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  Cover story : 25 July 05 / Vol. 22 No. 8
                                             By Thawin Chiaowari
 Let's go get our adrenaline flowing
(Part I)

Photos by courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand: Bangkok Office and Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office: Region 3

In addition to the bright sun, white sand and blue sea of the south, Thailand is proud to introduce to you another kind of exciting attraction: shooting the rapids in the embrace of nature in the north of the country. Those who look for the heart racing and gut wrenching thrill of white-water rafting will not be disappointed. So, we recommend that you clear your busy schedule now and go get your adrenaline flowing at any one of the following challenging places.

In this and the next issue (Vol.22 No.9), Thaiways will present to you some excellent places to shoot the rapids. The complete version of this story can be obtained from after 10 August 2005.

1. The Pai River, Mae Hong Son province (942 km north of Bangkok)
The Pai is the major river of Mae Hong Son province. The rafting course covers 50 km and consists of different classes of rapids from class one to four.

During the rainy season, the level of difficulty might reach 5. Rafters' love of adventure will be fulfilled when they struggle against the wild and swift current here.
Begin your exciting rafting at Pai county, pass Pang Mapha county and end it at Muang county.

Recommended period: June - February
For more information, please contact: Mae Hong Son Tourism Cooperation Centre Tel: 0 5361 2982-3 Fax: 0 5361 2984

Mexican sunflowers at
Doi Mae U-Kho, Mae Hong Son

2. The Mae Taeng River, Chiang Mai province (697 km north of Bangkok)
The river has an 11-km section that is excellent for white-water rafting. It takes about two and a half hours to reach the last point of the rafting course. The course starting at Ban Sopkai and finishing at Ban Muangkit, may be divided into three sections:

The Mae Taeng River

First section: From Ban Sopkai to Pangko / Distance: 5 km./ Level of difficulty: 2-3. It is safe for beginners but still provides you with excitement when passing rapid after rapid.
Second section: From Pangko to Ban Huaimasang/ Distance: 2 km./ Level of difficulty: 4-5. It consists of 7-8 large rapids. Rafting through this part requires a good teamwork.
Last section: From Huaimasang to Ban Muangkit/ Distance: 4 km/ Level of difficulty: 3-4. This part of the river is the most popular among rafters. There are six large challenging rapids to arouse your sensory nerves.

Recommended period: July - August
For more information, please contact: TAT Northern Office Region 1, Tel: 0 5324 8604, 0 5324 8607, 0 5330 2500 Fax: 0 5324 8605.

Apart from white-water rafting,
you can also enjoy
elephant riding in Chiang Mai.

3. The Khek River, Phitsanulok province (377 km north of Bangkok)

The Khek River

The Khek river has its water source in the Phetchabun Mountain Range in Khao Kho county. It flows past Thung Salaeng Luang National Park and forms the famous Si Dit and Kaeng Sopha waterfalls of Phitsanulok.

Thung Salaeng Luang
National Park, Phitsanulok

The watercourse passing Wang Thong county before joining the Nan river at Bang Krathum county is also called the Wang Thong river.
The level of difficulty of the current depends on the volume of water flow. In the rainy season, the river becomes

The Outstanding Features

Rafters can shoot the rapids here excitedly. It takes about 3 hours to cover the part from Ban Pakyang, in Phraiwan sub-county, Wangthong county down to Kaeng Song rapid (Total distance: 8 km). The level of difficulty is 1-2 at the starting point and rises to 4-5 near the end.
This allows rafters to row slowly at first before putting in more effort to paddle painstakingly to conquer the current. The distinctive point of rafting in the Khek river is that when you get off the car, you can jump onto the rubber raft to shoot the rapids right away. Also, at the finishing line, you can get off the rubber boat and get in your car instantly. You do not have to travel far before getting to the rafting point of the river.

Warnings for shooting the rapids along the Khek river
When it rains heavily, the Khek river is very fast. Visitors will not be able to shoot the rapid here. However, in normal condition with regular rainfall, you can shoot the rapids with a local guide who knows the river well, which will assure your safety.

