5 days/4 nights - Private tour
Thaton - Golden Triangle- Mekong - Chiang Rai
The major attraction of this package is the visit to the mountain wilderness of Doi Angkang, particularly to the region at the Mae Kok River, which flows through both northern provinces, Chiangmai and Chiang Rai. From there you'll continue to the Mekong River and the Golden Triangle.
Day 1: Arrival in Chiang Mai
After your arrival in Chiang Mai you will be brought to your hotel in the city centre. You can already discover the old town or make use of the shuttle to the famous Night Bazaar. We would be glad to give you recommendations.
Hotel: De Lanna Hotel
Day 2: Chiang Mai – Elephant Camp – Chiang Dao – Thaton
You will start at your hotel at 8:30 am. A 1.5 hours’ drive will bring you to the elephant camp in Mae Sai. You can watch elephant families, feed them and ride on the back of an elephant for one hour. Moreover, you will see a funny show where the elephants present their skills.
After lunch, you will visit a small fabric where paper is made out of elephant dung. Your next stop is Chiang Dao. You will discover a limestone cave which was used as a temple once. Thereafter, you will drive for three more hours until you reach Thaton close to the Burmese border. You will stay in a nice resort directly at the Mae Kok River.
Resort: Mae Kok River Village Resort (B; L)
Day 3: Pagoda – Hill Tribe Village – Boat Tour
You can go for a walk or relax at the pool in the morning. Afterwards, you will see the beautiful Pagoda Wat Thaton where you will have a breath taking view over the hilly landscape. Thereafter, you will visit a Lahu village in the mountains. You will get a lot of information about the different hill tribes and their life styles. The school of the village is supported with parts of your travel expenses.
After lunch, you will get on a longtail boat that takes you 3-4 hours downstream until you reach Chiang Rai. The surroundings are breath taking and you can watch the local life that is taking place at the riverside. In Chiang Rai you will be picked up by your guide who will bring you to the Mekong River by car (approximately 1.5 hours’ drive). You will stay in the modern Siam Triangle Resort overlooking the Mekong River.
Resort: Siam Triangle Resort (B; L)
Day 4: Golden Triangle and Lao
You will start for the famous Golden Triangle (ca. 10 minutes’ drive) at 9 am. You will take a walk to the Golden Buddha and make a short boat trip to Lao. In a small village you can try and buy the famous Lao Whisky – the village is a tourist attraction!
Thereafter, you will visit the Hall of Opium. The museum introduces you to the history of the Golden Triangle in a very professional way. After lunch, a two hours’ drive will bring you back to Chiang Rai. You will see the famous White Temple which is located a little outside the city. The temple is a fascinating masterpiece! Afterwards, you will return to Chiang Mai and you will be back at your hotel in the evening.
Hotel: De Lanna Hotel (B; L)
Day 5: Departure
Transfer to the airport.
Single person: 35000 Baht = ca. 920 Euro
Double room per person: 19790 Baht = ca. 520 Euro
Group with 4-8 persons: 15300 Baht = ca. 400 Euro
Private transfers, guide, entrance fees, airport transfers, 4 nights (breakfast included), boat tour, lunch day 2, 3 and 4
Social Help: Parts of your travel expenses will be donated to a school in a poor Lahu hill tribe village that you will visit. You can also bring used cloths (for kids) or toys.
Please note: if you want to book this tour between 20.12. and 6.1., please send an individual inquiry. There will be surcharges for peak season and mandatory dinners (Christmas and New Year’s Eve).