There are few cities in Thailand which are as culturally and historically significant as the ancient city of Chiang Mai. Formerly the seat of the Lan Na Kingdom in the 12th Century, Chiang Mai is home to some of Thailand’s most iconic temples, such as the Wat Chiang Man, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, and Wat Chet Yot. In addition to its rich culture and heritage, Chiang Mai also hosts numerous festivals and has many recreational attractions, making it a great tourist destination. A hotel that conveniently lets you engage in all the top things to do in Chiang Mai is the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa.
Chiang Mai is not just about nature and historic sites. The city is actually a hit with adventure lovers owing to its dense forests and hilly terrain. But the biggest adventure activity in Chiang Mai is white water rafting. Chiang Mai boasts streams known for the thrilling rapids and torrents making it one of Southeast Asia’s best white water rafting destinations. So if you are an adventure junkie and would like to ride the rapids of one of the most exotic locations in the world, head over to Chiang Mai!
The best river for white water rafting is the Mae Tang River, and during the months of July through March the river is brimming with water. Thus, during this period the river is ideal for engaging in some thrilling and exciting white water rafting. The Mae Tang River boasts a number of rapids ranging from Class II to Class IV, making these rapids the best thing a white water rafting enthusiast can ask for. As you ride and paddle through the river you will also be able to enjoy the timeless and breath taking beauty of the nature and scenery of Chiang Mai. The area is filled with many adventure sports centers that will give you international standard equipment, so don’t be afraid to ride the wild Mae Tang River.
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Chiang Mai is located in northern Thailand and is a mountainous region with the added beauty of untamed rivers. It undoubtedlypossesses splendor and charm but more importantly it facilitates adventures of all kinds, predominantly white water rafting. Hotels in Chiang Mai are aplenty, but Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa is heads above the rest. It captures the beauty of the old city and the picturesque landscape while also making it so much easier to hop into a raft for some fun on the snake-like rivers of Chiang Mai.
Plan your visit intelligently. The best months to go white water rafting in this area would be from March to July. When the rains pour mercilessly from August to October the waters become more menacing. It would be best to give priority to the safety of yourself and your loved ones.
You would hardly need to plan your adventure if you visit Siam River Adventures. Co, Ltd. Taking you down the rivers Mae Taeng, Mae Kok and Nam Wa, be ready to be pushed around and to take treacherous turns. The trees by the rivers watch eagerly as you push your way through, but make it a point to stare back, as nature would reveal itself in a multitude of ways on your expedition.
On full moon nights, as the light of the moon stretches across the waters and the trees seem eerily still, you can plan an adventure. Siam River Adventures prepares to exhaust and energize your being throughout the day. Once you plan your excursion on a day of the full moon, you would have to whitewater raft throughout the day and late into the night. Just when you think it would be too tiring, it’s best to add thatthe adventure includes a buffet of healthy Thai delicacies, a private jungle camp and a warming riverside bonfire. These elements certainly complete the package and lure you to the waters and the surprises in store.
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