This is a captivating 6-day tour through the cultural and natural wonders of Northern Thailand. From the soothing Mae Kajan Hot Springs to iconic temples like Wat Chiang Man and Wat Phra Singh, immerse yourself in the region's rich history and spiritual charm. Visit Chiang Saen at the Golden Triangle where three countries converge and delight in a Yunnan-style lunch at Mae Salong Villa. Discover the Elephant Poopoo Paper Park's eco-friendly attraction, and unwind at Cheevit Tammada coffee house. A visit to an orchid farm and the artistic Baan Dam Black House complete this unforgettable journey.
Welcome to Chiang Mai!
Monday. Welcome to Chiang Mai, a city in Thailand known for its rich culture, ancient temples and beautiful natural surroundings. From the iconic Doi Suthep Temple to the bustling Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai offers traditional charm, delicious Northern Thai cuisine, and a wide range of activities to make your stay memorable.
Arriving at Chiang Mai Airport, you'll be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city. Why not try some tasty street food or take a thrilling tuk tuk ride?
Overnight: Chiang Mai
The Golden Triangle
Chiang Mai - Chiang Saen. Today's journey takes us to Chiang Rai, a picturesque destination in Northern Thailand. Our first stop is at the rejuvenating Mae Kajan Hot Springs. Next, we visit Wat Rong Khun or 'White Temple,' a mesmerizing art exhibit.
After lunch, we continue to Chiang Saen, a Lanna-era capital situated on the Mekong River. It is here that the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge.
We will continue on and explore the picturesque Wat Phra Dhat Jom Kitti, before taking a boat to the Golden Triangle for views of Myanmar and Laos.
Overnight: Chiang Saen | Breakfast, Lunch
Chinese Temples & Coffee House
Chaing Saen - Chiang Rai. Our adventure continues as we head to Mae Sai, the northernmost Thai town, situated on the Myanmar border. Here, we'll explore the local market, as well as the Fish and Monkey cave.
We then journey to Doi Mae Salong, a breathtaking area perched 1,800 meters above sea level. The area features lush tea plantations, Chinese temples and unique ethnic tribes. We'll enjoy a Yunnan-style lunch at Mae Salong Villa, surrounded by striking mountain and valley vistas.
Afterwards, we drive towards Chiang Rai with a visit to 'Baan Dam' Black House along the way. This remarkable structure, created by local Thai artist Tawan Duchanee, is a fusion of an art studio, museum, and home.
To end the day, we will visit the relaxing Cheevit Tammada, a quaint coffee house near the Kok River, before arriving in Chiang Rai where we will spend the night.
Overnight: Chiang Rai | Breakfast, Lunch
Kok River Boat Ride & Mae Rim
Chiang Rai - Mae Rim. Today begins with a 3-hour long-tail boat ride up the scenic Kok River. Along the way, we'll pass tiny hill tribe villages and dense jungles.
After lunch, we will visit Wat Thatorn, a large and remarkable temple complex near the Myanmar border. Here, we can enjoy magnificent views over the surrounding rural area.
Our journey then takes us towards Mae Rim, with scenic stops in Fang and Chiang Dao. These charming destinations offer glimpses of authentic local life and showcase the natural wonders of Northern Thailand. Finally, we'll arrive in Mae Rim, where we will spend the night.
Overnight: Mae Rim | Breakfast, Lunch
Orchids, Elephant Waste & Palace Museum
Mae Rim - Chiang Mai. Start the day off fresh, with a visit to an orchid farm. Enjoy the vibrant colors and varied species of flowers that thrive in Thailand.
We will then drive to the Elephant Poopoo Paper Park, a unique and eco-friendly attraction where you will discover the fascinating process of making paper products from elephant waste.
Next, we head to the Dara Pirom Palace Museum, an elegant property that once belonged to one of King Rama V's royal consorts. The building has been transformed into a museum exhibiting palace decor, and Chiang Mai's rich culture and history.
We finish up the day with a visit to a handicraft enclave, where you can witness the intricate craftsmanship involved in creating lacquerware, weaving Thai Silk, and making paper umbrellas.
Overnight: Chiang Mai | Breakfast, Lunch
Saturday. As our journey comes to a close, immerse yourself in the ancient history of Chiang Mai with visits to some of its most iconic temples including the oldest temple in Chiang Mai - Wat Chiang Man, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Suan Dok and Wat Doi Suthep which sits at an elevation of 1,676 atop a mountain.
