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Where to go - Chiang Mai or Umphang

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Where to go - Chiang Mai or Umphang

I am currently looking into an itinerary for a trip to Thailand in November / December. As part of the trip I would like to do some trekking, and consider 2 options fo that

Option 1: Chiang Mai

I went to CM for 1 1/2 days on my way to Laos last year, and really enjoyed it there. As the trekking is apparently very good there this could be an obvious choice for 8 - 10 days to see CM, Chiang Rai and go trekking for 3 days, including a stay at a hill trip village. I have seen the temples in Chiang Mai already - but obviously there is still so much to see for me.

Option 2: Umphang

I read a bit about Umphang and it sounds like an interesting place to visit. On ym way I would stop at Sukhothai for a couple pf days to explore the ruins, before heading to Mae Sot to get to Umpang, where I would like to stay 4 or 5 days. This sould give me a chance to Trek for 3 days to see the Tee Lor Su waterfall, staying in a hill tribe village and just experience Umphang a bit.

I am aware that it is much easier to get to Chiang Mia via train, and that travelling to Umphang would take a bit longer (would fly back from Mae Sot to Bangkok). I am currnetly stuck - as both places sound amazing and I am not sure which place I would prefer.

It would be therefore much appreciate if anyone could provide some thoughts or comments about these two places, as it might help me.

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Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
Laos
Laos
Asia
Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai Province, Thailand
Sukhothai
Sukhothai
Sukhothai Province, Thailand
Mae Sot
Mae Sot
Tak Province, Thailand
Bangkok
Bangkok
Thailand
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