Nature Walks by Chan

Last Updated on February 8, 2024

Open your eyes.

Experience the hills of northwestern Thailand through the eyes opened by the unsurpassed knowledge of a local expert with Nature Walks by Chan.

See the flora and fauna of Northern Thailand while walking through tropical mountain pathways and river valleys.

Visit the remote Karen Hill tribe villages and taste Thai cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients and on an open fire the way it should be.

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Let’s get started.

Chan’s Trekking Tour Guide

This is the senior trekking tour guide in Mae Hong Son. He has experience and expertise with many plants, herbs, insects, and wild animals. On the route, he will be able to explain and chat with you along the way.

As I wrote in the article Trekking Mae Hong Son, trekking on the same route may yield different results depending on the tour guide’s expertise or the travel agency you booked with. Of course, price is indeed a variable.

a poison tree
A poison tree

Gateway to the forest

The key to opening your eyes to the beauty of northwestern Thailand’s mountain nature and culture is education. See the beauty of breathtaking vistas and experience the peace and silence of the remote.

Chan’s nature walks guide you through light green paddy fields, rapid rivers, tumbling waterfalls, deep green forests, and hidden villages.

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Anti-leech socks.

Benefit from Chan Nature Walks

Chan’s long-term relationships and experience guide you through the complex pathway system used by the local hill tribes. Along those paths, Chan will open your eyes to the life lived by the people in the forest.

Herbs and hunting techniques, as well as the various forest fruits and how the locals cultivate the land, allow you to observe nature rarely seen by the untrained eye.

He can answer your questions and point out details of the environment while you breathe in the fresh mountain air and stretch your legs in one of the most unique and untouched regions of Thailand.

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The messy forest: how to get out.

Much more service

When you arrive at a hill tribe village or a forest campsite for your overnight stay, he will personally prepare your delicious Thai meal, comprising several dishes, over an open fire.

He also explains how the locals, who have lived in the area for over 200 years, make tools, care for their animals, and grow their food.

Chan’s relationship with the hill tribe people is genuine and has been developed over his lifetime of visiting them. That is obvious in the way he and his clients are welcomed in each hill tribe village.

Chan trekking in Mae Hong Son, Thailand, has built-in flexibility to accommodate your needs.


Book an appointment and meet the requirements to join the group.

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The wonder of the insects covering the trees.

About Nature Walks by Chan

The full name is Chakraphan Prawinchaikul (Chan). He was born in Mae Hong Son. He is a registered trekking guide and has been guiding tourists on walks since 1985.

Chan speaks fluent English and is a self-taught naturalist, gathering his extensive knowledge of plants, insects, animals, and culture through years of observation.

He is an experienced guide, a self-taught naturalist, a talented cook, and also an avid nature photographer, an amateur astrologer, and an excellent cook.

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Seasonal wildflowers along the hiking trails.

An invitation

Come to Mae Hong Son, Thailand’s gateway to the northwestern hills and “The City of Three Mists.” Off the beaten track and set deep in a mountain valley, heavy morning mists envelop this city of picturesque temples and a colorful local market.

Take one of Chan’s natural walks and return home with cherished memories of an authentic voyage into Thailand’s famously remote hills.

The trekking programs at Chan’s Nature Walks are designed with the client in mind. When you arrange your guided tour, discuss with Chan how you want your hike customized.

Choose from a leisurely one- to six-day nature walk or a strenuous trek tailored to your abilities, interests, and preferences.

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A black butterfly

He wait for you

  • Contact: Chakraphan Prawinchaikul (Chan)
  • Mobile: [+66] 089 552 6899
  • Email:

Send requests to Chan

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    Chan checks safety before crossing the river.

    What to bring

    Chan advises that there will be rivers to cross and recommends that all walkers and trekkers wear light walking shoes or walking sandals. All walkers and trekkers will require a backpack for items such as:

    • Clothing
    • Toiletries
    • Flashlight
    • Camera
    • Water bottle
    • Binoculars

    Photo Gallery: Nature Walks by Chan

    All rights reserved 2022 Chakraphan Prawinchiakul (Chan)

    Green Buggy
    Black Worm
    The beetle
    Ghost Spider

    Trekking programs


    Chan will briefly summarize each trekking program of your choice. Please contact him to request a travel itinerary.



    For example, a route

    Day 1: From > To

    Day 2: Next > Finish

    Cost upon request

    It can show prices for quick decision-making and saving time. We have to quote you anyway. And it has no effect as the rate is subject to change without notice as time goes by.

    NO. of groupTHB / Per People
    2 paxx,xxx
    3 paxx,xxx
    4 pax upx,xxx
    Nature Walks by Chan

    If you need to join with others to share and get lower costs, please let us know in advance. We will post and announce it on any social channel. See an example post here. Join 2 days trekking Mae Hong Son

    I had hotels recommended. Please kindly see “Where to stay” and how to get to Mae Hong Son by clicking on the “Transport” category menu.

    Our service has affiliated transportation starting from Chiang Mai. A car with driver rates is competitive and reasonable. See on “Yes, Chiang Mai.”


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