Tour code: 3685CNX28
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 raft. 
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

Katrina A USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was a lot of fun. Even though we were unable to raft due to the low water, our guide made sure to include additional sights to make up for it. We were able to visit a beautiful orchid farm and butterfly garden. The elephants were so cute and friendly, and the ride through the jungle provided us the opportunity to enjoy the scenery. The mahouts were professional and kind to the elephants, and we felt safe at every step. Lunch was also provided at the Tiger Kingdom, so we got a chance to take pictures with the tigers as well. I would definitely recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The elephant trek is a great pleasure, ue to the dry season and lacking water the rafting was cancelled and replaced by a monkey show. The latter was regrettable.

Laura C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a wonderful day! The elephants were amazing, the trek up into the mountain to the hill tribe village was great. Riding the elephant for 1.5 hrs up a stream and back through the river....amazing.
The rafting down the river on a bamboo raft was a great experience, despite the low water which made it a bit difficult...water buffalo as water hazards in the river... unforgetable!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Every thing was well organized. Nice elephant ride in jungle river, stream, etc.. Nice rafting. Not much water this time of year, but they can't control that.Very good lunch.
We ask to complete the day by visiting hills tribes to see the long neck women and they organised that easily.

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.

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