After lunch we'll be dropped at Chiang Mai airport where our tour will conclude. Want to stay longer? We have post tour accommodation available to be booked.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All departure dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room. We also offer a triple share option on this tour, please contact us for details.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Rimping Village Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
Nestled along the Ping River's eastern banks, Rimping Village stands as an intimate boutique hotel where history and design converge. Constructed in harmony with its surroundings and paying homage to the area's trading post legacy, this hotel seamlessly blends local architectural elements, such as Lanna-style doors and authentic roofs, into its aesthetic. With 34 comfortable rooms and a host of modern amenities, including cable TV and a minibar, Rimping Village offers a peaceful retreat just a short walk from Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and Wat Gate Temple. The property offers an outdoor pool, terrace, and onsite restaurant serving healthy local dishes.
Centara Riverside Hotel Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
Overlooking the serene Mae Ping River and the majestic Doi Suthep Mountain, Centara Riverside Hotel in Chiang Mai is located a short drive from the city's vibrant Night Bazaar and revered temples. With spacious rooms featuring modern amenities and a variety of dining options, including River Terrace and China Palace, guests can savor delectable Thai and international cuisine. The hotel also boasts an outdoor pool for relaxation, a sauna and fitness center for rejuvenation, and convenient access to Chiang Mai's attractions, making it a perfect blend of comfort and convenience for a memorable stay.
Tamarind Village, Chiang Mai
Tamarind Village is a boutique hotel, drawing inspiration from local history and culture. Seamlessly blending design, service, and comfort, the hotel offers a tranquil escape complimented by genuine hospitality and meticulous attention to detail. Surrounded by ancient temples and charming shopping streets, the hotel takes its name from a majestic 200-year-old tamarind tree that envelops the property. With comfortable rooms, an outdoor pool, spa, and poolside restaurant, Tamarind Village seamlessly merges relaxation and adventure. The hotel offers activities like Thai cooking classes, and its central location allows easy exploration of Chiang Mai's vibrant attractions.
The Rim Resort Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The Rim Resort in Chiang Mai blends the allure of Colonial Thai Lue-inspired designs with the spirit of local heritage. The resort introduces a devoted butler service catering to personalized needs, elevating the guest experience. Showcasing Colonial Lanna architecture intertwined with the beauty of northern Thai landscapes and craftsmanship, the resort offers 36 guestrooms, each adorned with private balconies and contemporary amenities. Complemented by an outdoor pool, onsite restaurant, and free Wi-Fi, the resort guarantees a memorable stay.
The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort, Chiang Saen
Nestled amidst the stunning Northern Mountains and surrounded by the Mekong and Ruak Rivers, The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort in Chiang Saen occupies a unique location where Thailand's borders converge with Laos and Myanmar. With 73 rooms, the resort offers captivating vistas of this picturesque mountainous area. The resort features an outdoor pool, restaurant, and offers various facilities, making it an ideal retreat. Each room boasts traditional teak furniture and a private balcony. The Border View Restaurant offers northern Thai and international cuisine, while the Karaoke lounge and lobby provide drinks and entertainment.
The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort, Chiang Rai
The Legend Chiang Rai is a captivating riverside resort that offers delightful dining venues, a refreshing pool, a herbal spa for rejuvenation, and a fitness center. Wander through serene pathways, encounter lotus-filled ponds, and explore the vibrant gardens. The hotel offers spacious studios and villas which are thoughtfully designed, showcasing luxurious furnishings and distinctive tropical-inspired bathrooms. The opulence extends to outstanding facilities, including an infinity pool that overlooks the river, an outdoor Spa, and the Sala Rim Nam Thai restaurant, where you can savor Thai and Western cuisine.
Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, Mae Rim
Set within the spectacular mountains and rice fields of Mae Rim, the Hmong Lodge offers guests a unique opportunity to experience traditional Hmong culture amidst striking natural beauty. Conveniently located just an hours drive from Chiang Mai, The Hmong Lodge offers travellers the perfect balance of style and comfort and offers them the chance to meet and learn about nearby tribal communities. The comfortable guest rooms are beautifully crafted from wood and have a splash of colour added with the Hmong quilts. The lodge features an outdoor pool, spa and open-air restaurant. Days can be spent with local tribes and exploring the stunning surrounding landscapes while evenings at the lodge can be filled with a barbecue and al fresco dining followed by traditional Hmong performances including dancing.