School Group Adventure Rafting Thailand


Chiang Mai in 7 Days – Adventure, Culture and Exploration

This multi-day trip lasts for 7 days in Chiang Mai province and includes thorough immersion into the local cultures found in Northern Thailand. Spending time engaged in local Karen, Lahu and Lanna hill tribes and communities this multi-day trip provides a preeminent opportunity to combine both adventure, education and learning, and culture all within safe and inspiring settings. Our trips enable self reflection and growth through meeting new challenges both as a team and individually.

Join this multi-day trip and descend the might Mae Taeng river tackling 3 days of class 1-3 whitewater. Trek between Hill Tribe villages, soar between trees on ziplines and explore beneath the earth’s surface in an unknown underground caving world. 

All of our multi-day trips are suitable for complete beginners and can be varied in difficulty to cater to the needs of different ages and abilities.

Within all of our trips consideration and appreciation for the environment is an ongoing theme. From learning about medicinal properties of different plant species, to getting hands on and involved in understanding how local communities live in harmony with their environment,  sustainable living and environmental protection is something that we strive to both embrace but also share with others.  

For more information on how we can customize an amazing expedition for your school please contact Iestyn at [email protected]

Multi-Day Trip – 7 Day Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from CNX – Transfer North to 8Adventures Base Camp

After pick-up from Chiang Mai International Airport the group will transfer directly to the 8Adventures base camp. Air-conditioned minivans will transfer us for this 1.5hr journey. We will arrive at our main Camp location where we will settle into our dorm-style accommodation for the night.

Depending on the time of arrival, and available time before dinner and nightfall, we have a few options to fill the time.

Day 2: Trekking and Caving

This morning we will depart camp and be driven a short distance to the unique Sticky Waterfall. Bua Tong Waterfall is genuinely one of the most bizarre and impressive waterfalls you will ever experience and you will enjoy the opportunity to cool down in the water and explore some of the different tiers. 

After visiting the Sticky Waterfall we will transfer to Wat Tham Chiang Dao Temple, stopping for lunch enroute. Wat Tham Chiang Dao is a temple that has been built inside a limestone caving system, beneath Thailand’s 3rd tallest mountain.  We will explore the temple before continuing the remainder of the journey, ascending up and over Thailand 3rd tallest mountain past stunning limestone cliffs to our destination: Muang Khong village; the location of the start of our rafting.

Day 3: Introduction to Whitewater Rafting

Over the next 3 days, our rafting adventure on the Mae Taeng river will get progressively exciting as the rapids build alongside our skill and experience.

Day 1 is 17km of Class 1-2 whitewater. This is a perfect opportunity for everyone to practice and perfect their whitewater paddling skills with the added opportunity to helm and captain the boat for a bit.

Lunch will be halfway down the river and we will finish off mid afternoon at a Karen Hill Tribe Village where we will spend the night. In our second hill tribe village experience we will have the opportunity to learn about their different cultures and customs and compare them to our experiences of other hill tribe cultures both already experienced, and to come.

Day 4: Natural Elephant Experience and Rafting

After breakfast and a warming hot chocolate, you will have the opportunity to see and experience Elephants. Here everyone can learn about the history of working elephants in Thailand as well as its abolishment and the following birth of different types of elephant tourism that exists today. We will trek into the jungle to find them in their natural habitat before following them down to the river where they will enjoy a swim and drink of water.

The exact number of elephants here varies throughout the year depending on the season, but there will always be at least one. Late morning we will embark on our second day of Rafting. As the river meanders 16 km south, the rapids increase in size a little. Lunch will be at a Karen Hill Tribe village that is built high above the river on stilts. The evening will be spent in the remote Lahu hill tribe of Huay Kup Kap. After dinner local children will often appear dressed in vibrant traditional clothing and tell stories of their heritage passed down in song. Here we will be able to compare our experiences of the Karen, Lahu and dominant Thai Lanna Cultures of northern Thailand experienced so far.

Day 5: Trek down via the Waterfalls

In the mornings here we can often witness a spectacular sea-of-fog that fills up the valley floor below. After breakfast we will continue our trek down the mountain. Approximately 8 km in length this portion descends a total of 600 meters passing 4 waterfalls – some of which are possible to swim in, a fantastic way to cool off half way!

The trek passes through both subsistence fruit and vegetable farms, coffee plantations, bamboo forests and of course the thickest of jungles. At the higher altitudes however the trees disperse opening up to fields that bloom in flower at the right time of year.

We arrive back at Camp for lunch and a relaxed afternoon after our hiking. This evening we will light a BBQ and enjoy the fire roasting marshmallows.

Day 6: Final Rafting 8km and Zipline

Today is our final day of whitewater rafting. We will spend 3 hours on arguably Thailand most exciting whitewater. This rafting trip will conclude the rafting portion of the trip arriving back at Camp for lunch.

After lunch we will soar through the canopy on one of Chiang Mai’s most thrilling activities – ziplining!

In the evening we will wind down and reflect on our expedition, the challenges overcome, the feats accomplished and the memories made.

Day 7: Departure and Transfer back to Chiang Mai

After breakfast, depending on schedules and plans we will either return to Chiang Mai to conclude the trip or alternatively spend the morning with one of our other options.

“The 8Adventures team is experienced and professional second to none in Thailand. Their team is dedicated and passionate and every detail of our trip was taken care of with great zeal. Eric and his team were always concerned about the welfare of our students and staff and I am very happy that we chose 8Adventures as our service provider.” – Dr Wang Dakun, Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore



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