Package 3 Days / 2 nights (including 2 days rafting)
This convenient package will give you the opportunity to discover the special atmosphere of Pai, a friendly Thai ‘green village’, spend two days rafting among the wilderness of the Middle Pai river and discover the charms of Mae Hong Son, the romantic Thai-Burmese city
Includes: All transfers, meals and drinking water
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 middle of February
The tour starts from your hotel in Chiangmai at 08:30. After traveling for 3 hours by air conditioned car on a scenic mountain road, you will arrive in Pai for lunch at La Terrasse restaurant and settle in your Thai Adventure Cottage. In the afternoon, you can discover the Pai surroundings by yourself (waterfalls, hot springs, elephant camps) or with our 1/2 day program
After a visit to the evening market, a great dinner will be served at our panoramic restaurant.
The breakfast will be followed by a rafting safety briefing at 09:00. While socialising with the other participants around a cup of coffee, we will help you to select your helmet and life jacket and store your belongings in waterproof containers.
Then we will drive 40 km in pick up taxi to reach the put in point. Around 11:00 you will meet your captains and receive the last paddling instructions, ready for boarding.
The first strokes will take you straight into the lush of the jungle; after a few kilometres of gentle warm up and bouncing down the first rapids, you will stop for a basket lunch under a huge wild mango tree; Then, rowing and jumping, through 15 steps of white water (including the class 4 Fragrance Rapid), you will reach the hot springs and a fluoride mine, an interesting geological spot. A few kilometres later, we will stop to enjoy water games at a small waterfall. After passing through many more rapids, we will overnight at our bamboo jungle camp; There, you will settle in your huts or tents, take a shower, relax or explore the area on your own before we serve you a welcome drink with local snacks. A delicious Thai dinner cooked by the guides on the wood fire will follow (vegetarian on request). In the evening, guides will show you some tricks of their own. Getting tired, you will enjoy spending the night in harmony with the nature. Simple and clean facilities are available at the camp.
Departing from the camp at 09:00 after a filling breakfast, we will enjoy many rapids amongst which, the class 3 Red Cliff. Two hours later, the river-bed enlarges as we reach the Khong river junction, then we will stop at the main hot springs and mud-bath area. After this healthy break, we will head for more fun through the Rising Stone rapids (5 rapids from 100 to 300 meters long, grade 2-3); after a such fun, a picnic will be served near a clear stream; then we will set off again to row and swim along the Pai Gorges scattered with a few more tricky rapids. Nearing the end of the journey, we will meet the first farming areas of the Mae Hong Son valley and will disembark at the National park Headquarters at around 3 pm. where you will redeem your main luggage and take a refreshing shower before a short transfer to Mae Hong Son. We will stop by the lake to admire the beautiful Shan temple before driving to the airport for a 35 minute flight to Chiangmai or drive you to your hotel if you choose to see more of this romantic city and its surroundings