Day 1: Chiang Mai - Thaton
Pick up from the airport or hotel. Depart
Chiang Mai and travel out towards north. Have a first stop at
a local market in the country side. Drive on some back roads
to visit one of the rare Palong hill tribe villages and a cave
temple. Another short stop will follow at a rice mill. Just a
bit above Thaton enjoy the great views to the Burmese mountain
wilderness and the Mae Kok Valley from Wat Thaton and its giant
Buddha images. Overnight at a resort on the river bank.
Day 2: Thaton - Lahu Lodge
Time for a morning walk through the
village. Then depart Thaton and travel to a riverside Shan village.
The women of this village are well known for their skills in
weaving. Here you will board the bamboo raft for a lazy trip
down river. On route you have the possibility to do short walks
and visit some of the villages. Late afternoon arrival at the
Lahu Lodge. Very simple, but clean accommodation. Enjoy the evening
at the Lahu village and get in touch with these friendly hill
Day 3: Lahu Lodge - Chiang Rai
Continue downriver and stop briefly
at some hot springs before arriving at a riverside elephant camp.
After lunch set off for a one hour elephant safari. Then transfer
by car to Chiang Rai , where you will check in at hotel for overnight.
In the evening time to explore Chiang Rai's little night bazaar.
Day 4 Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai
Early morning drive for about one hour
to the former royal town of Chiang Saen and enjoy a short boat
trip on the mighty Mekong River to the Laotian river island of
Koh Don Sao and further to the Golden Triangle, where the borders
of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) meet. Visit the Opium Museum.
Travel to the border- and market town of Mae Sai and explore
the bustling market. Optional side trip to Burmese border town
of Tachilek can be arranged (border pass available). In the afternoon
drive back to Chiang Mai with some stops on the way. Transfer
to your chosen hotel or airport, depend on your further program.
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 2 nights at
very good middle class hotels and resorts, 1 night simple but
clean bamboo hut at Lahu hill tribe village, entrance fees, half
board (breakfast and lunch during tours), 1 dinner at Lahu Lodge.
All drinks, tips and personal expenses
This itinerary can be done without
the tour on the last day. In this case end of the tour on evening
day 3 with connecting flights to Chiang Mai or Bangkok available,
or just overnight in Chiang Rai and depart the next day.
On Day 2 and/or Day 3 possibility
to travel by motorized long tail boat instead of the bamboo raft.
In that case, please let us know at the time of booking this