Highlights of Chiang Mai Adventure - 1 Day

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Volunteer with Elephants + Hike to Waterfalls + Bamboo Raft + visit a Karen hill tribe Village

$125 / 4000 THB per person

Traveling with friends? Enquire for a group rate.

Experience the best of Northern Thailand and escape the crowds with our boutique tour. Join us for a full day filled with swimming at waterfalls and befriending elephants in the jungle…

Learn how to take care of an Asian elephant: one on one time with your own elephant will let you get to know her personality. Take in some of Northern Thailand’s most beautiful landscapes on a hike with a local Karen guide. Visit a Karen, Hmong, or Lahu village and swim in a hidden waterfall. Bamboo raft down the Mae Wang River that winds through the jungle mountains of Northern Thailand. Feed all the elephants in the herd, bathe a baby, and walk with or bareback ride an elephant through the jungle. Finally, say goodbye to the elephants before heading back to the city, or enjoy refreshments and snacks at our riverside cafe.

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availability is limited so that each person can bond with their own elephant. this is a tailored, private tour, not a group Tour. 

DEPARTURE LOCATION

Chiang Mai, Three Kings Monument or a nearby hotel 

Time

Coming from Chiang Mai: depart at ~9:00am, return at ~6-pm

ITINERARY

This trip is well organized but relaxed. In order to give you the best experience and maximum time doing your preferred activities, there's not a set schedule.  We are flexible to accommodate a different order should you want to spend more time in an activity or change your schedule. The day may feel less structured than what you're used to but rest assured, you'll get a chance to experience everything! Most of the trek starting points are off mountain roads, some of which require 4WD for safety, so we will travel by truck.

Here is generally what to expect with this trip… 

Hike

  • We offer private custom tours: you can hike anywhere from 1 to 4 hours, depending on what you ask for. If you don't specify what you want, hikes are usually 2 to 3 hours, moderate in difficulty

Lunch

  • Play in the waterfall, explore and relax

  • Your guide will cook you a meal using local ingredients over a fire

  • After lunch, you'll typically wander through a Hill Tribe village where your guide can tell you about local life

Bamboo rafting

  • A truck will take you to the bamboo rafting starting point

  • We suggest leaving your camera and anything you don't want to get wet in the truck, which will meet you after rafting

  • Depending on the time of year, the ride can have rapids or just be relaxing. It is about 1 hour and always lots of fun!

  Elephants

  • Don't be afraid to get a little wet when you bathe and play with our baby elephant in the river

  • Spend the afternoon walking alongside these gentle giants, feeding them and bathing them in the river

  • Learn how to take care of elephants from their knowledgable caretakers

Pricing

4000 BAHT - 1 person per elephant

Crave more outdoor action than a one day trip?  get off the beaten path and Experience a Karen homestay to create a unique 2 day trek.

BRING

  • Comfortable athletic clothing

  • Towel

  • Swimwear

  • Sandals with good grip / trekking shoes

  • Change of clean clothes

  • Bug-spray

  • Sunscreen

  • Cash for buying drinks or handcrafts

Included

  • Lunch

  • Professional elephant caretakers

  • Guides to translate and take photos for you

  • Transportation

  • Insurance

Not included

  • Beer and additional beverages and snacks

  • Tips for guides and mahouts