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!
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!
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
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!
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..
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!
Great trip overall, our guide, Meow was very attentive, clear spoken and always smiling.
This was a fantastic day tour from Chiang Mai that was well organised and gave a good blend of different activities. Our guide also knew exactly where to sit during the elephant shows. Our family loved this tour
Susan N United Kingdom
What a fantastic experience all round. We thoroughly enjoyed the elephant show, trekking through the lush green countryside on our elephant and experiencing the hill tribe village. The lunch was beautiful and plentyful though we did have to pay for our own water and the rafting peaceful and serene. All in all a memorable day!
Mark G USA
We were picked up at the hotel in Chiang Mai promptly and taken to a beautiful orchid farm and to the Chiang Dao elephant camp north of Chiang Mai for a trek atop an elephant, a visit to a Karen village, lunch and a rafting trip down the Mae Ping. Our guide was very friendly and familiar with the area and even knew the elephant names in the camp. The guide and the driver even stopped along the way to satisfy our craving for local desserts in the market.
Helene A Australia
Fantastic day out. Rafting was peaceful and provided an opportunity to sit back and really take in the surroundings. The elephants were beautiful and the ride was well worthwhile through the jungle. Not just a 15 minute treck - more like 1 1/2 hours! The Hilltribe experience was disappointing, really just a few stalls selling their wares and no real opportunity to see what life is like for them in their villages. All in all though a fantastic day!
Elmarie Magda D South Africa
What an awesome excursion to have! We had an absolute fantastic day trip. The elephant trekking was a wonderful and unforgettable experience. Although it was drizzling, the bamboo rafting was a peaceful and enjoyable ride down the river. We looked like real Thais with the straw hats similar to the picture. Our lunch was a real treat with delicious and tasty Thai food. The visits to the different Hill tribes were fascinating and really an eye opener for us to see how these people are living far away from civilization. We were a small group of only four people which meant that we were never rushed and have more than enough time to enjoy everything. A must do when visiting Chiang Mai. A real Thai experience. Thumbs up for this outing!
Denver A United Kingdom
Painting elephant was fantastic and elephant show very good. The elephant ride was an experience.
Awesome day trip. I created a montage of our trip, please check out the link. As well as the elephant trekking and bamboo rafting, we also went to see the hill tribes on this trip and were invited into their hut (home) for a chat, a humbling experience. Unfortunately I did not film our time with the hill tribes. Anyway, hope you enjoy the video of the elephant camp. I very highly recommend this trip.
We absolutely love the elephant trekking and rafting but opted to skip the hill tribe villages later in the afternoon. It was too much for one day.
Carolyn G USA
Great trip, loved the elephant trek and bamboo rafting. Easy too, took my 14 year old daughter and 71 year old mom. Great English speaking guide. Lunch at the elephant camp was excellent.
Lyn S USA
Experience was very personal, informative, comfortable, exciting and engaging, from start to finish. Our guide spoke wonderful English and expended great effort in educating us about the area and culture. Jungle trek was awesome as was the raft down the river. A truly wonderful day!
Marcia J USA
Elephants and trainers are amazing. Lisu tribe and children charming. Lunch was terrific.
Very nice tour. And our guide Tien was fantasctic, very knowledgable and a loveley person.
Jennifer J USA
Such a great experience and so relieved to know they chose a camp where they animals are treated very well. The hill tribe village part, was not the long neck, and was super small, almost looked set up just so people could buy souvenirs.
Great, well paced trip. Enjoyed the elephant trek and the rafting. Hill tribe tour was average.