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Chiang Mai: Waterfall, Elephant Sanctuary and Bamboo Rafting

1. Chiang Mai: Waterfall, Elephant Sanctuary and Bamboo Rafting

Embark on a one-of-a-kind experience and visit an ethical rescued elephant facility in the jungle outside Chiang Mai. Cool off in a waterfall, savor a traditional Thai lunch, and become a caretaker for the day as you interact, feed, and observe the gentle giants in their natural environment.  Begin with a pickup from your hotel or accommodation in downtown Chiang Mai. Take a scenic drive southwest of Chiang Mai and see local farms, hill tribe villages, and rice fields along the way.  Journey to the Mae Wang Waterfalls, where you'll relax and take a dip in the water. Arrive at the Pon Elephant Thailand located deep in the jungle. You'll be welcomed to the sanctuary by a guide who will lead you through the experience. Get dressed into Karen hill tribe clothing like the ones elephant caretakers wear. Next, get a briefing on Asian elephants and the background of the sanctuary. Come and meet the friendly rescued elephants and feed them bananas. Walk up the hill with elephants through the forest and watch the elephants forage for food in the wilderness. Observe elephants interacting between families in their natural environment. Head down to the river and enjoy bathing with the elephants. Walk with the elephants back to the sanatorium and embrace the memories and have time to say goodbye to these marvelous creatures. Finish off with a scenic bamboo rafting trip along the Mae Wang River before you get dropped off at your hotel in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park & Elephant Sanctuary

2. Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park & Elephant Sanctuary

Discover the beauty of the Doi Inthanon National Park, see the Wachirathan Waterfall, and feed elephants at an elephant sanctuary. Choose from a tour with a centrally-located meeting point in Chiang Mai or a tour with convenient pickup and drop-off directly at your accommodation in Chiang Mai.  Hop aboard a comfortable van or bus and relax the drive to the southwest of Chiang Mai. Stop at one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the country, Wachirathan Waterfall. This waterfall is more than 80 meters high, creating a refreshing mist that nourishes the surrounding vegetation.  Continue your journey to admire the stunning Twin Royal Pagodas. Take in gorgeous panoramic views with a terraced flower garden and the summit of Doi Inthanon Mountain. Walk on an ancient fern forest trail and have a delicious lunch at at local restaurant. Drive through the mountains and hill tribe village to the Elephant Village. Once you arrive, put on a traditional Karen tribe t-shirt and get ready for your jungle adventure. Pickup some fruits to feed the elephants. Learn about Asian elephants and the village's background. Find out how to approach elephants and the correct ways to feed them. Go on a forest hike with the friendly elephants through the lush vegetation and breathtaking mountains. Observe elephants roaming and foraging for food freely in the wild.  Swim with the elephants at the hidden waterfall where you can take some amazing picture. Have free time for a cool shower, to dry off, and to change back into your own clothes. Leave the Elephant Village and travel about 1.5 hours back to Chiang Mai City. 

Sticky Waterfall Climbing (Bua Tong Waterfalls), Chiang Mai

3. Sticky Waterfall Climbing (Bua Tong Waterfalls), Chiang Mai

Experience the Sticky Waterfall Climbing Chiang Mai well-known in local named Bua Tong Sticky waterfall or Namtok Bua Tong-Nam Phu Chet Si National Park Waterfalls. The unique waterfall and surrounding by the rain forest mountain view. Visitors can climb up this waterfall that sees fast running waters passing over limestone rocks. This is one of the most unique places waterfalls are not only impressive and gorgeous, but a special feature allows you to climb directly up the rocks into the oncoming cascading water. The Sticky Waterfalls get their name from a mineral deposit that is incredibly grippy. In fact, the rocks feel like a hardened sponge. Having enjoy lunch picnic before be transfer back to hotel.

Chiang Mai: Elephant Sanctuary and Sticky Waterfall Tour

4. Chiang Mai: Elephant Sanctuary and Sticky Waterfall Tour

Begin your private experience with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai. From there, take a scenic journey to a private elephant estate where you will be their caretaker for half a day. Upon arrival, walk to the main base camp to get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Hear about Asian elephants' long and fascinating history as you learn to cook healthy herbal treats for them to eat for a snack. Afterward, feed the handmade treats to them and walk along their side through the beautiful lush forest. Following that, your tour continues with elephant bathing in the river before you say farewell to your new friends and set off on the next part of your tour. Following the sanctuary, take some time out of your day to enjoy a delicious Thai lunch. Savor local dishes accompanied by rice, and finish off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruit. After lunch, continue to the Buatong Sticky Waterfall. Whilst there, enjoy some walking and climbing from down below the falls to all the way up to the very top. As the waterfall is constructed from natural limestone, you can walk and climb easily to the top, enjoying the clear water to cool down. As your tour concludes, depart from the waterfall to return back to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Visit and Guided Hike

5. Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Visit and Guided Hike

Explore Doi Intanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest peak, on this full-day tour from Chiang Mai. A member of the local Karen hill tribe will be your guide during the hike. Walk through the jungle and spot exotic birds and butterflies. Reach the hill tribe village after about 2 hours of hiking. Drive through Baan Khun Klaang, the largest karen community in the park, and then see the beautiful Wachirathan Waterfall. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, drive to the summit of the mountain and explore the Ang-Kha Nature Trail. Continue to the twin pagodas built in honor of the King and Queen of Thailand. Admire the royal flower garden surrounding the site.

Chiang Mai: Trek and Adventure in Doi Inthanon National Park

6. Chiang Mai: Trek and Adventure in Doi Inthanon National Park

Venture from Chiang Mai to explore the breathtaking Doi Inthanon National Park with a guided trek through the forest. Visit the King's and Queen's Pagodas, enjoy a tasty lunch at the Hmong Market, and experience breathtaking views from the Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail. Start with pickup from Chiang Mai and embark on an unforgettable journey to the wonders of Doi Inthanon National Park. Discover an enchanting world where Thailand's highest peak rises 2,565 meters above sea level, offering an all-year-round cool climate. Upon arrival, breathe in the scent of the rainforest and hear the symphony of indigenous birds accompanying you on your trek. Marvel at the diverse flora and fauna that live in this beautiful environment. Arrive the King's and Queen's Pagodas, tributes to the Thai monarchy. Stroll through the Hmong Market. Immerse yourself in the local market and pick up unique local produce, from fresh vegetables to exotic fruits. Enjoy a tasty lunch that will keep your energy up for an exciting afternoon of exploration. Next, walk along the captivating Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail. Trek beneath the shade of towering trees and through untouched jungle. Admire the sight of the rice terraces and gain fascinating insights about these impressive structures. Conclude your trek in the heart of the Karen Hill Tribe Village. Unearth the simplicity and richness of the villagers' lifestyle and culture. Before journeying back to Chiang Mai, enjoy a freshly ground and brewed coffee, a perfect end to a day of discovery. To create the best experience you will conveniently be dropped off at your hotel.

ChiangMai: Doi Inthanon National Park&mini-trek to Waterfall

7. ChiangMai: Doi Inthanon National Park&mini-trek to Waterfall

Doi Inthanon National Park with mini-trek to Waterfall - Pick up at 08.00 AM at hotel lying south of Chiang Mai, the granite mass of Doi Inthanon, 8,500 feet above sea level, is the highest summit in the country. Doi Inthanon is the tail of Himalaya mountain range, designated as a national park, the moist natural environment is a paradise for birds as it has almost 400 species, animals, flowers and faunas. - After a final steep climb, the summit is surprisingly flat though misty, cool and breezy. Walk shortly to see a small Stupa contains the remains of Chao Inthawichayanon the last independent ruler of Chiang Mai who died in 1897 after Lanna Kingdom was combined to be a part of Siam. Enjoy exploring around Ang-Kha Nature Trail at the highest peak viewing beautiful Fern & Moss as well as White & Red Rhododendrons (bloom only during Jan – Feb). - Visit the Twin Pagodas built by the Thai Air force in honor of their Majesties King and Queen for their 60th Birthday Anniversaries. A visitors’ center nearby contains tourist information both in Thai and English. - Stop on the way for visit Hmong Tribal Local Market. - Lunch at Local Restaurant. - Visit Karen Hilltribe Village, Baan Mae Klang Luang. - Greeting with the local trekking guide (Karen) and start short-trek about 1 hour from the village throughout their coffee/tea plantation (depends on season) to visit Pha Dok Siew Waterfall (cannot swim). - After relaxation at the waterfall, trek back to the village and taste the fresh coffee/tea by the villagers. - Return back to Chiang Mai.

