Northern Thailand Extreme sports & adrenaline

Our most recommended Northern Thailand Extreme sports & adrenaline

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: Grand Canyon Water Park Ticket

2. Chiang Mai: Grand Canyon Water Park Ticket

Spend the day exploring the only outdoor water park in northern Chiang Mai with an area of over 35 acres. The park offers various outdoor activities including giant sliders over 10 meters in length. Experience canoeing and kayaking and marvel at the panoramic view of Grand Canyon Water Park. Enjoy the zip line that has 2 lines, over 400 meters in length, which cross over the Grand Canyon water. Experience the only wakeboarding in Chiang Mai and the Northern part of Thailand. The park ensures safety and convenience with life jackets for all swimmers, as well as certified and well-trained lifeguards on site. 

Sukhothai: Historical Park & Countryside Cycling Tour

3. Sukhothai: Historical Park & Countryside Cycling Tour

Witness many aspects of rural life in Thailand and explore the famous ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this full-day guided bike tour. Benefit from included pickup and drop-off within 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) of Sukhothai, and savor an included lunch at a local restaurant. Your experienced English-speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel at around 8:15 AM. The cycling tour itself starts from a small village on Sukhothai's outskirts known as Ban Khuai. From there, pedal through a quiet village to enjoy the scenery of the beautiful area, then take a dirt road passing through endless rice paddies with beautiful views of the Kao Laung Mountain. As you go, interact with local people, where possible. You may even have the chance to participate in planting next season's crops. Make a stop at the wood furniture factory to see how the local carpenter produces great works before continuing your journey along small irrigation canals (Klong Mae Lampan) that pass through rural villages. Arriving at Sukhothai's Eastern Gate, marvel at the beautiful Buddhist and Hindu architecture, and be exposed to some of the country's most stunning craftsmanship from a period known as Thailand's Golden Era. With your guide, learn about Sukhothai's history and complex architecture, as well as the story of Buddhism in Thailand. Stop for lunch at a local Thai restaurant, then continue your cycling tour to visit the south area before heading back to your hotel.

Chiang Mai 3-Hour ATV & White-Water Rafting Adventure

4. Chiang Mai 3-Hour ATV & White-Water Rafting Adventure

Before starting your activity, a safety orientation and state-of-the-art helmets and life vests are provided. The first 3-hour ATV (all-terrain vehicle) trip is set up for beginner to intermediate-level drivers. It covers roughly 40-kilometers in distance and is a mix of road and off-road jungle terrain. It’s well-suited for those that would like to explore the local countryside and see it a different way. After the ATV, the 10-kilometer white-water rafting will begin. It's broken into 3 sections. The first section is a great warm-up where you learn skills practising with the guides and getting used to the boat. This section has one class III and is probably the most beautiful section of the river with the encroaching jungle offering lots of shade. The second section is action-packed with rapids and is probably the best white water in Thailand. Most of this section is class III and IV rapids. The third section lets up in the beginning giving you some time to relax before entering a great class III rapid, leading into a short continuous section of rapids that goes almost all the way to the take out where the camp is. Towels and shower facilities will be provided when you finish before heading home. Make sure you bring a second set of dry clothes so you can ride home comfortablly.

Cycle Tour of Mae Ngat Valley from Chiang Mai

5. Cycle Tour of Mae Ngat Valley from Chiang Mai

Pick-up from your Chiang Mai hotel and transfer to the heart of Mae Ngat valley (50 km/1 hour's drive). Meet your guide for a briefing and bike fitting. Your adventure begins with a ride through picturesque countryside where farmers go about their morning routine. You'll make stops at various points of interests and get some insights about local life, and learn about rice cultivation. Take a break for a delicious Thai lunch in a tropical garden. After lunch enjoy more riding, pedalling on paved country roads zig-zagging through the valley, on the edge of the national park. Make a few stops, including a busy local market and a visit to the shimmering Wat Ban Den temple where you can admire the intricate details of this stunning place of worship. After a day of exploring this stunning Mae Ngat valley on two wheels, we drive back to your Chiang Mai (arrival time approximately 17:00). Notes: -Cycling distance today can vary from 20 to 40 kms, all flat, depending of participant's ability. -Participants not wishing to ride the afternoon loop can wait at the restaurant, in the tropical garden.

Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

6. 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.

Chiang Mai: 3-Hour ATV Countryside Adventure Tour

7. Chiang Mai: 3-Hour ATV Countryside Adventure Tour

This tour is a fun-filled adventure. Perfect for those that would like to explore the local Chaing Mai countryside and view it in a different way. It covers a mix of roughly 40 KM of road and off-road jungle terrain. The tour begins with a morning pick-up at your Chiang Mai hotel around 8:00 AM.  The drive is then around 1.5 hours to reach the adventure base camp. The camp provides all the amenities you need to stay comfortable including lockers, changing rooms with showers and a minimart to pick up any last-minute snacks or supplies before launching into your adventure. Before starting the activity, a safety orientation is given. You will also be given state-of-the-art helmets. The 3-hour ATV trip is set up for beginner to intermediate drivers. Detailed instructions with a training course will be given to get you comfortable with your vehicles. 

