Meet your guide at your Chiang Mai hotel, and enjoy views of the scenic countryside during the 45-minute drive to the Mae Wang Valley, set in the shadow of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain. Learn the basics of technique and safety, then launch your boat into the upper portion of the Mae Wang River, whose Class I and II rapids are suited to beginning boaters. Choose a river kayak or a sit-on-top boat that’s the best fit for your skill level.
Follow a course that passes a series of elephant camps, and spot the animals that come to the river to bathe and drink. Look for butterflies, birds and even jungle mammals along the way, and soak up the sun on easygoing stretches of water between the rapids. The Class III and IV rapids in the lower part of the river are a good fit for advanced boaters, who shouldn’t miss the boulders and white water of Lost Canyon.
Your day trip includes a riverside lunch and return transport to your hotel.