Trekking and Rafting Tour in Umphang

3 Day, 3 Night trekking tour in Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary

We’ve teamed up Umphangs best trekking guides to offer you a fantastic 3 day, 3 night action packed tour in one of the wildest places in Thailand. Join our jungle adventure in Thailand’s most remote district, Umphang. You wll get to experience a place in Thailand that you never knew existed, the jungles around the stunning Mae Klong river and Thi Lor Su waterfall are pristine and unaffected by tourism.

3 Days, 3 Nights – 7500 Baht (Private Tour)

Float down the Mae Klong river taking in the stunning jungle, cliffs and waterfalls. Trek through the deep jungle of Umphang wildlife sanctuary until you reach Thailand’s most impressive waterfall, the mighty Thi Lor Su. Swim, take in the awesome sights and sounds then camp under the stars. Trek to an authentic Karen village and stay with a working farming family. Wake up in the morning, take in village life, then continue jungle trekking back to Umphang town.


Mae Klong river rafting in inflatable dinghy
Jungle trekking
Visit hot spring
Swimming at Thi Lor Su waterfall (Thailand’s largest waterfall)
Camping at Thi Lor Su waterfall
Karen village homestay.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1
-Breakfast then meet up with our guides for the start of the tour
-River rafting along the Mae Klong Yai river taking in the stunning scenery along the way
-Stop off to bathe at a natural hot spring pool, have lunch
-Trekking for 3 hours (wet season) or 30 minute 4wd car journey (dry season) to Thi Lor Su Waterfall
-Swim and bathe at the magnificent Thi Lor Su, the largest waterfall in Thailand
-Have dinner and sleep in tents at Thi Lor Su campground
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2
-Have breakfast and visit Thi Lor Su waterfall. As well as swimming, you also have the option to trek to the top of the falls to get a magnificent view
-3 hour jungle trek to Koh Tha Karen Village
-Explore the village or take a short trek to Koh Tha waterfall
-Spend the night at the village, sleeping in a traditional wooden house with a local Karen family
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3
-Have breakfast at the village
-4 hour jungle trek back to the banks of the Mae Klong River near Umphang town
-Go by pickup back to our headquarters in Umphang town
-Freshen up at our guest house in Umphang
-End of tour
-Take songthaew taxi back to Mae Sot, arrive by 5pm
Meals – Breakfast, Snacks

1 day is required before the start of the tour to travel to Mae Sot and then on to Umphang, there are a few different options for this. We will advise you on the best option depending on where you are travelling from.

We include a night in a basic guest house in Umphang, the day before the start of the tour, dinner is also included.

This tour includes

-Private group
-English speaking local guides
-All meals and drinking water whilst on the tour
-National Park Fee’s
-Accommodation for 3 nights
-Free advice/assistance with your Thailand travel plans

Not Included

-Songtheaw taxis to and from Mae Sot. Private Songthaews can be booked on request.
-Accommodation in Mae Sot.

Where is Umphang?

Umphang district is located along the Myanmar border in Tak province in the north west of Thailand. Umphang is very remote and can only be reached by travelling to the Thai border town of Mae Sot first. Tak is a large unexplored province sandwiched between Kanchanaburi, Kamphaeng Phet, Mae Hong Son, and Chiang Mai provinces.

Getting to Mae Sot

Mae Sot Map, Key Points, and Recommended Hotels

Daily buses leave Bangkok’s Mo Chit station (northern bus terminal), buses depart from 8am. Bus journeys take 7-8 hours. Night buses leave daily from 9:30pm and arrive in Mae Sot the following morning. Night buses are the best way to save time and money when travelling from Bangkok to Mae Sot. Buses from Chiang Mai leave from Arcade Bus Station from 8am, bus journeys from Chiang Mai take 6-7 hours. VIP buses are the preferred choice, they cost around 600 baht and include on board toilets, and a light meal and drink, buses stop along the way at service stations so you can buy extra snacks and stretch your legs.

