Thailand’s Golden Triangle and Village Life

Thailand’s Golden Triangle
and Village Life

The Golden Triangle’s interest may have changed, as visitors now want to explore the convergence
of three countries along the Mekong. Combined with Chiang Saen’s historical charm and
hill tribe settlements, a beautiful half-day touring is guaranteed.

WHY THIS TOUR?

No visit to Chiang Rai is complete without making your way into the Golden Triangle, once one of Thailand’s most infamous regions for trading drugs and opiates. Nowadays, this acclaimed part of Northern Thailand is primarily visited for boat tours along with the Thai, Laotian and Burmese border, with scenic views over the surrounding mountains.

Just a mere 9 kilometres north of the riverside settlement Chiang Saen and with excellent connections from Chiang Rai, the region has undergone a substantial transformation over the past decades where designated pieces of land now make way for agriculture. It will be the Golden Triangle itself that will catch your attention from the moment you see the large Golden Buddha statue appear at the end of the horizon.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Thailand’s Golden Triangle and Village Life

18:00 - 20:30

Your English-speaking guide and driver will be waiting at your hotel before heading out toward Chiang Saen. Before reaching this charming town along the Mekong, we make a stop at one of the last White Hmong settlements still present in this part of the country. Baan Kiew Karn is a small settlement on top of a mountain where generation-long cherished traditions remain a part of life. Besides meeting a local hill tribe, you will thoroughly enjoy the scenic countryside that leads to Chiang Saen, formerly known as Wiang Hiran Nakhon Ngoen Yang when it served as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom.

It is here where we embark into a long tail boat for an upstream sailing trip towards the actual Golden Triangle area. With Laos on starboard and Thailand on the port side, you will be sailing on the border between both nations! You will disembark right before where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar converge. Once the playing grounds of drug lords and smugglers, nowadays the atmosphere is quite different: from local vendors selling souvenirs and handicraft, visitors will be guided up to the Wat Pra That Phu Kao, the famous viewpoint overlooking the three nations with the Mekong River playing a central role. Ample time will be given to shop around for souvenirs or locally-produced knick-knacks as a reminder to your visit to the Thailand side of the Golden Triangle.

On the way back to Chiang Rai, we follow the path along the Mekong River, still favoured by many for its varied scenery and sense of remoteness in making the Golden Triangle and the idyllic towns along the Mekong River an enjoyable destination. We end our half-day tour with a short stop at Ban Sob Ruak, situated along the Mekong River before we reach Chiang Rai.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-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 Chiang Saen to the Golden Triangle
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It is of the greatest importance to follow the guide’s instructions during this event in paying respect to the local customs.
  • This includes approaching the monks, taking photographs and obeying the unwritten rules and regulations of this deeply-spiritual encounter.
  • 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.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is 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.

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