Private Tour: Elephant Adventure, Hilltribes and Mae Kok River Trip from Chiang Rai

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  • Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3685CEI05P

The Mae Kok River, 80 miles long, running through the heart of Chiang Rai, is said to be one of the most beautiful and unspoiled rivers of the world. It flows gently along jungle banks and towering mountain cliffs. Along its route lie several hilltribes and jungle-tribes of Chiang Rai. The people are friendly and the life aboard the raft relaxing.


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  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

The many hilltribes who inhabit the area have long trudged the mountain passes between Northern Thailand and their home villages in Burma and China. Each tribe is district, with its own culture, religion, language, art, and dress and on today's journey you will have the opportunity to meet an array of cultures.

First on this private tour you will leave the hotel for Mae Kok boat trip by long-tail boat to the Karen Hilltribe Village, where you start two hours elephant trekking up and down hill into the woods, to a Yao Hilltribe Village. Lunch will be provided and your private guide can give you a greater insight into today's touring.

After lunch visit Yao and Akha Hilltribes, both fascinating people. Then trek to a waterfall, where you can swim and take a short rest. Return to your hotel, enroute visit Chiang Rai Handicrafts Center.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from Chiang Rai town or Golden Triangle hotels
Departure Time:
  • 8:30am

Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

6 hours (approx.)
Return Details:

  • Returns to original departure point

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Chiang Rai Town Departure
Code: CRTD

Private Elephant, Hilltribes & Mae Kok River Trip including pick up & drop off from Chiang Rai town hotels

USD $103.73
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Golden Triangle Departure
Code: GTD

Private Elephant, Hilltribes & Mae Kok River Trip including pick up & drop off from Golden Triangle hotels

USD $153.97
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Private Tour: Elephant Adventure, Hilltribes and Mae Kok River Trip from Chiang Rai

Elephant Trek

  • Private tour
  • 2 hour elephant trek and Long Tail boat journey
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Leonard T, USA, July 2010

Excellent, excellent, excellent!!!!!! Everything about this tour was fantastic!!!! Our tour guide was fabulous. He actually walked the entire elephant trek and was very informative about the areas we visited. What a trooper! I recommend this tour to everyone... but also warn that they should be prepared for a bit of a rough elephant ride no complaints here - it was wonderful.

Reviewed by: Maria B, October 2012

Wonderful! The boat ride has beautiful scenery! The mountains! The visit to the tribes is interesting, but I guess I was expecting more. I don't know why I was expecting the elephant ride to take to the hilltribes. But it's separate. The ride is long and do take sunscreen and a hat. If its sunny, you will bake. The waterfalls were wonderful, specially after the elephant ride. But overall, it was a great experience. Lunch was really good..

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Tour code: 3685CEI05P