Chiang Mai & the Golden Triangle
Day 1 Chiang Mai (1D)
Arrive in Chiang Mai aiport by mid afternoon (before 4pm), where you will meet your transfer service to the hotel. This afternoon at 6pm you will meet your local guide who will explain the next few days in more detail. After meeting with the guide you will enjoy a traditional khantoke dinner and show by the local hilltribes. If you arrive early you will have time to relax and explore Chiang Mai. Surrounded by rolling hills, Chiang Mai is the cultural center of Thailand. Enclosed by a moat and crumbling walls, the old city features great cafes, shops and over 300 temples. All rooms are double / twin share with an attached ensuite bathroom.
Day 2 Chiang Mai (1B)
In the morning you will meet at your hotel for a private sightseeing tour to visit Chiang Mai's most famous temple, Wat Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains. The temples Golden Pagoda contains Buddha relics and offers exhilarating views over Chiang Mai. In your free time try your hand at one of the many optional activities on offer. Many visitors come here to attend cooking courses, massage classes or yoga lessons. It is also a mecca of handicraft production, with a long history of silverwork, woodcarving, pottery-making and weaving. Opt to cruise down a stream on a bamboo raft. The fun does not end when the sun goes down, as the night bazaaar opens. The bazaar is a series of covered markets, shops and stalls that offer the best selection of handicrafts in Thailand. You can ask your local guide to help you organize any of these activities. Approx Travel Time: Chiang Mai to Doi Suthep Temple: 45 minutes each way.
Day 3 Chiang Rai (1B,1L)
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and travel by private van through the Thai countryside to Chiang Rai. On the way you will stop at an elephant camp to learn about these majestic creatures, see them take a bath and opt to feed them. After lunch you cruise downstream on the Mae Kok river to the village of Ban Mai Mok Jam. You continue your journey north to Chiang Rai with one more stop at a hilltribe village where you can explore this unique way of life. Approx Travel Time: The sum of our driving today totals approximately 4.5 hours, but this is broken up into smaller segments. Timing largely depends on traffic leaving Chiang Mai.
Day 4 Golden Triangle. (1B,1L)
After breakfast enjoy a private drive to the Golden Triangle - Mae Sai, the northernmost town in Thailand, which sits on the Burmese border. Stop off at a Jade factory, a colourful market, Fish Cave and Monkey Cave along the way. You will also visit the local hill tribes before heading back to Chiang Mai. You return to Chiang Mai to stay in the same hotel that your journey began in. Comfortably equipped and well situated, this is a great point to branch out and explore the night markets, flower markets and handicraft shops that Chiang Mai is famous more. Approx Travel Time: Our total travel time today is approximately 6 hours, but once again this is broken up into smaller sections to ensure your journey is more comfortable. Timing is largely dependent on the traffic re-entering Chiang Mai.
Day 5 Chiang Mai (1B)
You are free to depart at any time, included departure transfer. Please note hotel check out is 12pm.