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

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

This Chiang Dao elephant jungle trek and Ping River Rafting Tour from Chiang Mai is perfect for the truly adventurous. Journey with your expert local guide approximately 37 kilometers north of Chiang Mai to the Ping River, where you’ll spend some time watching the gentle giants of Dao Elephant Camp. Trek through the nearby jungle atop one of this iconic Thai animals and learn about their lives on this protected area from your guide. The tour also includes a visit to the Lisu Hilltribe, a traditional bamboo rafting trip along the scenic Ping River, and a stop at a typical orchid farm in nearby Mae Sa. 


  • Follow an exhilarating Elephant trek in the remote jungle of northern Thailand
  • Visit the ancient culture of the Lisu Hilltribe which originated in the remote mountains of Tibet
  • Visit Mae Sa, where you can take a stroll through the Orchid Farm and picturesque surroundings
  • Friendly and informative guide
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop off

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What You Can Expect

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

River rafting on Ping River - Chiang Mai

Your Chiang Dao elephant jungle trek and Ping River Rafting Tour from Chiang Mai kicks off with pick up from your hotel. An expert local guide will travel with you through the scenic landscapes of northern Thailand in the air-conditioned comfort of your vehicle. Make a stop at the Dao Elephant Camp, where you’ll get an up close look at these gentle giants at work before climbing atop their towering backs and heading out on a jungle trekking adventure. Make your way to Lisu Hilltribe with your guide, who will provide insight and information about this traditional tribe that hails from Tibet. Enjoy a local lunch before heading off on a thrilling ride along the Ping River on a traditional bamboo 

You’ll tour a typical orchid farm in nearby Mae Sa, where you’ll have time to walk around the picturesque waterfalls, before being dropped back at your Chiang Mai hotel. 

Customer Reviews

Donna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Viewing how the elephants are cared for, feed, washed and played with was wonderful. Riding on them through the forest was such a unique experience and then up the river was unforgettable. Lunch was lovely after rafting down the river and we shared it with a great bunch of people. our visit to the Orchid farm on the way to the elephants was just beautiful and we snapped off many photos. great tour. thank you

Tsz Chuen Sunny H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

More than 60 minutes ride on a natural stream, several minutes on a 1m deep river.

Maureen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour - lots of fun.

Yosef A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide PEO was absolutely the best! The elephant trekking was incredible through a jungle in the river. The raft down the river was pretty cool to. PEO Even stopped in the village to show us what it was like to live with the locals. It was very informative and a wonderful experience. Romantic, unique, and a special experience - and we even made wonderful friends with another couple on their honeymoon from Canada.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour!

martin p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Brilliant very helpful guide who really looked after us. The elephant sanctuary really seemed to look after the elephants, the show was great we bought the elephant's painting and my mahout was hilarious! Would definitely recommend it for all ages.

Michelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was wonderful!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Simply brilliant - as with other tours we booked via Viatour - far exceeded our expections.

Anna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Excellent tour. We had just a small group and everything was efficient from pick up right through the day. The Elephant trek was great along with the river rafting. One of the best trips I have completed in Thailand.

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Roong was a wonderful guide, explaining local customs, sights, and clearly explaining what was going to happen during the day. As an added bonus, Roong and our driver stopped at the Tiger Kingdom for about an hour to let us take pictures with the tigers.

The elephant trek was quite enjoyable and we did hike up the Ping river just like in the pictures on Viator. We spent only a few minutes in the hill tribe village. I would have preferred a few more minutes there to look at how they lived.

The river rafting tour took about an hour and was very relaxing. The kids took turns poling the raft down the river, which thrilled them. Fair warning: there's a lot of sun out on the river, so be sure to wear strong sunblock.

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