There are also up to 3 flights per day to Mae Sot from Don Muang airport in Bangkok, ran by Nokair. Check flights and availability here –

Getting to Umphang

In order to get to Umphang you will need to travel to Mae Sot first, then take the daily songthaew taxi service to Umphang which departs from Mae Sot bus station. The service runs from 6am-1pm, and costs 130 baht per person, journey time is 3-4 hours. The songthaew journey takes place along a twisty mountain road that has over 1200 curves. You will be travelling with the locals as you wind your way through the dramatic countryside in an open backed songthaew, the journey is a real experience and an adventure in itself.

Private Songthaews can be booked on request, just let us know at the time of booking.

Tour Information

-Large bags and other luggage can be left at our tour office in Umphang and be collected at the end of the tour.
-Camera batteries and phones can be charged at Thi Lor Su waterfall campground and at the Karen Village homestay accommodation.
-Wet shoes are recommended for walking around Thi Lor Su waterfall, especially if you wish to trek to the top of the falls.
-There is a small shop at Thi Lor Su waterfall for buying snacks, beer, and soft drinks. Drinks and snacks can also be bought at Koh Tha Karen Village.
-Toilet and shower facilities are next to Thi Lor Su waterfall campground.
-During the dry season it is safe to swim all around Thi Lor Su Waterfall. During the wet season our guides will show you a safe place where you can bathe.

Why Book With Us?

Our Service
We will guide you step by step from the moment we receive your first email, to the moment you arrive in Mae Sot, and then right through the tour until you are safely on a plane or bus to your next destination in Thailand. We also offer advice and suggestions on where to go either before or after Umphang in order to maximize the valuable time on your holiday. We can also tailor make trips to Umphang, not just trips to Thi Lor Su but in other area’s of Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary and Thungyai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, such as Thi Lor Lay and Pi Tu Kro Lo Su waterfalls. Trips to Thi Lor Lay waterfall are more adventurous than the Thi Lor Su trips, involving longer treks and white water rafting. Contact us for more details on these tours.

Our Guides
Good guides are difficult to find and extremely important, you will be spending 3 or more days with them so they can literally make or break the tour. Our local guides have been hand picked by us on our regular trips to Umphang. Our guides are genuinely caring and thoughtful and will always be thinking of your comfort during the tour. Their awareness, attention to detail, local knowledge, and great relationship with the local people will ensure you have the time of your life in the safest possible manner. Our guides all speak English, and are sure to tell you a story or two and explain about the nature and wildlife in the area.

All of our tours are private, so you will have our guides all to yourself. This gives you the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like, and allows them to the take the best possible care of you whilst you are in the jungle. Our small intimate groups also keep our guides happy and enjoying their work.

*Please Note – We are no longer offering elephant riding on our tours as seen in the video.


Customer Reviews

See what our guests say about Trekking and Rafting in Umphang

Trekking and Rafting Tour in Umphang Overall rating: ★★★★★ 4.7 based on 8 reviews
5 1

Love it!

5 5 1
Umphang trek gave us memories for life! We had the most wonderful experience with Johnny the guide who took care of us on every step, explaining us all the secrets of the jungle ang made this tour an exprience we will never forget. For pepole who want to discover an beautiful and interesting side of Thailand and look for adventures we really recommend on this trek

Fantastic scenery, great guide

5 5 1
I took this tour with a friend and loved it. The scenery on the river trip and at the waterfalls was spectacular, and while there were other tourists around, a good international mix, it was not so crowded to spoil the experience. The songthaew trip was quite a surprise when a motorcycle was loaded to travel with us. I’m glad to have that experience, but we chose to take a private vehicle back to Mae Sot. Johnny was a fantastic guide, energetic, helpful, great sense of humor, he used our climb up the waterfall to assess our capability for the trekking part. He suggested we ride the elephant on the final part, because of wet conditions and our physical limitations. I had opted out, not wanting to burden the elephant at the start, but it was a good call and an amazing part I am now glad we chose to do. The mahout communicating with the elephant was a very unique piece. As a 60 plus year old tourist, I suggest taking a small dense foam yoga mat or backpacker pad for sleeping comfort at the Karen village and the water fall camp. The food was great and twice what we were able to consume. Thanks again Johnny and Mike for a trip I will live over many times in my travel stories and memories.

Trekking and waterfalls

4 5 1
Hi mike, we had a great time! Sam and Mi were great guides. The waterfall was amazing, we were sad to leave. Staying at the village was an experience we will remember. Thanks again for everything.

