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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 .

 

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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

 

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A Mahout bringing his elephant to bath

 

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Water buffaloes follow with their big eyes as we glide by

 

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We enjoy gentle rapids and a nice flow to our 1st destination Pakola Hill Tribe Village

 

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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.

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Day 2   18 km  to Sopkai Village,  4 hrs of kayaking through pristine jungle .

 

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With faster currents and rapids we kayak into the Mae Taeng Valley. (Low water level)

 

 

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Sopkai Village our final destination

 

 

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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