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Exploring the unspoiled natural beauty of Northern Thailand  and  kayak off the beaten path  these kayaking programs are best suited for newcomers through advanced alike with natural beauty and its accompaning silence in mind .

That river kayaking is a challenging sport comes with out saying but it doesn’t have to be class 3 (advanced white water) to be enjoyed. Taking  care to address all levels of kayakers an inventory of the best kayaking in Chiang Mai’s vicinity has been put together. Our nature oriented staff enjoy the verity in challenges the rivers and lakes have to offer and are happy to share  the experience.  “We welcome all swimmers” says the Director Aidan former Hawaii resident. After 20 years  running  a watersport company there he settled in Chiang Mai 9 years ago,  the rivers intrigued the entrepreneur,  enjoying the scenic northern waterways and culture is reflected in the present programs . Lessons are provided and these trips are a great way to prepare for  heavier waters learning river navigation and boat handling .

If this is your first visit to Thailand or Chiang Mai, a kayak trip  should definitely  be on your itinerary. Chiang Mai Kayaking is a Thai – American Partnership combining local knowledge with western standard service and equipment.

The most scenic kayaking takes place 60 – 90 km north of Chiang Mai in the Chiang Dao region . Chiang Mai Kayaking does take water flow and weather conditions in consideration when planning an excursion.  River flow can vary daily in the rainy season and in the cool and dry season we move deeper into the jungle,  as water ways open up to exploration. The “mighty” Mae Ping River presents us with creek like conditions with kayaking  under a lush  canopy.  The thick overgrowth and untouched jungle gives us challenging route selections .  Kayakers  appreciate the lightness & manoeuvrability of their boats as these allow to us to enjoy the water all year.
In the rainy season, we enjoy the fast flow
through open landscapes with fantastic views.
Call us for present kayaking conditions for the optimum trip .

Rainy Season : July – October, keeps us on the open river with clear mountain  views and swift waters
Cool Season : November – February, the best of both worlds as water levels recede we can enter the Northern Jungles.
Dry Season : March – June , Water levels now allow us access to unspoiled hidden water ways through jungles and forests following the Northern Mae Ping River

Chiang Mai Kayaking provides kayaks for various levels and water conditions
For beginners we provide Sit on Top kayaks on rivers and touring boats on lakes.
For the intermediate – advanced on rivers we provide touring kayaks with a large cockpit for easy entry and exit . Sit on Tops are provided on challenging river runs with tight turns.
Advanced kayakers (can do Eskimo roll) can ask for enclosed white water kayaks.
Chiang Mai Kayaking provides light and easy to handle touring paddles.
We also provide :
life jackets ,shoes, dry bags, gloves andhelmets. Also waterproof cameras and Go Pro cameras are available,
bring your SD card.

Chiang Mai Kayaking  provides water on all  trips and lunch at a riverside restaurant , a packed lunch in the jungle or a BBQ on the river.
Vegetarian food is available. You should bring your favorite “sugar” snack for quick energy
while kayaking. Some snacks are available at our shop.

We provide FREE pickup & return from all Hotels/GH in Chiangmai.

Chiang Mai Kayaking provides life jackets, shoes, gloves & helmets.
All kayakers are accompanied by a qualified English speaking guide,  who provides basic kayaking instructions and river navigation coaching on all trips.

You are going to get wet , bring a spare set of clothing to change into after kayaking (can be left in the truck) !
For kayaking wear T-shirt and shorts,  river sandals or sneakers. If you don’t have shoes, we will provide them for you. Bring a cap and sunglasses, Sunscreen, repellent. (available at our store if needed)

When booking a day of kayaking, please provide your height and your previous kayaking experience.


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


  • Level 3 I have done some river kayaking or canoeing
  • Level 4 I am an experienced river kayaker, but can’t do a roll


  • Level 5 I am an expert kayaker and do class 3+ rivers