This exclusive 2 day Kayak excursion starts in the shadow of the mighty Chiang Dao Mountain, in the farming village Mhongkong , 100km north of Chiang Mai. Here we board our kayaks and head south deep into the Northern Thai Jungle .
Day 1 4 – 5 hr paddle takes us through the forest, past water buffaloes, elephants, hunters and gatherers.
This stretch of Jungle although very secluded still keeps us in touch with Thai culture
A Mahout bringing his elephant to bath
Water buffaloes follow with their big eyes as we glide by
We enjoy gentle rapids and a nice flow to our 1st destination Pakola Hill Tribe Village
Break time for our adventurer
In the late afternoon we arrive at Pakola the Karen Hill Tribe Village.
We are welcomed in a traditional long house along side the river for the night.
We enjoy the local cousin and the charm of the locals.
Day 2 18 km to Sopkai Village, 4 hrs of kayaking through pristine jungle .
With faster currents and rapids we kayak into the Mae Taeng Valley. (Low water level)
Sopkai Village our final destination
As all rivers in Thailand , water levels swell up and drop significantly depending on rain fall.
The “upper Mae Tang River” is accessible all year with Water conditions ranging from Class 1 -3
This river stretch provides us with swift currents, fun rapids and the occasional float.
February – June low water , July – September high water, October – January med water