A relaxing way to see the Pai 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 pole. Even without splashing, it's 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. Generally you can expect to pay around 1,000 baht for a raft for an hour or two for up to three or four people, although for Westerners, we'd still to three max!
Bamboo punting is also generally added as an option during trekking trips, depending on water levels and your route; we’ve seen a figure of 300 baht per person advertised. Let’s Go Pai advertise a two-hour trip for three people for 1,000 baht, for instance.
Let’s Go Pai: (086) 455 1567; www.pailetsgo.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Mark Ord.