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Take a day trip to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle to see where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos converge. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll drive through scenic countryside, visit local hill tribe villages and soak at the Mae Ka Chan hot springs. Marvel at the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) and enjoy views over the Mekong River as you learn about this region, notorious for its opium trade. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport from Chiang Mai are included.

Highlights

  • Explore the area surrounding The Golden Triangle on this full-day trip from Chiang Mai
  • Visit local villages including the Akha and Yao hilltribe
  • Lunch is included
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop off
  • Friendly and informative guide

What You Can Expect

Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai

After early morning pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai, relax during a scenic drive through the countryside in the air-conditioned comfort of your vehicle. En route to the Golden Triangle and Chiang Rai, listen as your guide details the full-day itinerary ahead and shares information about this former opium-producing capital. 

Make a stop at the Mae Ka Chan hot springs, where you can soak sore muscles in three natural pools. Let tiny fish nibble dead skin from your feet, or purchase quail eggs to cook in the boiling waters.

Back in the vehicle, you’re taken to where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos meet. From a viewpoint set high on a hillside, enjoy a panoramic vista over the three countries.Your guide points out the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers; watch the scene unfold below or opt for a boat ride across the mighty Mekong (own expense).

Continue on to Mae Sai, the northernmost trading post located near the Thailand-Myanmar border, where a regional lunch is served. 

Nearing the lovely city of Chiang Rai, your guide accompanies you to Wat Rong Khun — aka the White Temple — a contemporary complex made of shimmering glass and painted white plaster rebuilt by a local artist who began construction in 1997. 

On the return journey to Chiang Mai you’ll visit the hill tribe villages of Akha and Yao before drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Andrew D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was a great tour. The tour guide was wonderful and knowledgeable. The tour allowed you to see so much in one day, including a visit to Laos.

janie.smith

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A very full day but well worth it. Particularly enjoyed the added bit of seeing the long necked tribe.

VICTOR A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Very informative private tour! The tour guide is extremely friendly and is very concerned with you receiving the best experience from the golden triangle area. The tour is a very long day so it is mostly for those who have a short time to visit north Thailand but let me reassure you most definitely will have enough time to catch most, if not all, of the marvels it has to offer. Highly recommend !

Cindy T Le

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Tour guide and driving person are super nice.

Bill United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Excellent tour. It requires a long day, but it's completely worth the drive. Each part of the tour was interesting and fun. Our guide was terrific.

Donald M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Got picked up from our hotel on time and we were the only passengers so the tour guide gave us other options to add to our tour which was great, got to see so much country side and the long neck tribe village, the white temple, the golden triangle and up to the Burmese border, great day! Well worth

Babak V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

It was well organised and friendly guide.

ChrissieX Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

We were blessed that we were the only two on the tour, so we could tweak for what we preferred - ie we added the boat to Laos at Mekong River rather than the village tribes, as had done that before on a hike during previous visit. Excellent day ... very full but not "too long". The drive was full of great views and commentary when required, quiet time when needed. The whole itinerary was superb and rewarding.

Pedro Barata Brazil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

Trip very well organized, just as advertised.
For those who have more time, I would consider sleeping in Chiang Rai as it is a long trip.

Scott K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Very cool tour...opted to go into Myanmar (another passport stamp) and I know that stretched the day a bit more, but our guide Meow was more than happy to accomodate us.

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