Day 1 → Arrive Chiang Mai

Arrive in Chiang Mai.

We will meet you at the train station or the Chiang Mai (CNX) airport.

We will then transfer to a nice Thai style hotel near the city, have an afternoon of rest or swimming at the hotel pool.

At night we will explore the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and eat some amazing street food like mango sticky rice, coconut smoothies, and local favorites while we shop for local Thai handicrafts.

Day 2 → Whitewater Rafting and Local Thai Homestay

8am- Free breakfast at hotel

9am -Pick up by Flight of Gibbon at our hotel

You will be picked up from your hotel in the Chiang Mai area and driven to the North of Chiang Mai, to an area called Mae Tang.  Here you will go white water rafting on a 10km stretch of the Mae Tang river on world class rapids. Before the rafting you will be treated to a local lunch before the transfer to the homestay village called Mae Kampong at the site of Flight of the Gibbon.  This serene village is over 100 years old with many old rustic houses and a small temple set among verdant forests at an altitude of 1,300m.  Dinner and breakfast is included during your stay at the homestay as well as a delightful 1 hour massage to relax the muscles after a day of rafting!  Please note that by the very nature of the homestay, the house will be a local resident’s house, with few modern conveniences, the stay will give you the chance to sample the local culture and enjoy the peace and quiet of Mae Kampong village.  A mattress, mosquito net and blanket will be provided.

Please prepare a towel, soap and sunscreen for the rafting trip, you also have the option of purchasing a CD of images of the trip.

Day 3 → Zipline Canopy Tour and return to Chiang Mai

7:45am -After a complimentary breakfast, our team will pick you up from the village house and escort you to the Flight of the Gibbon site.  If you prefer, you can also enjoy a walk through the village to the site.  The zipline canopy tour starts around 8am and will take between 2-3 hours to complete.   You are in for a treat as you will soar through the tree tops, have a chance of seeing and hearing the wild gibbons, test your nerves on our 800m zipline and abseil down huge trees!  After the zipline you will indulge in a fantastic lunch in our creekside restaurant, with delightful local music being played in the background by the village musicians.  

After lunch you will be taken further up the valley to Mae Kampong Waterfall.  You will be escorted back to Chiang Mai at approximately 2pm.  Due to its high elevation (1,300m), it can be a little chilly at times, particularly early in the morning. We recommend you bring a jacket, sports shoes/trainers.   Mosquito spray can be very useful too.  There are facilities to store small bags and belongings on site and you can also purchase photos at an additional cost.

2:00pm- Drop off at Chiang Mai hotel

2:30pm- Rest and Relax

5:00pm- Go out for a local dinner

Day 4 → Drive to Cave Lodge, Bamboo Raft Through Tham Lod Cave

8:00am- Free breakfast at hotel

9:00am- Shuttle to drive to rainforest ecolodge in Mae Hong Son, this is a 5 hour drive and is a beautiful drive in the mountains but it is a very windy road.

Bring motion sickness medicine!

2:00pm- Arrive at rainforest ecoodge and have a late lunch

2:30pm- Check into bungalow rooms and rest, explore the jungle environment or swim in the peaceful Lang River - just a 50 meter walk from your bungalow

5:00pm- Dinner at our rainforest ecolodge

6:00pm- Explore Tham Lod Cave on a bamboo raft and watch 300,000 swifts fly out of the cave at sunset, hike back to our lodge at dusk

8:30pm- Return to rooms and rest

Sleep at our lodge where we will be spending the next 4 nights and taking day adventures out from this "basecamp"

Day 5 → Tham Nam Hoo Water Cave

8:30am- Breakfast at lodge

9:30am- Depart for Tham Nam Hoo Cave

We will bring a packed lunch today and will be gone all day caving

10:30am- Arrive at Trailhead, Hike 30 minutes through the jungle to the cave entrance

11:00am- Enter Tham Nam Hoo Cave, swim and wade 4km into this massive underground river cave system

12:30pm- Eat picnic lunch inside Tham Nam Hoo Cave

4:00pm-Exit cave and hike back to the truck

4:30pm- Pick up at roadside and drive country roads back to the lodge

5:00pm- Return to lodge and clean up

6:30pm- Dinner at lodge

7:30pm- Sleep at lodge

Note:  Tham Nam Hoo cave requires a minimum of 5 participants.  If our group is smaller than 5 total people, it should be relatively easy to find other adventurers to join our group, but it may mean we need to be a little flexible with our times and dates during the week. 

