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Chiang Mai: Ping River Night Kayaking Trip

1. Chiang Mai: Ping River Night Kayaking Trip

Set off on a nighttime kayaking tour of Chiang Mai. Start at dusk and see the city as its lights turn on for the evening. Journey on an easy-to-navigate river past restaurants, homes, and Mai Yai trees. Discover the romance of the Ping river as you set out on a 6 kilometer kayaking trip. Paddle through the city center and take in views of the sights from the water. Drift slowly with the river. Float by massive native Mai Yai trees. Go under brightly lit bridges and listen to the music spilling out of riverside restaurants. Admire charming waterside homes. Enjoy the colors of the Chiang Mai skyline at night.

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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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From Chiang Mai: Bike and Kayak Tour

4. From Chiang Mai: Bike and Kayak Tour

After your 8:30 AM pick-up directly from your hotel in Chiang Mai, relax as you travel in comfort up to the beautiful Mae Ngat Valley. As you arrive at the start point for your day of adventure, the amazing Ban Den Temple, located at the entrance of the valley, will come into view. The richness and variety of the shrines and Bhuddas here is truly inspiring.  Heading further into the valley by bike, pass through open rice fields with local farmers tending to their crops using traditional farming techniques. The ride is leisurely and the pace is just right, so when it is time to cool off, make a stop at a local produce market and see what's on the menu. Ready for a change of pace the kayaking leg of your adventure can begin, heading by water into the Mae Taeng Jungle Reserve. With the favorable currants of the river, paddle gently down the river listening to the pleasant birdlife around you. Only accessible by boat, you will find peace in this serene, quiet setting. Look out for a variety of bird and wildlife as you head to the south end of the Mae Ngat Valley. From the river bank, in a beautiful plantation setting,  find a cozy restaurant with a well-deserved meal and a cold drink waiting for you. 

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From Chiang Mai: Mae Taeng Forest Full-Day River Kayaking

5. From Chiang Mai: Mae Taeng Forest Full-Day River Kayaking

Arrive at the Mae Ping River and recieve paddling instructions from your guide in your single or double kayak and after some practice, begin your river adventure. Enjoy the absence of modern civilization as you float contentedly through the Mae Taeng Forest. Get a glimpse of rural life and spot the occasional fisherman casting a net into the Mae Ping or a farmer herding water buffaloes. Pause and watch for native and migrating birds that thrive in this protected region. Enjoy lunch on the riverbank, then kayak to your final destination in the Mae Taeng Forest Reserve where a canopy of overhanging trees offers shade. 

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From Chiang Mai: Sri Lanna Lake with Kayaking/SUP

6. From Chiang Mai: Sri Lanna Lake with Kayaking/SUP

Get picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city center and drive 60km to the Sri Lanna National park. You can enjoy a 14 km round trip past lush jungle and across open waterscapes. In good conditions, we enter the reservoir from the west and kayak to a group of floating boathouses.  At the floating restaurant, you are provided lunch and refreshments. A diving tower invites you for a dip while others might explore the bay on their own. After a playful day at the lake, the group heads back on a kayak, enjoying the fantastic views of the Mae Ngat Valley and Sri Lanna National Park along the way.

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From Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Valley Kayaking

7. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Valley Kayaking

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Chiang Mai, and then take in stunning views of the countryside as you make your way towards the Chiang Dao mountain and Ping River. Gear up with the provided kayak gear upon arrival, and get basic tuition from an instructor about how to handle the boat on the water. Then, paddle on clear spring waters through the valley, and learn a few new tricks as you are greeted with beautiful vistas at almost every bend in the river. Soak up the relaxed pace of life as you encounter locals making a living by fishing and farming the land on the side of the river. Head back to Chiang Mai and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

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Chiang Mai: Full-Day Nature & Countryside by Bicycle

8. Chiang Mai: Full-Day Nature & Countryside by Bicycle

8:30 AM: Pick up from your Chiang Mai accommodation and transfer to our cycling starting point, South of Chiang Mai. 9:15 AM: Get ready to start pedaling the rural countryside roads. After a brief review from your leader, set off and enjoy panoramic views of rice fields and encounters with local village life. You will be cycling about 12 or more miles, with plenty of stops to enjoy your surroundings. 12 PM: Finish the ride and relax with a delicious homemade lunch. 1 PM: Short cycling, or vehicle transfer to the river bank where we can start our paddling adventure. After a short briefing, we board the two-person sit-on-top kayaks and paddle our way down the river. Along the river, we might encounter fishermen and see birds sometimes dropping from the sky to catch fish. Approximate paddling is 3.5 miles and should take approximately an hour and a half. 3:30 PM: End the paddling and meet the vehicle. Make a brief stop at the house for a change and enjoy a tea, before transferring to your accommodation in Chiang Mai.

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

It was the most perfect day. The introductory session, the visit to the temple, biking and kayaking. The perfect balance of exercise, scenery and culture. The guides were so knowledgeable and helpful. I will definitely do it again . Thank you

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

You have to do this if you go chiang mai, transfers to thw waterpark, so much fun like nothing you have experienced.

loved biking in fields and seeing rice harvested and stopping to talk to farmers.

This water park was AMAZING so much to do a really good day out