Discover a land steeped in culture, nature and history with this Golden Triangle day trip. Cruise the Mekong River where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand converge and learn about the past when opium was illegally traded across the same waters.  Meet unique ethnic groups and soak up the mountain scenery along the way.

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Hilltribes & Boat Trip on Mekong River (Pick up in City) - Full Day

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You will be picked up at 08:30. Get an in-depth look at the many wonders of the historic region with this Golden Triangle day trip. Depart from Chiang Rai after breakfast and drive north through spectacular landscapes toward the northern border with Myanmar.

Not long after leaving the city, arrive in Mae Chan. Visit villages inhabited by the Yao and Akha hilltribes, getting a close look at their unique cultures and traditions. This region of Southeast Asia is a melting pot of ethnic groups and Mae Chan is the perfect example of this cultural mélange.

Continue venturing further into the hills to Mae Sai, the northernmost border between Thailand and Myanmar. Take a stroll through the bustling marketplace, hearing bits of Myanmar language spoken as people buy and sell their wares. With the taste buds tantalized from seeing mouth-watering snacks for sale at the market, it is time to refuel with lunch at a local restaurant.

This afternoon the adventure continues, driving north to the Golden Triangle area where the Mekong River joins the Ruak River. It is here that the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge and form a triangle. Get a closer look with a ride in a Longtail Boat. Cruise the waterways, enjoying the passing scenery and having the unique opportunity to be near three countries at once.

Return to land and discover a more infamous side of the Golden Triangle at the Opium Museum. Learn how the region was once a hub of opium trade and the ways in which it …

Before returning to Chiang Rai make one last stop at the old city of Chiang Saen on the banks of the Mekong. Established in 1260, this remarkable old city has well-preserved ancient ruins and temples to explore.

After this culture and history-fueled Golden Triangle day trip, return to Chiang Rai full of fabulous memories of the region.  (L)


Our Services include:

  • English speaking local guide
  • Tours and transfers by private Air-Conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch

Our Services do not include:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tips, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Any service not mentioned above

- Children between 2 and 11 years at the time of travel will receive a 10% discount.

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