Exciting Things to Do in Chiang Mai

Top Extreme Activities & Thrilling Things to Do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Exciting Things to Do in Chiang Mai for Thrill Seekers

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  • Tom Perry
    12 contributions
    So we met Mr Korn on the taxi pick up from Chiang Mai International and he was very friendly and helpful. Started talking about Elephants and people who care for them. We decided to spend the day with him and I am glad we did!

    We were picked up 8am from our hotel and then travelled to the Elephant care place which is about 1hr 30 away. There was no sitting in silence as Mr Korn started talking of his extensive knowledge of Elephants and explained alot of scams that other tourists get aucked in by. Upon arrival we all met the carers of the elephants and immediately met the elephants aswell as they were free to roam and join us. We fed them and then went on a 40 min trek in the jungle walking side by side.

    Upon the return we the got in the water with them where they played with us, spraying water. Then we ate fresh fruit with the carers and the elephants.

    We then then drove about 25mins to a nice cafe for some lunch which was lovely and then on to a waterfall trek which was absolutely phenomenal! Topped off with fresh coffee from the local plantation.

    Top tips which Mr Korn will also remind you is take spare clothing and a towel and if you chose to hike to the waterfall a rain coat and good hiking shoes.

    I cant recommend this enough! What a great day and thank you 😀

    +66613620268 (Mr Korn)
    Written June 17, 2022
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  • Portia
    Chiang Mai, Thailand19 contributions
    People were having fun especially teenagers and some tourists out of curiosity and respect. There were also shows and entertainment and most of the Thais love it . As
    a foreigner, I learned to respect the Thai culture and enjoyed watching splashing water using water guns and buckets although not all people wanted to be wet. I think if you don't like to be wet avoid the areas where everyone played the water festival.
    Written April 18, 2019
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  • April Jean
    Washington181 contributions
    I went only because my friend wanted me to join her. Even if it's a sanctuary, you have to stop and think about the animals that are being used daily for humans egotistical ways. I was actually okay at first and was enjoying it until the end when the elephants got into the water and I saw one of the men pull on the elephants ears to get him to lay down in the water. I was done after that and was ready to go. These animals are not free and are still treated like circus animals. I think the only support is to not to go to any of these at all. The one thing I did love was the area. Al of the greenery around you was just amazing! I love nature
    Written July 6, 2018
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  • Geoff P
    Canada28 contributions
    We trained at Sit Thaharnaek Muay Thai for six weeks while visiting Chiang Mai. We loved our visits to the gym where we received excellent attention and instruction from the staff and amazing support from the other students and fighters. Our kids (8, 10, 12) were shown trust and respect and were encouraged to work hard and participate in all aspects of the gym. We want to recommend this gym for anyone interested in exploring or developing Muy Thai technique in Chiang Mai.
    Written May 27, 2020
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  • Jay E
    Madison, WI4 contributions
    My husband looked into trekking in Thailand and found Chiang Mai Trekking by Piroon & Baan Nantaya Guesthouse (Chiang Mai Trekking or CMT). From the very beginning, it was a good experience. We communicated back and forth by email to make arrangements. While many people do a two-day trek, we wanted to do a three-day. They are so well organized that they let us know what the weather and conditions would be like at the time of year we were going, and they sent us a pdf of all of the clothing and equipment that we should have, which was minimal—what fits in a day pack is all that's needed for a three-day trek. On arrival, it was clear to me we were in very good hands. Three of the 15 guides that work for CMT greeted us enthusiastically at the end of the little road where they're located once we got off the truck; they grabbed our packs and welcomed us into the beautiful open air front room of their hotel. They sat down with us and went through the itinerary of our trek and answered our questions. They even have a painting on the wall that shows each of the activities and they use a pointer during the presentation to emphasize their points. Very polished.

    The hotel is very well appointed, and the owners/proprietors, Piroon and Jit are ON IT. Jit runs the office and is always available and very willing to help with whatever is needed or wanted. She gave us recommendations on local events, and helped with transportation and laundry.

    The room was quite nice. Ours came with a king bed and they supplied a pretty comfortable rollaway for our niece. The air conditioner is quite effective. The bathroom is a nice wet room design, meaning that it's a rather small space but everything can get wet. The beds are firm, the pillows are nice, and the linens and curtains and everything else all look new.

    Chai was our guide for our 3-day trek. We got right into the truck and took off the morning of our trek. Chai shared information with us about what we’d be doing on the trek, as well as things about Thai culture and philosophy, and the multiple languages we’d encounter in the different villages in which we’d be staying. The hikes were fantastic—I’d call them moderate difficulty, but Chai very clearly took a slower pace so that we wouldn’t overdue it.

    The jungle is really beautiful, and interesting! Be ready for changes of altitude—there’s a fair number of ascents and descents, at least in the pa the we took. Chai was also a lot of fun—he made hats out of giant leaves for us, he showed us the plants that were edible, taught us how to manage water buffalo, and told us a great deal about the flora and fauna. He was just a lot of fun.

    Don’t make the mistake I made and bring snacks long—there’s really no need for it. If anything, you will have WAY too much food available during your trek. Thai hospitality ensures the food is plentiful to the point of excess. He seemed to always have snack available.

    We did our trek during the rainy season. We were supposed to do our bamboo rafting trip on day 3, but Chai was following the weather closely, and thought the stretch of river we would raft that day would be too dangerous given the forecast. So, we pivoted to Plan B (he had Plans C, D and E ready as well): we would raft on Day 2 as the weather would be better and the stretch of river safer. It was, indeed, quite safe, and if had we gone with Plan A, we wouldn’t have been able to raft—another party that was supposed to that day wasn’t able to because of conditions.

