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This private excursion to the Golden Triangle lets you cross the Thai border into Myanmar for a glimpse of local Burmese culture in the town of Tachileik, where you’ll see a replica of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda. Enjoy a 'tuk tuk' ride, eat a local lunch, and visit a hill tribe village and bustling market before returning to northern Thailand to view the Hall of Opium. Round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle is included on this full-day tour from Chiang Rai.

Highlights

  • Private tour of the town Tachileik in Myanmar (Burma) and the Golden Triangle from Chiang Rai
  • See Burmese temples including the Temple of the Enrobed Elephant and a replica of Yangon’s famous Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Sample typical Burmese food in a local restaurant and shop for souvenirs in a bustling market on the northern Thai border
  • Visit the Golden Triangle and learn about its opium-producing history at the fascinating Hall of Opium
  • Enjoy traveling through the gorgeous scenery of northern Thailand by private vehicle with an experienced guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: A Glimpse of Myanmar and the Golden Triangle Trip from Chiang Rai

Private Tour: A Glimpse of Myanmar and the Golden Triangle Trip from Chiang Rai

When your private car picks you up from your Chiang Rai hotel you’re driven to the northern Thai border where you’re accompanied by your guide into Myanmar (formerly Burma). Once you cross into Tachileik a three-wheeled tuk tuk whisks you around for a sightseeing tour of several temples.

Stop at the gold-trimmed Temple of the Enrobed Elephant and learn about the intricate architectural design. Admire typical Burmese temple architecture at the Maha Muni pagoda before continuing on to a gilded stupa replica of Shwedagon Pagoda that showcases a large golden Buddha flanked by statue disciples.

Another cultural highlight is a visit to a Long-neck Karen Hill Tribe village, where you can purchase handicrafts made by local artisans; each sale provides income for the community. As you explore with your guide, please limit photos of local women, whose elongated necks — traditionally adorned in heavy brass coils — represent beauty and tribal identity.

Stop for a restaurant lunch of Burmese dishes, then browse goods at a market before returning across the border into the Golden Triangle. See where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet at the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers. On a visit to the Hall of Opium, learn about the region’s opium trade — now supplanted by tea production — with an alternate riverboat trip when the museum is closed on Mondays.

After your daylong private tour, you’re returned to your Chiang Rai hotel.

Customer Reviews

kimberly.irene

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

My friends and I had a wonderful time on our day trip to Myanmar and the Golden Triangle! We LOVED stopped at the tea plantation in Chiang Rai-- wow! It was beautiful and the tea and snack that we had were delicious. Our guide, I'm not sure how to spell his name but we pronounced it like Chucky he spoke great English and he was very knowledgeable about everything we did on our tour. Tip: Don't forget your immigration card when you bring your passport to cross the border into Myanmar- you will need that. We loved the food, the temples in Myanmar, the shopping, and the views were beautiful in the Golden Triangle. Our guide was great with photos and everything. Opium museum wasn't my favorite--- but I'm not really big into museums. I would highly recommend this private tour!!

Shannon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fun to cross the border into Myanmar and see the Golden Triangle! Really enjoyed our guide Tony, who was super informative and friendly. My favorite part was probably the visit to the long-neck women and other tribes. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. Can be muddy and a bit of uneven terrain.

chantal d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very informative, great guide and totally worth it!

Catriona M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was fantastic. Our guide was amazing and knew everything and anything about the tour and Thailand in general! The tour makes a lot of amazing stops, long neck hill tribe was fascinating, many interesting and beautiful temples in Myanmar, delicious lunch in Myanmae. Highly recommend

kirsten.hopkinson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This tour was fantastic!! It was myself, my partner and two friends and we all had an excellent time with our private tour guide! Tony was excellent and it was sad leaving him at the end of the day!
The visit to the Karen tribe was fantastic and not something we'd have been able to see if we didn't take the tour! The visit into Myanmar was great too - seeing all the beautiful temples!
If you do one tour in your time in Chiang Rai - make it this tour!

Jenny G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Best ever tour. Guide was fantastic and full of information.

Tom A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a great tour. Tony was a great guide and we saw and did everything as advertised. If you just want a quick trip to Myannmar, I highly recommend this tour.

Brad F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

A real treat. The tour provided a full day of sightseeing supported by a dedicated driver and a personal guide who was very approachable and spoke excellent English. Although the tour into Myanmar is limited to the border town of Tachileik, the visit provided a glimpse of the local culture including the contrasts and similarities of the neighbouring countries. The visit to the Golden Triangle at the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers provided a perspective on how the geography and politics have shapes the events of trade including elicit drugs. Although the information provided at the Opium Museum was informative, the facility and displays are rather dated and in need of a refit. We opted for the motor boat ride across the Mekong River to Laos where there are tourist shopping stalls and great views the area. Although it would have been nice to venture further into Laos, that is beyond the scope of this tour. This is an excellent 'taster' tour and one that left me wanting to explore the region further.

Patrick USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

Glenn W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

The guide and driver were excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable about the places we visited. The restaurant was very average compared to some other ones that we have been taken to on other tours. Overall a very enjoyable day. Would recommend this tour.

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