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Chiang Mai: Ping River Night Kayaking Trip

1. Chiang Mai: Ping River Night Kayaking Trip

Set off on a nighttime kayaking tour of Chiang Mai. Start at dusk and see the city as its lights turn on for the evening. Journey on an easy-to-navigate river past restaurants, homes, and Mai Yai trees. Discover the romance of the Ping river as you set out on a 6 kilometer kayaking trip. Paddle through the city center and take in views of the sights from the water. Drift slowly with the river. Float by massive native Mai Yai trees. Go under brightly lit bridges and listen to the music spilling out of riverside restaurants. Admire charming waterside homes. Enjoy the colors of the Chiang Mai skyline at night.

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. 

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

3. 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 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 approximately 1 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 and see the numerous bats that make the caves their home. Enjoy kayaking during the trip into the Caves to complete this day perfectly. 

From Chiang Mai: Mae Taeng Forest Full-Day River Kayaking

4. From Chiang Mai: Mae Taeng Forest Full-Day River Kayaking

Arrive at the Mae Ping River and recieve paddling instructions from your guide in your single or double kayak and after some practice, begin your river adventure. Enjoy the absence of modern civilization as you float contentedly through the Mae Taeng Forest. Get a glimpse of rural life and spot the occasional fisherman casting a net into the Mae Ping or a farmer herding water buffaloes. Pause and watch for native and migrating birds that thrive in this protected region. Enjoy lunch on the riverbank, then kayak to your final destination in the Mae Taeng Forest Reserve where a canopy of overhanging trees offers shade. 

From Chiang Mai: Bike and Kayak Tour

5. From Chiang Mai: Bike and Kayak Tour

After your 8:30 AM pick-up directly from your hotel in Chiang Mai, relax as you travel in comfort up to the beautiful Mae Ngat Valley. As you arrive at the start point for your day of adventure, the amazing Ban Den Temple, located at the entrance of the valley, will come into view. The richness and variety of the shrines and Bhuddas here is truly inspiring.  Heading further into the valley by bike, pass through open rice fields with local farmers tending to their crops using traditional farming techniques. The ride is leisurely and the pace is just right, so when it is time to cool off, make a stop at a local produce market and see what's on the menu. Ready for a change of pace the kayaking leg of your adventure can begin, heading by water into the Mae Taeng Jungle Reserve. With the favorable currants of the river, paddle gently down the river listening to the pleasant birdlife around you. Only accessible by boat, you will find peace in this serene, quiet setting. Look out for a variety of bird and wildlife as you head to the south end of the Mae Ngat Valley. From the river bank, in a beautiful plantation setting,  find a cozy restaurant with a well-deserved meal and a cold drink waiting for you. 

Chiang Mai: Cycle and Kayak Guided Tour

6. Chiang Mai: Cycle and Kayak Guided Tour

You will be transferred to the cycling starting point where your guide will provide you with a quick briefing and fit you with a 24-gear TREK 4300 model mountain bike and helmet. Cycle a 20-kilometer loop along rural roads through this scenic valley, where you will encounter mostly flat terrain and a few off-road sections along irrigation canals and rice paddies – authentic northern Thailand countryside. Then, you will enjoy a home-cooked Thai meal in a tropical garden, before swapping your bike for a kayak. You'll be transferred to the nearby Mae Ngat Dam in Sri Lanna National Park to begin paddling, where you'll eventually reach tranquil floating raft houses. Here you can choose to either have a drink (not included), relax on the deck, or swim around the raft house. Next you'll take a 15-minute motorboat journey back to the shore, followed by a short transfer to the adventure base, Le Cocotier Resort. Here you can relax and have a drink or take a shower if needed before being transferred back to your accommodation in Chiang Mai city.

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.

From Chiang Mai: Sri Lanna Lake with Kayaking/SUP

8. From Chiang Mai: Sri Lanna Lake with Kayaking/SUP

Get picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city center and drive 60km to the Sri Lanna National park. You can enjoy a 14 km round trip past lush jungle and across open waterscapes. In good conditions, we enter the reservoir from the west and kayak to a group of floating boathouses.  At the floating restaurant, you are provided lunch and refreshments. A diving tower invites you for a dip while others might explore the bay on their own. After a playful day at the lake, the group heads back on a kayak, enjoying the fantastic views of the Mae Ngat Valley and Sri Lanna National Park along the way.

Chaing Mai: Private Trekking at Doi Inthanon and Pha Chor

9. Chaing Mai: Private Trekking at Doi Inthanon and Pha Chor

Enjoy a private trekking tour of Doi Inthanon National Park and Pha Chore canyon. Drive to the highest point in Thailand before your guided trek through the natural paths that run along the Pha Dok Soew Waterfall. Drive to Pha Chore and trek to the canyon with time for photos before heading back. Embark on your drive to Doi Inthanon National Park in the morning and find yourself at the highest point in Thailand. Bisit a stupa that contains the famous Chiang Mai King's ashes and admire The King and Queen Pagoda on the drive back down. Arrive at the trekking starting point and begin your guided trek along the Pha Dok Soew Waterfall. Feel the peace as you walk through the pristine nature and take photos as you please. Passby padded fields and try a coffee at Baan Mae Klang Luang. Take a break for lunch before driving to the Pha Chore canyon. Enjoy this mini trek to the great canyon, with time to relax in the area, gaze at the view, and take pictures. Head back to the hotel, rejuvinated and full of new knowledge.

From Chiang Mai: 2-Day Trip Cycling & Kayaking in Mae Taeng

10. From Chiang Mai: 2-Day Trip Cycling & Kayaking 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-

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

I really I enjoyed the trip. With the cave there are lots of bats and I got to crawl through some small passages. Worth the effort. I took a backpack in a would recommend not doing that as there are spots with a very tight squeeze. The rafting was also good. I was told it was about 6klm, but it felt more like 10+ klm of pleasant paddling and flowing with the current.

Danae (our tour guide) was super fun, and the Kayak experience was great! We really enjoyed watching the sun set along the Ping River and the route he took us on showed us a bit of river life. My friend and I kayaked a bit too fast, and so we went a little further than normal to ensure that we were on the river for an appropriate amount of time.

It was last minute but it was soo worth it! I found my new hobby which is kayaking and I felt great afterwards! The guides were awesome and a great time seeing Chiang Mai during Songkran holidays! Highly recommended!

Absolutely amazing!! Well worth it. The cave is magnificent and Jo and Jen were fantastic guides. The 2 hour kayak through the jungle will leave you breathless.

Ended up just being me and the tour guide, a lovely private tour down the river! highly recommend