Rafting, Waterfalls, Zipline and Hilltribes of Chiang Dao

Price per person in THB
2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons 6 persons 7 persons 8 persons
8,200   6,900 5,900 5,500  5,000   4,800 4,600

Your private Rafting, Waterfalls, Zipline, and Hilltribes of Chiang Dao tour is a multi-activity tour in the Chiang Dao area. We recommend you turn off your phone and enjoy your digital detox for a couple of days. Stay overnight in Mae Chon village. We have supported this Dara-ang (Palong) village for a long time and will continue to do so. Your visit will benefit the village. Meet the weavers and try out a traditional rice pounder.

Driving time:

Day one: four hours

Day two: four hours

From: 8,200.00 ฿

Beading of Palong people
Palong beading

Many activities in Chiang Dao

Day 1: Chiang Mai- Palong village

Whitewater Rafting

Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel at 0800 for your Rafting, Waterfalls, zipline, and Hilltribes of Chiang Dao Tour. We recommend you turn off your phone and enjoy your digital detox for a couple of days. We will drive to the Mae Taeng area. The first stop will be at the market of Mae Malai, where you can join your guide on his shopping spree for the coming days. It is one of our favorite markets. Then the real adventure will start.

After having been briefed about your upcoming adventure, you will enjoy an exciting whitewater raft trip by rubber boat on the Mae Taeng River. We continue with a zipline adventure. After a brief instruction, you will get your helmet and harness. You will fly along the zipline from tree to tree and across the Mae Taeng River. There are 17 stations on this zipline. It doesn’t get any better. Then it’s time for lunch.
After this, we will drive to Chiang Dao for our hike to the village where we will stay overnight. Here you can find more about the history and background of hill tribe trekking in Chiang Mai. The trek will lead us through the forest. Your guide will explain some of the trees and plants we will encounter along the way.

Tourists in a rubber boat
Whitewater rafting

The Palong aka Dara-Ang

We will spend the night in a village of the Palong people, as they are generally known. They call themselves Dara-Ang. They migrated from Myanmar about 40 years ago. The Palong people have beautiful textiles and traditional dress. You will have time to walk around this picturesque village. Try to learn counting in the Palong (Dara-ang) language…

You can also learn some Thai cooking by helping your guide prepare the dinner. He will tell about the herbs and ingredients he uses. After dinner, your guide will introduce you to the Palong culture. Overnight will be in one of the village houses. You will sleep on a mattress with a mosquito net. We provide a sleeping bag or sheet. You can compare it to camping…..

pillows, blankets and matresses for overnight Palong Village
Overnight Palong Village

Day 2: Palong Village – Chiang Mai

Morning trek to Lahu village

After the sounds of nature and the locals woke you up, your guide will prepare breakfast. After breakfast, your guide will show you around the village. He will explain about the village shrine and the ‘huja rawl’, the ‘village heart’. After this, we will say goodbye to the villagers and start trekking for about 1.5 hours to a Karen village. The Karen is another hill tribe minority. They have migrated to Thailand from Myanmar as well.  Along the way, we will stop at Lahu village where we will visit the fascinating spirit temple and a blacksmith.  At the Karen village, our morning hike will end. Our van will be waiting for us.

Clear day Chiang Dao landscape Palong hilltribe trekking
Chiang Dao landscape

The Sticky Waterfalls

We will drive to the Buatong Waterfall. We will have lunch at a local restaurant at Phrao before we visit the Buatong Waterfalls. The falls are in the middle of a lush tropical forest. If you have the right shoes with you, you can walk on the sticky limestone of the falls. These falls are also known as the “Sticky Waterfalls”. You can swim and relax until we head back for Chiang Mai. We will drop you off at the hotel after your Rafting, Waterfalls, Zipline, and Hilltribes of Chiang Dao Tour. Oh! And don’t forget about the zipline.

Four kids on Sticky waterfall
Kids on Sticky waterfall



Comfortable and safe private transportation

Mae Malai local market

Whitewater rafting

Exciting zipline adventure

Easy to medium trekking

Palong tribal culture

Palong traditional textiles and weaving

Overnight at a village homestay

Lahu village and spirit church

The famous and striking Buatong waterfalls aka “Sticky Waterfalls”


What is included?

English speaking guide
Transportation by AC minibus
Two lunches, one dinner, and one breakfast
Drinking water
Coffee and tea
Drinking water during meals
Limited medical insurance
White Water rafting (about 45 mins)
Zipline with safety gear
Use of sheet bag or sleeping bag
Use of Mosquito net
Use of Backpack (on request)
Toilet paper & Soap
A flashlight is provided in the village

What is not included?

Other drinks except for water during meals
Personal expenses


Day 1
08.00 – Departure from hotel
09.00 – Stop at the local market
09.30 – Arrival at the rafting camp
10.00 – Start white water rafting
10.30 – Start zipline activities
11.30 – End of the zipline, relax before lunch
12.30 – Continue driving to the start point of the trek
13.30 – Start hiking about three hours
16.30 – Arrival at Palong village where we stay overnight
17.00 – Visit around the village and help guide cooking dinner
18.00 – Dinner at the village before free as leisure

Day 2
08.30 – Walk around the village and visit Sukhum’s garden
09.30 – Start hiking for about one hour to a Lahu village
10.30 – Visit the Lahu village and spirit temple
11.00 – Drive to Karen village
11.15 – Short visit of the village
11.30 – Departure from the village
12.00 – Lunch at a local restaurant
13.30 – Visit the Sticky Waterfalls
15.00 – Drive back to Chiang Mai
16.30 – Drop off at the hotel

Things to bring

Short sleeve shirts for the daytime (bring a spare one, just in case)
Long sleeves for the evening (especially in the winter Nov – Feb it can be a bit cold)
Shoes with good grip (especially in the rainy season from May-Sep)
A cap
Flip flops
Your personal toiletries
Personal medication
Fully charged batteries or even an extra battery for your
1000-1500 Thai Baht per person in small (not bigger than 500 Thai Baht and plenty of 100 Thai Baht notes). This is for souvenirs, drinks, and tips.