Day 1: CHIANG RAI
On arrival transfer to the hotel and
rest of the day at leisure. In the evening opportunity to visit
Chiang Rai's little and colourful night market.
Day 2: CHIANG RAI - THATON
First drive to the former royal town
of Chiang Saen. Here start for a short trip by speed boat on
the Mekong River to the Golden Triangle. On the way stop at a
Laotian river island. Go on to the border town of Mae Sai. An
optional tour to see Burmese border town of Tachilek can be arranged
(border pass available). Visit Thum Pla, a temple which is daily
inhabited by monkeys from the nearby mountain wilderness. Continue
through Maesalong mountain area, along many hill tribe villages
such as Lisu, Akha and Yao. Arrival at the riverside resort in
Thaton late afternoon.
Day 3: THATON - PAI
In the morning visit a remote Lahu hill
tribe village and Wat Thaton with its giant Buddha images and
great views to the valley of the Kok River. Further stops at
one of the rare Palong hill tribe village and a local market.
After lunch travel on some steep and winding roads along scenic
mountainous landscapes to Pai. On the way take a short walk to
some hot springs. Overnight at the resort, just outside the small
town of Pai..
Day 4: PAI - MAE HONG SORN
Drive on along wonderful mountain scenery
and small hill tribe villages (Lisu and Lahu). Passing the village of Soppong
and there visit the spectacular Thum Lod Cave. Continue through
the mountain wilderness, then head for a side trip to Phasua
waterfall and a Paduang "longneck" village in the Burmese
border area. Overnight at a resort just outside the small town
of Mae Hong Son.
Day 5: MAE HONG SORN
In the morning start for a trip on the
Pai River by long tail boat or bamboo raft (you have the choice!)
and then enjoy a one hour ride on an elephant back through the
surrounding jungle. After lunch take a tour in the town of Mae
Hong Sorn and visit two picturesque Shan temples, Wat Jong Klang
at the city lake and Wat Doi Kong Mu above the town. Late afternoon
take a short flight to Chiang Mai and transfer to a hotel in
the city center.
Day 6: CHIANG MAI
Tour in- and around the northern capital
includes a tour in the old part of the city, beautiful Haripunchai
temple in nearby Lamphun province as well as some of the well
known handicraft factories, such as silver- and lacquer ware,
sa paper umbrella making/painting etc (just visit the ones in
which you are interested). Overnight again in Chiang Mai.
Day 7: CHIANG MAI
Day at leisure until transfer to the
airport........or extend your stay.
More information or booking of this tour!
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Air-conditioned transportation during
the tour, English speaking tour guide, all transfers and excursions
as mentioned in the above itinerary, accommodation in middle-
and upper class hotels/resorts, entrance fees, half board (daily
breakfast, lunch during tours), air ticket Mae Hong Sorn -
All meals not mentioned in the above
itinerary, drinks, tips and personal expenses
This itinerary possible vice versa with
start in Chiang Mai and finish in Chiang Rai. Also possible to
spend one more night in Mae Hong Sorn. In that case one night
less in Chiang Mai and less sightseeing there.