One of the best places for jungle trekking in Thailand is near the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary. The area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and remains one of the most beautiful and remote areas for trekking in Thailand. Pass by spectacular limestone cliffs, raft down the Mae Klong River and spot gibbons, snakes and giant lizards along the way. Trek through the dense jungle and take a refreshing dive into Thailand's largest waterfall, Tee Lor Su. Spend the night in the local Kho Ta village and experience the simple life style of these locals. This is a jungle trek that goes remote; that takes you off the beaten track. Want to continue by pioneer trails? Continue from Mae Sot across the border, and into Burma on the Burma Backdoor Explorer tour.
Included: Meals: 4 x breakfast, 4 x lunch and 4 x dinner
Accommodation: 2 nights in Aircon Night Bus, 1 night at a local guesthouse, 1 night in basic tent and 1 night in local Karen house
Entrance fees: All entrance fees to Wildlife Sanctuary etc.
Transport: Aircon Night Bus from/to Mae Sot, local car, soengtaew and rubber dinghy
Driver/Guide: Guide/driver from New Road Guest House to bus station, local guide in Mae Sot and guide upon arrival in Umphang and during the trek Not included: · Guide during overnight bus rides and soengtaew from Mae Sot to Umphang.
· Transport to starting point (New Road Guest House, 1216/1 Charoen Krung Rd., Bangrak)
· Transport from ending point (Mo Chit Northern Bus Station)
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.
· Beat the crowd and trek through unspoilt jungle near UNESCO certified Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary
· Swim in amazing Tee Lor Su Waterfall and raft down the Mae Klong River
· Stay overnight in a local traditional villages and get close to local life in the jungle
· Great alternative to the well-trotted trails
Day 1: Bangkok to Mae Sot by overnight bus
Meet at New Road Guesthouse around 8:00 pm (please ask your service guide about the exact time one day before departure). Go by car through Bangkok's evening traffic to the Northern Bus Terminal and flow through the night by Aircon Night Bus through the outskirts and to Mae Sot.
Day 2: Mae Sot to Umphang – Border town ambience and by winding roads to Umphang
In Mae Sot our local staff picks you up.
You will have the opportunity to sleep in Mr. Lar's Resthouse for a couple of hours (expect basic shared accommodation). After breakfast you will be taken to on a short ride to the Thai-Burmese border market at the river Moi.
After lunch you go by public Songthaew (half open pick up truck) to Umphang. It is a beautiful 4-hour ride through the mountains with more than 1,000 turns in the road (if you suffer from motion sickness you might contemplate to take medication to avoid feeling nauseous). Accommodation for the night will be in basic huts/houses. You may leave some of your belongings in Mae Sot or here in order to lighten your load for the trekking ahead. You can collect it again on day 5. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Umphang – Rafting and trekking past limestone cliffs; through the dense jungle and bamboo forest
After breakfast the easy rafting takes you on the narrow Mae Klong River through the forests cape.
From the riverside there are three-four hours of fine trekking to the camp area in Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary where your guides will pitch tents and cook dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Umphang – Swim in Southeast Asia's largest waterfall and spend the night in a local Karen village
After breakfast you will walk to the impressive waterfall Tee Loi Su, South East Asia's largest waterfall.
Bring a towel and swimsuit and you can take a refreshing swim and if the water level permits, cliff jump from the top of the waterfall. Afterwards you will walk through bamboo forests, cross bridges and walk through dense jungle to the Karen village of Ko Tha where you spend the night in a local, traditional Karen house. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Umphang to Mae Sot – Trek through the jungle in the morning before heading back to Mae Sot
Wake up to a scrumptious jungle breakfast.
In front of you is 3 hours of trekking through the jungle and over a small hill to Palatha. Here your transport back to Umphang is waiting for you. When back in Umphang you can take a shower before heading back to Mae Sot. In Mae Sot a short rest and dinner will await you, before you board the overnight aircon bus back to Bangkok. (B,L,D)
Enjoy the beautiful trek, loosen up in a tourist free area, unspoilt jungle, amazing Tee Loi Su waterfall, river rafting
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 10 years of age. Regardless of age, please carefully contemplate if your child is fit for trekking in the jungle. We cannot guarantee that the guide or the group can accommodate special needs, and it will be your responsibility as parent to support the child.
Night bus, Guesthouse, Tent and Home stay
Bus, soengtaew, rafting, walking/trekking
4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch, 4 Dinner
All year. The Jun - Oct rainy season can bring heavy and regular rainfall. The best time to visit is Nov - Feb, when it’s dry and temperatures are at their lowest, around 30 degrees. From Mar until May the temperature can rise to 39 degrees.
Bangkok, Mae Sot, Umphang
Good trekking/walking shoes, Sandals (for rafting), Warm sweater and long sleeved shirts and pants for night time as it can be cold, Mosquito repellent, Sleeping bag (can be borrowed locally but simple sleeping bags), Rubber boots if preferred (can be borrowed locally for free against a small deposit), Waterproof poncho ( A very simple one can be bought in Mae Sot for 100 Baht), Long socks for treks, Passport and Motion sickness pills (if needed).