    The villages we stayed in were lovely, as were all of our hosts. The beds all had mosquito netting (although it wasn’t buggy in August), and we felt very well cared for. Consider trekking in Thailand—it’s a beautiful experience. And I think I’m accurate in saying Chang Mai Trekking is the outfitter to use—they’ve been doing it for 30 years and they do it right. I'd use them again in a heartbeat.
    Written August 17, 2022
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  • Javier M
    2 contributions
    Excellent experience with Pablo, his knowledge about every detail is worthing, in a special when you visit a country with differents customs like as your country.
    I highly recommend to be in contact whit him.
    Written May 3, 2022
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  • Guillem Ribo
    1 contribution
    We did de two days trekking with Mike, the food was really nice and he was the best host, always smiling! Good experience with local people and views, totally recomended!
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Traveler712360
    California36 contributions
    One of the best experiences in life we had with Karen Tribe’s Native Elephants. Sun and his team were super organized from the minute we communicated to the drop off at the hotel. The tour was exactly and more as described in the description during planning. We also got great pictures at end of the day in a thump drive. There was discount for booking directly. Sun and his wife speak fluent English and my 7 year old son loved playing with their son. Sun’s wife was very caring and patient toward my son(thank you!). The driver was very professional, friendly and patient. He even made a quick stop at a roadside steam engine display for my son. The car was clean and comfy and the drive was beautiful up the green hills. When we arrived at village, we were greeted by Sun and his team and the elephants. We joined another family with teens and another young couple. Two people were each paired with one elephant. we lucked out and got paired with a mom and one year old baby elephant named Noi. Noi was like a 500 ton human toddler whom you can’t help but love. My son still got a kick talking about how Noi was bathed clean in the creek, walked up the bank and lied in mud and sand immediately. We learn about the mutual relationships between the elephants and the tribe. Sun and team showed us how to feed them with native vegetation, how to bathe them using a scrub made from local vines, and giving them treats made with herbs and grains. And we got to give them elephant ice cream aka banana trunk after their walk. The lunch was beautifully set up and plentiful. While maintaining his tribe’s traditions when working with elephants, Sun was able to convey how significant the relationship was between his tribe and elephants and how they rely on each other. We learned so much. We recommend Karen Tribe to anyone who wants to learn about elephant in a hand on environment. Thank you, Sun and team!
    Written August 18, 2022
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  • Caroline J
    6 contributions
    We drove our own tuk tuk and went water rafting and ate lunch. It was super fun. We got picked up right outside of our hostel on time. When we arrived to the location, we got greeted by our guide Jariya and they made sure that we were comfortable driving the Tuk Tuk before going out on the main road. Then we drove to the river rafting location and that was such an experience like none before. Then we drove to get lunch at a local restaurant and feed fish in the pond by the restaurant. Then we drove back to the van that drove us back to out hostel. Amazing experience 10/10 would recommend and do again.
    Written July 10, 2022
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  • Eline K
    3 contributions
    We did the 3 days/2 night trekking with Song. This was my best experience in Thailand in the 2 months I was there. The guides are so thoughtful and welcoming. Also, the food and accommodation is with these amazing people.
    Written March 28, 2022
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  • Mariel A.
    Quezon City, Philippines4 contributions
    The experience was great. It was our first time interacting with elephants and curious about these gentle species. We got ourselves a day tour experience and was so memorable especially the elephant's bath time. Tour guides are really good. The tour price is very worth it.
    Written August 5, 2022
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  • Alvaro I
    6 contributions
    Dificult to describe… Living a two day trip in the middle of the jungle it’s been just one of my best life experiencie. Kalu, the guide of the tour, is a local guy from the jungle so he will show you how people live in this amazing jungle’s collages. The food provided by Kalu is really amazing. Really worthwhile experience that I would reccommend to everyone who travel to Tailand.
    Written August 8, 2022
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  • Sara M
    Barcelona, Spain1 contribution

    We had really good time trekking around the mountains, feeding and bathing with the elephants and the bambú rafting was great. Yewen was very friendly, kind and nice. During the trekking he explained to us things that we didn't know about the villages and their culture. It was very interesting!
    The food was really good and on the way back to the hotel, he stopped again at the local market to let us buy some dinner to take to the hotel! He even bought us a gift!
    In general, it has been a fantastic experience and we will definitely recommend to our friends.
    Thank you Chan and Yewen for this wonderful experience!

    Sara & Andrew
    Written August 17, 2022
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  • Mari U
    Yomitan-son, Japan28 contributions
    When we arrived at Chiang Mai airport, we didn't have any real plans except to enjoy the city. Kon was in the arrival area and offered a large van to transport us to our hotel. We usually have to squeeze into a regular cab, so we took him up on his offer. The van was very nice and spacious. On the way to the hotel, he asked if we had any plans for our stay and offered excursions. We took him up on his offer and got to see elephants, multiple temples and the Sunday Market. He picked us up at 9am and dropped us off at 8pm. On the long ride to see elephants, he played videos for my little kids on the big TV in the van and they were so happy! He let us know that he was available for any transportation needs we might have and took us to get our covid tests required for our trip back to Japan. We made a few other stops for shopping and be waited until we were done and took us back to the hotel. My kids kept asking where he was and saying they missed him, he was so great with them. Our trip was definitely made better thanks to Kon and his help.
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Matty Robins
    Stockton-on-Tees, UK2 contributions
    Great day from start to finish. The tour guide was exceptional and really helpful throughout the tour.
    Written July 21, 2022
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