Full-Day Leisure River Kayaking Into Mae Taeng Forest Reserve From Chiang Mai

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    08:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Go river kayaking through the Mae Ngat Valley and into the Mae Taeng Forest Reserve whileaccompanied by a guide. You'll seeample birdlife, water buffaloes, and local fishermen inthis tranquil setting. Quality sit-in, single kayaks are provided, with double kayaks available on request. Suitable for beginners, this full-day excursion from Chiang mai includes paddlinginstructions and is available in all seasons.


  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Family friendly
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day

Know More about this tour

ThisMae Ngat Valley river trip start with hotel pickup from your Chiang mai hotel in the morning. On arrival at the launch site on theMae Ping river, get paddling instructions from your guide in your single or double kayak. After some practice it'saneasy entry at the dam flow. The river terrain gets a bit more challengingas you navigate between the sand banks and shore, butnewcomersto the sport will find the vessels very stable.

The cool water keeps the immediate environment at a comfortable temperature and theabsence of modern civilization provides a tranquil setting.Get a glimpse ofrural life you'll spot the occasional fisherman casting a netinto the Mae Ping or a farmer herding water buffaloes and watch for native and migrating birds that thrive in this protected region.

Pause for lunch on the riverbank, then kayak to yourfinal destination in the Mae Tang Forest Reserve where a canopy ofoverhanging trees offers shade.Afterward, you're driven back to your hotel in Chiang mai.


Kayaking guide

Paddling instruction

Single or double kayak

Sit-on-top kayaks with back rests are available for children

Life jacket

Lunch (vegetarian options available)

Hotel pickup and drop-off


River fee, 100 Baht

Medical Insurance Fee 50 THB,please provide passport number (no need to bring your passport.)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please bring an extra set of dry clothes, sunscreen and a cap

Not wheelchair accessible

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

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  • 08-Sep-2022

    Art was our guide for the day and very entertaining! There were 7 of us in our private tour with 2 guides and we enjoyed every minute. Most of us had limited experience with kayaking, so were a little nervous at first, but quickly became comfortable with the instruction and practice in the small pool area at launch. It was a pretty leisurely float down 13 kilometers of the Ping River. We would have liked to see more wildlife, but still enjoyed the country side and views. We ended at a quite hut with delicious lunch of local favorite food. Would strongly recommend this experience if you have a day to go!

  • 04-Jan-2022

    Got picked up at the hotel on time and where welcomed by our friendly and very funny guide Art. He made the day so much more special. On the way to the river we had the opportunity to buy some snacks and drinks. The kayaking is very relaxing. The river is quiet (dry season) and the nature is beautiful. a nice lunch afterwards in the countryside. A very nice day! Don’t forget your sunscreen and a hat is great too.

  • 20-Jun-2020

    The whole trip was great fun, a bit of a challenge for a beginner like me but the owner and guides got me through it. I was alone but met some great people. Everything is perfectly organised, there were children and teenagers with the group and everyone had a great time and found enjoyment in the day. The kayaks are comfortable and in great condition. We had drinking water in each kayak and a water stop on the way. We stopped to swim and rest a few times. A truly great day. I'm ready to go back as soon as possible.

  • 03-Jan-2020

    We wilden gaan raften met een boot maar omdat het water laag stond werd het een rubber kajak voor 2 personen en een stuurman. Superleuk! De begeleiders zijn heel enthousiast en doen hun best om het naar je zin te maken. Onze kinderen van 14 en 10 jaar vonden het geweldig! Omgeving is prachtig, kwamen langs olifanten van oa Elephant Nature Park die een bad namen. Ondanks laag water spannende stroomversnellingen (voor een boot wel echt te laag) en er wordt goed voor de veiligheid gezorgd.

  • 28-Nov-2019

    We had a blast, the guides are hilarious, super attentive and just fun to spend time with, they make this experience stand out. A few hours of chilled-out kayaking on a peaceful and beautiful river, highly recommended.

