Bamboo rafting

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What we say: 3.5 stars

A relaxing way to see the river and local countryside, bamboo rafting takes you at a slow pace downriver on rafts made of bamboo poles lashed together. Between two and four passengers travel with a guide who propels the raft along with a long bamboo pole.

Guides can be cheeky, splashing water on their passengers and generally making fun. Even without splashing it is highly likely that you will get wet up to the ankles at the very least. Luggage should be left behind, and any valuables should be securely sealed up in plastic bags.

Bamboo rafting is often offered as an extra in combination with elephant riding on a trek or day tour. The cost varies from place to place, and depends on the size of the rafts, how many passengers and how long the journey lasts, among other factors.

See any travel agency in Chiang Mai, and most guesthouses can organise a trip for you.

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Last updated: 21st September, 2013
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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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