Northern Thailand Jungle tours

Our most recommended Northern Thailand Jungle tours

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.

From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Full-Day Tour

2. From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Full-Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city center for a day to explore one of Thailand’s original national parks and highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. This tour will feature picturesque landscapes, remote villages, and incredible viewpoints. After getting picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai, head to your first stop, one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the country, Wachirathan Waterfall. Over 80 meters high, the power of this waterfall creates a refreshing mist that feeds the surrounding vegetation.  Next, stop at the stunning 50-meter cascade, Sirithan Waterfall, which is fed by the Mae Klong River.  Then, stop at the famous twin pagodas: the Napamatanee Don and Napaphon Bhumisiri. Built for the Royal King and Queen, they are located at the highest point in Thailand.  Round out the tour with a visit to the Karen Tribe locale. Learn a bit about the hill tribes people’s culture and way of life in their village of Sobhad.

Chiang Mai: Elephant Sanctuary & Waterfall Small Group Tour

3. Chiang Mai: Elephant Sanctuary & Waterfall Small Group Tour

Take a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai. Start with a convenient pick-up from your hotel in the city center of Chiang Mai and take a drive to the elephant sanctuary. Learn how to make healthy snacks for elephants and see the rescued animals. Go for a swim at Mae Wang Waterfall. Relax as you are picked up from your city center accommodation in Chiang Mai. Sit back as you are driven southwest of the city on a scenic 1.5-hour drive. Encounter local farms, hill tribe villages, and rice fields. Receive a warm welcome when you arrive at the Pupha Elephant Sanctuary. Put on your traditional Karen Hill tribe clothes to look like an elephant caretaker. Listen to a briefing on Asian elephants and the background of the sanctuary. Gain new knowledge as you are taught how to make healthy snacks for the elephants. Feed the rescued elephants as you walk up a hill in the deep jungle. Watch the elephants foraging for food and see elephant families interacting with one another. Bathe in the river with the elephants and walk them back to the sanctuary, where you will be taught how to make elephant medicine balls. Take a shower and pack up your belongings. Eat a traditional Thai lunch and fresh fruits. Leave the elephant sanctuary and stop at Mae Wang waterfall for a quick swim before transferring back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city center. Finally, return to your starting point after the tour.

Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

4. 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.

Customize Your Own Chiang Mai and Surrounding Areas Tour

5. Customize Your Own Chiang Mai and Surrounding Areas Tour

See what's outside Chiang Mai on this customizable guided tour. Visit the roaring Wachirathan Waterfall, relax in the calming San Kamphaeng Hot Springs, or see indigenous Thai plants at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. Enjoy pickup from your downtown Chiang Mai accommodation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver. Meet your guide in the car and head out. You can opt for a guide who speaks English, German, or Spanish. When you checkout, choose 3 to 4 sights or attractions that you must see, with a few additional optional sites so that your guide has several options to craft the best schedule for you based on geography and diversity. Nature-loving customers might enjoy the Doi Inthanon route, with a hike in the Doi Inthanon National Park, and a visit to Wachirathan Waterfall. If you’re thinking of taking the Mae Rim or Mae Taeng route, visit Mon Jam Highlands and Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. Adventure and relaxation enthusiasts will love San Kamphaeng Hot Springs and Ban Mae Kampong Village. To help keep your travel time down, consider sights within 3 different routes. Doi Inthanon Route: • Doi Inthanon National Park (Doi Inthanon summit and Angka Nature Trail)• Wachirathan Waterfall• Twin Royal Pagodas (Napamatanee Don and Napaphon Bhumisiri)• Inthanon Royal Agricultural Station (Royal Project)• Mae Klang Luang Village (Hill Tribe Village, Pha Chor Canyon, Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong) Mae Rim and Mae Taeng Route: • Mon Jam Highlands• Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden conservation center for indigenous Thai plants with a canopy walkway)• Pongyang Zipline and Jungle Coaster• Mae Sa Waterfall, Wat Pa Dara Phirom Temple• Nong Hoi Royal Project Development Center• Plai Fa Strawberry Farm, Mae Taman Elephant Camp• Baan Tong Luang Hill Tribes Village (long-necked Karen village)• Wat Ban Den• Bua Tong Waterfalls (Sticky Waterfalls)• Nam Phu Chet Si Spring• Chiang Dao Cave San Kamphaeng and Ban Mae Kampong Route: • San Kamphaeng Hot Springs• Ban Mae Kampong Village (ziplining activity and cafes)• Mae Kampong Waterfall• Wat Mae Kampong (hidden temple)• MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum• Muang On Cave, Baan Jang Nak (Museum of Elephant Wood Carvings)• Bo-Sang Handicrafts Centre• San Kamphaeng Saturday Walking Street (Saturdays only)

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.