  • 19-Nov-2019

    We were upgraded to a cave visit and kayaking as he said we were new and would be more comfortable with that group as they didnt have experience with kayaking also, our guide was called Jamie and he was a really nice and attentive guy. Would definitely recommend

  • 12-Nov-2018

    Not sure if I chose the right tour but ours was the 3 hour paddle. Never mind. We were picked up at our place and dropped of later on, brilliant. Looked after really well all day in fact. Our guide was great, perfect English and plenty to tell. Really knew his kayaking so even with a bit of a current he always let us know what to expect and what to do. Passed through areas of fields and heavy jungle, plenty to look at along the way, you can paddle hard or go about it gently so people of all ages and abilities will have a fun time. You really don't need to have any experience, just a desire to give it a go, you will be in safe hands and by the time you get out you'll be quite a good paddler. And if you go after some heavy rain the river will be moving faster so that could add to the fun. The lunch afterwards before the ride back into town is excellent. I have always found the food after a tour of any sort to be fantastic. These guys do a really good job. Just remember to wear long sleeves a wide hat and maybe something like a sarong to cover your bare legs as the blazing sun for a few hours on the water can leave the unwary feeling rather sorry for themselves. If you are new to the paddling game we suggest you take the short tour unless you feel game. It really was great fun!

  • 14-Sep-2018

    My family and I are novices to kayaking. We wanted to have a feel of what its like to kayak down the river. Looking through TA, i wrote via email and the replies were received almost instantly. We booked and made several changes through email prior to the actual day. These included 1)a reduced group size; 2)our concerns about the kids and if they would get bored; 3) we even reduced the timing of the kayaking to about 2 hours due to pt 2. 4)Thirdly, we wanted to be back at the hotel by 3pm. All that was taken care of with prompt replies and recommendations. They 1. Selected a section of the river that was easier for 1st timers; 2. offered us alternative like Sup boards that we could exchange along the way whilst on kayaks so that adults/kids would not get bored; an 8am start to be able to return to the hotel by 3pm. Payment was easy. 30% down payment online to secure the booking followed by balance payment on day or payable in advance online. We preferred the online method. On the day itself, pick up was prompt. We arrived at the banks and Art our Chief guide demonstrated to us how to use the paddle. We had a total of 6 on that day as two of them could not make it. Art and Chang used the Sup boards whilst we had 2 double Kayaks and two singles. Art was hilariously entertaining and made the trip down stream totally enjoyable by motivating the kids to paddle in his comical self. Time passed way too fast. This was when felt that we could have done this for an hour more! Our 10 and 7year olds were not bored as Art made them go onto the Sup boards and help paddle with him. The two also jumped off and played in the river waters. My sibling and his teen daughter took turns on the Sup boards which was really nice. The river is open so do bring a maximum SPF for sun protection, all your hats required, sunglasses, long sleeve and pants etc is best if you don’t wish to burn. Bring an extra set of clothing. All your personal belongings can be placed in their truck. Bring a waterproof phone as well to take those cool pics for memories! After we were done, we drove up a minute to a nice Mango plantation. Sadly there was none on the trees as it was not in season. We were guided to the restaurant bath room where we could change to a fresh set of clothes. Post which, a nice lunch comprising of fried rice, some fresh vegetables and a fried egg was served. Chang and the driver drove us back after we said our farewells and we hope to do this again in the not too distant future. Thank you Art and Chang for making the day awesome! We highly recommend all to try - beginners to experts!

  • 01-Sep-2018

    Very nice staff, a lot of fun and adrenaline ! Really advice it !! The kayaking is very good, you'll go through a few rapids and even pass by some bathing elephants.

  • 02-Apr-2018

    i booked two times downhillbiking with this company, its amazing. a great day outside, downhill pist exhausting but fun, the guides are great! then i booked a full day kayak tour, with was also great fun and a very nice day at the river, but: the 1-1/4 ride back home was horrible! we were sitting in the back of a pick up truck with a driver who was BY FAR the fastest on the street, driving like crazy. he overtook almost every car on this road, like it was a formula one race, which maybe funny for the two guys in the front, but definitely not for us in the back. its also totally useless, since nobody will complain if we come 10 minutes later back to chiang mai. when i mentioned it to the guide in the end, he said he was sleeping comfy in the front (funny guy). anyway, i love the company and the tours, but maybe you guys talk to the driver (other people mentioned it also on this page, you should probably listen at least to the clients at least). apart from that, everythings awesome!

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