UNIQUE + ETHICAL ADVENTURES
STARTING AT ONLY $24
The Chai Lai Orchid offers sustainable, eco-friendly tours including elephant experiences, day treks and overnight homestays in hill tribe villages.
our core values: respecting nature + local traditions and culture
MOST POPULAR ADVENTURES
ELEPHANT WATERFALL ADVENTURE TREK (1 DAY)
SUMMER SPECIAL! $99 per person Highlights Include:
- Become friends with elephants through ethical interactions
- Hike northern Thailand’s most scenic landscapes jungle rice terraces
- Visit Karen hilltribe village
- Swim in waterfalls
- Bamboo rafting
ELEPHANT RESCURE AND MOUNTAIN HOMESTAY (2 Days)
$150 per person
All of the above plus an overnight homestay in a Karen hill tribe village. Voted by guests as their most eye-opening, authentic cultural experience. Miles away from the bustling city and tourist traps you have a chance to unplug and relax. Enjoy dinner cooked over the fire and peaceful nights under the stars as you learn from your hosts about the traditional Karen way of life.
Elephant Caretaker EXPERIENCE (half day)
$88 per person (one elephant per person)
Learn what it’s like to care for an elephant! Meet our elephant family, including three adorable baby elephants. Feed your elephant and bathe her in the river. Learn how to give basic commands and ride bareback or walk with her through the jungle. You may work with your own elephant or share with a friend.
CUSTOM CHIANG MAI CITY AND JUNGLE TOURS
Prices start at $24 per person
Want to feel more like a local than a tourist? We offer private, fully customizable tours as an alternative to the big group tours sold elsewhere. This allows you to have the best experience possible, spend your time wisely and get all the best insights on the Chiang Mai area from those who know it best – the locals! Check out our custom private tours page or scroll down to the "Activities A La Carte" section for ideas.
WALK WITH RESCUED ELEPHANTS $99
ADVENTURES A LA CARTE
Can't decide what to do? Build a custom adventure by mixing and matching fun things to do in Chiang Mai!
ZIPLINE ECO ADVENTURE
Enjoy the thrill of flying over the jungle canopy. On the zipline you wil glide through breathtaking views of the rainforest and a waterfall. Great fun for families. We work with ziplines who promote community-based tourism and support hill tribe communities. 1600-2400 THB 1/2 Day
Escape the hustle and bustle of Chiang Mai for a day and come and enjoy the serenity of nature with a guided romp through local jungles and farm lands. Have fun and get dirty! 2000 THB half day
Orchid and Butterfly Farm is nice place to stop by in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai. Visitors can enjoy exotic orchids year round. These farms also have special butterfly enclosures where tropical species can be seen and photographed. 100 THB + transport
Traditional Sak Yant (also called Sak Yan, or Yantra) tattoos are hand-etched onto the skin using ancient geometric designs mixed with Buddhist prayers. They are believed to give the wearer magic powers associated with healing, luck, strength, and protection against evil. 1500 THB and up
LEARN TO COOK
Cooking Thai food is an art form and you can learn to cook in Chiang Mai! Cooking classes can me 1/2 day or full day and include a cookbook so you can take your new skills home with you. A great opportunity to enjoy Thai cooking and culture. 800-1200 THB
thailand travel photo shoot
Possibly the best souvenir. Forget selfies and pestering strangers, your own personal travel photographer will capture highlights of your journey in a contemporary and candid style. Return home with amazing photography of your travels to share with friends and family. 5000-15000 THB
KANTHOKE DINNER AND DANCE
Created to showcase the traditional Northern Thailand, Lanna, culture. Enjoy authentic traditional Thai food kanthoke style. Highlights include the Thai fingernail dance and the swords dance which was developed from an ancient martial art. 570 THB
Thailand boasts a variety of exciting markets, but few are as intriguing and diverse as the markets in Chiang Mai. They offer everything from fresh fruits to hand made trinkets and clothing. The Night Bazaar is open every night and offer a huge range of touristic trinkets, clothing and other knick-knacks. The Saturday and Sunday markets offer handmade products and some of the best food stalls in Thailand. Price depends on transportation style
PHA CHOR CANYON
Striking canyon located in Mae Wang national park features sandstone pillars 30 meters high. Pha Chor is natural phenomena caused by an uplift of one of the Earth’s plates and also by erosion of wind and rain. Price depends on transportation.
Thai massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. In room 300 THB per hour
STANDUP PADDLEBOARDING ON THE RIVER
One of our guests (and staff) favorite day tours. Workout + Chill + Swim while soaking up the sun and taking in the views of Chiang Mai's stunning jungle and countryside. 1950 THB
One of Thailand's most stunning national parks. Doi Inthanon is the highest peak of the Inthanon Range (2,565 meters). The altitude of the park has given rise to a unique flora and fauna, cloud forest, which isn't found in other parts of Thailand. The park is home to some very spectacular waterfalls. Doi Inthanon is great to visit anytime of year but the waterfalls are at their most spectacular May through to November. 3000 THB full day
Northern Thailand offers the perfect playground for river exploration, All year especially at low water levels we venture into the jungles exploring the unspoiled natural forests of the north. In the wet season the open and wider river with its swift currents drifts us passed remarkable countryside and mountain-scapes. 2300 THB
Get to see the beauty of the jungle and swim at waterfalls. Trip includes English speaking Karen guide and lunch. 1 Day 1500 THB
Chiang Mai Night Safari
This expansive animal park is open day and night, but the real action happens after dark, when you can view all sorts of critters from the back of an open-sided tram. You can get close and feed many exotic animals, including giraffe! Great for children! 800 THB Adult 400 THB Child
Soak us the sunshine and enjoy the cool river while floating down the river on a traditional bamboo raft. 600 THB
Give an elephant a scrub and cool her off in the river. The price is per elephant. You can have your own elephant or share with your friend. 1500 THB