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Explore the North

7 days fr £817pp

Chiang Mai • Mae Hong Son • Chiang Rai • Golden Triangle

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Standard fr £817pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 01/04/2019 - 31/10/2019
Also included:
  • 6 nights accommodation including breakfast
  • 6 lunches
  • Transfers by private AC vehicle
  • English speaking local guide, entrance fees
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • International Flights
Overview
Northern Thailand is a tourists' dream with so much to see and do and so many fascinating places to explore. On this tour, which begins in Chiang Mai, known as the 'rose of the north', and ends in Chiang Rai, you will meet the local people and discover their way of life and taste their sensational foods as you travel around the country's Golden Triangle discovering why Thailand is called the Land of Smiles.
Day 1
Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son
Your tour begins with an eight hour drive from Chiang Mai along a winding road through spectacular jungled mountains, via the Pai Valley, to Mae Hong Son province. Stops along the way included an Orchid Farm and lunch is at a restaurant in Pai. You also stop to visit Fish Cave where large fresh water fish live in a mountainside pool. Then check in to the luxurious Imperial Resort at Mae Hong Son where you stay for the next two nights.
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Day 2
Mae Hong Son
After breakfast today you begin with a visit to the “Long Neck” Karen Padaung Village, where the women wear brass winding rings on their necks. Being a conservative tribal village means that they can keep and prolong their unique culture and tradition. Lunch is included before taking a boat trip on the picturesque Pai River, before beginning the one hour drive back to your resort hotel at Mae Hong Son where you can relax and enjoy all the facilities.
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Day 3
Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai
Today you visit the early morning fresh market and see the traditional Buddhist offering. Then go on a sightseeing trip around some Burmese temples on the lakeside, Wat Nong Jong Kam and Wat Jong Klang before driving up to visit Wat Phra Dhat Doi Kongmoo on the mountain top where you have breathtaking views of this sleepy town. After lunch, drive for six hours through the colourful countryside back to Chiang Mai and check in to your hotel in Thailand's second largest city.
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Day 4
Chiang Mai
A full day to enjoy the delights of Chiang Mai and in the morning, it will be your turn to work! Climb 290 steps to visit the Hilltop Temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep which offers spectacular views of the Chiang Mai area. Lunch will be at a local restaurant before continuing to the district of Sankampaeng, home to Chiang Mai's famous handicraft industries. In the evening there's an optional Kantoke dinner with Northern style dancing performance.
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Day 5
Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
You leave Chiang Mai this morning and begin the three hour drive north to Chiang Rai through mountain scenery via Mae Ka Chan, which is famous for its hot spring. You arrive at Chiang Rai around noon and have lunch. Then you are taken by 'pick-up' truck to climb the narrow mountain roads and enjoy great views from Doi Mae Salong, a Chinese settlement founded by Kuomintang soldiers. Stops are included at Akha and Yao Hill tribe villages.
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Day 6
Golden Triangle
Start today by driving to Mae Sai, Thailand's northernmost town on the border with Burma. Next visit the renowned Golden Triangle where you can stand on the hilltop and enjoy views over Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and the mighty Mekong River. Then drive along the Mekong River to Chiang Saen, where evidence of the original 13th century city can still be seen. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Today you also have the chance to cross the border into Burma or take a boat trip on the river.
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Day 7
Depart Chiang Rai
Today your exciting exploration of the north of Thailand comes to an end when you are picked up from your hotel in Chiang Rai and taken to the airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey back home. You can always extend your holiday by flying back to the capital city Bangkok and seeing the sights or heading to one of the country's beach resorts or islands to soak up the sun and reflect on your adventures.
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