We booked the Elephant Safari full day tour with Golden Triangle Tours out of Chiang Rai. Adirek Petraj (Rick) was our tour guide for the day and he did an outstanding job of making sure we had a great time. We started out on a 50 minute, very scenic long-tail boat up the Kok River. Then we walked all around a Karen tribe village next to the river and eventually walked to the elephant camp for a one hour trek on an elephant through a the nearby hillside and river.
It was amazing to watch the elephant pull out an entire banana tree with its trunk and snack on it while we road it. Then we had a delicious lunch prepared at an Akha minority village. We also stopped to wade at the Huay Mae Sai waterfall, which was very refreshing. We also stopped and walked through a Hmong and a Yao village as well.
Adirek was extremely knowledgeable about all the tribes, vegetation and animals in the area, which made the tour much more interesting in that regard. He also made sure we had plenty of water and that we were comfortable on the trip. He answered all questions we had about the area. He was a very professional and caring tour guide with a passion for his job.
My wife and I both HIGHLY recommend a tour with Golden Triangle Tours - you be very glad you did.
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