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    white water rafting

    Hey guys and gals, got friends coming for a quick visit (1st time Chiang Mai) who have expressed a great deal of interest in white water rafting.
    Does anyone know if such a thing exists in Chiang Mai? its not really my thing so therefore know nothing, any help would be great, thanks

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    yes, I have done it up near Mae Tang

    really nice river; I should think at this time of year it could be quite exciting!

    just google

    white water rafting mae taeng river
    and lots of info

    you can do it through loads of tour operators, just find the best price ( I have seen B1200 to B1800 for the same stretch of water)

    even a video

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    Pai River. We did it but it wasn’t white water




    Maybe go here for more help,……….


    Thailand White Water Rafting-Rainy Season Travel


    or look at this and open up the "show more" in the video,............



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    Pai is not very close to CM

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    After the recent flooding up North, there would be a good flow of water, I imagine. Anyone live near these rivers ?

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    Well the Ping was extremely high last week.

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    During very high flows the rafts walk around the 3km section with the mosts rapids. At lower flows they will run the whole thing. The Mae Taeng is a dangerous river and people die on it every year, it is worth choosing a reputable rafting company rather than the cheapest you can find for that reason.

    EDIT: I didn't mean that to put people off, all activities such as rafting have an inherent risk, some rivers more than others. The Mae Taeng is safe to raft if you are with a rafting company who know what they are doing and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend friends to go and do it. Anyhow, I think at this time of year none of the rafting companies will be running the hard bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs
    The Mae Taeng is a dangerous river and people die on it every year
    links please, or did you just make it up?

    Adventure of river rafting along the Mae Taeng River follows strict safety precautions and is known for having a commendable safety record

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    What a strange response, why would I make it up?

    I am simply suggesting to use a reputable rafting company (as in your video) which actually sets up safety people on the banks, use trained raft guides who understand the river and have some first aid and rescue training etc..

    Would you get on a bus if you knew the driver was unable to drive and had only been dragged out of a hill tribe village a day earlier? The same applies to rafting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    What a strange response, why would I make it up?
    Then you won't have any problem providing a link, will you?


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    A link from what, this not something I have just read on a website. I have first hand information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    A link from what, this not something I have just read on a website. I have first hand information.
    Then one would assume you'd be able to corroborate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs
    The Mae Taeng is a dangerous river and people die on it every year
    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    links please, or did you just make it up?
    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs
    What a strange response, why would I make it up?
    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs
    I have first hand information
    as far as I know, nobody has ever died rafting on that river

    so if you didn't make it up, you have believed an unreliable source

    let us know about this first-hand information; usually if people die every year there would be some quotable facts

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    Look, I don't care if you believe me or not, just trying to help the guy out. It is of no consequence to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    Look, I don't care if you believe me or not, just trying to help the guy out. It is of no consequence to me.
    Well you aren't helpoing him by giving him inaccurate misinformation.

    When did you hear of a farang dying on a White Water rafting trip on that river?

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    The guy wanted to know where he could take someone whitewater rafting

    you came up with a nonsense scare story that you cannot back up

    very helpful

    I have rafted down that river several times, in different water flows, I have spoken to lots of the local guides and guesthouse owners. Not one has ever mentioned any serious accident, never mind a death

    If deaths happened every year, then it would be big news



    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs
    Look, I don't care if you believe me or not, just trying to help the guy out. It is of no consequence to me.
    the main consequence to you is that you have been shown up to be a liar without any conscience

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    The last two I heard about were a Thai tourist who fell in on the second rapid and another guy who wasn't rafting but got swept down the river. Both got trapped in a syphon (which is an underwater cave), the Mae Taeng has quite a few of these, which makes it more dangerous than some other rivers.

    There was also a raft which entered the gorge downstream from the commercially rafted section. Only two people survived out of six as the section they went down is extremely difficult, dangerous and completely unsuitable for rafts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    the main consequence to you is that you have been shown up to be a liar without any conscience
    You idiot

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    The last two I heard about were a Thai tourist who fell in on the second rapid and another guy who wasn't rafting but got swept down the river. Both got trapped in a syphon (which is an underwater cave), the Mae Taeng has quite a few of these, which makes it more dangerous than some other rivers.

    There was also a raft which entered the gorge downstream from the commercially rafted section. Only two people survived out of six as the section they went down is extremely difficult, dangerous and completely unsuitable for rafts.

    So Robbo, ignoring this irrelevant nonsense, just contact the Extreme Sports Cafe at the link I provided.

    Everyone’s safety is our #1 concern, whether you are a first time rafting adventurer or a seasoned paddler. Everyone participating in a White water Rafting experience is given a rafting safety talk and drilled with proper paddling instructions, and then given international standard rafting equipment. Extreme Sports Café’s Whitewater Rafting Centre has International standards, English speaking, first aid and swiftwater rescue trained guides. All of this guarantees your safety.

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    The only irrelevant nonsense on here is the pair of you trying to turn this thread into some kind of argument. My first post was perfectly reasonable and true. However, you wouldn't know would you because you don't even live here, nevermind visit the Mae Taeng, know anything at all about whitewater rafting, personally know many of the guides as well as some of the rafting company owners.....


    Like I said right from the very beginning. It is not dangerous if you go with a company who know what they are doing.
    Last edited by madjbs; 05-09-2011 at 02:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs View Post
    The last two I heard about were a Thai tourist who fell in on the second rapid and another guy who wasn't rafting but got swept down the river. Both got trapped in a syphon (which is an underwater cave), the Mae Taeng has quite a few of these, which makes it more dangerous than some other rivers.

    There was also a raft which entered the gorge downstream from the commercially rafted section. Only two people survived out of six as the section they went down is extremely difficult, dangerous and completely unsuitable for rafts.

    how strange that none of this was reported in any news media!!

    tell us about this gorge downstream of the main rafting section

    maybe you are confusing your rivers, or even the country?

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjbs
    The only irrelevant nonsense on here is the pair of you trying to turn this thread into some kind of argument. My first post was perfectly reasonable and true. However, you wouldn't know would you because you don't even live here, nevermind visit the Mae Taeng, know anything at all about whitewater rafting, personally know many of the guides as well as some of the rafting company owners.....
    we were trying to establish the truth in your assertions that people die every year on the river; you haven't actually corroborated your statement

    as for Mae Taeng, I have a cabin right on the river, near the rafting area

    I have rafted many times, both there and elsewhere, and have talked to many of the operators and guides. Never has it been mentioned that people have died, never mind every year!!

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    just a link

    Riding the Rapids with Rafting and Other Water Sports in Chiang Mai | My Chiang Mai Hotels

    a bit of it

    Like all adventure sports, there is always an element of risk in rafting. However, the Chiang Mai Adventure of river rafting along the Mae Taeng River follows strict safety precautions and is known for having a commendable safety record. Serious accidents are extremely rare
    no deaths mentioned, but there have been a broken bone or two

    and not every year!

    the only time the river may be dangerous is after heavy rains; in those conditions, the rafting operators do not go out

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    There was an Israeli woman died rafting there just last month.


    *Unless it was a different river?

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