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Tubing and rafting

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The picturesque Pai River presents contrasting scenes, ranging from bucolic views as it winds its way past the farms, paddy and chalet resorts of the Pai Valley, to spectacular jungle-clad mountains as it slices through limestone hills beyond.

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Sedate and tame during the dry season, it can get pretty wild and ferocious during the monsoon months. You’ll find correspondingly sedate and more adventurous river activities on offer depending on the time of year you are in Pai. These go from a relaxing hour or so punting on a bamboo raft or a fun twirl down the valley in an over-inflated inner tube, through to a multi-day white-water expedition through mountain gorges towards Mae Hong Son.

Ground zero. Photo taken in or around Tubing and rafting, Pai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Ground zero. Photo: Mark Ord

Tubing is the simplest and cheapest of the above and can be done most months of the year. This means it's inevitably the most popular things to do, with advertisements for tubing trips ubiquitous in Pai guesthouses and travel agents. Average price is 250 baht per person, which includes a transfer by tuk tuk or pick-up upriver a few kilometres (exactly how far will depend upon water levels), from where you float back downstream into town. Trips usually last an hour, though depending upon current and water levels, slightly shorter or longer options may be available for a few baht more or less.

Take care during rainy season, as the flow can be very strong—there will be monsoon period days when tubing activities are suspended—but mind your bum on the bottom during dry season! Do be sure to wear suitable attire—if you wear a bikini or go topless on the river, you’ll end up walking back through town in the same, which is not respectful of the locals. It’s a good idea to pack some spare dry clothes to leave at the agent’s office, along with your phone ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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