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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

Paul J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was awesome, much more than expected! Great value, customer service and experience! I expected the elephant ride to be short but it was quite the opposite. Nice long ride to hill tribe village and back. The elephant show was awesome as well as lunch and stops to see rice spaghetti productio

Sandra W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well organized and very enjoyable.

Sook Wai Mabel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Love the itinerary, especially the river rafting, the view really take my breath away.

Rebecca G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was an excellent trip and a really great deal! The day was packed full of fun activities, and we never felt rushed. We expected that we would be doing the rowing for the rafting segment, but it was actually a very nice slow float along the Ping River. The elephant ride was incredibly fun and relaxing. Lunch was great, and we even made an additional stop at our own cost to the Tiger Kingdom. An amazing day!

Melissa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really great tour with Maggie as our tour guide. She had excellent English, met all of our needs and gave us lots of additional information. The company runs very small tours of six people or less and so was very intimate. The elephants were amazing and the camp we went was small, clean and the elephants were very well cared for.

Deirdre O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent Tour - Would highly recommend to any one visiting Chiang-Mai. The river tour particularly relaxing as beautiful luminous butterflies danced around us. Be sure to slap on the sun cream though as very exposed.

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.

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