Question by ab55: Tour Guide in Chiang Mai, Thailand?
Does anyone know of any good tour guides in Chiang Mai?
Answer by karazyal
It is easy to get a tour guide in Chiang Mai (same for Bangkok and Phuket) by finding the nearest travel agency and tell them you want to see their list of tours. Travel agencies in Thailand are all over the place, just find the one closest to your hotel and sign up. You can check out more than one place and go with the one you are most comfortable with. Most of the prices are about the same price. If your travel agency is close to expensive hotels they may charge a little more than travel agencies closer to budget hotels – but it could be the same tour company picking you up.
Travel agencies act as brokers for tour companies. The tour company will pick you up at your hotel and return you there at the end of the trip. Probably millions and millions of tourists have taken tours this way.
Most of the tours you are part of a small group of tourists on a 9 or 10 passenger van with a driver and tour guide. Most of the tours are pretty standard and most of the tour companies go to the same areas. You can sign up for a personal tour, your own van or car if you want, that is the most expensive way to go.
Some of the places they routinely go to are to the local hill tribe villages, the Long Neck Women villages, Golden Triangle and elephant parks, etc.
So it is up to you, get a shared van tour or go with a private tour. Usually tours you get after you get to Thailand are cheaper than those you purchase when you are in another country. Some hotels also have tour desks.
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