Every year we organise a variety of off-beat adventures for secondary school students participating in a World Challenge Expedition. These expeditions are student-led and through experiential learning teach relevant life skills whilst challenging students mentally and physically. More than 7,000 students from all over the world organise their own expeditions in a variety of developing nations each year. Here at Active Thailand we are always excited to greet and provide some adventure for the teams completing part of their expedition in Northern Thailand; recently we had an awesome group from Queensland, Australia join us for white water rafting down the Mae Tang River then three intense days of jungle trekking.
White Water Rafting
With the splendid Mae Tang River a convenient 90 minute drive from Chiang Mai city, white water rafting is an excellent activity for team building and sure to get the adrenaline pumping. The World Challenge crew were given a full safety briefing before riding in pick-up trucks a bumpy 10km to the river starting point. Once floating on the water, the first section offered a peaceful, scenic descent followed by more thrilling rapids back to our Mae Tang River Camp. After a home cooked lunch, the group took a short walk through the jungle to a hidden waterfall where they could swim, slide and relax for the afternoon.
3-Day Jungle Trekking Expedition
A key aspect of every World Challenge expedition is the “Trekking Phase” designed to give students a chance to experience the satisfaction of pushing their physical limits whilst immersing themselves in the wilderness. We took the Hervey Bay, Queensland team on a 3 Day trek with our local trekking guide, Sup, who provided insight into the surrounding flora and village lifestyle whilst teaching students how to cook local food at each of the overnight stops. Students were challenged to carry all of their hiking gear throughout the entire trek which followed local trails across Doi Chiang Dao mountain range and down the Maetang River valley.
Over the three days, students encountered a man taking his elephants for a walk in the jungle, stayed overnight in bamboo hilltribe huts, trekked up one mountain range and down another, enjoyed amazing misty views of Northern Thailand’s iconic mountains (highest altitude 1300m), bush-bashed through some overgrown jungle and challenged themselves both physically and mentally.
If you’re interested to discover more about World Challenge, check out this video for a short introduction.