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Chiang Mai Elephant Safari, Ox-cart Ride and Bamboo Rafting Tour

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Key Highlights
  • Easy to book – easy to cancel – easy to change
  • Book early and receive discounts
  • Price same or lower than local rates
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  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    8 hours (approx.)

    Start time

    Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
    Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Chiang Mai or Airport.
    (Please mention your hotel name and address or flight details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Chiang Mai or Airport.

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview The beautiful and rugged Mae Taeng Valley is situated in the North Eastern corner of the Chiang Mai Province. This area is home to large populations of domestic elephants and other wildlife. The Mae Taeng Valley contains lush jungles, local wildlife and encounters with exotic hill tribes.

    Originating high in the mountains the Mae Taeng River winds its way through valleys and canyons. The river provides many opportunities for white water rafting, kayaking and bamboo rafting. It is a perfect location to get away and unforgettable experience.

    Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. The country has so many attractions that you may find it difficult to see them all in one visit.


    This tour is available in two options – coach and private. The private option offers you greater flexibility and you can spend as much or as little time at any of the places that you visit. Unlike the tight and fixed schedules of coach tours, the private option allows you to do the tour at your own pace.

    Less than two hours drive out of Chiang Mai is the valley of the Mae Taeng River. It is a convenient and ideal location for various activities including sports and sightseeing.

    We profile some of the activities on this tour.

    We take you on an elephant safari. The ride is approximately half an hour long. Your elephant will take you along the banks of the Mae Taeng River with its lush forests and inviting waters.

    The tour also takes you on a ride in a traditional Thai Ox-cart. The ride can be a bit bumpy but fun. It will give you an idea of how the local population commute in this beautiful forested region and an experience in itself.

    Another treat is a lazy trip on a bamboo raft down the Mae Taeng. It's relaxing and nostalgic. Plan on getting wet!

    The tour includes a stop for lunch. After the trip you will be returned to your hotel or Airport (if you prefer).

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Lunch
    • English speaking guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Air conditioned coach or car (as per the option selected)
    • 30 minute elephant ride
    • Extra elephant cost of THB 1200 for passengers weighing over 80 Kgs.
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    During some parts of the rainy season, this tour may not be operational subject to high water levels.

    For the elephant safari, we provide 1 elephant for 2 passengers, if clients weigh over 80 Kgs, the camp will provide a separate elephant at an additional cost of THB 1200 per passenger.

    Program is subject to change due to local condition.

    Not applicable for Panviman or Bella Villa or Veranda or Hotels in Sa-meung & Hangdong area. Available on request.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    Be prepared to get wet while bamboo river rafting.

    The ox-cart ride may be quite bumpy.

  • Customer Reviews
    • excellent tour

      fantastic tour with a great tour guide. excellent value for money...

      Mr Roy Ritchie, United Kingdom, 26/Oct/2012

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