If you’re the brand of tripper that trips on everything adrenaline, head out to the Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary in the Phang Nga Province and take on the exciting white water rafting tour over some gushing rapids. Rated low to mid on a scale for difficulty level, this is one helluva joyride.
What’s So Awesome About It
White water river rafting offered at the Songpraek River, in the Ton Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary in Krabi, is an exciting splash of an experience albeit relatively new. The fast-paced rapids with their clear waters enable adrenaline shoutouts for everyone from the most adventurous to the amateur. If you want a break from the otherwise crowded beaches of Krabi or wish to soak up the views of a stunning jungle landscape, make sure to include this in your itinerary.
The length of this man-made rafting course varies between 5 to 9 kilometers and depends on the type of package you choose. A dam at the top of the mountain releases water once a day and the result is a series of amazing white water rapids that make for a great rafting adventure. The difficulty levels vary for the two routes. The 5 km route is classified between Grades 2 – 3 while the 9 km route is classified under Grades 2 – 4.
The inflatable rafts have a capacity of 4 to 6 people and 1 or 2 guides. The guides are seated in the front and the back. They paddle the raft expertly and glide slowly over the rapids, quite contrary to the popular belief that you paddle head-first into disaster. The paddling required from tourists is not much and is considered ideal for all skill levels. A Thai lunch buffet (vegetarian options are available) is a part of some of the packages provided by tour operators, in which you can taste a variety of local fruits at the Lungkhai Fruit Garden.
What’s The Catch
The rafting activity is only available for those who are under 100 kilograms and have a height of 110 cm and above. The minimum age requirement is six years. It is also important to note that for the 9-km route, only adults are allowed.
The 5-km route is open all year round, whereas the 9-km route is only open between May and January as the river remains too dry for river rafting, the rest of the year. This activity is not advisable for pregnant women or for people that are struggling with health issues.
Things To Keep In Mind
Keep sunglasses, sun protection cream and a hat handy as the sun can get scorching. Also, carry along a towel with you.
Where You Can Book It From
White water river rafting here does not require you to have any prior experience as the guides paddle the raft. A short safety guideline session is provided before the start of the activity, so pay attention to the instructions. You can expect to spend around 45 minutes for the shorter 5 km course. It takes an additional 40 minutes to complete the entire 9 km course.