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Chiang Mai: Waterfall, Elephant Sanctuary and Bamboo Rafting

1. Chiang Mai: Waterfall, Elephant Sanctuary and Bamboo Rafting

Embark on a one-of-a-kind experience and visit an ethical rescued elephant sanctuary in the jungle outside Chiang Mai. Cool off in a waterfall, savor a traditional Thai lunch, and become a caretaker for the day as you interact, feed, and observe the gentle giants in their natural environment.  Begin with a pickup from your hotel or accommodation in downtown Chiang Mai. Take a scenic drive southwest of Chiang Mai and see local farms, hill tribe villages, and rice fields along the way.  Journey to the Mae Wang Waterfalls, where you'll relax and take a dip in the water. Arrive at the Secret Elephant Sanctuary located deep in the jungle. You'll be welcomed to the sanctuary by a guide who will lead you through the experience. Get dressed into Karen hill tribe clothing like the ones elephant caretakers wear. Next, get a briefing on Asian elephants and the background of the sanctuary. Come and meet the friendly rescued elephants and feed them bananas. Walk up the hill with elephants through the forest and watch the elephants forage for food in the wilderness. Observe elephants interacting between families in their natural environment. Head down to the river and enjoy bathing with the elephants. Walk with the elephants back to the sanatorium and embrace the memories and have time to say goodbye to these marvelous creatures. Finish off with a scenic bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Wang River before you get dropped off at your hotel in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

2. Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

Begin your private experience with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai. From there, take a scenic journey to a private elephant estate where you will be their caretaker for half a day. Upon arrival, walk to the main base camp to get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Hear about Asian elephants' long and fascinating history as you learn to cook healthy herbal treats for them to eat for a snack. Afterward, feed the handmade treats to them and walk along their side through the beautiful lush forest. Following that, your tour continues with elephant bathing in the river before you say farewell to your new friends and set off on the next part of your tour. Following the sanctuary, take some time out of your day to enjoy a delicious Thai lunch. Savor local dishes accompanied by rice, and finish off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruit. After lunch, continue to the Buatong Sticky Waterfall. Whilst there, enjoy some walking and climbing from down below the falls to all the way up to the very top. As the waterfall is constructed from natural limestone, you can walk and climb easily to the top, enjoying the clear water to cool down. As your tour concludes, depart from the waterfall to return back to Chiang Mai.

From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Day Trip & Hike

3. From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Day Trip & Hike

Explore the Thai jungle and embark on a guided hike on this day trip from Chiang Mai. Marvel at Thailand's highest mountain, visit pagodas and the rainforest, and feast on a delicious lunch as you go. Begin your experience in Chiang Mai and meet our guide for the drive to Doi Inthanon National Park. The park is home to Thailand's largest mountain which rises 2,565 meters above sea level, and has air that is cool year-round. Upon arrival, take a walk around the Angka Nature Trail. Experience an authentic rainforest environment filled with rare flora, animals, and birds. Continue on to visit 2 pagodas, built in honor of the King and Queen of Thailand for their 60th birthdays. There, take a stroll through the Hmong Market, and shop for local products like vegetables and seasonal fruits. Next, head to the Royal Project restaurant for lunch. Load up on energy to get ready for your afternoon hike. Have peace of mind knowing that free drinking water is also available during your experience. Begin your hike along the scenic Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail. Trek through shady forests and authentic jungle. Absorb a panoramic view of the rice terrace, and learn all about rice paddies. Conclude your hike at the Karen Hill Tribe Village, and find out about the villagers' way of life. Savor some freshly ground and brewed coffee before your return journey back to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai: 6-Hour Doi Pui National Park Summit Hike

4. Chiang Mai: 6-Hour Doi Pui National Park Summit Hike

After being picked up in the morning from your hotel in Chiang Mai city, you will head towards your local hiking adventure. 2 hours after beginning your ascent, you will reach Wat Doi Suthep at the 1,100 meter mark. Here you will start to traverse through highland jungle and the old Hmong Hill Tribe Village near the summit of Doi Pui which you will reach after your 3rd hour. After a hearty lunch at the village and an approximate 1-hour climb, you will tackle the summit of Doi Pui peak. Here we get to enjoy 180 degrees views of the Mae Ping Valley. The trip will be completed by a climb with a 30-minute downhill stroll to the Doi Pui Camp grounds ,where your ride back awaits you. Refreshed with cold drinks and snacks, you will then head back to the comfort of Chiang Mai, but not before making a stop at Wat Suthep to marvel at this rich temple which was built centuries ago in 1383.

