September 19, 2016

Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle

7149711_origThis guided tour will show you the highlights of the upper north. First drive to Thaton area and later through the mountain wilderness to Thailand’s northern most province of Chiang Rai into the heart of the Golden Triangle.

Daily departure from Chiang Mai, minimum 2 persons, private tour with English speaking tour guide.

Duration:  3 Days / 2 Nights

Overview:   Chiang Mai – Thaton – Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

mae-sa-3Day 1:  Chiang Mai – Thaton

In the morning pick up from the hotel, airport or railway station. We drive in a northerly direction, the first stops will be at an orchid-farm and a small local market. We will visit an elephant camp to observe these giants taking a bath. Optional elephant ride and/or a trip down the river on a bamboo raft can be arranged.

Then continue to see one of the rare Palong hill tribe villages and a mystic cave temple. Near Fang take a look at a traditional rice mill. Finally visit Wat Thaton, which is dominated by giant Buddha images that overlook the Mae Kok Valley and the Burmese mountain wilderness.

Overnight at the Khun Mai Baan Suan Resort in Thaton.

Doi-MaesalongDay 2:  Thaton – Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai  

First travel up to Doi Maesalong, a mountain village of the Kuomingtan (ex renegade Chinese army of 1949) with a big local market.

On route pass various hill tribe villages including Lahu, Lisu, Akha and Yao. Stop at one of them. Descent down winding and scenic roads to the monkey temple of Thum Pla. Finally arrive to Mae Sai, the Myanmar (Burma) border. Take stroll through the border market.

An optional side trip to the Burmese border town of Tachilek can be arranged. Later continue to the mighty Mekong River, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet (better known as Golden Triangle). Enjoy a boat ride to Chiang Saen. On the way stop at the Laotian river island of Don Sao. Then travel on to Chiang Rai for the night at the La Luna Hotel.

chiang_rai-7074Day 3:   Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai 

Travel back to Chiang Mai making stops on route. The beautiful Wat Rong Khun (white temple) and a local market. Here you will find some hot springs and an opportunity to take a bath. Arrive Chiang Mai in the early afternoon.

There is time left for some more sightseeing or shopping in the northern capital. End of the tour. Transfer to the hotel, airport or railway station, depending on your further schedule.

Our Hotels:


In Thaton your stay will be at Khun Mai Baan Suan Resort in a Riverside Bungalow, breakfast is included.

Chiang Rai - La Luna HotelChiang Rai

In Chiang Rai you will stay at La Luna Hotel in a Poolside Room, breakfast included.

Services included:

  • Air-conditioned transportation during the tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • All transfers and excursions as mentioned in the above itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Accommodation in middle class hotels/resorts
  • Incl. breakfast, half board (lunch during tours).

Not included:

  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

Remarks/ Flexibility
There is also a 2 day /1 night Chiang Rai / Golden Triangle Package available.

On the second day of which a 3-4 hour boat trip along the scenic Kok River between Thaton and Chiang Rai can be added to this package. If you wish to add the boat trip, please let us know at the time of booking. Accommodation in Chiang Mai before and/or after this package can be booked with us as well.

Our prices in Thai Baht *


Per person in a double room

13,950 THB

398 USD*

Single surcharge

  2,950 THB

  85 USD*

Extra Bed

On request

On request

Children below the age of 12

On request

On request

*Prices are valid until 31 October 2019




*USD prices are based on the exchange rate from Thai Baht at the time of publishing.