A family rush doesn’t get much better than the thrills of a white-water rafting adventure along the Song Praek in the Phang Nga Province of Thailand. It is a thrilling experience as you buckle up for the ride and let the experienced guides take charge at taming the shallow river.
It is a mixture of placid waters and terrifying rapids as you crash against the rocks, enjoy the thrills and bumps of rising over the rapids and when the moment is right, take in the glorious views that surround the river as you opt for either the five or 7km trek downstream.
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Enjoying the raft.
Getting to the white-water rafting
A white-water rafting experience in Phang Nga is as easy as a day trip in the Southern Thai Province, with added benefits bound to be thrown in such as a terrifying zip-lining course, a buffet lunch which is usually at the rafting, and a visit to one of the many waterfalls in the area, you’re bound to have a full-on day. Day trips to the rafting can be found at all tour agencies on the streets at most tourist towns in Phang Nga, such as Khao Lak and of course the island of Phuket, which is only a short bus drive away. All tour companies in the area will pick you up from the hotel. Check out a few day tours for a rafting experience.
Is it really safe for kids
I would recommend the kids be around the age of eight and over to participate in the trek downstream, while the rafting organisations in Thailand don’t have specific guidelines on age limits, you would still like your kids to have a basic understanding of the rules while participating in the raft.
It is natural to have doubts when planning a white-water rafting trip for the family, and while there will be a few thrills during the raft, it is relatively tame, and the kids of the appropriate age will get plenty of joy out of the adventure. Keep in mind, that there are rafting groups available where the guides do all the work and they know the course like the back of their hand. So, don’t forget a little tipping money of around 50-100 baht for their services.
What to bring
Here is a list of things to bring with you on your rafting experience. Please note: most places have lockers for any valuables that need to be secured safely.
– Waterproof camera
– Water shoes.
A gallery of our adventure
Below you will see a gallery and a short YouTube clip of our adventure down the river. All pictures and videos were taken with a GoPro Hero, because you don’t want to be taking any device out there that is not 100% waterproof.