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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.
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.
A pesar de ser el día entero, valió la pena. Nuestro guía muy profesional. Todo muy bien organizado. Lo recomiendo
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!
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.
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
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.
We were collected from our hotel at 7 am and didn't return until around 8.30 pm after a very scary drive home in the dark from Chiang Rai. We thoroughly enjoyed the sights on the day and our buffet lunch was very nice. The highlight of our day was visiting the hill tribes of Karen Longneck and Big Ears. Whilst we would recommend this tour we were very uneasy on the drive back to Chiang Mai in the dark and narrowly missed having head on collisions with on-coming traffic when our driver and other drivers all overtake on winding mountain roads where the road was clearly marked with double lines indicating it was not safe to do so. If you suffer from motion sickness, I would recommend you find another way to get to Chiang Rai because it is definitely worth seeing this part of Thailand.
This tour was great. A little fast paced but didn and #39;t feel as if he was rushing us. Our tour guide was really nice and gave us information about each location.
This tour was amazing! It was a long day, but we got to travel to Laos, visit the Longneck Karen tribe, and see the magnificent white temple. Highly recommended
It was definitely a full day. Picked us up at 7 and did not return till 8 at night. Everything was amazing and first class. Our tour guide was so awesome and friendly. We were able to do so many things that day that we would not have thought of without our guide and driver.
A long day out but very interesting. Of special interest was the White Temple and Chiang Rai. Good views of the Mekong at the Golden Triangle.
Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Full Day Tour from Chiang Mai
Pick up from our hotel was on time and luckily there were only 2 other people on the tour as a second couple cancelled. The group would have been only 9 people max anyway so a good small number.
Our guide was friendly, polite and knowledgeable
The white temple is definitely impressive and we got lots of good information about the building of it and its history. We passed though the art museum pretty quickly, but were not too concerned about that.
Choice of Karen Long neck village or Blue temple we chose the blue temple and werent disappointed, it was beautiful and our guide again was knowledgeable about the temple artwork and history
Border with Myanmar
A short stop for a few pics at the most northern most part of Thailand and the Myanmar border then a chance to shop in the jade markets
Laos Additional 1000B
This included a short trip into the actual triangle on a speedboat, a 30 min stop in Laos additional 50B payable on landing in Laos to walk around the market and local houses
Worth doing, even if its just to see the Serpent Whiskey you can try a little if youre brave its bad
Beware: You will have to leave your passport on the Thai side where they will also photocopy the photo page this is a security measure apparently in case people dont come back - so if you at all concerned about leaving your passport there, dont do this part of the trip
This is a marathon of a day so if you have small kids avoid it. We were picked up at 7 am and got back at 9.15pm. Really enjoyed it and got to see so much on this tour
Price was appropriate.
Lunch was buffet and no issues
carol United Kingdom
Long day and long drive but saw plenty and guide was excellent.
Michael K United Kingdom
Great tour - highly recommended. This is a LONG tour, c. 14 hours, so you need to be prepared! But my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The opportunity to get a flavour of what northern Thailand is about was met by this trip, being able to watch the changing countryside from rolling, high hills to flat and wet paddy fields, and the amazing variety of fruits and vegetables produced and sold on the roadside in this luscious area. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful, and keen to point out things of note en route.
Stops for the Hot Springs, White Temple amazing!, lunch, and the Thai/Burma border were of great interest, though the stop for the hill tribes did leave us feeling somewhat voyeuristic.
Top of the bill for me, though, was the Golden Triangle viewpoint looking out over the Mekong to Laos and Burma - stunning in the late evening sunlight. It certainly made the 3.5 hour drive back - mainly in the dark - very worthwhile.
Highly recommended .... but not for boisterous kids!
Vich is the best tour guide same as the driver. We are well taken care. They are both helpful and Vich explains everything in detail. We enjoy the trip very much.
We had a great day! Very comfortable van picked us up early, and we headed north. It was amazing just driving through the country side, which soon became rice fields and ever larger hills. After a short stop at the hot springs we arrived at The White Temple, which was stunning! We headed further north after driving through Chiang Rai, eventually arriving at a hill tribe village. What an experience you will REALLY appreciate the comforts of your own home after witnessing the lives the people there lead. We saw a village dance ceremony, and were able to talk communicate with some of the very gracious people there, as well as help them out by buying some of their crafts.
After that, we had a lunch at an open air restaurant over looking the Mekong River and Laos, we proceeded a short distance to an overlook to view the Golden Triangle, and visited the Hall of Opium museum. We opted not to cross the river on a boat. The museum was helpful tying in the past history of the Golden Triangle. We headed back after a long day with great memories and photos. Just the drive itself, seeing the rice fields and life in the north was fascinating.
Really great day, only 2 on the trip so could go at our own pace. Able to go across to Laos, lost propellor on way back, stranded for a while middle of Mekong, extra adventure! Long day but worth it
Excellent day ,highlight was the white temple and long neck village . Our guide was lovely ,a long day but gave us great insight into northern Thailand .
We had a fantastic time! Our guide Makee and driver Bomie were great and very accommodating. We saw many amazing things and they were able to change the plan and see the hill tribe villages instead of boat trip to Laos. Everything was included that they promised, including lunch.
Diane C Australia
This was an excellent day tour. Great guide and drivers. Van was very comfortable and we were the only 2 on it. Roads were good and a lot was packed into the day.
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.
A very full day but well worth it. Particularly enjoyed the added bit of seeing the long necked tribe.
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