From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Day Trip & Hike

8. From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Day Trip & Hike

Explore the Thai jungle and embark on a guided hike on this day trip from Chiang Mai. Marvel at Thailand's highest mountain, visit pagodas and the rainforest, and feast on a delicious lunch as you go. Begin your experience in Chiang Mai and meet our guide for the drive to Doi Inthanon National Park. The park is home to Thailand's largest mountain which rises 2,565 meters above sea level, and has air that is cool year-round. Upon arrival, take a walk around the Angka Nature Trail. Experience an authentic rainforest environment filled with rare flora, animals, and birds. Continue on to visit 2 pagodas, built in honor of the King and Queen of Thailand for their 60th birthdays. There, take a stroll through the Hmong Market, and shop for local products like vegetables and seasonal fruits. Next, head to the Royal Project restaurant for lunch. Load up on energy to get ready for your afternoon hike. Have peace of mind knowing that free drinking water is also available during your experience. Begin your hike along the scenic Pha Dok Siew Nature Trail. Trek through shady forests and authentic jungle. Absorb a panoramic view of the rice terrace, and learn all about rice paddies. Conclude your hike at the Karen Hill Tribe Village, and find out about the villagers' way of life. Savor some freshly ground and brewed coffee before your return journey back to Chiang Mai.

One Day Non Tourist Trek

9. One Day Non Tourist Trek

Would you like to go on the real trek? One that explores areas unspoiled by crowds of tourists? If so the Mr. Whisky Jungle Trek team has developed a program that will take you through to the real Jungle. With over 20 year experience, we have organized a lot of treks and met a lot of people we understand your needs. At the same time, our concept is radically different to that of all other Chiangmai trekking companies. One Day Non Tourist Trek program : - Start to pick up at hotel 6:00 - 6:30 A.M. - Elephant care - Shower and feed with Elephant - Trekking in the jungle about 3-4 hours - Walk to visit rice field - Cook and have lunch in the jungle - Swim at waterfall - Bamboo rafting 30 - 45 minutes - Back to Chiangmai around 6:00 - 6:30 P.M.

Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon Highlights and Hiking Private Tour

10. Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon Highlights and Hiking Private Tour

This private tour is for those looking to travel in comfort and peace to one of the must visit destinations in Chiang Mai. After being picked up at 8am we will drive south for 2 hours to Doi Inthanon National Park and begin with a visit to the highest spot in Thailand and a short walk on the Ang Ka nature trail, a fascinating area with flora and fauna found nowhere else. From here we drive to the twin pagodas - another must see part of Doi Inthanon and a beautiful attraction with gardens, viewpoints and unique architecture. The Doi Inthanon trekking tour begins with the help of a local Karen guide to explain the flora and fauna in the area as we walk the 5km trail through the jungle valley before descending into the village. The valley is dotted with beautiful waterfalls and is shaded by the forest canopy keeping you cool throughout the journey and you may hear one of the resident gibbons if you're very lucky. At certain times of year the rice paddies may be a verdant green, or shimmering gold and is a sight to behold. When we reach the Karen village we'll enjoy some local coffee and a tasty lunch and if you like, walk around the various handicraft homes in the village. From here we begin our journey back to the city but one last waterfall awaits, we'll let you choose to see Wachirathan waterfall, or Mae Ya waterfall - both breathtakingly beautiful and the perfect way to end the tour. From here we drive the 1.5 hours back to Chiang Mai to conclude the Doi Inthanon trekking tour. As the tour is private, the guide will do their best to avoid the crowds for a more intimate and memorable experience, if there is a particular attraction you want to spend more time at then just let the guide know!

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based on 149 reviews

Most amazing experience, the bamboo rafting was very cool and elephants well taken care of. Detailed itinerary: they picked us up at 8:30 and we drove for about an hour and half to the bamboo rafting, which lasted for 40 minutes, we then drove for another 20 minutes to the sanctuary where we first got my briefing on the elephants and how to act around them, then we got to feed them for about 40 minutes. We then took the elephants on a small walk up the hill and got to take same pictures. After that we ate pad Thai and relaxed for a about an hour, we then walked to the waterfall which was 20 minutes walk, mostly flat and downhill. We didn’t stay at the waterfall for super long, probably around 30 minutes, we then walked back to the car which was 15 minutes. The drive back was an hour and half, we were back at 5pm. We were provided with water through the whole trip which was very nice, our tour guide mosquito was amazing! Oh and I recommend bringing both sneakers and sandals:)

Absolutely stunning strip! Would definitely recommend. It was so well planned. The taxi driver and tour guide were so lovely and friendly. They stopped enough times for snacks and toilet breaks. Our guide was super helpful sharing knowledge about the sites we were seeing and the culture of Thailand and its people. We really enjoyed this.

Fantastic day trip. You cannot interact more closely with elephants than this tour. Feeding them, washing them with mud and them going in the river with them to rinse them off. Bamboo rafting was a great experience, and then finished off with a swim at the waterfall! Highly recommend this trip!

Très belle découverte et très bon moment

Small group, fun & friendly tour guide (I had Jackie!) and well planned itinerary :)

The trip was great! The guide knew good English and the arrangement was great.