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Chiang Mai: Full-Day Chiang Dao Caving & Jungle Kayaking

1. Chiang Mai: Full-Day Chiang Dao Caving & Jungle Kayaking

Drive high up into the Northern Thai Jungle, to the Chiang Dao Valley, and to the Mae Ping River. This creek-like river winds itself through the bamboo jungle and gives an intimate view of the Northern Thai wilderness.  Then, embark on a kayaking trip, where undisturbed woods, overgrown banks with fallen trees, and the shade from overhanging trees provide a unique environment as you navigate the task at hand. Abundant bird life, jumping fish and mysterious sounds from the forest accompany the journey. To complete this wonderful kayaking experience, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant or riverside.  Next, tackle Chiang Dao Cave, the most prominent cave system in Northern Thailand. Spend an hour following a local guide through the side arms with headlamps and flashlights until joining the main route into well-lit caverns. Marvel at the Buddhist shrines covering the entrance to the cave.

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

2. 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. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Chiang Mai: Customizable Chiang Mai Surrounding Areas Tour

3. Chiang Mai: Customizable Chiang Mai 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) Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave, Den Sali Temple & Waterfall

4. Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave, Den Sali Temple & Waterfall

Don't miss this exclusive nature and cultural tour from Chiang Mai. Your tour starts at Chiang Dao Cave, which will take approximately 1.5 hours to reach on a route that goes through beautiful rolling hillsides. As you approach the caves, you'll see the scenic Doi Chiang Dao mountain range. The cave itself was the place where the Bermese soldiers rested before attacking Chiang Mai in the mid 1400s AD. Explore inside its complex of 5 public caves and see the the natural forms of their stalagmites and stalactites. Then, descend into a large cavern to see Burmese-style images of the Buddha and many shrines. You can freely explore two of the caves by yourself, as they are lit with electric lights! Continue on to Den Sali Teak Wood Temple, located north of the city. This is one of Chiang Mai's most remarkable temples - the complex contains a large number of structures including an ordination hall, a viharn (retreat house), a meditation hall, the kuti (monks' living quarters), a drum hall, and several other buildings, which are all built in a gorgeous traditional architecture. Finish the tour at Bautong Sticky Waterfall, where you can climb on the limestone rocks of the waterfall, and enjoy your time bathing in the cool waters of the pool below. The Sticky Waterfalls are an impressive sight - the rocks are cream-colored and bulbous, almost cartoonish, and contrast beautifully with the dark green forest. The multi-tiered waterfalls are also stunning - don't forget to bring your camera! If you don't plan on getting wet in order to see the rocks, there are a couple hundred steep stairs you could take instead to see the various levels of the waterfalls. In the evening, head back to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai: Full Day Exprience 5 Hill Tribes Trek

5. Chiang Mai: Full Day Exprience 5 Hill Tribes Trek

Lahu Village – Karen Village – Lisu Village – Akha Village 08h00 am Chiang Dao - Phrow Start Mae Malai market the journey to the Lahu hill tribe village. traditional hill tribe villages Lahu hill. Continue your journey to Karen village. for 2-3 hrs Experience the cool atmosphere, pure nature in the middle of the green forest at Baan Phalai. Lisu hill tribe village shady tourism village. Travel time 20 minutes. Walk to Akha Village 15 minute walk away, the village that has preserved embroidery and basketry. And the last place is Palong hill tribe village, Ban Pang Daeng, traveling for 1 hour. The village has women's clothing and souvenirs. Able to take pictures with the product and around the village. ***You may encounter villagers, or you may not be able to find them because we do not have a set up. Villagers will go out and work according to their normal way of life.

