Bamboo Rafting in Chiang Mai: The one thing you MUST do.

Two of the first things people tell you to do in Chiang Mai is to see elephants and go bamboo rafting. Luckily, Tripzii has both (and more) on their website, ranging from quick half day trips to intensive three day trips and more! We covered elephants in a recent blog post so you can click here to read more, but if you are more interested in bamboo rafting down a beautiful jungle river, then you are at the right place.

Jungle Trekking and Bamboo Rafting in Mae Wang

Mae Wang is a short distance out of Chiang Mai, but is an area that leaves the city behind and drops you in the heart of the Thai jungle. To get to the river, and even begin to raft down it on a traditional bamboo raft, then you need trek into the jungle with the help of some friendly elephants that clear the way. Once at the river, take to the water on a makeshift raft that can sit at least three or four people. Take time to admire the jungle either side, the lush greens and the sounds of wildlife filling your ears. Along your journey, stop off at a Karen hilltribe village and see how the local mountainous people live their lives before heading out onto the river once again, moving downstream towards Chiang Mai. If you’re lucky, you may even get time to stop off at a waterfall and frolic in the lagoon before heading back to the city. All in all, this trip is the perfect adventure for those looking for a little bit of everything in just one day.

Ox Carts, Elephants and Bamboo Adventures

Traditionally, Thais would have used a combination of bamboo rafts, scorpion tailed boats and elephants to transport goods and products between cities, well before roads manged to penetrate the dense jungle. Today, people still use oxes to haul rice and elephants to clear paths in the jungles so they may explore and trade with neighbouring hilltribes and modern towns. Tripzii is offering a chance for you to experience that life just as it was intended — with ox carts trips (replacing rice with tourists, naturally) and bamboo rafting down a river. The guides will show you how the old ways once were, and introduce you to jungle tribes still using ancient traditions. You will also have the chance to get up close and personal with elephants if you so desire! What a way to spend a day.

Book in an ox ride and bamboo raft adventure today!

If that wasn’t enough however, why not add a visit to a traditional longneck tribe and learn about their ancient traditions and rituals? Northern Thailand is famed for its longneck tribes who have, in more recent times, opened their doors to the outside world and now welcome tourists with open arms — selling handmade crafts, jewellery and handwoven clothing to those interested in buying a little something to remember them by. Don’t forget, they are really skilled artisans, and this is not all tourist tat!

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Although far away in Pai, we though that this trip needed a mention. Simple, easy and beautiful — this trip takes you on a slow and relaxing bamboo raft ride through the Pai mountains on a traditional bamboo raft used by the locals for generations. Meet the real Pai, far away from the busling tourist town centre, and explore the vast number of waterways that meander around the mountain plateau. This trip lets you see the hidden side of this sleepy northern Thai town, and is so picturesque it cannot be missed. A great start to a weekend away in Pai, away from the crowds and into nature.

Although far away in Pai, we though that this trip needed a mention. Simple, easy and beautiful — this trip takes you on a slow and relaxing bamboo raft ride through the Pai mountains on a traditional bamboo raft used by the locals for generations. Meet the real Pai, far away from the busling tourist town centre, and explore the vast number of waterways that meander around the mountain plateau. This trip lets you see the hidden side of this sleepy northern Thai town, and is so picturesque it cannot be missed. A great start to a weekend away in Pai, away from the crowds and into nature.

Paddle your way through Pai on your next visit.

Bamboo rafting is more than just a tourist adventure

 for many here it is still a way of life. With so many uses and thanks to the versatility of bamboo itself, there is no surprise that this humble wood is where it is today. You may even notice it off the river, with ladders, furniture and even whole buildings being made of the stuff. It is quite incredible, so why not head into the jungle today, and see where it all began.

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