The Mae Kok River, 80 miles long, running through the heart of Chiang Rai, is said to be one of the most beautiful and unspoiled rivers of the world. It flows gently along jungle banks and towering mountain cliffs. Along its route lie several hilltribes and jungle-tribes of Chiang Rai. The people are friendly and the life aboard the raft relaxing.
- Your own private guide
- Cruise down the picturesque Mae Kok River on a traditional long tailed boat
- Be spoiled for culture when you visit the Karen, Yao and Akha Hilltribe villages
- Embark on an adventure trekking through the woods on an Elephants back
- Lunch is provided
- Includes hotel pickup and drop off
What You Can Expect
The many hilltribes who inhabit the area have long trudged the mountain passes between Northern Thailand and their home villages in Burma and China. Each tribe is district, with its own culture, religion, language, art, and dress and on today's journey you will have the opportunity to meet an array of cultures.
First on this private tour you will leave the hotel for Mae Kok boat trip by long-tail boat to the Karen Hilltribe Village, where you start two hours elephant trekking up and down hill into the woods, to a Yao Hilltribe Village. Lunch will be provided and your private guide can give you a greater insight into today's touring.
After lunch visit Yao and Akha Hilltribes, both fascinating people. Then trek to a waterfall, where you can swim and take a short rest. Return to your hotel, enroute visit Chiang Rai Handicrafts Center.
Wonderful! The boat ride has beautiful scenery! The mountains! The visit to the tribes is interesting, but I guess I was expecting more. I don't know why I was expecting the elephant ride to take to the hilltribes. But it's separate. The ride is long and do take sunscreen and a hat. If its sunny, you will bake. The waterfalls were wonderful, specially after the elephant ride. But overall, it was a great experience. Lunch was really good..
Overall our stay was pleasant. I believe at one time this was a 4star hotel. It is tired looking and needs updating. The staff is very pleasant. Beware hidden charges-water in room is free- 10 steps to restaurant and you're charged three dollarafor same item. Same is true about asking for an additional bed. Took two days to straighten out that mischarge.
This tour was a waste of money because the tour guide was terrible. The elephant ride was the only good thing, but could have been done much cheaper by going there by taxi and hiring the elephant ourselves. The rest of the tour was a waste of time and money, the tour guide didn't know anything. We were supposed to visit 5 hill villages and the tour guide didn't know the difference, he said things like, "there is a building". When we asked the significance, he didn't know. He seemed to be some sort of Christian missionary and only talked about Christianity and pointed out churches. This might be acceptable in some places, but Thailand is not a Christian country (less than half a percent according to the guide).