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Head outside the city to enjoy the wonder of rural Thailand on this Elephant Trek, Rafting and Hilltribe tour from Chiang Mai. Travel with your friendly local guide about 60 kilometers north of this popular tourist destination to the banks of Ping River, where you’ll visit the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp for an up close experience with these friendly giants. Enjoy a bamboo raft trip along the river and make a stop at the Lisu Hilltribe for a look at traditional Thai life. 


  • 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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What You Can Expect

Elephant Trek, Rafting and Hilltribe Village Tour from Chiang Mai

Elephant Trek, Rafting and Hilltribe Village Tour from Chiang Mai

Your friendly local guide will meet you at your Chiang Mai hotel to transport you through the hills of northern Thailand on this memorable elephant trek, rafting and hilltribe village tour. Head north in the comfort of your air-conditioned vehicle to the Ping River, where you’ll have an amazing elephant experience at the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp. You’ll trek through the jungle atop one of these friendly beasts, past 
bamboo trees and hanging creepers to the remote Lisu hilltribe village. You’ll learn about the traditional way of life these people, who were originally from Tibet, still live today and gain a deeper understanding of the culture and history from your expert guide. 

Enjoy a local lunch before making your way back to the Ping River where you’ll float on a traditional bamboo raft through other hillside villages like Karen and Palaung. Time permitting, you may visit other nearby destinations like Akha and Lahu. Make a stop at a typical orchid farm in Mae Sa before returning to your Chiang Mai hotel. 

Customer Reviews

Larry C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Elephants didn't disappoint. Highlight of our trip.

Oliver Ajulian K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide was helpful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

A truly amazing day, elephants were so clever and very well looked after, the rafting down the river was peaceful and just day would recommend b

Cindy T Le

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

love the tour, will recommend to friends and family.

Corey USA

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!

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Outstanding from start to finish. Very well done!

Rebecka H

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!

Robert J

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!

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