My family and I went kyaking and then visited the caves. We were picked up from the hotel and then taken for a short briefing at the company’s office. We then set off for about a 45 minute drive to a quiet spot on the Ping River. My tip is to wear a hat, long shorts and a t-shirt or long sleeved top as it’s pretty punishing in the mid-day sun. The tour provide water, and also kindly lent my daughter a spare hat.
The kayaking is great fun. Not too tricky but challenging enough for a novice. Our guides were super as we followed the current down. There is a bit of wildlife to see and you feel a long way from the stresses of life with just the babbling of the river.
After the kyaking we had a 45 min drive to Chiang Dao caves. The journey passes quickly as the route is scenic. A lovely Thai lunch was included at an eatery by the caves. The cave is also a shrine and so females in the party will need to cover their shouders and knees. The caves are stunning. I didn’t expect to see any (so many) bats. A Thai cave guide leads the way with a lantern. The company’s guide was superb throughout the day and, here, translated the Thai commentary from the cave guide.
Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.