Day 1: Chiang Mai - Ban Thaton
In the morning pick up from the airport
or hotel. Drive to the north for a visit to an elephant camp
to observe demonstrations of elephants working, hauling logs
and taking a bath. An optional elephant ride and a lazy trip
down the river on a bamboo raft can be arranged. Then continue
to see Chiang Dao cave and temple. On the way do a side trip
to one of the rare Palong hill tribe villages. Further north
in Ban Thaton visit Wat Thaton, which is dominated by giant Buddha
images that overlook the Mae Kok Valley as well as the Burmese
mountain wilderness.. Overnight at a resort on the banks of the
Day 2: Ban Thaton - Chiang Rai
First travel up to Doi Maesalong, a
mountain village of ex Kuomintan (renegade Chinese army of 1949)
with a big local market and a wide array of items (most of them
from China). On the way passing through various hill tribe villages
like Lisu, Akha and Yao. Descent down winding and scenic roads
to the monkey temple of Thum Pla. Finally arrive in Mae Sai,
the border- and market town. An optional side trip to the Burmese
border town of Tachilek can be arranged (border pass available).
Later continue to the Golden Triangle at the mighty Mekong River,
where you can enjoy a boat ride to Chiang Saen. On the way stop
at the Laotian river island of Don Sao. Then travel on to Chiang
Rai for overnight.
Day 3: Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai
In the morning travel back to Chiang
Mai via Mae Suay and Mae Kachan. On the way visit a local market
with some hot springs. Arrive in Chiang Mai early afternoon.
There is some time left for some sightseeing in the northern
capital. End of the tour. Transfer to the hotel or airport, depends
on your further itinerary
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, entrance fees, accommodation
at middle- and upper middle class hotels/resorts, half board
(daily breakfast and lunch during tours).
All drinks, tips and personal expenses
On the second day a 3-4 hours boat
trip on the scenic Kok River between Thaton and Chiang Rai can
be included. If you wish to do so, please let us know at the
time of booking.
For a surcharge the two deluxe class
resorts of Amari Angkhang Royal Resort at Doi Ankhang (near Fang/Thaton)
and the Dusit Island Hotel in Chiang Rai can be included in this
itinerary as well.