Chiang Dao Mountain Views
75 km north of Chiang Mai, our drive to our starting point reveals a beautiful valley with orchards, rice, corn fields and rolling hills. The famous Chiang Dao mountain, the last tooth of the Himalayas, sticks out like a giant fin . At 2225 m tall with its jagged and sharp peaks it cuts through the rest of the skyline and demands our attention.
The Ping River, here swift and twisty, flows vigorously in the shadow of the Chiang Dao mountain. Every turn seems to present itself for a new photo opportunity as we drift south across the valley. The river contours are demanding when the creek like features force us to adhere to the river’s path.
Great place to learn the tricks of the trade without the harsh consequences of a Class 3 river. Life along the shores is at a relaxed pace, people here tend eaning here. Is it crabs they are looking for as locals are snorkeling the river banks ? to natural resources . Living off the land has true meaning here.
We notice the fisher man throwing the net waiting for a catch, and the farmers waving taking a break from tending their lands along the river .
Chiang Dao Massive ‘The last tooth of the Himalayas’ 3rd largest mnt. Thailand
The village of Chiang Dao nears and we enjoy a hearty lunch by the river, After our well deserved break, we continue past villages and farmland towards the southern part of the valley. In the distance we can already make out the hills that separate Chiang Dao from Mae Ngat Valley. Our ground transportation awaits us for the ride back to Chiang Mai.
When: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. Trip:
Crossing the Chiang Dao Valley
River grade : Class 1+
Distance/Time :18 km- 25km , 4 hrs
Motivated Beginners are welcome , Previous kayaking experience help full
Lessons in basic river kayaking provided
Fitness level : good
Kayaks :Touring Kayaks (sit in) & Sit On Tops