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95 km north of Chiang Mai near the spring of the mighty Mae Ping River we enter clear water under the lush canopy, the creek like features of the river allow us to play the small currents as we drift south. Nature here largely undisturbed with occasional farming , draws us back here whenever we get a chance. 4 hrs of forest river kayaking takes us to the quiet and comfortable guest house .Comfortable beds and a good breakfast guarantees us a great 2nd day of kayaking through the Chiang Dao valley. This area rewards us with lush vegetation creating navigational challenges as we drift south towards the Chiang Dao cap mountains. In short, this is our favorite , true jewel in the crown of river adventures in Northern Thailand. Kayakers immediately notice the majestic Chiang Dao mountain that rises above the rest of this scenic valley. The 18 km kayak trip on the Mae Ping River crossing the valley is rewarded with breathtaking views of the mountain range and interesting elements of local farm life. Arriving in the late afternoon at the southern end we complete the 2nd leg of our trip. A lazy drive back to chiang mai gives us time to reflect.