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Time12 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

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
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.

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M
, Apr 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!

N
, Mar 2018

First, the guide was great. I give her a lot of credit. Maggie was smart and helpful and answered all questions. We were the only ones on the tour. There was nothing that let us know there would be so much time spent driving. I'm not an expert on Thai geography, it was our first trip. We were rushed in and out of the White Temple, we were taken to a village but was actually a tourist trap with people selling the same trinkets you find everywhere. There was one house that we peeked in. We were offered entry into the long neck women village aka human zoo, for 500 baht each. We didn't do it. We then drove, 1 1/2 hours to the golden triangle for photo ops and a quick trip through the Opium Museum which is not much of anything. We could have gone on a boat ride but that would have been another 750 baht each. Since we were the only ones on the tour and since we had a 4 1/2 hour drive back to Chiang Mai we chose to get back to our hotel. Not worth this trip. In hindsight I would hire a driver or rent a car and visit the White Temple.

k
, Mar 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.

N
, Mar 2018

This is a very long tour. Our tour guide was not very informative and didn't really answer our questions. The "hot springs" is in a parking lot and did not seem sanitary. The white temple and the opium museum were worthy parts of the tour. But the drive to and back from the border took 5 hours each way. I would not recommend this tour. The "Golden Triangle", the border with Laos and Myanmar is interesting, but only for about 10 minutes. Then you realize you drove 5 hours to get there. The lunch was the worst food I had on the vacation. It was especially disappointing because I am a big fan of and love Burmese food. It was an old, sad buffet populated entirely by large tour groups. Waste of a day. We were the only ones on our tour. It probably would have been improved by a better tour guide, but it would still have been a very long driving day.

M
, Feb 2018

The trip was long, but understandably so. I thought going the distance to see the Golden Triangle and northern Thailand was worthwhile. The drive through the farmland and rice paddies was truly beautiful, but I love seeing how people live and scenery. The stop at the tribal village was interesting---again being somewhat a sociologist I was interested in seeing how people live. But I was also saddened that these women are forced to make their living in this manner and are refugees from their own countries with many family members being in refugee camps. I think this is a group that will disappear in the future and whose traditions and culture will disappear to the museums. I am glad we had the opportunity to meet them and buy some of their products. Our guide Oi was fantastic. She was so knowledgeable and entertaining.

W
, Feb 2018

A very nice trip. Enjoyed the small group and in a very nice van. Maggie our guide was very good. A little rushed at times, but ok. Nice to see the Silver Palace, and Golden Triangle. Bring your passport so you can ride the boat over to Laos. Recommend for a nice day trip.

F
, Feb 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

J
, Jan 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.

R
, Jan 2018

This tour was amazing!

H
, Jan 2018

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


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