• Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • 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

Monica C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our drived was amazing! Took us to hot springs on the way and Golden Triangle on our way back! I would do this tour again!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent experience with a wonderful, knowledgeable guide. There were only three of us so it was almost a private tour. Everything was worth the time... from the hot springs, the white temple, opium museum, seeing the three countries at once, the hill tribes and long neck women, as well as a the relaxing lunch. Driver and guide took great care of us: cold water, rest stops and explaining everything. When the guide can answer our questions besides the main information they plan to tell everyone you get your money's worth.

Fran Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This is a very long drive, 12 hours in all. The hot springs, if you have ever been to one, is nothing to write about. Then we stopped at the White Temple. That is a must see. Spectacular. Not a holy temple but the architecture is so beautiful. Then we had lunch and then the Golden Triangle. Very nice view to photograph but that is all. Not worth the 12 hour drive. We also visited the Opium Museum. Very interesting. Then we were offered for a little more money to see the Karen tribe of the long Neck Women. That was the highlight of our trip. We found it fascinating. We were allowed to photograph the women and I was even invited to try on a mock up of a half coil around my neck. What a great picture that made. The tour is well organized. Our guide, Pong, was nice but hardly offered any information. I would think that she could have pointed out some points of interest along the way up making the trip more acceptable, even fun. I would certainly contact Viator to organize our tours on our next trip.
Fran Jackson
Surrey, BC

Joyce M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Floating market was awesome. The only thing is the time on the boat was too short. Soooo much to see and buy. The Golden Triangle is where the 3 countries meet. Pretty cool to see. The highlight was the Karen Tribe Long Neck. Super. It really was out of Nat Geo. Bring Thai . You'll want to buy their hand woven scarves and beautiful items.Probably my favorite place on my trip to Thailand. The White Temple is gorgeous. Quite a spectacle. Almost amusement park feel to it. Gorgeous grounds.

Rachael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Henry Javier Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A pesar de ser el día entero, valió la pena. Nuestro guía muy profesional. Todo muy bien organizado. Lo recomiendo

Gabriella F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Very interesting tour! From boiling eggs in a hot spring to the White Temple and to visit Laos ( make sure you have your passport). Our guide, Kitty ( sorry if I don't spell it right) was wonderful. Very informative. Answered to all of our questions and took lots pictures for us.
Worth every penny. Thank you again!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our guidewas a very professional person, very friendly and approachable.she explained everything,she created a very nice atmosphere for all of us in the group, excellent driver the minibus was very clean.Thanks to the excellent organizational skills of our guide we had time to see and explore everything,enough time for lunch as well.With regards to the places that we visited,each and every one was worth visiting, very nice places full of energy and historical background.This excursion is highly recommended of you want to escape for a while from the busy city centre of Chiang Mai.

Be K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

What a great but long day, starting at 7am we were collected by minibus, we were incredibly lucky to be the only ones on the tour for that particular day. Sid our guide was incredibly friendly and knowledgable of the places we visited, his English is also very good.
After about an hours drive the first stop was at the hotsprings for feet only then another 45 minute drive to the White Temple- which was amazing!!!!! Then another hours drive past Chiang Rai to a lovely buffet lunch. We wanted to take a boat trip on the Mekong with a short trip to Laos, Sid arranged the tickets and paperwork take your passport with you it cost an extra 550 baht but was completely worth it. The next stop was the Opium Museum and then a visit to the Hill Tribe where we got lots of handmade souvenirs. Then a 4 hour drive back to Chiang Mai, arriving back at our hotel about 7.30pm.
Yes there was a lot of driving involved but it was an absolutely fantastic day. I often get travel sick, the driving through the hills/mountains did not make me sick at all i did in the alps and in Indonesia and Scotland however the roads are not dangerous or steep in any way and our driver was very good. A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable day trip.

Diane M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour guide. Nothing was too much trouble. We had a full day and even managed a boat trip to Laos. Yes, it was a long way from our base in Chiang Mai but well worth it.

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