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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

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 setting, marvel at the worlds largest land animal, performing amazing feats of strength and skill, at the command of their 'mahouts'.


  • 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

Then follow an exhilarating elephant trek through the neighboring jungle, past bamboo trees and hanging creepers, upwards toward a remote Lisu hilltribe village. The Lisu hilltribe people originated in Tibet and their villages are usually located in the mountains around 3280 feet. Local lunch is provided. After lunch, you will enjoy a thrilling river rafting adventure down the Ping River.

On return to Chiang Mai, the journey continues by road to an Orchid Farm at Mae Sa. There is ample time to stroll around this scenic area where a picturesque forest waterfall can also be found.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour - lots of fun.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Loved it!! would definitely recommend been one of holidays highlights

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