Chiang Mai: Sticky Waterfall & Srilanna National Park, Kayak

6. Chiang Mai: Sticky Waterfall & Srilanna National Park, Kayak

Experiences Bua Tong Waterfall and Chet Si Fountain National Park well-known by tourist called Sticky Waterfall is an incredibly cool and treasure park to check out in Chiang Mai. The unique waterfall surrounding by the lush valleys & mountains view where all you guys enjoy climbing, enjoying some short hiking through the forest to see Nam Phu Chet Si which literally means seven colors fountain. It is a mineral geyser that gushes from the ground and flows into streams. This beautiful natural scenery peaceful and tranquil place. About 11:00 a.m. heading 20 minutes to Si Lanna National Park well-known by local Mae Ngat Dam is the eighth largest National Park in Thailand, covering an area of 1,406 square meters which is home to wildlife animals, lush forests, and headwater sources. The park covers a mountainous area of 260,800 acres. You can access to some Floating Houses only by local long tail boat taken about 15 minutes to get to the most outstanding, Mountain Float Resort. Mountain Float Resort is the luxury and the most highly spot for you who desire a serene and peaceful getaway far from the crowds. The floating house is perfectly privacy settled at the end of the dam surrounding by some lush mountain with the superb scenery. About 12:20 p.m. having a wonderful lunch on the floating restaurant and take some rest. We are very pleased offering the complimentary all highly features attractions on the Mountain Floating House such as the restaurant outlet, bar, various entertaining facilities as such snooker, canoe, kayaking, pedal boat, paddle board, water boxing stage etc,.. until 14:30 p.m. then take a boat back on the land and transfer back to your hotel arriving about 16:00 p.m.

From Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Valley Kayaking

7. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Valley Kayaking

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Chiang Mai, and then take in stunning views of the countryside as you make your way towards the Chiang Dao mountain and Ping River. Gear up with the provided kayak gear upon arrival, and get basic tuition from an instructor about how to handle the boat on the water. Then, paddle on clear spring waters through the valley, and learn a few new tricks as you are greeted with beautiful vistas at almost every bend in the river. Soak up the relaxed pace of life as you encounter locals making a living by fishing and farming the land on the side of the river. Head back to Chiang Mai and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

Chiang Mai Minivan Hire With English Speaking Driver

8. Chiang Mai Minivan Hire With English Speaking Driver

We provide you a minivan with a professional driver. You can take one, two, three days or as you need, featuring a variety of attractions and activities. We will also help you put together a package that suits your particular needs in Chiang Mai and nearby provinces. Private minivan with air-conditioned 9 seats and plus 1 seat beside driver. Carseat for kid available on request. Driver can speak English, safe, service mind, reliable, flexible and affordable. You can choose the interesting places and combinations. Interesting places to visit - Chiang Mai : Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Umong, Wat Pha Lat, Wat Doi Kham, Doi Inthanon National Park, King&Queen Pagodas, Royal Project, Wachirathan Waterfall, Mae Ya Waterfall, Ban Mae Klang Luang( White Karen hilltribe), Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail, Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail, Pha Chor Grand Canyon, Elephant Sanctuary, Sticky waterfall, Mae Sa Waterfall, Mon Jam, Orchid& Butterfly farm, Mok Fha Waterfall, Long neck hilltribes village, Chiang Dao Cave, Dentawada Cafe, Botanical Garden, Sankampheng Hot Springs, Bor Sang village, Ban Maekampong, Night Safari, Tiger Kingdom, A.T.V., Rafting, Zipline ,.. ect. Chiang Rai : White temple, Blue temple, Baan Dam museum, Huey Pla Kang temple, Longneck hilltribes village, Sang Kaew Phathiyan temple, Doi Chang, Singha Park, Mae Fha Luang Gerden, Doi Mae Salong, Tea Plantation, Golden Triangle, The Hall of Opium museum, Tham Luang Nang Non Cave, ect... Mae Hong Son : Pang Ung, Ban Rak Thai, Longneck hilltribes village,Tham Lot Nature And Wildife Education Centre, Ban Chabo Community, Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, Tham Pla-Pha Suea National Park, Doi Mae U Kho, ect... And Pai District : Pai Canyon, Memorial Bridge, Santichon village, hot spring, Boon Kho Ku Sui Bridge, Yun Lai Viewpoint, Huai Nam Dang National Park, ect... Lampang : Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang, Wat Phrataht Doi Phra Chan, Wat Phutthabat Sutthawat, Chae Son National Park, Thai Elephant Conservation Center, Kat Kong Ta Walking Street, ect.... Lamphun : Wat Phrathat HaripunchaiWoramahawihan, Khun Tan Tunnel, Doi Khun Tan National Park,Wat Cham Thewi, ect... Sukhothai : Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Ancient Remains, Wat Si Chum, ect...

