One of the more leisurely activities that the Sib-San Resort has to offer is taking a peaceful ride down the Mae Taeng River on a traditional bamboo raft. Riders have a chance to sit back and relax under the cool shade from the lush vegetation of the surrounding jungle while taking in the unbelievable rural scenery that Northern Thailand has to offer.
Passengers are brought past local farm houses and patches of jungle as they are guided by experienced locals throughout the entire journey. This truly is a unique way to experience the Mae Taeng River.
About the River
The Mae Taeng River originates from the Daen Lao Range in the Chiang Mai province close to the border with Burma. The river eventually empties out into the larger Ping River.
The river is known as an ideal place to go white water rafting with grade 3-5 rapids, but don’t worry; the bamboo rafts won’t encounter any rapids on their blissful cruise down this section of the river.
The Mae Taeng River is also a popular spot for local elephant camps for bathing their majestic elephants. Visitors are often delighted to see these gentle giants playfully splash water around on the riverbanks in the distance. Don’t forget to bring your camera to catch this enjoyable sight.
The route of the bamboo rafting course runs parallel with Pang Kwang-Sop Kai road, and it winds back and forth through the exceptionally green jungle for around 5 kilometers.
The river is very tranquil and it is perfect for bamboo rafting, regardless of the time of year. During the rainy season, the water becomes muddy and high, and the surrounding areas of jungle become an intense green. The summer season brings a lower water level, but the water becomes much clearer and it is ideal for swimming.
All of the bamboo rafts are guided by trained locals that use very durable bamboo poles. The rafts are also double-layered adding remarkable strength and stability to the ride. The expert guides know every twist and turn of the river like the back of their hand, and they easily maneuver the bamboo rafts along the winding river. However, all riders are encouraged to wear life jackets during the remainder of the trip for additional safety.
The bamboo rafts are also fitted with padded benches for comfortable sitting, and hats are also provided to help shield passengers from the sun.
The guides make sure that all guests are provided with top-notch service and they are dedicated to make sure that you will enjoy every minute of the ride.
Overall, bamboo rafting down the Mae Taeng River is the perfect activity for any type of traveler; it is even suitable for children. The bamboo rafts are durable and extremely safe, the scenery is remarkable, the locals that you will encounter along the way are friendly and dynamic, and the entire trip is something that you can only encounter during your exotic trip to Chiang Mai Thailand.