Explore Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong By Boat

Explore Chiang Saen
and Chiang Khong By Boat

Towns such as Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong strengthen the beauty of the Golden Triangle area
where ethnic minorities have settled down for generations, passing on their traditions
and cultural values. This full-day encompasses just that in all its glory.

WHY THIS TOUR?

A cornucopia of excursion opportunities awaits once you plan your itinerary for Chiang Rai province exploration, and this full-day tour is merely one of the examples of the variety of opportunities for journeying the Golden Triangle area. With the charm of the mountains, which is home to various ethnic minorities, access to this playground for Thailand explorers does not only encompass seeing three countries coming together at the point where the Mekong and the Ruak River meet.

Once the centre of the Lanna Kingdom, towns such as Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong tell their own story about the province. It is a day filled with panoramic views and local encounters with the hospitable people with the Mighty Mekong taking a lead role in guiding through and along with one of Thailand’s most cherished parts in the north.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Explore Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong By Boat

08:30 - 16:30

Within easy reach of your Chiang Rai hotel, the morning starts with a leisurely drive, accompanied by your English speaking guide and driver, to the actual Golden Triangle. Stories aplenty about the importance of this region when poppy and opium trade ruled the nation with numerous routes through and along the mountains in and out the surrounding countries formed the backbone of local ‘trading’. These days of a bygone era now make way for a more traditional and authentic visit, with trading going more toward sustainable practices and preserving handicraft.

Boarding local boats nearby the Golden Triangle, we move downstream to Chiang Saen, the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom and now home to a few traditional hill tribe villages, specializing in weaving. Small settlements such as Baan Had Pai and A Tai Leu, with a strong affinity to the Lahu, will be visited before moving on to Chiang Khong.

Before venturing into and outside the Chiang Khong town borders, lunch will be served at a local restaurant in town. Aside from being the homestead of local fisherman eager to catch Mekong catfish, Chiang Khong is an important market town for local hill tribes and the centre for trade with neighbouring Laos. We, however, drive up to one of the highest points in the area to a small White Hmong settlement, called Baan Kiew Karn. Besides seeing how this hill tribe lives, it primarily is visited for its stunning views over the region. Landscape photographers will love the area with its panoramic views over the Mekong and Chiang Khong.

After this visit, we make our way back to Chiang Rai, where we expect to reach your accommodation at around 4.30 pm.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • One way boat trip from Golden Triangle to Chiang Saen
  • Lunch at a local restaurant (food only)
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Rai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Fang, Thaton, Chiang Saen, Chiang Khong, Mae Sai, any surrounding mountain resort outside the Chiang Rai city borders and Chiang Rai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • This excursion includes obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users.
  • The obstacles comprise of unpaved roads, small boats and cruise embarkation and disembarkation and insufficient facilities to provide a comfortable sightseeing tour.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Sand and water have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes.
  • Due to time constraints, border crossings into Laos and Myanmar are not included in this program.

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