The Mae Ping River cuts through Chiang Mai just a few blocks east of the old city and night market. In central Chiang Mai the banks of the river have been developed and are home to hotels, open-air restaurants, and bars, while in the countryside the river retains its natural charms. The ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam is also set on the banks of the Mae Ping River south of Chiang Mai.

Sight-seeing tours and dinner cruises along the Mae Ping River available. For the more adventurous, kayaking and rafting trips can be arranged.

Practical Info

The Mae Ping River flows through Chiang Mai just east of the city center. From Chiang Mai it continues south and joins the Chao Phraya River near Bangkok before emptying into the Gulf of Thailand.

The Mae Ping River has a history of breaching its banks and has caused severe flooding in Chiang Mai as recently as 2011.

Tours & Tickets

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Chiang Dao Elephant Jungle Trek and Ping River Rafting Tour from Chiang Mai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

For the truly adventurous! Approximately 37 miles north of Chiang Mai, situated on the banks of the Ping River, is Chiang Dao Elephant Camp. In an unspoiled ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.95

Elephant Trek, Rafting and Hilltribe Village Tour from Chiang Mai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Approximately 60 Kilometers north of Chiang Mai, situated on the banks of the Ping River is Chiang Dao Elephant Camp. In an unspoiled setting, marvel at these ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.55

Private Tour: Lamphun Day Trip by Train from Chiang Mai

Travel by local train to Lamphun, the ancient capital of the Hariphunchai Kingdom, on this comprehensive private tour from Chiang Mai. During your in-depth ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.51

Mae Ping River Small-Group Tour

Discover the enchanting culture of the Chiang Mai area on this small-group Mae Ping River tour! Visit Wat Chai Mongkol, an architecturally stunning temple, and ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 4-5 hours

From USD $67.84

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