Private Tours & Treks

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

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Baby elephant at Chai Lai Orchid

Elephant Caretaker, Karen Homestay, & Waterfall Adventure Trek (2 Days)

$150 per person | 5000 THB

  • Meet baby elephants and become friends with elephants through ethical interactions
  • Hike northern Thailand’s most scenic landscapes, jungle, and rice terraces
  • Visit a Karen hilltribe village
  • Swim in waterfalls
  • Bamboo rafting 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.
Beautiful Mae Wang landscapes

Highlights of Chiang Mai Elephant Adventure (1 DAY)

$110 per person | 3500 THB

Highlights Include:

  • Meet baby elephants and become friends with elephants through ethical interactions
  • Hike northern Thailand’s most scenic landscapes, jungle, and rice terraces
  • Visit a Karen hilltribe village
  • Swim in waterfalls
  • Bamboo rafting
Elephant Bath

Elephant Caretaker EXPERIENCE (1/2 DAY)

$95 per person | 3000 THB

Learn what it’s like to care for an elephant! Meet our elephant family, including three adorable baby elephants.

Includes:

  • Elephant feeding
  • Elephant bathing
  • Learn basic elephant commands
  • Bareback ride through the jungle (or walk alongside her)
  • 1 hour jungle river rafting on a traditional bamboo raft

    

Best Hikes and Treks

A guide to compare trails so you can plan your perfect trip $45 and up. With so much natural beauty around choosing a trek in Chiang Mai can be a bit overwhelming. If being in nature is what lights you up you will want to spend more than just a day trekking. You can book a hiking for 1 day or combine several trails for a 2 or 3 day trek.


ADVENTURES A LA CARTE

Don’t like to be tied down? Build a custom adventure by combining fun things to do in the Chiang Mai AREA! 

Jungle Wisdom survival Trek

Get off the beaten path and learn how to live in harmony with the jungle the Karen way. On this private 2-day trek you will experience Karen hill tribe cultural immersion and learn jungle survival skills such as foraging for herbal medicine and weaving from knowledgeable indigenous Karen hill tribe guides. 

$115

Learn more here 

Traditional Thai Tattoo

Traditional Thai Tattoo

Thai tattoo

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. Chaing Mai has some of the best tattoo artists in the country.  

1200 THB and up

Zipline through jungle

Zipline through jungle

ZIPLINE ECO ADVENTURE

Enjoy the thrill of flying over the jungle canopy. On the zipline you will glide through breathtaking views of the lush jungle mountain landscape. Great fun for families. We work with ziplines who promote community-based tourism and support hill tribe communities.

1600-2400 THB 1/2 Day

ATV in Mae Wang

ATV in Mae Wang

RENT ATV

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

Chiang Mai Cooking School

Chiang Mai Cooking School

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

Horse Riding and Elephant Care Private Tour

Ride rescued race horses at Second wind sanctuary and care for elephants

Elephant jungle photoshoot

Elephant jungle photoshoot

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

Traditional Chiang Mai Culture

Traditional Chiang Mai Culture

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

Mae Wang National Park

Mae Wang National Park

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

Thai Massage

Massage

Thai massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures.

500 THB per hour

Walk with Elephants

Walk with these beautiful giants through their natural habitat. 1 person per elephant. 1-6 people max

1500 THB

Pagodas at Doi Inthanon

Pagodas at Doi Inthanon

DOI INTHANON

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 from May through November.

3500 THB Full Day

Mae Sapok Waterfall

Mae Sapok Waterfall

WATERFALL HIKE

Get to see the beauty of the jungle and swim at waterfalls. Trip includes English speaking Karen guide and lunch. 

1500 THB One Day

Thai wild cat

Thai wild cat

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 giraffes! Great for children!

800 THB Adult

400 THB Child

Chai Lai Lunch with elephants 1700 2 hours

bamboo rafting

Bamboo Raft

Soak us the sunshine and enjoy the cool river while floating down the river on a traditional bamboo raft.

600 THB

Bathe a baby elephant

Bathe a baby elephant

BATHE ELEPHANTS

Give an elephant a scrub and cool her off in the river. You can have your own elephant or share with your friend.

1500 THB

Butterfly Garden in Chiang Mai

Butterfly Garden in Chiang Mai