Recommended period: July - October (depending on the rainfall)
For more information please contact: TAT Northern Office Region 3, Tel: 0 5525 2742-3 Fax: 0 5523 1063

4. Kaeng Luang Rapid, The Wa River
(Last Stage), Nan province

(668 km north of Bangkok)

Mae Charim National Park, Nan

Kaeng Luang is in Mae Charim National Park, 16 km off Mae Charim county. Use Mae Charim-Nam Muap Route to reach the starting point. Level of difficulty: 1-3. Both bamboo rafts and rubber boats can be used.

Shooting the rapids in Nan

The starting point for the bamboo rafting
You can begin at Ban Nam Wa Mu 5, Nam Phang sub-county which is 10 km off Mae Charim county. Then continue rafting to Ban Nam Pu (Distance: 4 km) and go for a further 4 km to Ban Sai Mun, Nam Pai sub-county. It takes about four hours and at last you will reach Mae Charim Park Office. At the park, accommodations are available.

For those who bring their own tents, a camping site is provided. Rafters will have a good opportunity to study a wide variety of flora and fauna while floating down the wild river.

The starting point for the rubber boat rafting
Start at the Mae Charim Park Office and you can raft to Ban Hat Rai, Wiang Sa county. This part of the river runs past the fierce Ton Sai and Kaeng Luang Rapids which require a good team spirit.
Recommended period: All year round
For more information, please contact: TAT Northern Office Region 2, Tel: 0 5374 4674-5, Fax: 0 5371 7434

Reading up to this line, do you feel like getting drench? If so, why waiting? Get yourself fit, obtain enough information, pack your belongings and consult your travel agency to arrange your personalised trip now. Read the complete section of "Shooting the Rapids in the North of Thailand Part II".

By Sainamyen

To get excited and remain safe when you shoot the rapids, you are required to do as follows.
1. White-water rafting is not an activity that you can do by yourself. You need to contact a rafting operator with TAT licence, consider conditions and terms, check itineraries, insurance and safety equipment and then go with a guide.
2. Safety is of paramount importance in shooting the rapids. Life jackets and helmets must be worn at all times. Always concentrate on the guide's advice for your safety.
3. Most white-water rafting places are located in the vicinity of fragile water sources, thus, a permission must be granted before entering the sites. Rafting operators usually are responsible for this.
4. Shorts and t-shirts are suitable clothes to wear. They should be light and easy to dry. Sport sandal shoes with straps are excellent to prevent the swift current flushing your shoes away. If you have to trek very far, bring a pair of sneakers along. In the cool season (around November-January), do not forget a windproof jacket.
5. Clothing, camping equipment, cameras and other belongings should be kept in plastic bags or water-resistant bags. Pack only necessary items.
6. If you have to eat or cook meals during the rafting course, you should choose easy-to-prepare recipes. Avoid canned food, foam utensils and plastic bottles. When moving camp, try your best to make that area as clean as its original condition.
7. Keep fit and bring first-aid kit and medicine.

What to do when you fall into the river
1. Try to swim to the rubber boat or to the river bank as soon as possible to protect your body from the strong current and rocks.
2. Manage yourself to lie on your back and raise both legs to the surface of the water. This will allow your life jackets to float effectively. While you are drifting down the current, try to get both legs forward. Slowly kick your legs to reduce the current speed.
3. Do not bend your knees or lie face downward as your body might be hurt by underwater rocks.
4. If you cannot swim to the bank, stay calm and do as mentioned above. Then find a stable rock or tree to hold on to and wait for rescue.

Special thanks to:
1. Tourism Authority of Thailand: Bangkok Office for allowing Thaiways to use photographs.
2. Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office: Region 3 for giving Thaiways useful information and giving us photographs.

For the correct pronunciation of romanized Thai words, see
Romanization System of the Thai Language.

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