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Chiang Mai: Kayaking Adventure


Full-Day River Kayaking Trip in Chiang Dao, Northern Thailand Jungle from Chiang Mai

Meet your guide at your Chiang Mai hotel and journey out into the countryside to begin your kayaking adventure. After learning the basics of paddling and steering your kayak, zip up your life jacket and take to the waters of the Ping River.


Follow your guide on a thrilling tour, floating down tranquil creeks, paddling through flooded forests and overgrown waterways. As you wind through the bamboo forests and duck beneath overhanging trees, hear about the local hunters and fishermen that frequent the region’s wild landscapes from your guide. 

Along the way, spot birds, tropical fish and other native wildlife as you paddle deeper into the jungle, then stop to re-fuel with a delicious lunch (included) by the riverside. 

Finally, return to your starting point for the transfer back to Chiang Mai and end your tour with drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: this tour is suitable for motivated beginners with a reasonable level of fitness


830 am we provide a hotel pickup and stop at the shop for a intro lesson in river kayaking.
A scenic 1 hr 15 minute drive takes us to our far north Mae Ping river “Put IN”
After a final hands on (the paddle ) briefing , we follow the creek like river with its high grass banks and amazing mountain scapes for about 1.5 hrs towards the entrance of the jungle where we enjoy our riverside lunch.
We follow the here the creek like river with its high grass banks and amazing mountain scapes towards the entrance of the jungle where we enjoy our riverside lunch.

After a refreshing lunch we are back in the water now following the river through thick jungle, listening to the forest sounds navigating overhanging trees to emerge after about 1.5 hrs at our Thai village the Take OUT.
After drying up and changing our clothes we are ready for our haul back to Chiang Mai but not without astonishing views of the massive Chiang Dao mountain as the sun sets behind . return around 6 pm

What’s included?

  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Kayaking instruction
  • all gear, quality river kayak

Please note

excluded  River fee/ insurance 150 baht

What do I need to bring?

sunscreen, hat , change of clothes, repellent. water shoes if you them.

Cancellation policy

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before event

More info: https://mountainbikethailand.com/kayak-a-chiang-dao-jungle-kayak/


2-Day Mae Ping River Kayaking Adventure from Chiang mai

This 2 day trip is perfect for the relaxed kayaker wanting to explore the Northern Thai Valleys and jungles away from all the hustle and bustle of Chiang Mai city. Exploring the Chiang dao regent we are placed perfectly for our adventure.

2 days is the perfect way to experience northern Thai river life from a kayak . A 1 1/2 hr drive gets us to the northern part of the Chiang Dao valley. The ping river here a creek like water way invites us for a pleasant but interesting journey downstream through farm fields and jungles. Uninterrupted besides a hot lunch at river side we glide after 17 km into the main Chiang Dao valley. Its late afternoon and we head for our dwelling near Chiang dao mountain for a comfortable night at a local guest house.  A big breakfast in the morning and we are ready to tackle day 2 . With Chiang Dao Cave so close we might be tempted to hike it for a 1 hr duration. (optional)  . Once back on the river we immediately notice the majestic Chiang Dao mountain that rises above the rest of this scenic valley. It seems every turn in the river shows the mountain from a different perspective , a nice focus while drifting past.  The 18 km kayak trip on the Mae Ping River crossing the valley is rewarded with breathtaking views of the mountain range and interesting elements of local farm life. Arriving in the late afternoon at the southern end of the valley we complete the 2nd leg of our trip.  


Day 1 :  2 day Mae Ping River Kayaking

8:30 am Hotel Pickup , drop off at the shop for sign up and river lessons
9:30 am we drive to the Northern Chiang Dao Valley, Ping River Put IN (about 1 hr 15 minutes)

11:00 am Final Paddle stroke check and take off down the river

1: 30 pm hot lunch at the riverside

2:30 pm  continue through amazing Jungle forest 

4:30 pm at our take out near Chiang dao town 

Transfer to our guest house near Chaign Dao Mountain and the cave

Free time delicious dinner and a comfortable bed and hot shower

Day 2 :  2 day Mae Ping River Kayaking

8:30 am Breakfast in Bed (just kidding)
9:30 am optional walk through the famous Chiang Dao cave or up to a small monastery
10:30 am time to get back in the river to cross the Chiang Dao Valley by Mae Ping River with magnificent views of the mountain range
2:30 pm  arrival at our lunch place and take out at the south end of the Valley   4:00pm return to your hotel

What’s included?

Transport to northern Chiang Dao valley from Chiang mai (90 km)

Experienced kayak guide

all kayaking and safety equipment

all drinking water

lunch (2) breakfast 1, dinner 1

overnight accommodation (guesthouse)

hotel transfer

Please note

This trip is designed for beginner to intermediate kayakers .

Excluded are river fee /insurance 200 baht

What do I need to bring?

bring overnight clothes, kayaking shorts, t-shirt or Lycra. water shoes or sneakers .

repellent, hat , sunscreen 

Cancellation policy

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 5 days or less before event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 6 days or less before event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before event

More info: https://mountainbikethailand.com/kayak-f-2-day-mae-ping-river-jungle-adventure/

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