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Rafting and tubing

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The usually slow-flowing, picturesque Wang River is an ideal and justifiably popular spot for floating down the river on an inner tube or being punted down on a bamboo raft by a local Karen villager.

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For most of the year the water is clear, clean and shallow and though there are plenty of rocks, at the speed you’re likely to be going at they won’t pose a problem. Do take care after heavy rains but the experienced boatmen should know what they’re doing anyway.

Most foreign visitors book this as part of a day or half-day package through Chiang Mai agents and guesthouses, so you get transport, an elephant ride and a choice of rafting or tubing. This is practical if you’re on your own, though it is also very straightforward to organise yourself. It’s around 50 kilometres from Chiang Mai if you have your own transport while hiring a pick-up taxi for the return trip plus waiting time will set you back around 600 or 700 baht. An inner tube costs 50 baht to rent while a raft is 350 baht, including a boatman for a roughly four-kilometre, 45-minute trip. Up to three or four people can get on, depending upon their weight. You’ll see piles of tubes and rows of lifejackets in the roadside stores indicating rental spots. See what your guesthouse is charging and do the maths depending upon how many are in your group.

To find the area, continue up Route 3035 from Ban Kat for some 12 to 15 kilometres and you’ll see the restaurants and rafting hire shops lining the road on the left.

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