Tour guide chiang mai
Chanidapa Wangklaklan (nickname Pong)

Off The Beaten Track Tour Guide Northern Thailand

I was born and raised in Chiang Mai, and, when I left school, I studied for 3 years at a local vocational college in order to become a fully qualified, government approved tour guide.  At the start of my career, I worked for well-established companies, but soon became disillusioned with the monotony of doing the same tours day after day with large groups of people with little opportunity of getting to know any members of the group as individuals.  


I therefore decided to become a freelance guide and travel consultant, and offer private tours, designed to the individual requirements of my customers.  What I have learned is that many people want to get “off the beaten track” and visit places where they can experience the life and culture of ordinary Thai people.  I try my best to make sure my customers go home with unforgettable memories of their visit to Northern Thailand and I pride myself that almost 70% of my work comes from word-of-mouth recommendations and referrals from satisfied customers. I love to share my Buddhist beliefs and show my clients the traditional customs Thai way life, many of whom are interested to explore Thailand's national parks and, of course, Thai elephants.  But it is a two-way process and I like to learn new things from visitors about their culture and traditions.

I will work with you before you arrive in Thailand to put together an itinerary built around your interests, the things you would like to do and the places you want to see.  This may be as short as half a day or spread over several days. The choice is yours.

To give you some idea of the range of available tours, I have provided some examples on this website.  Please click on any of the tabs for more detailed information about these tours, or write to me for suggestions of things to do and places to visit which are of particular interest.


While I personally offer guided tours in Northern Thailand, I am part of a network of freelance licensed tour guides operating in different parts of the country. So if you will be travelling around Thailand, you can take advantage of the local knowledge and experience of our freelance network by asking me to help plan and coordinate a series of private tours in different towns and cities you want to visit.

Chiang Mai Tourist Attractions