Chiang Mai: Elephant Sanctuary Guided Tour in Spanish

7. Chiang Mai: Elephant Sanctuary Guided Tour in Spanish

Visit an Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai accompanied by a Spanish-speaking guide and spend a day learning about these gentle giants, playing and bathing with them. Afterward, enjoy a delicious lunch and a relaxing swim.  Meet your guide at your hotel lobby and drive for 45 minutes to the elephant sanctuary. Upon arrival, out on your caretaker clothes and then get an introduction about the sanctuary and the elephants that live here.  Prepare breakfast for these magnificent animals and then get a chance to feed them up close. You will get opportunities to interact and play with them in a natural environment as the guide explains their behavior and history.  Enjoy a short walk with the elephants next to the river before lunchtime. Take a dip in the pool before feasting on traditional food like Pad Thai, Chinese rolls, and local fruit then prepare to leave the sanctuary. The return journey back to Chiang Maitakes approximately 45 minutes and you will arrive at your hotel around 2:00 PM.

Chiang Mai: Downhill Mountain Biking Experience

8. Chiang Mai: Downhill Mountain Biking Experience

After being transferred from your local accommodation, your day will start with a 100% downhill fast flowing trail with an abundance of features. You will encounter jumps, drops and fantastic flow on this single track. Following this, lunch and refreshments await you after the first run before the fun continues as you are driven to the next trailhead for the final downhill trail of the day. Expect plenty of roots, ruts, some steep sections and natural berms as your professional guides show you some of the best downhill in Chiang Mai before returning you to the city. Your experienced English-speaking guides will show you the best Chiang Mai has to offer during this tour, just expect to be a little "numb" by the end!

From Chiang Mai: 2 days Cycling & Kayaking tour in Mae Taeng

9. From Chiang Mai: 2 days Cycling & Kayaking tour in Mae Taeng

08.30 DAY 1 - morning cycling the Mae Taeng valley and lake paddling in the National Park Pick-up from your Chiang Mai hotel and transfer to the Mae Taeng valley (approximately one hour's drive). Arriving at the tour base, we will start the adventure with a cycling discovery of the surrounding valley, riding through farm land, rice paddies and typical northern Thailand countryside. Cycle back to the Resort for lunch. After a relaxing break, a short vehicle transfer will bring us to the nearby Mae Ngat lake, part of the Sri Lanna national park, for a fabulous sunset paddling experience. Chose from a SUP paddle board, or a sit-on-top kayak. Easy paddling and relax in the nature. Transfer back by vehicle to your hotel for the night. Thai dinner at the hotel. 09.30 DAY 2 - morning cycling and "sticky" waterfalls After a filling breakfast, we start the day with a morning cycling in the valley leading to a local market and the impressive Wat Ban Den Temple with it's impressive pagodas and sculpted decors. Cycle back to the Resort where we end the cycling adventure. A typical northern Thai lunch is served. Pack the bags and depart by vehicle to the nearby "sticky waterfall" for a short nature hike, or simply relax at the refreshing waterfalls. Transfer (one hour journey) back to Chiang Mai city and drop off at your hotel. - end of the trip-

Chiang Mai: Muay Thai Class and Elephant Care Day Trip

10. Chiang Mai: Muay Thai Class and Elephant Care Day Trip

Play with, feed, and bathe rescued elephants on this day trip from Chiang Mai. Then enjoy a professional Muay Thai boxing class at Buakaw Village, a gym built by Thai boxing champion Buakaw Banchamek. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included with this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai, begin the drive to Buakaw Village in the Maetang province. Take in scenic views of the Thai countryside on the way. Upon arrival at the village, head inside the gym for an introduction to Muay Thai with Buakaw Banchamek's trainer. Learn the basics of Muay Thai boxing Next, meet the elephants who call this place home. Discover their history and the background of the park before learning about proper elephant care. Get the chance to feed the elephants their breakfast, walk them, and play games. Finish with a bath with the elephants before sitting down to a delicious vegetarian lunch with filtered water. At the end of the day, hop back in the car for the 1.5-hour journey back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.

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4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

We almost missed our tour because we mistook it for the wrong date. But our guide made sure they called us before and on the day of departure. This goes to show how dedicated and committed they are. In the end, we had such a great time in this tour. It had a good combination of activities, down time and travel time. Our guide Pisut was very knowledgeable and had such a high commitment towards eco sustainable tourism.

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.

Great experience. Definitely the money worth. The instructor was also very chill and were just talking with you when you wanted to know something. The people from the village were pretty funny too & I felt very comfortable. Especially how happy and playful the elephants were was amazing. You could sense that the elephants are in a great place which they enjoy alot!

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.