- Experience beautiful northern Thailand
- Take a river bath with the elephants
- Bamboo rafting on the river
- Jungle trekking
- Swimming at a waterfall
- Meeting the Karen minority
The very best way to learn more about how the locals (especially Karen minorities) live in northern Thailand is to spend two days with them and spend a night there.
Their life is simple and strongly based on traditions. It's not only interesting to be part of it for a while, but also fun, because you're going to do a lot of crazy things here. Tell me: how many times have you fed an elephant or sat on a bamboo raft?
Besides a jungle trek through the Mae Wang region, a few visits to minority villages and a hike to where your bamboo rafting starts, you will also go to the Mae Wang waterfall (and yes, you can swim there). But for many, the highlight is helping feed the elephants and bathing with these special animals.
What to bring. A small backpack, tissues/toilet paper, some money for drinks, sturdy (hiking) shoes, swimwear, a towel, insect repellent, sunburn, a rain jacket (in the rainy season), dry clothes, toothbrush, warm clothes (for evenings and nights).
On the evening before this tour, the guide will drop by your hotel in Chiang Mai around 19.00 - 19.30 to give more information about the tour.
This trek is done in a group of up to 12 people.
Good, because our driver will pick you up from your hotel in Chiang Mai by pick-up truck in the early morning.
Upon arrival, you'll help feed elephants and get to bathe with them in the river.
Lunch is at the Karen village. Then it's time to put on the hiking boots (or other sturdy shoes). Today's jungle trek is 8 to 10 kilometres. The guide will show you the most beautiful spots and point out the peculiarities of the northern Thai jungle.
Dinner will be served in the Karen village.
This day starts with a 5-kilometre trek that ends at a waterfall. You can swim here and there is lunch.
After this, you will walk about 5 kilometres through the jungle to the spot by the river where the bamboo rafting begins. The raft across the river takes about 30 to 45 minutes.
Then you will be taken back to Chiang Mai by pick-up truck, where you will arrive late in the afternoon.
- Optional excursions
- Other meals