Chiang Dao Trekking & Hidden Village Adventure

9. Chiang Dao Trekking & Hidden Village Adventure

Our 2 day & 1 night tour offers you a perfect combination of nature and culture. This adventure will give you a deep appreciation for mother nature as you will be surrounded by lush jungles, rushing rivers and unique plants. Our all-inclusive, 2 day Chiang Dao adventure tour will start with you being picked up from your hotel by one of our awesome local tour guides who will be so excited to show you beautiful Chiang Dao and its local village; Ban Mae Maeh village. Plus, all of our Thai guides speak great English, so nothing will be lost in translation even when you're in a jungle where locals don't speak English! This tour is private and all-inclusive so we’ve got everything covered from start to finish - no need to worry about where to sleep, food, ticket costs or entrance fees. This 2 days adventure will be packed with exciting activities, good food, beautiful scenery, secretly located spots and much much more! On this tour you will: -Trek approximately 3-4 hours through a beautiful nature trail in a lush, green jungle -Learn how to roast local coffee, brew tea and weave your own traditional bamboo basket -Be accommodated in a nice homestay with a clean room, comfortable bed and private toilet -Visit temples, a vegetable farm and nice local café -Swim and have a picnic at one of the waterfalls -Experience the real culture of this amazing city, while taking in some of its most beautiful spots. Your guide will even act as your personal photographer during the tour and help you to get some great insta-worthy snaps! For an unforgettable experience of Chiang Mai, book your tour with us today. We can’t wait to show you around!

Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave, Sticky Waterfall with Longneck

10. Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave, Sticky Waterfall with Longneck

08.00 Pick up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city. Transfer to Chiang Dao Cave is an attractive cave in Chiang Mai. It is located at the foothills of Doi Luang Chiang Dao in Chiang Dao district. The stalagmite and the stalactite, causing different shapes, inside the cave stun the tourists by their natural beauty. Chiang Dao Cave is a giant cave with beautiful stalagmite and the stalactite inside that form spontaneously. Visit hill tribe village. Here you can walk into a village. They sit in their stalls and go about their work of weaving and hand crafting various things. You will see their tradition costume including Hmong, Akha, Lahu and also Karen hill tribe. Lunch at Local Restaurant. Sticky Waterfall One of the most unique places we’ve ever been to in Thailand is called Bua Tong or the Sticky Waterfalls. These waterfalls are not only impressive and gorgeous, but a special feature allows you to climb directly up the rocks into the oncoming cascading water. Transfer to hotel End service

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based on 138 reviews

We had two guides, one of them was very nice and seemed to enjoy doing the activities with us. The other was nice at times but mostly grumpy and made inappropriate jokes and comments that bothered several people on the tour which put a damper on the trip for me. Apart from that, it was a great experience. The cave was really nice, the lunch was good, and the kayaking was beautiful. The kayaking is about an hour, maybe more, so it’s a good idea to be in decent physical shape. At the end of kayaking, you end up in a rural area. The bathrooms here are VERY dilapidated, most of the roofs caved in, bugs everywhere. Just not great, very hard to get changed into dry clothes but I wore quick drying clothes so I opted out.

Amazing trip to the Sticky waterfall. You can climb up or down with ropes (or without). We where early at this please and that was very good! We also went to Srilanna National Park with a longtail boot. Wow, it was amazing. At the floating restaurant there was a delicious lunch for me and a had time to cano over the water. Even I tried to stand on a paddle board and I did it! Great compliment for driver and guide Pat!! I was alone at this trip but he did not cancel it. I m so thankful. Also for the very nice pictures he made of me!!

Ronny was a fantastic guide, the trip was nice , ronny is helpfull and answers al questions , thank you so much

Was so much fun, Nop our tour guide was the best, had a great day thank you

We had plenty of time on each excursion. Great guide and driver!!!