Chiang Dao Jungle River Kayaking

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When the cool or hot dry season begins, the receding water level will make the right conditions for a journey deep into the verdant jungle and navigate through the lush greenery and dense growth of trees along the waterways of the Ping River, just north of Chiang Mai. The shady bamboo jungle and temperate forests offer relaxing and wonderful scenery along the winding creek-like river. While kayaking, enjoy the undisturbed environment of the Ping River which is home to various kinds of birds and river fish. In the dry season, this jungle is the best choice for a safe entrance.

Seasonal Consideration

The Chiang Dao district which is 60 to 90 km. north of Chiang Mai, is considered one of the best locations for kayaking. The most important factors to plan a kayaking excursion are the water flow and weather conditions. In rainy season, the condition of the river is usually varied but in the cool and dry season, the waterways open up so that you can easily kayak deeper into the jungle. The powerful Ping River offers creek-like conditions with kayaking under a verdant canopy. There are many challenging routes to select from the undisturbed nature of the jungle. However, in rainy season, kayakers can also enjoy a rapid flow journey through open landscapes with breathtaking scenic views.

  • Rainy Season (July- October)
    • The open river with clear mountain views and swift waters
  • Cool Season: (November- February)
    • The best time to enter the Northern Jungles as water levels recede
  • Dry Season: (March- June)
    • The best time to access to unspoiled hidden waterways through jungles and forests following the Northern Mae Ping River

Tour details

  • Duration : 8AM – 5:30PM
  • Available : Daily


  • The kayaking trips take about 1 to 1.5 hours to drive north of Chiang Mai and kayaking downstream south through the Chiang Dao jungle.

Site and Activities

  • River grade : Class 1+
  • Distance/Time : 17 km , 4-5 hrs

Motivated Beginners are welcome

  • Previous kayaking experience helpful
  • Lessons in basic river kayaking provided
  • Must be in good health.
  • Kayaks: Highly manoeuvrable Sit On Top Kayaks

Tour Includes

  • Kayak Equipment
  • helmets, life jackets, gloves, shoes
  • Kayaks for various levels and water conditions
  • Water and snacks
  • Lunch *If you have any dietary concerns please let us know at the time of booking.
  • Pick up and drop off service from your hotel or guesthouse in Chiang Mai
  • Travel insurance

What to Bring

  • Extra set of clothes for the ride back
  • Wear shorts or swimsuit, t-shirt or a lycra when on your kayak
  • Wear a hat, sunglasses and shoes (or sneakers or close-fitting sandals)
  • Sunscreen and mosquito repellent
  • Don’t bring a regular camera unless you have a waterproof bag. It’s best to bring a waterproof camera but also water proof cameras and hero cameras are available upon request, just bring your memory card.

** Should you have none of the above, we are ready to equip you at our shop before
When booking the tour, please provide us with your height and level based on your previous kayaking experience:


  • Level 1 I have never kayaked before, but I am physically fit.
  • Level 2 I have done some kayaking on lakes and the ocean, but never on a river.


  • Level 3 I have done some river kayaking or canoeing.
  • Level 4 I have done quite a bit of river kayaking but can not do the roll.


  • Level 5 I am an expert kayaker and can kayak a class 3+ river.

Safety policy


  • Chiang Mai Kayaking provides life jackets, shoes, gloves & helmets.
  • All kayaking instructions and river navigation will be coached throughout the trips.

Pick up and drop off

Included in each tours from any Chiang Mai City Hotel or Guesthouse in a 3KM radius. From out of town we need to make arrangement or you need to meet us in the city to a meeting point.


  • This is a Join in Group Tour, approximately 12 persons.
  • Tour operated by our Tour Operator Partner

Join-in Tour Price

1 Person ฿2,100.00

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