hite-water rafting is one of the leading forms of holiday activities in Thailand; it is an adventure in the wilderness, taking participants to remote places that can only be reached by highways of water. If you are fascinated by rivers - by the call to find what lies around the next bend of moving water - then this door is open for those who take on the challenge of running rivers. Whether you are a first-time rafter or a seasoned veteran of white-water rivers, it is a truly exciting time to be a river runner and a witness to the power and splendour of the river’s mighty rapids.
Like most outdoor sports, rafting in general has become safer over the years. Expertise in the sport has increased, as well as a rescue team, and equipment has become more specialised and increased in quality. At the same time, rafting must balance its use of nature with the conservation of rivers as a natural resource and habitat. Because of these issues, some rivers now have regulations restricting the annual and daily operating times or numbers of rafters.
Fast moving water with ripples and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight; self-rescue is easy.
Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional manoeuvering may be required, but rocks and medium-sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed.
Waves numerous, high, irregular; rocks; eddies; rapids with passages clear though narrow, requiring expertise in manoeuvering; scouting usually needed. It also requires good operator and boat.
Long, intense, powerful but predictable rapids; waves high, irregular; dangerous rocks; boiling eddies; best passages difficult to scout; scouting mandatory first time; powerful and precise manoeuvering required. Demands expert boatman and excellent boat and good quality equipment.
Long distance obstructed or violent rapids which expose paddlers to above average danger. Drops may contain large unavoidable waves or holes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, requiring a high level of fitness. Scouting is a must.
To ensure the safety of tourists who choose to participate in White-water rafting, the Department of Tourism Development, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, has issued the Thailand’s Tourism Standards for White-water Rafting to provide guidelines on the sport with emphasis on safety for participants. For more information, visit http://www.tourism.go.th
|Place||Province||Season To Visit||Level||Time|
|1||Pai River||Mae Hong Son||All year long||3-4||6 hours|
|2||Mae Taeng River||Chiang Mai||All year long||2-5||2.5 hours|
|3||Nam Wa River||Nan||May - Oct
Nov - Feb
|3 hours to
|4||San River||Loei||Jun - Oct||1-5
|5||Khek River||Phitsanulok||May - Oct
Nov - Feb
Mar - May
||Nov - May||3-4||4 hours|
|7||Namtok Thi Lo Re||Tak
||Nov - May
|8||Mae Rewa Creek||Nakhon Sawan||All year long
|9||Phu Ko||Saraburi||Oct - Jan||1-3
|10||Nakhon Nayok River||Nakhon Nayok||Jul - Oct||2-3
|11||Kaeng Hin Phoeng||Prachin Buri||Jun - Oct
|12||Khlong Pong Nam Ron||Chanthaburi||Jun - Nov
|13||Phato||Chumphon||All year long||3-4||3 hours|
|14||Ton Pariwat||Phang-nga||All year long||2-4||2 hours|
|15||Khlong Klai||Nakhon Si Thammarat||All year long||1-3||3 hours|
|16||Nan Mot Daeng||Phatthalung||All year long||1-3||2 hours|
|17||Khlong Lam Lon - Wang Sai Thong||Satun||All year long||1-3||2 hours|