Chiangdao Trek and Golden Triangle Tour .Trek to hill tribe villages; see the impressive Chiangdao mountain; visit the mystical Golden Triangle, the Burmese border and Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost point; experience it all in this well organized sightseeing tour.
DAY 1: TREKKING TO HILL TRIBE VILLAGE IN CHIANG DAO
Your guide will meet you at your hotel, then you’ll drive up north to Chiangdao area. You will make a stop at the Chiangdao Elephant camp nestled in lush jungle surroundings. Watch elephants bathing and demonstrating their skills. Proceed to the Chiangdao caves and Buddhist sanctuary, where we will have lunch at a local restaurant. Drive on to a village to begin our hike through jungle and limestone peaks eventually reaching a Palong village (hike 2 hours). We spend the night at the Padeng Lodge in Chiangdao, a basic but comfortable accommodation in the valley. An excellent Thai dinner is cooked at the lodge.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2: CHIANG DAO – THATON – CHIANG RAI
After breakfast we hike up a mountain for 1 hour to reach a small Karen settlement, where villagers look after elephants. From there, experience an elephant ride through the jungle, far away from usual tourist places. Soon, we’ll reach another village where our vehicle is waiting for us. After lunch, proceed by car to Chiang Rai, with a stop at Ban Thaton on the Maekok River, where, if timing allows, we can visit Wat Thaton Temple with a giant Buddha statue overlooking the valley. Then stop on the way in a Akha hill tribe village. Continue along the winding mountain road via Mae Chan and onto Chiang Rai town. Check-in into a city hotel. Dinner tonight is free at leisure as there is a wide choice of restaurants in Chiang Rai.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3: MAE SAI – THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE – CHIANG MAI
Head north to Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost point and an official Thai-Myanmar border crossing. Visit the bustling border market and optionally cross the border and visit the Burmese town of Thachilek (subject to border opening, border pass fees not included).After lunch in Mae Sai, drive to Chiang-Saen, the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Explore the famous “Golden Triangle”, the point where three borders meet: Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Visit the small “Suan Finn” Museum and the ancient temple on the hill overlooking the Mekong River. Return by road to Chiang Mai, arriving toward the end afternoon. Transfer to your hotel or airport.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Daily departure based on your inquiry
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- Transfers as mentioned above by private air conditioned car
- English speaking tour guide
- Accommodation one night in Chiang-dao at Padeng Lodge in private fan cooled room
- Accommodation one night in Chiang Rai, tourist class hotel, with air-cond and en suite bathrooms
- Meals as mentioned in program
- Elephant show, elephant riding, caves entrance fees
- Beverages, guide tips and personal expenses
- “Hall of Opium” museum entrance fees (optional visit, to be paid locally)
- Compulsory Gala Dinner at hotels (only during festive periods)