2 Days 1 Night
The trip starts one hour drive from Pai; you will enjoy paddling through 60 kilometers of deep jungle, have fun through 60 rapids up to class 4, discover hot-springs, waterfalls and gorges on the way and spend a great night in harmony with the nature in our jungle camp.
You will end up the second day in Mae Hong Son, the romantic Shan city.
Due to the early departure, we recommend the participants to arrive in Pai the day before. It will be the occasion to fall in love with this charming Thai village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by hot springs and waterfalls. In town, you will appreciate the colorful street-market, restaurants and music bars.
We will give you a map of the area and help you to make the best value of your time there or you might book one of our half day programs.
Capacity: Maximum 25 people / Minimum 2
Fitness: Average good physical condition and swimming experience required
Packing list: In order to minimize the loading of the boats, we ask you to select a limited quantity of items – On the boat: – Wear a T-shirt, shorts, sandals or water shoes. Sun-screen lotion
– Night bag: – 1 T-shirt, 1 pair of trousers, sandals or “flip-flops”, 1 towel+toilet-kit, mosquito-lotion, 1 flashlight, valuables (cash, credit cards, cell-phone) will be safe in this bag.
*During the cold season (Dec-Jan), an extra sweater and a pair of socks are recommended.
*Cameras & binoculars will be stored in waterproof containers readily accessible anytime.
Season: From early June to the middle of February
We will pick you up from your hotel at 08.45 and meet with other rafters at our base. While socializing around a cup of coffee, we will help you to select your rafting equipment (helmet and life jacket).
After a safety briefing, we will drive one hour by pick up taxi to reach the put in point. Around 11:00 you will meet your captains and receive the last paddling instructions.
The first strokes will take you straight into the lush of the jungle; after the first rapids, you will stop for a basket lunch by the shade of a wild mango tree; Then, passing through the gorge, you will experience the thrill of the class 3-4 Fragrance Rapids, before you reach the first hot springs and fluoride mine area of geological interest. 15 more rapids and we will stop at a small waterfall to enjoy water games.
Then, following the meanders of the river through the deep jungle, we will stop at our camp (17:00); you will settle in your huts or tents, take a shower, relax or explore the area before we serve a welcome drink and local snacks.
Later, a delicious Thai dinner cooked by the guides on the wood fire will follow (vegetarian on request); then fruit, coffee, tea, will complete the menu while guides will show you some tricks of their own getting tired, you will enjoy to spend the night in harmony with the nature, in a bamboo hut fully furnished with sleeping bags, pillows and mosquito nets. Shower & toilets are simple and clean facilities with bamboo walls.
A filling breakfast including homemade bread, eggs and fresh coffee will be served at 8 am. Departing from the camp around 9 am, we will first enjoy a dozen rapids among which the class 3 Red Cliff.
Further down, we will reach the Khong River junction, most important tributary of the Pai river; a few minutes later, the expedition will take a break at the main hot springs on this trip and will get ready for more fun through the set of the Rising Stone Rapids (about 5 rapids from 100 to 400 meters long, grade 2-3 ); after such a thrill, a picnic will be served on the bank of a clear stream; then, you will paddle or enjoy swimming through the Pai Gorges scattered with few more tricky rapids.
Coming to the end of the journey, we will pop out into the Mae Hong Son Valley and meet the first farming areas.
We will disembark at the Forestry Headquarter around 15:00; there you will be able to redeem your main luggage and take a refreshing shower before a short transfer to Mae Hong Son at the place of your convenience: Hotel if you wish to discover this charming Thai-Burmese city or Airport to fly back to Chiangmai at 16:10. A transfer back to Pai (110 km / 2 h) is also available with our truck.