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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 sanctuary 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 Secret Elephant Sanctuary 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. 

Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park & Trek to Village

3. Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park & Trek to Village

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.

Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

4. Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

At 9:00 AM, begin the day with a hotel pick-up and ride to the base. Once arrived, you'll have your safety briefing and be kitted out in safety gear. Then you can begin the hike up to the old Hmong Hill Tribe Village at the summit of Doi Pui National Park. The trek takes you through a stunning highland jungle, filled with huge indigenous Mai Yai trees. After about 3 hours of steady walking, you'll reach your destination: the summit of the National Park, reaching an elevation of 1400m. At the peak, your bikes and gear will be waiting for you in the nearby village. After a well-earned lunch break, begin your descent through the National Park on your mountain bike toward Lake Huay Tung Tao, an approximately 2-hour ride away. In contrast to the hike up, gravity rewards you now with a cool ride downhill with views of the beautiful Mae Ping Valley.  Awaiting you lakeside is a proper late lunch with cool drinks. Take a dip before it’s time to jump back in the truck and head out of the National Park. After a fun day out, you will be delivered back to your hotel around 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.

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

5. 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.

From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Hiking Tour

6. From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Hiking Tour

Travel deep into the National Park stopping off at some of the most scenic waterfalls in the region on this one-day Doi Inthanon hiking tour. Experience a gentle 4km hike along a nature trail and learn about the flora and fauna along the way and enjoy the highest point in Thailand. The tour begins with a visit to the summit of Doi Inthanon – the highest spot in Thailand and an area rich in biodiversity and unique flora and fauna. Walk along a short hiking trail on the summit before heading to the start of the main hike. A local guide will take you through a pine restoration area, deep into a shady, forested valley and into farmland before reaching the Karen hill tribe village, which was founded 150 years ago. As you walk along the trail, you may spot snakes, lizards, and if you’re very lucky one of the resident gibbons. Upon reaching the village you will enjoy a local lunch and try a free coffee that is grown in the region. One final waterfall awaits on the way back to the city, beautiful all year round, and caps off a fun sightseeing day.

Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Tour & Lunch

7. Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Tour & Lunch

Step into the role of elephant caretaker for a day as you visit a rescue sanctuary nestled deep in the jungle outside Chiang Mai. Enjoy an opportunity for ethical elephant interaction in the sanctuary's free-range habitat. While you shadow one of the guides, learn about routine care and behavior. Embark on your elephant sanctuary excursion with pickup from your accommodation in Chiang Mai. On the hour-long scenic drive to the sanctuary, delight as city begins to melt away and the landscape transforms to lush, green jungle. Around mid-morning, arrive at the elephant sanctuary. Next, enjoy a warm welcome with light snacks to start your day while your guide greets you. Dive into the history of elephant rescue and rehabilitation with your guide and learn about elephant behavior. Following introductions, tuck into a tasty spread of home-cooked Thai food for lunch.  After lunch, set out on a jungle trek as your guide leads the way. Along the path, observe these breathtaking gentle giants roaming freely while your guide offers introductions to members of the herd. As you meet each elephant, hear stories about how these individuals came to be rescued. Once you've met the elephants, try your hand at making vitamin balls and tamarind treats. Afterwards, experience the joy of feeding the elephants their dietary supplements as you interact with these magnificent creatures in a respectful way. Continue watching the herd from a viewing platform. Finally, your guide will escort you to the river that skirts the park. Here, the elephants enjoy a splash in the cool water after their meal. Before you make the journey back to Chiang Mai, marvel for a while at the herd's playful antics to round out your experience at the sanctuary.

Chiang Mai: 6-Hour Doi Pui National Park Summit Hike

8. Chiang Mai: 6-Hour Doi Pui National Park Summit Hike

After being picked up in the morning from your hotel in Chiang Mai city, you will head towards your local hiking adventure. 2 hours after beginning your ascent, you will reach Wat Doi Suthep at the 1,100 meter mark. Here you will start to traverse through highland jungle and the old Hmong Hill Tribe Village near the summit of Doi Pui which you will reach after your 3rd hour. After a hearty lunch at the village and an approximate 1-hour climb, you will tackle the summit of Doi Pui peak. Here we get to enjoy 180 degrees views of the Mae Ping Valley. The trip will be completed by a climb with a 30-minute downhill stroll to the Doi Pui Camp grounds ,where your ride back awaits you. Refreshed with cold drinks and snacks, you will then head back to the comfort of Chiang Mai, but not before making a stop at Wat Suthep to marvel at this rich temple which was built centuries ago in 1383.

Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

9. Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and 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.

From Chiang Mai: High Mountain Day Trek

10. From Chiang Mai: High Mountain Day Trek

Depart Chiang Mai and travel by covered pickup truck to the start of the trek in the wilds of Northern Thailand in approximately 1 hour. Arrive at the starting point and begin your adventure. Hike along one of the numerous available trails that can vary depending on the conditions of the day. The versatility of the itinerary will ensure that you experience some of Thailand's most pristine forests up close. Stop for lunch in the lush jungle or at the village, and enjoy a delicious lunch of homemade Thai food with fresh fruits, as well as taste local coffee or tea. Stroll through the village after lunch, and then continue your trek through the beautiful forest. Encounter friendly locals and hill tribes and get a glimpse into their everyday lives. Return to the transfer vehicle and drive back to Chiang Mai for an approximate arrival time in the city at 5 PM.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 149 reviews

Had the most amazing day and experience. We were picked up from a meeting point and taken to do bamboo rafting. This followed on my visiting the elephants and feeding them. The elephants were amazing to see, they were never forced to do anything and seemed very happy. We also got to see a baby elephant which was the sweetest. The whole day utterly amazing. I cannot recommend enough. Every detail had been thought through and planned meticulously. Lunch was also very tasty.

After reading the details, I debated whether or not to go on this tour. It stated if you had back trouble or seizures it wasn't recommended. I had back surgery 6 weeks prior to my visit and I have epilepsy seizures. I was perfectly fine during the entire trip. It was a great adventure with alot to see, but also alot of walking with many, many steps throughout the day. My favorite was visiting the pagodas. The lunch that was provided was very good and very filling.

Great tour guide, made it fun and educational. Guide spoke great English. Vehicle was clean and comfortable.

The Trip was very nice and our Tour Guide Nook was Just great and took good Care of us!

Great guide - really friendly - challenging walk but great fun - would recommend