Rafting the Pai River Mae Hong Son
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Departures: Every Monday. Wednesday, Friday, from Chiang Mai
PAI RIVER RAFTING SEASON:
River rafting trips and expeditions down the Pai river
are operated from JUNE 15th 2006 until JANUARY 31st 2007
This convenient tour package will bring you from Chiangmai to the small provincial town of Pai where our Thai Adventure Rafting Base camp is located. From there, embark a rafting expeditions on the Pai River taking participants on 60 kms of river, with over 60 rapids. The Pai River cuts through scenic wilderness, through remote Mae Hong Son province. Bordering a wildlife sanctuary, our Pai River expedition guarantees our clients an unforgettable adventure trip!
Besides experiencing the thrill of the rapids, you will certainly have the chance to watch monkeys and birds playing along the riverside, shower in sparkling waterfalls, and discover the fun of “body rafting”, floating along with the current. At the end of the trip a short Thai Airways flight will bring participants back to Chiangmai.
Day 1 – Chiang Mai – Pai
From Chiang Mai, transfer by air conditioned vehicle on mountain roads to Pai valley, passing through spectacular scenery. Reach your overnight place, a peaceful resort in the Pai valley. Afternoon is free for you to discover this charming small town. You can visit a hot spring, a waterfall, or just stroll in the local market or in the city center. Dinner and overnight at the resort.
Day 2 – Rafting
08:00-08:30 Our Thai Adventure vehicle will meet you at your hotel to be transferred to our Pai base camp. Have a tea or coffee while our staff will make the last preparation. We separate luggage in small individual bags, which are stored into our sturdy dry bags to be taken on the expedition. A explicit briefing on safety and paddling techniques follow as well as remittance of helmets and life-jackets. Then we transfer by vehicle for 45 minutes to the put in point on the Pai River. Our sturdy rafts are ready on the river bank with our experienced captains, which will conduct you through the expedition. Board the rafts and paddle down river, making a stop for lunch on the river bank. After lunch it is time to encounter some larger rapids as the “Nam Hom” rapid, which can become a “class V” during high water level. The river cuts through beautiful scenery and takes you to our jungle camp where you will spend the night. The jungle camp is very basic, but offers a squat down toilet and a separate shower. You will sleep either in tents or on a bamboo platform under mosquito net. Sleeping gear as sleeping bags and foam mats are provided. Dinner at the camp is prepared by your guides, which all will enjoy. Eventually one can try some local delicacies with your guides also.
Day 3 – Rafting – Mae Hong Son
At 8:00 a delicious breakfast is served, with coffee and tea. Then we board the rafts and continue or expedition through this scenic area. As you come to the junction with another river (Nam Khong) we encounter more rapids and swells! Raft through a number of different sets of rapids, with slow moving section in between. Picnic lunch on the river bank, followed by a slower moving section when we reach the valley and our raft ending point. Toilet facilities and shower available, where we meet our vehicle. Transfer to Mae Hong Son airport for a short flight back to Chiangmai (45 minutes), where our trip ends.
Extension Possibilities: At the end of the rafting trip you can stay in Mae Hong Song for individual exploration of this charming small town. Please inquire for hotels reservation.
• All transfers by private vehicle.
• English speaking guide during the raft trip.
• Excursion as mentioned in tour itinerary.
• Accommodation twin share basis and dormitory.
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
• Air ticket on Thai Airways Mae Hong Son – Chiangmai (TG197 17h05-17h40).
• Personal expenses.
• Optional excursion.
• Travel insurance.