratefully
received. I can't really help with this one.
Q. Do the villagers mind people going to their villages?
A. We would not send people to any village if the
villagers asked us not to. Apart from the individuals we deal with
in the villages we try to make sure that the whole village see's some
benefit in the form of donations (these are included in the price
you pay). We add to this too.
We usually find that the villagers look upon visitors with mild curiosity,
and it often provides a refreshing break from their simple (mundane?)