Enjoy 2 days packed full with cycling, kayaking and swimming in one of Chiang Mai most beautiful destinations and waterways.
Day 1 08:00 - Day 2 15:30. 2 days, 1 night.
Spend two days of interesting and enjoyable biking and kayaking in the area north of Chiang Mai known as Mae Taeng. Here you’ll spend half a day relaxing in the valley of the Mae Ping River riding a bicycle as you take in the post-card picture perfect views and experience rustic villages full of the mystique of Northern Thailand. Pass through quaint riverside villages and traverse along the irrigation embankments through the rice paddies carved into the floodplains. Paddle your way deep into the Sri Lanna National Park where you will spend a unique night floating on the lake well away from city life in an environment where the sounds you’ll be likely to hear might include the barking of a Gecko’s call for their loved ones. This is a privately guided adventure for individuals or groups of friends, family, colleagues or students. A nationally accredited and certified trek guide who speaks very good English will take care of everything and be able to answer any questions you may have as well as provide lots of interesting information related to all parts of the journey.
You or your group will be picked up from where you are staying in Chiang Mai at 8 am on the date you will have arranged when booking. From here you’ll be taken north towards the Mae Tang area where we will be starting our cycle ride. We’ll head off by bike in to the rich and fertile Ping River flood plains riding along sealed and un-sealed tracks and roads through lovely little romantic rural villages, as well as traversing along the tops of hand dug irrigation channels which feed rice paddies and the occasional fruit orchard.
We’ll then continue on bike towards Sri Lanna National Park, which was designated as a national park in 1989 and is known for its waterfalls, caves and springs, as well as its many tributaries to the Ping River. The park is home to Mae Ngat Somboon Chon Reservoir Lake. We’ll stop to have some lunch at the National Park office and then jump in Kayaks a go paddling out on the for about an hour and a half, until reaching the floating houseboats which will be our accommodation for the night. Once we’ve arrived here, you’ll be free for the remainder of the afternoon to enjoy the cool waters of the lake, swimming, Kayaking or just chilling by the water’s edge with the cool water gently slapping against the boat house trying to encourage you in. In the evening for dinner a Thai Meal will be prepared and served by local people, and will be taken on the house boats.
After a night of sleep floating on the water safely tucked away in your houseboat you’ll be able to take breakfast by the water’s edge, and make a great start to another fun filled adventure packed day. Starting with some free time, you will able to jump in your Kayak and explore the depths of the lake or investigate the hidden streams and gullies dotted along the shoreline, or paddle around in the water just because you can. At 11.30 we Kayak back to the National Park headquarters to have lunch there. After lunch we’ll stop at the stunning Banden Temple, which is said to have derived its name from several different sources. One of these is a small but sacred cave which is tucked under the hill that the temple itself sits on top of surrounded by beautifully manicured landscape gardens. Another source is said to be because there are lots of sacred fig or “sali” trees of various sizes on the temple grounds. Hence, many people refer to the temple as “Wat Bandensali”. Yet another source of naming comes from the historical town called “Mueang Kaen”, which is located close by. Many locals therefore refer to this temple as “Wat Bandensali Si Mueang Kaen”. The wat is designed in the true Lanna style of architecture and having been completely renovated in 1804 by its abbot Kruba Thueang Natsilo, it stands today as a beautiful sight to see. From this location you’ll be taken back to where you are staying in Chiang Mai along with all the experiences, knowledge and fond memories gained from this adventure.
Of course you can wear whatever you like, but we recommend wearing something that protects as much of your skin as possible from direct sunlight and provides a barrier against mosquitoes and scratches from the underbrush. It’s also important that your choice of clothing allows air to pass through it to help keep you as comfortable as possible when it gets hot as it does from time to time in the tropics. So in short, for the daytime, we suggest light cotton pants and long sleeve loose fitting top if possible. If not, a T-shirt will do (Light colours are coolest). A sun hat is also a good idea.
In the evening and early morning, it usually gets quite a bit cooler, so we recommend bringing some warmer clothes like jeans and a light jacket to wear at these times. As a further precaution for during the wet season (April – October), it’s also advisable to bring a light raincoat or poncho which you can pick up from most general stores around the city.
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|Cost per person||9,900||6,400||5,233||4,650||4,300||4,060|