Northern Thailand at its most beautiful. This trip will show the areas to the north of Chiang Mai close to the Burmese border, the mountain views are spectacular and the people live a simple life of growing crops and trade. You will visit Chiang Dao caves, take a boat trip in a longtail boat, visit Chiang Rai and the finale is the (in)famous Golden Triangle where Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand meet. This area had a reputation for its opium production in the past. A great experience.
Minimum 2 people
Car or minivan
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Solo travellers, please check the FAQ section of this tour.
The tour starts with a drive to the north of Chiang Mai to visit the Chiang Dao Caves. From here we drive to Tha Ton toward the provincial border between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Here we will see a big Buddha statue on top of a mountain. Next, we take a longtail boat to travel the Kok river for about 3 hours towards Chiang Rai, where we spend the night.
We continue to Doi Mae Salong, an almost complete Chinese village in the mountains north of Chiang Rai. When the People’s Republic of China was established in 1949, the Kuomintang led by Chiang Kai Shek had to flee. Most of them went to Taiwan but a small group fled to Thailand and these are the remnants and descendants. We visit the local market and we taste the famous Oolong tea. Next stop, Doi Tung to visit the Royal Project. The grandmother of the present king established a project for the hill tribe people who used to grow opium. They were stimulated to grow vegetables and flowers and you can see the beautiful Mae Fah Luang flower garden and it’s surroundings as a result. We will spend the night in the most northern province of Thailand.
We drive to the Burmese border at Mae Sai, at the Burmese border. There is a very interesting market over here with many products from Burma and China. You can cross the border to catch a glimpse of the Burmese life. Then to the infamous Golden Triangle on the Mekong river. From the viewpoint, you can see how Thailand, Laos, and Burma converge here. Via the old city of Chiang Saen with its ruins and a stop at hot springs, we return to Chiang Mai. Here ends your tour, you have the option to take the night train or evening flight to Bangkok or stay longer in Chiang Mai or you can extend your holiday in a different way, all up to you.
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