LKE1) Long Neck Karen + Elephants, Rafting & Cave Tour

long neck karen tour
Chiang Dao Nest - Chiang Mai Tours - LKE1) Long Neck Karen / Elephant / Rafting / Cave Tour
See the famous Padong Ladies or "Giraffe Women", enjoy a day in picturesque rural Northern Thailand with an extended elephant ride, bamboo rafting and a visit to the famous Chiang Dao Cave.
- Opportunity to see the fascinating Karen Long Neck ladies
- Fascinating Elephant Show at the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center. (Traditional logging skills demonstrated, not circus style.)
- 1 1/2 hour elephant trek through beautiful forest to a Lisu Village
- Bamboo rafting down the Ping River
- Amazing Thai / Northern Thai Lunch at Chiang Dao Nest 2
- Explore the famous Chiang Dao Cave
- Visit a local market (time permitting)

This day tour is based around the Chiang Dao area, which is famed for it's natural beauty.
Availability: - Available daily.
Private Tours and Non-Private Group Tours
Departs from: Chiang Mai
Suitable for all. Minimal exercise involved.
7.30am - 8.00am
Pick up from your Chiang Mai Hotel / Guest House in an air conditioned minibus / minivan. Drive for just over an hour.
- We endeavour to only use new, clean and comfortable transport for this tour.
For an idea of the minibus / minivan (subject to availability) please see the following pics.. 1, 2, 3, 4
bamboo raft
9.00am - 10.00am
Bamboo rafting down the Ping River, starting from the Elephant Training Centre (this is not whitewater rafting! It is a gentle float down this beautiful river).
The rafting usually takes around 55mins, but will be less when the river is flowing fast. At the end of the rafting you will be driven back to the Elephant Centre.
elephant show
10am - 10.45am
Watch the Elephant show at the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center.
The show includes the elephants bathing, aided by their mahoots, followed by a demonstration of their skills, strength and intelligence used in the past for logging.
elephant ride
1 1/2 hour elephant ride at the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center to a Lisu hilltribe village
Look around the Lisu hilltribe village. Followed by a 30 min drive to a picturesque location for lunch.
Nest 2
Lunch at Chiang Dao Nest 2 - famed for it's high quality cuisine - variety of Thai / Northern Thai dishes. Enjoy the stunning views of the Chiang Dao Mountain.
Chiang Dao Cave
Explore Chiang Dao Cave with a guide.
local Thai market
Enroute back to Chiang Mai a brief visit to a local market (the market visit is sometimes not possible if the day is running late)
Long Neck Lady
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Stop at a small settlement of the fascinating Karen Long Neck ladies.
Transfer back to your Chiang Mai Hotel / Guest House. (usually arrive back between 5.30pm - 6.30pm)
Non-Private Group Tours - price from Chiang Mai
Rate per person in Thai Baht
(Minimum of 2 people signing up to this tour on any day)
Private Tours - price from Chiang Mai  - (Just you and your friends/ family)
Number in group
Rate per person in Thai Baht
Price Includes ...
- Transport to and from your Chiang Mai Hotel or Guest House in an air-conditioned minibus / minivan. (If your accommodation is far from the centre of Chiang Mai there may be an additional charge for transport. This will be confirmed when you inform us of your pick-up location.)
- English speaking, experienced, friendly, knowledgeable and officially registered guide. (If group size is greater than 8 people there will be an additional guide.)
- Entrance to the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center
- 1 1/2 hour (90mins) elephant ride at the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center (based on two people sharing an elephant)
If you are comparing this with other tours be sure to ask how long their elephant ride is!!
- Approx. 55mins bamboo raft (based on three people sharing a raft) N.B. The length of time on the raft varies depending on the speed that the river is flowing. At the height of the dry season (March/April) if the river is not at a suitable level we may substitute the bamboo rafting with visiting another attraction or doing another activity.
- Thai and Northern Thai Lunch at Chiang Dao Nest 2, fine dining in a spectacular location (please specify any special food requirements when booking, thanks)
- 20 Baht per person donation to the school next to Chiang Dao Cave (this school provides an education for the poor children from this area. They often struggle to have enough funds for a decent lunch. Many of the students are from the Lisu hilltribe villages in the surrounding mountains, whose families have very little.)
- Entrance to the Karen Long Neck Hilltribe Settlement
- Entrance to Chiang Dao Cave
- Guide(s) with lanterns for inside the cave.

Price does not include
Insurance - please make sure that you are adequately covered.
Dessert - Chiang Dao Nest 2 has some tempting desserts!
Additional Donation to the school.
Booking & Payment
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