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Mae Ping River
Mae Ping River

Mae Ping River

Chiang Mai

The Basics

The best way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mae Ping (Ping River) is to get out on the water, and there are a few ways to do so. By day, enjoy a few hours of river kayaking or a lunch cruise—the latter often include a visit to a local farm for lunch. Evening dinner cruises offer a more romantic option for seeing Chiang Mai by night. Those who’d prefer to remain on solid ground can still enjoy the scenery of the Mae Ping River during a cycling tour along its shores, passing rice paddies, orchards, and local Northern Thai communities along the way.

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1-Day Bike and River Kayak Adventure from Chiang Mai
1-Day Bike and River Kayak Adventure from Chiang Mai
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$59.80 per adult
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Easy ride and paddle, a great tour
We had a nice pedal and paddle, suitable for just about everyone (tho, the river slows down towards the end, so you actually have to move yourself a bit versus just steering). A was a great guide, gave some interesting history of the areas we were in, including how the Ping River was named. Good and peaceful time outside the city.
Trickygoose, Jan 2019

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A trip on the Mae Ping river is a must for outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for an escape from the bustle of Chiang Mai.

  • River tours typically last between two and four hours, depending on the included activities.

  • Don’t forget to bring sun protection and insect repellent.

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How to Get There

The Mae Ping river flows through Chiang Mai just east of the city center, and it’s an easy walk from there. Most tours on the river include hotel pickup and drop-off.

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When to Get There

The best time to explore the Chiang Mai countryside on the Mae Ping river is during the cool, dry season that falls between November and mid-February. Be prepared for heavy rainfall during the monsoon season (June to October).

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Yee Peng Lantern Festival

If you’ve ever seen images of a night sky filled with glowing paper lanterns, chances are good that the photo was taken at this festival in Chiang Mai. The festival is celebrated on the night of the full moon in the 12th lunar month, and the Mae Ping river is one of the prime viewing spots, both for the lanterns in the sky and thekrathong floating floral offerings that illuminate the surface of the water.

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