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

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 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Highly recommended! It is probably the most adventurous trip I have ever had! Going through the jungle and across the river with an elephant! And my son has rated this the highest score for the whole Thailand trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was the best day!!! The guide was so friendly and answered so many of our questions about Thailand and elephants. Riding an elephant through the Thailand jungle was an absolutely unforgettable experience. I would recommend this tour to anyone!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Definitely recommend, and the river rafting was the best!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This trip was amazing!! Riding the elephants was one of the most incredible experiences of my lifetime. My husband and I were on our honeymoon in Thailand. We saw so many spectacular things, but this trip was by far our favorite thing we did in Thailand. Do it!! You will not regret it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was great! The staff was amazing and had a great time! The elephants were well treated and the stops along the way was fun. Also, the lunch was great not your typical buffet but a plated meal that was the best I had a tour on my whole trip to Thailand!!!

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