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Prices for Guides

So I'm getting ready to book a guide, likely for a half day in an near the City and then a full day to and around Doi Inthanon and I have two questions. First, what should I expect to pay for these services? Second, what's the etiquette with regard to negotiating over the price. Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Prices for Guides

You really need to email a few guides for a quote and then compare the quotes you get. (see FAQ top right - Tour Guides)

It is hard to give a ball park figure because it changes based on so many different factors. For example - a day trip to Doi Inthanon will cost a lot more than a day trip in and around Chiang Mai and immediate surrounds. There is about 4 hours of driving involved and fuel costs will be higher pushing the price up. The price will also depend on what kind of vehicle (fuel costs), if admissions are included, if lunch is included and if you have booked a TAT licensed guide or a local driver (who does not pay for a license).

As a ball park - a half day with a licensed guide in and around Chiang Mai (without admissions) might be something like 1000B. A day trip to Doi Inthanon will be over 3000B. - again, this is only a guide and could be more or less.

Generally the guide will give a fair price in the first email. Keep in mind their cut of the tour cost might only be a third of the price quoted (after their expenses are taken out).

On the street if you are negotiating with a tuk tuk or songthaew or cab driver you will be able to negotiate the price.

The tips for first timers in the FAQ might help with some prices on getting around.

All the best,


Edited: 23 July 2014, 04:41
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2. Re: Prices for Guides

Right now in Chiang Mai, it is very strict on the tourism low after the military coup because there are so many unlicense tour guide or scam around the city. The tourist police now checking many places, it better to use the licence tour guide for lowful protaction and reliable.


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