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

Elephant Trek, Rafting and Hilltribe Village Tour from Chiang Mai

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 colossal beasts of burden performing amazing feats of strength and skill, at the command of their "mahouts".


  • Enjoy an exhilarating Elephant trek through Thailand's jungle
  • Relax upon the Ping River as you float along on a bamboo raft
  • Lisu Hilltribe - originating from Tibet, this ancient culture reside high in the mountain ranges away from civilization
  • Lunch is included
  • Friendly and informative guide
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop off

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Elephant Trek, Rafting and Hilltribe Village Tour from Chiang Mai

Elephant Trek, Rafting and Hilltribe Village Tour from Chiang Mai

Then follow an exhilarating elephant trek through the neighboring jungle, past bamboo trees and hanging creepers, upwards towards a remote Lisu hilltribe village. The Lisu hilltribe people originated in Tibet and their villages are usually located in the mountains around 1000 metres. Local lunch is provided.

Then comes the time for your relaxing bamboo raft trip along the Ping River. After visit some unspoiled hilltribe villages in Chiang Dao, such as, Karen, and Palaung Hilltribe Villages. If time permits, you may visit some other nearby hilltribe villages like, Akha, Lahu, and Lisu. On return to Chiang Mai, the journey continues by road to an Orchid Farm at Mae Sa.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

love the tour, will recommend to friends and family.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

My tour guide was great! It ended up being a private tour. Just myself, the driver and the guide. She was fantastic though! We even stopped at the Tiger Kingdom, place that makes silver, and a place that makes Thai silk! So worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Outstanding from start to finish. Very well done!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

We were picked up promptly by a friendly guide. Straight to the elephant camp, it was lovely to see them all, we saw a brief show of the work they had been trained to do which did not seem like cruel circus act as we had inadvertently seen on another trip but something that had been performed for centuries as working elephants. A half hour trip on elephant back took us to a hill tribe who were selling their wares. They weren't pushy at all which was nice. The ride was a lot more comfortable than expected too. We then headed back via the river which was a great experience.
On our return we had the lunch that was included in the tour. The toilets there were overrun with ants but I would say that this was the case in much of Chiang Mai and I doubt there was much could be done about it.We then had a lovely relaxed trip on a raft for around 45 minutes before being driven back. They also took a photo of us on elephant back which they had printed and put into a great keepsake frame for just 200bht (about £5) which we thought was really reasonable for such a great souvenir. We were given a choice of things to do on the way back as we had some spare time and the guide took us to Tiger Kingdom where we paid extra (by our own choice) to enter and spend time in the cage with some tigers. All in all a very memorable trip that we would highly recommend, enjoy!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

This is was the best excursion we did in Bangkok, Phuket or Chiang Mai. Our guide was Khun Roong who spoke great English, she was very knowledgeable and friendly. This is a must do if you go to Chiang Mai.

Fiona F
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

An amazing day; best trip of our holiday - fantastic time with the elephants, the hilltribe tour and the rafting was so relaxing and beautiful. Lunch was brilliant. We even managed a visit to Tiger Kingdom on the way back - awesome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

Great tour with informative staff!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

It was a great experience.Pick up from our hotel,the guide was (at last!!!) speaking english very good,the elephant trek amazing and the rafting incredible..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Piew was our group tour guide for this tour, and he was excellent. We first visited an orchid farm which was really interesting to see. Next we went on to the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp which was such an amazing experience. The camp seemed to take very good care of the elephants and was much less commercial than many of the other elephant camps in the area. We watched a show by the elephants with demonstrations and elephant painting, and then took a long jungle trek through the jungle riding the elephant. After returning, we took a bamboo raft ride down the Ping River which was so relaxing. Great experience overall.

Wassan was also a great driver. Wassan and Piew went out of their way to take us back to the elephant camp when we forgot to buy an elephant painting, which we really appreciated. Highly recommended tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Great trip overall, our guide, Meow was very attentive, clear spoken and always smiling.

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