Trekking Collective, Ethical Travel, Authentic Experiences Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Ethical Travel, Authentic Treks, Tours and Travel Company Since 1988.

About us

“Authentic Experiences … Let Trekking Collective take you on an unique personal journey through Lanna, Northern Thailand………”™
Co - founders Chaiyan and Caroline welcome you to the many varied indigenous hill tribe and lowland cultures and stunning landscapes that is the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Based in the northern capital of Chiang Mai,  created in 1988 as a truly independent micro tour operator Trekking Collective is a Thai / British family run local business with their children Thamanoon and Lilawadee along with a guest’s favourite  ’Kung fu’ Po their Dog!

Their more than 30 years of hands – on expertise of the Lanna region, cultural sensitivity, mutual trust and respect of the communities visited along with an excellent safety track record that is combined with flexibility and attention to detail gives you the confidence to join one of an eclectic choice of quality authentic trekking and cultural  tour experiences  …”A recognised best practise  sustainable community based low capacity  independent tour operator  throughout  the Region”……”One of our Mekong  Champions”

……..”Travel Expertise with a Social Conscience!”……….

There is opportunity to create your own personalised itineraries around special interests, fitness and personal schedules. Authentic Trekking, Touring and Educational Experiences with high levels of native guiding and local knowledge sharing are featured organically in all quality global travel social media and hard copy publications.

Specialists in designing  ” life enriching experiences” on a private only basis they welcome individuals, couples, honeymooner’s, girlfriend getaways, Graduations, Fun family with young Kids trips, student educational field trips. Special ‘Train the Trainer’ and Teacher Programs wishing to expand their own personal knowledge base. Special‘ Comparative Cultures and Religions’ plus ‘ Multi -Family and Solo Women Traveller’ trips are among their new enticing experiences

High quality one Day and Overnight Treks, Tours and Touring programs with options to suit every one’s  interests. Exclusive trek programs from one to six days for the novice walker and the serious hiker with many tour itineraries ideal for the enjoyment of a generational family trip. Special interest and educational groups particularly ethno-cultural and  ’Local Wisdom’. Rare endemic orchid, montane birds and nocturnal animal watching trips plan well in advance to request one of the many one – off tailored programs. For health motivated travellers unique ‘Foodies Tours’ and ‘Well Being’ options. All trips let you reach deeply into the essence of what is true and unique to Lanna, northern Thailand.

Be involved with the people on an exclusive cultural experience high-lighted by traditional ‘Local Wisdom’ experiences and indigenous hill tribe religious celebrations with welcoming overnight family homestays in Wiang Haeng, Chiang Dao, Chai Prakan and Mae Suai Communities.

Ecological Treks on remote mountain trails on a quest to spot rare endemic ground orchids or montane birds on Doi Luang, Chiang Dao, Thailand’s third highest peak.

Experience adventure trekking with a traditional journey by bamboo raft along scenic river routes, forest elephant trails with additional seasonal exciting white-water rafting.

Take an unforgettable journey travelling on mountain roads passing timeless Buddhist temples taking in the vivid green of rice paddi or speed along the mighty Mekong river by long-tail boat in the ‘far north’ of the Lanna region

A spiritually meaningful marriage blessing by the respected Spirit Man of the Lahu People, one of the many indigenous Hill tribes still practising traditional religions in the Lanna  Kingdom….”A unique life time experience to commit to the one you love.” – Chiang Dao traditional Lahu Community

Bathe with elephants in their natural environment in the hills whilst on a trip to learn about their lives with their traditional Mahout keepers, learn of their past. present and future.

Organic Rice planting and Coffee Harvesting excellent up close and personal experiences with all year round activities based around the farming calender  at local lowland family and indigenous community run farms ask Caroline for details!

Join unique  study workshops and field trips based on ‘Local Wisdom’ skills including backstrap weaving, natural dyes, wood, bamboo and rattan crafts, organic farming and composting methods, Organic coffee farming, earthen house building,….study northern Thai and indigenous  languages.

Internships for student and special interest groups. If you are looking to give something back. You have the power to make a difference .

All these trips and much more awaits you on their easy to use tour and trek menu take time to look at all the unique possibilities then go to the contact us page stating your interests or ‘wish list’, levels of fitness, ages - if appropriate and your time frame, they will then forward to you a personalized trip plan. Alternatively contact directly with

** New to their eclectic mix of tailored programs recognizing the global need of “Self Help” they are excited to introduce their One to One Well – Being Massage Therapies with one to five day Courses. Learn from a dedicated respected Traditional Thai Healer

*** Unique personalized day treks please note due to frequent requests can now be available on a daily departure basis

***view their tour & trek menu

Featured in “Perfect Holiday in Thailand” The Sunday Times, London.

Published recommendations are in the latest search “Trekking Collective” ; etc.

THE ROUGH GUIDE, EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE TO THAILAND, ELPAISAGUILAR, MICHELIN GUIDE, FROMMER’S, EXPLORING CHIANG MAI GUIDE and all other quality publications. Featured in Adventure Travel Magazines. ‘travel’ Magazine- Sunday Times, London. Official website ‘Mekong Responsible Tourism’, ACTION ASIA and ADAC REISEMAGAZIN. Asia Horizon’s latest ADVENTURE & ECOTOURISM GUIDE TO THAILAND.

“Authentic Experiences…….Let Trekking Collective take you on an unique personal journey through Lanna, Northern Thailand………..”™

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