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Doi Inthanon National Park Small Group Full Day Tour

1. Doi Inthanon National Park Small Group Full Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city center for a day to explore one of Thailand’s original national parks and highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. Perfect for adventurers and culture enthusiasts alike, this tour will feature picturesque landscapes, remote villages, and incredible viewpoints. The first stop is one of the largest and the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, the Wachirathan Waterfall. Over 80 meters high, the power of this waterfall creates a refreshing mist that feeds the surrounding vegetation. The next stop is the stunning 50-meter cascade, Sirithan Waterfall fed by the Mae Klong River.  Next, you’ll stop at the famous twin pagodas: the Napamatanee Don and Napaphon Bhumisiri. Built for the Royal King and Queen, they are located at the highest point in Thailand. The last stop is a visit to the Karen Tribe locale. Learn a bit about the hill tribes people’s culture and way of life in their village of Sobhad.

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Chiang Mai: Full-Day Chiang Dao Caving & Jungle Kayaking

2. Chiang Mai: Full-Day Chiang Dao Caving & Jungle Kayaking

Drive high up into the Northern Thai Jungle, to the Chiang Dao Valley and to the Mae Ping river. This creek-like river winds itself through the bamboo jungle and gives an intimate view of Northern Thai wilderness.  Then, embark on a kayaking trip, where undisturbed woods, overgrown banks with fallen trees and the shade from overhanging trees provide a unique environment as you navigate the task at hand. Abundant bird life, jumping fish and mysterious sounds from the forest accompany the journey.To complete this wonderful kayaking experience, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant or riverside.  Next, tackle Chiang Dao Cave, the most prominent cave system in Northern Thailand. Spend approximately 1 hour following a local guide through the side arms with headlamps and flashlights until joining the main route into well-lit caverns. Marvel at the Buddhist shrines and see the numerous bats that make the caves their home. Enjoy kayaking during the trip into the Caves to complete this day perfectly. 

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Chiang Mai: Grand Canyon Water Park Ticket

3. Chiang Mai: Grand Canyon Water Park Ticket

Spend the day exploring the only outdoor water park in northern Chiang Mai with an area of over 35 acres. The park offers various outdoor activities including giant sliders over 10 meters in length. Experience canoeing and kayaking and marvel at the panoramic view of Grand Canyon Water Park. Enjoy the zip line that has 2 lines, over 400 meters in length, which cross over the Grand Canyon water. Experience the only wakeboarding in Chiang Mai and the Northern part of Thailand. The park ensures safety and convenience with life jackets for all swimmers, as well as certified and well-trained lifeguards on site. 

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

4. 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.

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Doi Inthanon Private Tour & Soft Hike to Hill Tribe Village

5. Doi Inthanon Private Tour & Soft Hike to Hill Tribe 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 Hmong community in the park, and then see the King’s royal projects. 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.

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Full Day Hike & Bike at Doi Suthep Mountain National Park

6. 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.

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Chiang Mai: Full-Day of Trekking in Doi Chiang Dao

7. Chiang Mai: Full-Day of Trekking in Doi Chiang Dao

Explore the countryside that surrounds Chiang Mai with a full-day trekking experience. Led by an experienced local tour guide, begin the day of adventure with pickup at your hotel in Chang Mai at 8:30 AM. Drive north of the city for half an hour until you reach the start of the trek. Your informative guide will provide facts and stories of the areas you visit. Make a stop at the local market for some fresh fruit and lunch ingredients. Around 10:30 AM, you will start trekking from the base of the mountain. Hike for 2 hours into the leafy green tropical rainforest. Walk through many coffee and tea tree fields, planted by the Lahu tribe villagers. After a scenic walk, you will arrive at a Lahu tribe village where you will enjoy a local lunch. Continue the adventure after your stomach is full, and trek for 1.5 hours until you reach the viewpoint. Take in the beautiful view of the Chiang Dao valley. After you enjoy some time for photos, be returned to your hotel in Chiang Mai at approximately 4:00 PM.

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From Chiang Mai: Doi Inthanon National Park Hiking Tour

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

Spend a day hiking surrounded by beautiful nature at Doi Inthanon National Park. Start with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai and travel to the park to begin the hike. Hike for a total of 4-kilometers along the Pha Dok Siow nature trail and learn about the flora and fauna of the park with your local guide. Descend through a pine restoration area, a forested valley, and then into farmland before reaching the Karen hill tribe village. Cool off in a refreshing natural swimming pool along the trail and try to spot snakes, lizards, and if you’re very lucky, one of the resident gibbons. Upon reaching the tribal village, enjoy some lunch and a coffee. Visit spectacular waterfall on the way back to the city, capping off a fun day in the beautiful rural landscapes of northern Thailand.

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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 at 8:00AM. 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. Afterwards, 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 your time out of 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 lime stone, 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 at approximately 5:00PM.

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Chiang Mai: 3-Hour Trek and 10-Kilometer White Water Rafting

10. Chiang Mai: 3-Hour Trek and 10-Kilometer White Water Rafting

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Chiang Mai, and then relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 1.5-hour journey to the adventure base camp. Avail of amenities such as lockers, changing rooms with showers, and a minimart to purchase any snacks or supplies. Get a safety briefing and gear up with the state-of-the-art helmets and life vests. Embark on a 3-hour trek through the jungle to arrive at a 10-meter high waterfall, where you can cool down with a swim. Marvel at the flora and fauna, and hear about the culture of Thailand along the way. Benefit from a longer hike if you are a faster walker and would like to venture past the waterfall. Then, take part in a 10-kilometer white water rafting adventure and get an adrenaline rush whilst learning new skills. Brave the class III rapid of the most beautiful section of the river, along with action-packed class III and IV rapids in the middle section. Return to base camp for a shower before the drive back to Chiang Mai. 

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

Absolutely an amazing experience and recommend for someone who loves an adventure. Our tour guides JLo, Tony and Apple were outstanding. Their English was impeccable and they were so fun to spend the day with. Tony was incredibly patient and helpful. I had never mountain bikes before and ended up breaking my bike chain. Tony was able to fix it and help explain everything to me. On the tour we saw elephants, buffaloes and even a few bats in the cave we visited in the beginning of our trip. The food was also outstanding. So flavorful and accommodating for our different dietary restrictions.

Due to COVID restrictions we ended up on the alternative route. I believe it was more challenging than the original. Gorgeous scenery, plenty of variety. The road was a times not well maintained, multiple crossing of a stream. Plenty of up and down. Best for more experienced and fit bike riders. The guides were very supportive and fun. The support truck was with us all the way.

Very varied trail. Difficulty level for me as a 77 year old just at the limit. Our guide was approachable and very knowledgeable. On the trail we were also accompanied by a resident Karen who pointed out snakes several times. Although not included in the tour, our guide also took us to Doi Inthanon.

Long van ride but very beautiful spots. The guide was great and spoke English well. The van was quite comfortable. The waterfalls were stunning and the hike was peaceful. Not too difficult. Worth it for a day trip!

Great, knowledgeable and funny tour guide. The tour is perfect for a beginner and nice escape from the city! Recommend it!