Last weekend me and Tack headed up into the mountains around the Chiang Dao area for a couple of days. Our friend Game who owns Thapae Garden Guest House a few hundred meters from studio99 has began to run some community based tourism projects in this area. He is hoping we can start to involve our customers in these very worthwhile and rewarding trips. Over the two days we didn’t get to see everything but got a good idea of the type of trekking trips on offer and these fit in very well with the type of trips we want to offer our customers in the future. All take place in relatively un-touristy areas, groups are kept small and care is taken to ensure the tourism has minimal impact on the way of life of the local communities we visit. All participants on this trip will also be encouraged to get their hands dirty and get involved with small to medium projects which will help the hill tribe communities. A percentage of all profits will be donated to worthy causes in these areas such as schools, orphanages and small infrastructure projects to help the communities. Anyway we had a fun and interesting couple of days up in the hills. And we plan to go back soon to see more. Chiang Mai Trekking

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