Because Tham Nam Hoo is a river cave exploration may depend on seasonal river levels.

Day 6 → Khong-Pai River Kayaking

8:30am- Breakfast at lodge

9:30am- Depart for  Khong-Pai River Kayaking

We will bring a packed lunch today and will be gone all day on the river

10:30am- Arrive at River, put into the Khong River in inflatable kayaks.  We will be kayaking about 6 hours over the course of a total of 30km of relatively fast moving river.  

The river starts gentle and after lunch works into class 2 and 3 rapids (which are definitely exciting! - by this time you should be confident enough to navigate the rapids and have fun.  For those who are uncomfortable kayaking alone you may sit in the kayak with a local guide.

12:30pm- Eat picnic lunch on the side of the river

4:00pm-Exit River at a bridge on the river bank

4:30pm- Pick up at roadside and return to lodge

5:00pm- Dinner at the lodge

7:30pm- Sleep in our bungalows at the lodge

Note:  Because the Khong-Pai one day kayaking requires a minimum of 5 people, we may have to find extra kayakers to go with us into the river depending on the size of our group.

This should be relatively easy to find other adventurers, but it may mean we need to be a little flexible with our times and dates during the week. 

The Khong-Pai kayaking day tour may depend on seasonal river levels, if river levels are too high or low this event may not be possible but we can probably find other rivers depending on the time of year and the recent precipitation.

Day 7 → Trek and 3 caves

8:30am- Breakfast at the lodge: homemade banana and chocolate muffins made in a clay furnace

9:30am- Depart for Trek and 3 Caves Adventure

We will bring a packed lunch today and will be gone all day trekking and caving

10:30am- Arrive at trailhead and walk 30 minutes on jungle trail

11:00am- Arrive at Fossil Cave, a 700 meter long cave with very old fossils

12:30pm- Eat picnic lunch at Fossil Cave entrance

1:00pm- Walk 1 hour to Waterfall Cave

2:00pm- Enter Waterfall Cave, a 400 meter long cave with small river in it and with a waterfall that drops 45 meters right off the edge at the back of the cave.  At a few points in the cave the ceiling is quite low and there is some crawling needed in this cave. 

3:30pm- Hike 2 hours to 3rd and final cave, Christmas Cave

5:30pm- Explore Christmas Cave, a fairly shallow 100 meter long cave with terrific white crystalline formations 

6:00pm- Return to car

6:30pm- Meet Car at Trailhead and return to lodge

7:00pm- Return to lodge and clean up

7:30pm- Late dinner at lodge

8:30pm- Sleep in bungalows at the lodge

Day 8 → Drive to Pai in the morning, spend the afternoon walking with and bathing Elephants

8:30am- Breakfast at the lodge: homemade banana and chocolate muffins made in a clay furnace

9:30am- Depart for  1.5 hour drive to Pai

11:00am- Arrive in Pai, check into our guesthouse, eat a local Thai lunch and get to know the elephants at Thom's Elephant Camp

1:00pm-  Feed and walk with elephants in their natural jungle habitat 20 minutes outside of Pai town.  We will spend the afternoon with a professional mahout (elephant trainer) to better understand the history and ecology of elephants in this area.

3:00pm - Give an elephant a special bath in the river water

4:00pm- See a natural hot spring near Pai town

5:00pm- Return to Thom's guesthouse or similar accomodation for a great local dinner and a soak in the natural hot springs on the elephant camp property

7:00pm- Relax in a local Thai style guesthouse

For more information on our ethical elephant experience see our blog at:

 

https://www.elevatedtrips.com/should-i-ride-an-elephant-in-thailand/

Day 9 → Rest Day to enjoy Pai market and motor scooter around the countryside

8:30am- Breakfast at the  guesthouse

9:30am- Free day to relax, hit up the local markets, rent a scooter, and enjoy the markets and countryside around Pai

5:00pm- Return to Thom's guesthouse or similar accomodation for a great local dinner and a soak in the natural hot springs on the elephant camp property

7:00pm- Relax in a local Thai style guesthouse

Day 10 → Return to Chiang Mai

8:30am- Breakfast at the  guesthouse

9:30am- Drive 3.5 hours back to Chiang Mai so you can catch your afternoon flight in Chiang Mai CNX airport

Tour concludes as we say our goodbyes at the airport

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