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Adventures in Thailand > White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

   
 

About White water Rafting in Thailand

Thrilling while water rafting is available in Thailand. You may be surprised to learn that white waters in Thailand can go up to Level 5 (the highest level of rapids for white water rafting). Despite this scary thought, milder white water rafting is available in Thailand. So mild that even the most timid and unadventurous person would find the experience pleasantly enjoyable. Most white water rafting locations are within national parks but also in non-protected areas in Northern Thailand. This activity is probably one of the best ways to experience Thailand's more pristine and relatively untouched rain forests and inaccessible waterfalls. The best time to experience white water rafting is during the rainy season starting in June until early October.

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How to get started?

Even if you're looking to experience the mildest of rapids, it's always best to locate experienced travel operators to get you started with this rather exciting activity. The best indicator of this is to test the operator's knowledge of white water levels. White water is graded through the aggressiveness of the rapids where Level 1 is mild and Level 5 is dangerous and for experienced rafters only. An operator who cannot explain this to you is inexperienced and lacks white water knowledge. As usual, the Thailand Ecotourism & Adventure Travel Association (TEATA)'s at www.teata.or.th is a good place to start your research. Also visit www.wildwatchthailand.com for trip ideas.

White Water Rafting Destinations

Western Thailand

The next closest white water rafting spots are in western Thailand in Kanchanaburi. Kanchanaburi's River Kwai does have some interesting rapids suitable for both kayaks and bamboo rafts. Another close-by destination would be Petchaburi which is the first southern province. In Phetchaburi, Kaeng Krachan National Park's rapids are probably one of the most well known in Thailand and is the country's first white water rafting destination. A trip through the rapids and small tributaries here takes 6-hours.

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Central Thailand

Popular white water rafting locations are within Khao Yai National Park. Khao Yai is Thailand's largest national park that spans 3 provinces and a mere 2-hour drive from Bangkok. Kaeng Hin Phoeng in Khao Yai is probably one of the most recommended spots for white water rafting.

   
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Northeast Thailand

One of the most exhilarating white water rafting experience in Thailand can be found at Kaeng Hin Phoeng in Nakhon Ratchasima Province which is also part of Khao Yai National Park. The river here is designated a Level 5 which is the upper most limit for white water rafting (white water rafting is classed from Level 1 --- mildest, to Level 5 --- most violent rapids and for experienced rafters and kayakers only).

Northern Thailand

In northern Thailand, you can choose among a number of locations. Being the highest region of the country, rapids here are plentiful. The most popular northern location for white waters is Mae Hong Son's Pai River where a full journey takes you through a 65 km. route past virgin forests, waterfalls and 15 sets of rapids. The full journey takes up to 5 hours to complete.

White water can also be experienced at Tak in Umphang district, the source of many rivers with a rafting route from the breathtaking Thi Lo Su Waterfall that takes 3 to 4 hours to complete. White water rafting in Phitsanulok's Kaeng Song, part of the Kag River takes you through milder rapid (level 3). The full journey here takes 3 hours.

 

References / Service Provider

Rafting through rapids is a very serious sport even through the mildest rapids and should be not be endeavoured independently as experienced guides are required to navigate an expedition safely through these rocky water paths. Be sure to consult your travel agent on the most appropriate white water and rapids trips before signing on to any expedition.

The best reference for white water rafting is available at Thai Ecotourism & Adventure Travel Association (TEATA) website www.teata.or.th which gives a rather detailed listing of rapids in the country, rapid lebel and duration. Also visit www.siamrivers.com and www.raftingholidays.com for information on white water rafting.

See table at end of booklet for full listing of reference websites for further research.

           

 

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Source : www.tourismthailand.org

 
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