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Tours, rafting and trekking

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Trekkers in search of an alternative to Pai and Chiang Mai will find some excellent options in the Umphang area, which also boasts some of Thailand’s best whitewater rafting.





A typical one-day program includes rafting on the Mae Khlong River with stops at a small hot spring and Thi Lor Jor Waterfall on the way to meet a pick-up for the ride to the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary camp, from where it’s a three-kilometre hike to the stupendous Thi Lor Su Waterfall.

Oh so pretty. Photo taken in or around Tours, rafting and trekking, Umphang, Thailand by David Luekens.

Oh so pretty. Photo: David Luekens

Also known as Sai Fon ("Falling Rain") Waterfall, Thi Lor Jor features angelic sheets of water freefalling directly into the river from a vast section of cliffs and caves. Rafts cruise behind, around and directly under the falls over an exciting half-kilometre -- be prepared for a shower. We felt that Thi Lor Jor made the rafting worth the extra expense as compared to going straight to Thi Lor Su by pick-up.

Two- to four-day trips might include rafting to Thi Lor Jor and Thi Lor Su plus camping, homestays in traditional Karen villages, longer treks and elephant riding in the Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary. The longest and most expensive trips often culminate at the impressive Thi Lo Re Waterfall; note that rafting day trips to Thi Lo Re can also be arranged in the Karen village of Ban Pa La Tha, 25 kilometres south of Umphang.

There is a chance you may get wet. Photo taken in or around Tours, rafting and trekking, Umphang, Thailand by David Luekens.

There is a chance you may get wet. Photo: David Luekens

Around a dozen tour companies offer a range of options in Umphang town. Boonchuay and Trekker Hill are two of the more dependable outfits that frequently cater to foreign travellers. Umphang House offers the usual rafting and trekking plus a one-day program focusing on bathing and swimming with elephants. Just north of Trekker Hill, Napha Tour focuses mainly on rafting, while the long-running Max One Tour is another good all-round option. You’ll also find tour companies associated with Tu Ka Su Cottage and Phu Doi ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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