Chiang Mai: Boat Ride and Cycling Tour to Sticky Waterfall

8. Chiang Mai: Boat Ride and Cycling Tour to Sticky Waterfall

After pickup, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee at Trailhead Café before preparing for the day ahead. After a comfortable 45-minute journey in a Toyota Fortune, begin the adventure with a boat ride across the Mae Kuang reservoir on a longtail boat, so you can admire the wonderful mountainous scenery on all sides.   After the boat trip, the riding begins. Cycle along a combination of quiet country roads, dirt dual track and single tracks. Pass through a quiet country village and lookout point where you can take a break and enjoy a drink. The cycling tour continues through verdant teak forests and a cave full of bats and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a snake.   From this point, the trail is mainly dirt dual track with some small uphill sections, as well as downhill sections eventually coming out onto the road in front of the famous “Sticky Waterfall” (Bua Tong). Here, swim in the many waterfall tiers and relax in the cooling waters.   After a delicious lunch, you will be escorted back to the Trailhead office or their accommodation. The tour is suitable for people of all ages and abilities with only a good level of fitness required. You will have the option to skip certain sections upon request and use the support vehicle depending on the level of fitness. The maximum tour length is 25km with 500m of climbing. Our friendly and professional guides will take photos and videos along the journey which are included in the package for your treasured memories of the cycling tour.

Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep National Park Hike & Bike Tour

9. Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep National Park Hike & Bike Tour

Embark on a one-hour drive to the top of Doi Suthep National Park. Our first stop at Monthatan waterfalls gives us a glimpse into the diversity of flora in this National Park. Hike through the beautiful Northern Thai highlands to a forgotten Hill Tribe village. Take in the viewpoints to the east and to the north of the Mae Ping valley, where lunch will be had. After a good rest, start the ride down Suthep National Park on a smooth road. After a stop at the Queen Summer Palace and amazing views, continue to the famous Wat Suthep. The magnificent temple grounds reach 3600 feet in altitude. Continue cruising downhill on comfortable mountain bikes to the ancient Wat Pha Lat.

Colors of Chiang Mai Guided Bicycle Tour

10. Colors of Chiang Mai Guided Bicycle Tour

Discover the hidden gems of Chiang Mai through a recreational, cultural and educational bicycle tour. Join this adventure through the southern part of the city. Explore sites where old traditions continue to live on. The northern city Chiang Mai, known as the ‘Rose of the North’, maintains the allure it has held for travelers for centuries. Learn and see parts of the rich cultural background of Chiang Mai on the trip. Be led through quiet and green land roads, passing the historic settlement Wiang Kum Kam, founded in 1286 by King Mengrai. It was the capital of the Lanna empire for a period of only 10 years. See temples and ruins dating back hundreds of years. Make a stop at a local temple on the way. Learn about the importance of this temple and Buddhism from your guide. Next, visit the McKean rehabilitation center, a former leper colony, once cut off from the outside world. Nowadays it is a rehabilitation center for people with many kinds of physical disabilities. Continue the bicycle tour with a stop at an elementary school, mostly attended by hill-tribe children. Move onward to a small pottery center to watch the craftsmen make different shapes of pottery by hand. The ancient Lanna empire produced some of the finest ceramics ever. These days the northern region is the major center of Thailand’s pottery industry. Riding along the Ping River, breathe in the local atmosphere that makes Chiang Mai so special. Stop at a local bakery for a delicious sweet bun while watching the bakers produce many other products. Bike through the market to see the same products back in small traditional shops. Get an opportunity to sample some of the most delicious and exotic fruits and snacks. During the bicycle tour, expect to stop every hour for a short rest. Refresh yourself with drinking water or soft drink provided during the tour. Halfway through the trip, savor a light Thai meal (Khao Soy Kai) in a local restaurant.

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The day was amazing from start to finish, I couldn’t recommend this tour enough. If you are ever in Chiang Mai this is the tour you should choose. The people on this tour make it so special, Jackie our guide was the best, he was so knowledgeable and so funny always making us laugh! Pon our driver was also so lovely and funny. The day started with bamboo rafting which was so fun and peaceful. We even saw an elephant bathing whilst we were on it, which was so cool! We then headed to the elephant sanctuary. This was the absolute best, we got time to hug, feed, walk through the jungle, bathe and admire them. We even had a water fight with them! It is so clear the elephants are treated with the upmost respect and ethically. After our delicious lunch (the best pad Thai in Thailand) we headed on a jungle walk to a waterfall and this was so refreshing. The best day with the best people. Definitely would do again :) thank you!

The tour was amazing! The bamboo rafting was a cool experience. The elephant sanctuary was a great experience. It seemed that the elephants were taken care of well. We were able to feed the elephants, walk around the jungle with them, and give them a bath in the river. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the elephants up close and get pictures with them.

Ah, this was just phenomenal. Our guide, Mr. Hod was a pocket of joy and positive energy. Friendly, explained a lot, showed us little things and overall made the day even better. Everything was organised perfectly, the elephants were treated well and swimming under the waterfall and bamboo rafting were cherries on top. I would definitely recommend this one :)

It’s a smaller tour company and they provide you excellent service. Boyd was a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. I highly recommend it.

Great guides and had an awesome day, would definitely recommend