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Chiang Mai: Mae Taeng River White Water Rafting

1. Chiang Mai: Mae Taeng River White Water Rafting

Depart Chiang Mai and relax on the 1.5-hour journey to base camp, where you can pick up any last minute snacks for your white water rafting adventure.  Get a safety briefing and some time to practise with the certified guides on arrival. Then, face the challenge of the Class III and IV rapids of the Mae Taeng River. Experience an adrenaline rush as you venture through the jungle, and get some time to relax before rafting a continuous section of Class III rapids back towards base camp. Avail of the shower facilities before heading home for drop off at your accommodation.

Chiang Mai: Whitewater Rafting and Waterfall Trekking Tour

2. 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. 

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

3. 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.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 28 reviews

This is a thrilling (and safe) activity for any traveler! We really enjoyed our time here, had fun, saw elephants on the river, and felt safe with our guides. It was clear the guides knew exactly what they were doing and how to keep everyone safe, but they made jokes and played around with us the entire ride as well. The lunch served after was also really good. I highly recommend this to everyone.

It was such an amazing activity. Extremely professional and polite team that took really good care of me. I was a bit nervous but Eric spoke to me at length before hand and on the activity day K. Sak made me very comfortable. From there on my captain Taa and his team Nadia and Lok made sure had an truly memorable experience. Highly recommend this trip and 8 Adventures team.

So amazing! Such attentive and friendly guides. The hike was so lovely (even in the rain). We were taught a lot about how to make crafts with nature and educated on the local places. Lunch was also delicious and overall experience well informed and enjoyable. Thank you so much! Will definitely return.

Absolutely outstanding! A very well run and professional rafting experience. Guides were fun and friendly, but always safe and careful. Rapids were great fun. No experience needed. Hot showers and delicious food after the rafting!

A unique and incredible experience. The staff was very professional and took many precautions to have good security. Highly recommended!!!