This is a real Thailand adventure by elephant, raft, and hiking. You will visit hill tribe villages for the evening
and also camping in comfortable tents. We can also arrange shorter trips in this area if you wish starting with 3 days.
Most of our clients come to Chiang Mai first then travel with us to spend one night in Sukhothai visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Park and continue
on to the starting point of the safari. To save time, you can also fly to Sukhothai or take the overnight train to Pitsanulok from Bangkok where we
will greet you and take you to the starting point.
Because of the remoteness of the Wildlife Sanctuary
everything we need will be transported by elephant. Daily
supplies such as fresh food will be delivered by 4 wheel
drive vehicle to a pick up point where elephants will then
deliver them to us. Only 150 persons per day are allowed in
the Sanctuary to avoid over crowding and damage to the
fragile environment. There are
links to many more pictures of Sukhothai and the Safari at the end
of the itinerary below.
This morning we depart at 9 AM for the Ancient City of Sukhothai
with it's beautiful temple ruins dating back hundreds of years.
first stop at the Asian Elephant Conservation Center and Hospital
in Lampang then have a delicious all you can eat lunch of traditional
thai food consisting of many wonderful dishes and local fruit in
garden restaurant. Tonight we will explore the Sukhothai night life
and markets then enjoying a delicious dinner. This evening accommodations
are in Sukhothai. (B,L,D)
World Heritage Park in Sukhothai
Road to Umphang
This morning we wake up early to pay respects to the Monks. We will
stand out in front of the hotel and give food as alms to the Monks
as they pass by. Then after another hearty American Breakfast we then
leisurely walk among the ruins in the UNESCO World Heritage Park in
Old Sukhothai.and depart for Umphang stopping for lunch in Mae Sot
and then a Hmong hill tribe village. Over night will be at a resort
in Umphang in nice cabins with a delicious all you can eat dinner
along the river. You will also meet and talk with the local guides
that will be joining us on this adventure. (B,L,D)
This morning enjoy breakfast served on the banks of the Umphang River with it's beautiful morning mist and surrounding mountains. We then board the raft for a leisurely 3 hour journey through canyons with high limestone cliffs and many waterfalls. You should see many families of monkeys climbing the cliffs n the mountain canyons. We will stop and have lunch then raft again to a Karen hill tribe village for the evening. This village is where we get fresh supplies and
you will have an excellent all you can eat family style Thai dinner
prepared for you including fresh fish caught in the very clean river.
Your accommodations are traditional bamboo bungalows. Toilets and
showers are available here.(B,L,D)
Video of Day 4
Video 2 of Day 4
White water rafting
This morning we go for an exciting 4 hours of white water rafting. The elephants will go on ahead to take the camping equipment to where the raft journey ends. We will also pass many beautiful waterfalls along the way. Wild animals such as elephant, tiger, gibbons, lemurs, deer and bear have been spotted while rafting this section. We will ride elephants to our camp site over night tonight in comfortable tents and have a delicious dinner beside the river or in a cave. Where we stay for the evening depends on the river conditions or weather (riverside or cave). (B,L,D)
White water rafting
Day 5 video we finish the tour of the village, do some white water rafting, see monkeys and beautiful Tee Lau Lay waterfall.
In this video we travel over mountains and streams by elephant through the jungle. We have a baby elephant with us that is very cute.
Tee Lor Lay waterfall
This morning we load up the elephants and leave our camp site and travel over mountains and streams by elephant through the jungle. We have a baby elephant with us that is very cute.
There are no roads or villages in this area as it is in the UNESCO World Wildlife Sanctuary. For this reason, after breakfast, we will need to ride elephants and /or hike for 6 hours with lunch along the way to reach our camping spot along a clear stream with small waterfall excellent for
wading and swimming. Overnight here. (B,L,D)
Loading the elephants
Swimming in the stream
Washing our elephant
In this final video we finish our adventure by camping near waterfalls and swim in the beautiful stream. Our guide show how to make a small animal trap and other interesting things out of bamboo. We then ride elephants to our pick up point.
This morning we wash the elephsnts and ride them for about 2 hours to our pick
up point then return to Umphang to shower and lunch then on to Mae
for the evening at Mae Sot. Tonight will be at
a very famous Thai restaurant in an incredible garden setting with black
swans on a beautiful pond, waterfalls and exotic plants. (B,L,D)
Today we return to Chiangmai visiting a hill tribe market and lunch along
the way. Arrive in Chiangmai in time for your late afternoon flight or evening train
to Bangkok. (B,L)
-- End of Tour, this is a private tour.--
All transfers, baggage handling, transportation via air
conditioned van to and from Chiangmai and Sukhothai, Mae
Sot and Umphang, elephant riding, white water rafting,
guides, all meals where stated in daily itinerary, all
entrance fees, lodging in Sukhothai, Umphang, Karen village
and Mae Sot, all camping equipment with portage by elephant.
This is a private tour
Cost depends on how many person in your party.
Diana Rose and Mathew Brownlie family 2 Adults, 1 teen, 2 children 7 and 9 Email: Available upon request Location: USA Date: Oct. 18, 2011 We had a great time on the 9 day elephant safari with rafting with All Thailand Experiences and thought both Amphan, the guide from Chiang Mai, Jackie, The driver, and the local guides deserved a little somethingfor their efforts so we gave them a nice tip.
We learnt so much about Thai culture from Amphan and she went out of her way to make
sure we had a good time (and were well fed...she obviously thinks we farang eat
alot!). Jackie injected delightful sanuk into the trip, delighting the kids with
his magic and origami: and he drove very safely on really pretty treacherous roads,
so we appreciated that.
The kids and us now have more interesting stories to tell...We will be back!
Thank you Randy for all the planning, it was great.
10 Oct. 2009 Rex Sinclair and family Email:Given upon request We thoroughly enjoyed the 9 day
jungle safari with white water rafting package you organised for us.
Your guides safely took us out of our comfort zone. Pong, Gale and Lynn
were delightful, enthusiastic company. The
elephants were amazing, I had no idea what muddy steep terrain they
could negotiate with us on their backs..
I have to single out one guide in particular, Chai who accompanied us on the
elephant/rafting/hilltribe segment of our journey. He was truly
excellent! his self taught English was superb and he was easily able
to alleviate my wife's fears with a few knowledgeable words on many
occasions. I highly recommend him for inclusion in any future tours
you organise. Thanks again All Thailand Experiences for a wonderful time.