At Khao Yai National Park, the Kaeng Hin
Phoeng in Nadi District of Prachin Buri
is a stretch of river noted for its wild
beauty. The water is very vigorous
during the rainy months (June-October),
and some stretches are designated Level
5, the uppermost limit to whitewater
western border, Kanchanaburi is a
popular adventure destination thanks to
its mountainous terrain, covered with
forests and crisscrossed with a network
of rivers. Jungle rafting can be
arranged from a mountain pass to the
stunning Lawa Cave, a two-hour journey.
Bamboo and inflatable rafts are also
available for a trip down the Songkalia
Rafting is fast gaining popularity among
the young and young-at-heart. The
mountainous regions of the North are the
natural venue for whitewater rafting,
especially after the rains from June to
October when the rivers swell with
floodwater. But first-class rafting is
also to be found in the northern reaches
of the central region.
Mae Hong Son
five levels of expertise,
and all require experienced
guides to lead them. Mae
Hong Song's Pai River is
perhaps the most famous
venue, as it smashes its
angry path towards Myanmar.
A raft trip starts at Ban
Nam Kong, 65 km from Pai and
continues through virgin
forests, waterfalls and 15
sets of rapids, a journey
time of about five hours.
One of the
oldest rafting destinations in the
country, Chiang Rai continues to draw
adventure seekers from all over the
In Chiang Rai, bamboo rafts and
inflatable boats are available for the
journey down the Mae Kok, the province's
the Mae Chaem through Ob Luang George in
inflatable boats is available through
Mae Sot Travel. Another challenging
route is the Mae Tuen in Omkoi District,
where the river rushes through virgin
forests to end at the Pha Dam Waterfall.
No rubber raft is available at the site,
so it's best to book a trip with a tour
agent in Chiang Mai.
headwater of Phetchaburi River, the
province's major artery, lies within
Kaeng Krachan National Park. The river
offers good rafting; a trip through its
rapids and small tributaries takes about
As a rule,
canoeing and kayaking is available at
the destinations that provide rafting.
Nakhon Nayok, a small province to the
north of Bangkok, is a new destination
for adventure tourism. Its rivers
originate in the Khao Yai range and flow
down to meet the arterial Bang Pakong
River, which empties into the Gulf of
Nakhon Nayok has several waterfalls, the
most popular being Wang Takhrai.
Canoeing here is relatively new. The
best time to visit is June-October.
Starting point for a canoe journey is
the stretch of Wang Takhrai canal where
it flows through a coffee plantation.
The waterway is quite narrow and
therefore unsuitable for larger vessels.
The route has no difficult rapids, but
its many twists and turns more than make
up for it.
paramount in whitewater rafting. Life
jackets and helmets must be worn at all
times. Your guide should explain to you
all relevant safety procedures before
you go, and check weather reports and
the condition of the river. You should
be able to swim if you wish to go
mountainous province south of Chiang Mai
is an increasingly
popular adventure destination. The hub
of activities is Umphang District on the
border with Myanmar which is now
accessible via a winding mountain route
from Mae Sot, the centre of border
trade. The forests of Umphang are the
source of many rivers, the most
important being the Huai Mae Klong, a
popular rafting route with its many
rapids and scenic backdrops of jungle.
There's also a rafting route from the
breathtaking Thi Lo Su Waterfall which
takes three to four hours.
River grading :
Levels of difficulty
Level 1 :
Simple, easy rapids.
Level 2 :
Simple rapids, but requiring some skill in
manoeuvring the raft around obstacles and
Level 3 :
Moderate rapids where rafting becomes
It is necessary to hold on at times to
stay in control of the raft.
Level 4 :
Difficult rapids with continuous need to
and control raft al all times. Very
Level 5 :
This level of whitewater is the uppermost
limit to rafting.
The river is wild, with a rapid current
and difficult rapids, usually very
Level 6 :
Extremely difficult rapids, dangerous for
Age & health:
It is important to ensure that you are in
good health, and fit enough to enjoy
this activity. Children over 12 but
under 16 must be accompanied by
responsible adults. For children under
12 years or for elderly people, only the
Thi Lo Su Waterfall programme in May and
June is recommended.
to Hin Phoeng rapids, check Suan Sak
Resort,At Pong Nam Ron in Chanthaburi,
check Soi Dao Highland, tel: Ing Dao