Whitewater Rafting & Elephant Trekking

Three-in-one Nature Tour in Phang Nga

We encourage you not to do elephant trekking but consider one of the new sanctuaries for elephants in Phuket

Read More

Back at headquarters, all the groups meet up for our trip downstream. The peak tourist season is also the peak dry season, and faced with a river full of too-dry boulders, it’s hard to imagine anything larger than a leaf being able to float these waters.

Luckily, the tin mining operations of the past left reservoirs; open the dam and the river shows a different side. The helmets, life vests, and thorough (while funny) safety briefing are starting to make sense. “If you fall in the water, remain calm and raise your hand like this.”

Each raft shuttles four passengers and two guides down the river. Today’s flotilla consists of at least 10 dinghies. Nobody stays dry for long. When the rapids come, all oars get to work. During the monsoons, every set of rapids is a chance to be thrown into the water. The dry season removes their fangs, but they’re a rush nonetheless. Forty-five minutes later the guides are heaving the rafts into the back of trailer and we’re being shuttled back to camp. It’s time to eat.

The massive teakwood picnic tables are already set when we return. With a salad bar for starters, loads of tasty Thai food – soup, omelettes, cashew nut chicken, deep-fried fish, vegetables, rice – as the main course, and a bounty of fresh pineapple and watermelon for dessert, nobody leaves hungry. The staff is attentive and quick to supply chillies or refill the rice bowl.

Refueled and rested, six of us pile in the back of a truck for the five-minute drive, followed by a five-minute mini-hike, to the waterfall. The water is cold and invigorating and guests wade in the shallow pool, stand under nature’s shower like actors in a shampoo commercial, and cheer the guide who executes a back flip into the water from the cliff above.

Just like a stroll through Old Phuket Town, this trip offers a glimpse of Thailand that can’t be purchased in glossy postcard form. In distance, it’s not too far away. But in experience, it’s a whole new world.

Phuket ATV Tour

  • Tel: +66 (0)76 617 747
Hide Map Show Map
Rate This Place: ( votes)

Related Pages

  • Phuket Weekend Market

    Phuket Weekend Market

    Phuket’s weekend market, located just outside Phuket Town, is a fascinating jumble of secondhand goods, pirated items, a Read More»

  • Island-Hopping Sailing Cruise

    Island-Hopping Cruise

    An island-hopping sailing cruise from Phuket is practically a dream come true. Our four-day trip departs from Chalong Read More»

  • 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Bangtao Beach

    10 Best Luxury Hotels in Bangtao

    This list of the 10 best luxury hotels and resorts in Bangtao is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this Read More»

  • Top 10 Patong Restaurants

    Top 10 Patong Restaurants

    Patong Beach, the most popular resort town in Phuket, hosts an outstanding choice of dining options. From Thai to Read More»

  • Phuket Horse Riding Phuket Horse Riding

    Phuket Horse Riding Phuket Horse Riding

    Phuket is better known for its elephant treks than for horse riding but you'd be surprised at how popular an hour or Read More»

  • Hotels in Kamala Beach

    Where to Stay in Kamala

    The accommodation in Kamala is mainly small to medium size hotels in close proximity to the beach. See the complete list Read More»

We try to provide free information that is as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, if you are planning to travel it's a good idea to double check specific dates and information to avoid surprises.

Hotels.com
Loading...