Real Jungle Adventure

5 5 1
Just want to let you know that we had a real good time on our tour. It was rough and tough but beautiful and amazing at the same time, the waterfalls and river were spectacular and the highlight for us. Johnny was really nice and very helpful, he took care of everything. I would recommend this trip to everyone. Thanks again, Greetings Youri and Wesly

Great Experience

4 5 1
Thank for your mail the trip was wonderful. The environment was amazing and Johny was a very very good guide and host just like the second guide who was with us (i forgot his name) Johny made sure we wouldn’t come short of anything. The trip through the jungle was really cool and so was the climb to the the top of the waterfall. He is very skilled and knows everything about the forest. The second day was the trekking to the Karen village, we had a lot of rain (but i guess its not called a rainforest for nothing!) And we thought that this was the real jungle experience. Johny cooked for us and told us about the Karen people, we felt really at home with him. We had a blast and it was a fantastic experience, please thank Johny again from us and let him know we had a wonderful trip and we would recommend a trip with him to everyone. Kind regards, Daan en Leonie

Amazing tour, perfect!

5 5 1
Getting the songthaew was easy and everybody was really helpful at the bus station in Mae Sot (and the songthaew driver even asked us to make the journey to Umphang inside the cabin with him). Our tour was amazing, the weather always sunny and Johnny was just perfect, always ready to help, thinking ahead to our needs. Climbing to the top of the falls was amazing and the stay at the Karen village a very authentic and strong experience. We just want to thank you for this wonderful adventure and the great time we had thanks to Johnny and all the organization. Hope to come back to Thailand one day and enjoy another tour with you. Simone and Francesca

Stunning waterfall and guide

5 5 1
Just a quick note to say that my friend and I had an amazing time in Thailand and Umphang adventure was an absolute highlight! Mike has provided an excellent know-how as to what we need to bring etc. and has been very responsive (it's not always a given when it comes to organizing such treks) and thorough when it came to comms before the journey. It was all very well organised. And then the actual trek with Johnny and exploring the waterfall and the areas around it (stunning!!)... oh lord, this guy is a star! So kind so humble so helpful and so knowledgeable (and very environmentally friendly and concious)! We trekked through the jungle and he would keep showing us animal prints, unusual insects, bringing up random and very interesting facts about animals' habitat. He was also incredibly caring - we felt really looked after. He;s also really funny and has got good sense of humour - all that you need when spending few days with someone. All in all I would recommend it to anyone who's keen to explore the less frequented side of Thailand (which is...stunning!)!

Awesome jungle adventure

5 5 1
I just wanted to let you know that we are now back in Germany after we had an awesome trip through Thailand and Vietnam for the last 4 1/2 weeks. It was a really nice experience for us to do the trekking and rafting tour in Umphang and I wanted to thank you a lot for taking so good care of us! We have never done something like this before and so it was quite an interesting adventure. The people were very friendly to us and we felt very welcomed at any place we arrived during the tour. But especially I wanted to thank our guide Johnny. It was very interesting to get to know so much things about the jungle you may not read in any book (surviving, animals, food). It was nice to see that he really enjoyed it taking care of Christian and me and was always having a nice conversation with us, asking if everything is fine. For someone living in this area his English was very good. I think that is in fact one of the reasons that made the tour so interesting for us. It was a nice feeling if your are rafting down the river or trekking through the jungle and he suddenly stops to explain some very interesting facts that I would have never taken notice of. Please let him know that when you meet him again during another tour! I know there are many enterprises offering a tour like this but I am glad we chose this one. At first we did not really know what we should expect from a tour like this so deep in the jungle and far away from the civilization. Will there occur any problems or inconveniences? But I must admit there is nothing I can complain about...everything from arrival until the day we left happened without any problems. The organisation was very good, we had enough food and water all the time, the places to sleep were fine. I am not doing any sports and I broke my ankle some months before the trip (it wasn't completely recovered by the time of the trip) but I had no problems during the whole time and I think I can recommend this trip to everybody who has ever wanted to experience the deepest jungle and a really beautiful waterfall. The landscape was just amazing. I liked the tour so much I just wanted to give you this review of my impressions. Hope to see you again one day! Greetings Philipp

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