From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Hiking Tour

5. From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Hiking Tour

Travel deep into the National Park stopping off at some of the most scenic waterfalls in the region on this one-day Doi Inthanon hiking tour. Experience a gentle 4km hike along a nature trail and learn about the flora and fauna along the way and enjoy the highest point in Thailand. The tour begins with a visit to the summit of Doi Inthanon – the highest spot in Thailand and an area rich in biodiversity and unique flora and fauna. Walk along a short hiking trail on the summit before heading to the start of the main hike. A local guide will take you through a pine restoration area, deep into a shady, forested valley and into farmland before reaching the Karen hill tribe village, which was founded 150 years ago. As you walk along the trail, you may spot snakes, lizards, and if you’re very lucky one of the resident gibbons. Upon reaching the village you will enjoy a local lunch and try a free coffee that is grown in the region. One final waterfall awaits on the way back to the city, beautiful all year round, and caps off a fun sightseeing day.

From Chiang Mai: High Mountain Day Trek

6. From Chiang Mai: High Mountain Day Trek

Depart Chiang Mai and travel by covered pickup truck to the start of the trek in the wilds of Northern Thailand in approximately 1 hour. Arrive at the starting point and begin your adventure. Hike along one of the numerous available trails that can vary depending on the conditions of the day. The versatility of the itinerary will ensure that you experience some of Thailand's most pristine forests up close. Stop for lunch in the lush jungle or at the village, and enjoy a delicious lunch of homemade Thai food with fresh fruits, as well as taste local coffee or tea. Stroll through the village after lunch, and then continue your trek through the beautiful forest. Encounter friendly locals and hill tribes and get a glimpse into their everyday lives. Return to the transfer vehicle and drive back to Chiang Mai for an approximate arrival time in the city at 5 PM.

From Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave Trekking Full-Day Tour

7. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave Trekking Full-Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city center and head off on a day trip to Chiang Dao. Begin with a visit to the Chiang Dao Cave (Wat Tham Chiang Dao), which is without a doubt one of the area's most fascinating sites. Five limestone caverns invite visitors to uncover the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, Buddha statues, and offerings from faithful pilgrims. After paying a small entrance fee, the tour begins through a system of interconnected caverns extending over seven miles into the heart of the mountain. Expect cooler air in here, although hot days may create humid conditions at times. Some of the caves are illuminated by electric lights. Here you'll find Buddha statues, including a 13-foot reclining one. Don’t miss the row of five seated Buddhas in the first cavern, which many travelers find particularly impressive. After the cave adventure, the next stop is the Chiang Dao market to gorge on delicious local meals before heading to the Buatong Sticky Waterfall, one of the most unique waterfalls in Thailand. One impressive feature of this natural wonder is the sticky mineral deposits that allow visitors to actually climb up the waterfall without falling off, with the help of a safety rope. This is definitely a great way to cool off after a long day of your trip. Afterward, relax on a complimentary transfer back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city.

Chiang Mai: Whitewater Rafting and Waterfall Trekking Tour

8. Chiang Mai: Whitewater Rafting and Waterfall Trekking Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Chiang Mai, and then relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 1.5-hour journey to the adventure base camp. Avail of amenities such as lockers, changing rooms with showers, and a minimart to purchase any snacks or supplies. Get a safety briefing and gear up with the state-of-the-art helmets and life vests. Embark on a 3-hour trek through the jungle to arrive at a 10-meter high waterfall, where you can cool down with a swim. Marvel at the flora and fauna, and hear about the culture of Thailand along the way. Benefit from a longer hike if you are a faster walker and would like to venture past the waterfall. Then, take part in a 10-kilometer white water rafting adventure and get an adrenaline rush whilst learning new skills. Brave the class III rapid of the most beautiful section of the river, along with action-packed class III and IV rapids in the middle section. Return to base camp for a shower before the drive back to Chiang Mai. 

Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

9. Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

At 9:00 AM, begin the day with a hotel pick-up and ride to the base. Once arrived, you'll have your safety briefing and be kitted out in safety gear. Then you can begin the hike up to the old Hmong Hill Tribe Village at the summit of Doi Pui National Park. The trek takes you through a stunning highland jungle, filled with huge indigenous Mai Yai trees. After about 3 hours of steady walking, you'll reach your destination: the summit of the National Park, reaching an elevation of 1400m. At the peak, your bikes and gear will be waiting for you in the nearby village. After a well-earned lunch break, begin your descent through the National Park on your mountain bike toward Lake Huay Tung Tao, an approximately 2-hour ride away. In contrast to the hike up, gravity rewards you now with a cool ride downhill with views of the beautiful Mae Ping Valley.  Awaiting you lakeside is a proper late lunch with cool drinks. Take a dip before it’s time to jump back in the truck and head out of the National Park. After a fun day out, you will be delivered back to your hotel around 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

Tour with Hike in Kiew Mae Pan Natural Trail from Chiang Mai

10. Tour with Hike in Kiew Mae Pan Natural Trail from Chiang Mai

Enjoy a day in nature. Kiew Mae Pan is one of the most scenic natural treasures and beautiful trails in Thailand, where the invigorating, fresh mountain air is waiting to welcome you at Inthanon National Park. This trail is open for visitors from November to May only and it is a very popular hiking trail for locals too. After pick-up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city in the morning, visit Wachirathan Waterfall and Karen Village at Doi Inthanon which is considered as the highest mountain in Thailand. While visiting this village, you will get to taste some fresh coffee right from the plantation. After that, your lunch will be served at the Royal Project Restaurant. Here, produce from the Queen's agricultural projects are transformed into delicious meals. After lunch, you enjoy a truly unique experience by walking 2.5-3 kilometers along Kew Mae Pan Nature trail through the beautiful green forest, passing giant rhododendrons, waterfalls and streams which leads to a cliff where you can enjoy breathtaking mountain views. Then, drive up to the highest peak and take a short stroll along Angka Natural Trail (15-20 minutes). On the way back, stop at Phra Maha Dhatu Nabha Metaneedol and Nabhapol Bhumisiri, more commonly known as the Two Royal Stupas which were built to honor King Bhumibhol and Queen Sirikit of Thailand for their 60th birthdays respectively. Return to Chiang Mai by late afternoon.

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4.6 / 5

based on 149 reviews

Such a great experience. Very knowledgeable and friendly guide (Ms. Cung - hope I spell that correct). Did a lot of good pictures for everybody. Fun activities with rafting before and some small hike with waterfall after the elephants. But of course Highlight were the elephants. Awesome experience and get really super close and can interact with them. 100% recommend this tour. Pick up and drop off was smooth. Also enough breaks during the drive.

It was an amazing experience too see the elephants very up and close, being happy, relaxed and treated so well by the workers. The guide was great and taught us a lot about the elephants, about their personalities, feelings and activities. The waterfall was also great and powerful. With the perfect ending of an relaxing bamboo rafting.

One of the most beautiful days in my life! The interaction with the elephants is soul healing. Totally invigorating. The bamboo rafting was fun! The waterfalls were great indeed! And Ronnie, our guide made ALL the difference! He is absolutely great guide! And locco (crazy) ! A ravishing experience. Thank you Ronnie. Korkkupkan.

we appreciated Tiks intimate view on the culture and heritage around Chiang Dao and the surrounding area. He accompanied us on our cave tour and explained some of the history behind each cavern. we then had plenty of time to climb the Bua Thong sticky falls. Highly recommended!!!

Good trip to see the Peak and then with a short walk near there. Was great to see the temples on the pagoda as well and then the lunch in the small village was nice. The final hike through the forest was my highlight as it is a beautiful walk!