Bangkok, Golden Triangle Thailand
Upon arrival in Bangkok, transfer to your hotel. This evening enjoy a sunset boat cruise on the Chao Phra River. (If arriving from US, the cruise will be next night.)
Full day of sightseeing in Bangkok by its waterways. You’ll travel by the river and canals to the Grand Place, where you’ll spend the morning exploring before most of the crowds arrive. Your private tour will include the magnificent royal chapel of Wat Phra Kaeo which houses the most sacred Buddha image in all of Thailand. Next to the Grand Palace is Wat Po, one of Bangkok’s oldest and largest temples. The temple houses the gigantic gold-plated Reclining Buddha and is the headquarters for the Traditional Medicine Practitioners of Bangkok. A traditional Thai-style massage will be available if you wish. Next, you’ll visit Wat Arun and then enjoy lunch at a canal side Thai restaurant. This afternoon you’ll wander the streets of Chinatown, and take some time to wander through the Pak Klong Dalat Produce Market with its mountains of flowers and vegetables. Also visit Jim Thompson’s House and Museum. This classic Thai Style Teak Villa is surrounded by immaculate gardens and houses Thailand’s largest private art collection. Evening at your leisure.
Transfer to the airport for flight to Chiang Rai. Met upon arrival at Chiang Rai Airport and drive to Chiang Saen, have lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Mekong River and Laos across the river. This afternoon visit the old city of Chiang Saen, its ancient city walls, the museum and the Chedi Luang. Afterwards visit Wat Pha Ngao, a forest temple, brewing its own herbal tea, which you are free to sample. View the Mekong River from Wat Chom Kitti before transferring to your resort.
Full day tour of the Golden Triangle, a spectacular area near the borders of Thailand, Laos and Burma. Start with a drive to Mae Sai and continue to Doi Mae Salong. Mae Sai is the northernmost point in Thailand, and one of the few official land crossings open between Myanmar and Thailand. Its history holds an image of a town full of opium smugglers and renegade bandits; however, this overgrown village now stands at the crossroads where Thai meets Burmese culture. If you want, you can enter Burma here by walking across the border. Mae Sai is also famous for its jade-cutting factories. Be sure to have a peek. Doi Mae Salong is unlike any other town in Thailand. Visit Santikhiri, an ethnic Chinese community on Doi Mae Salong. These Chinese Khoumintang immigrated and built this community in the 1950’s to escape Maoist China.On a clear day the views from Doi Mae Salong are simply stunning! The combination of pack horses, hill tribes (Akha, Lisu, Mien, Hmong) and southern Chinese-style houses conjures up images of a small town or village in Yunnan Province in China. Doi Tung, a mountain with spectacular views on the surrounding countryside. Visit the impressive Mae Fah Luang flower garden next to the Royal Villa. Also visit Wat Prathat Doi Tung, a small version of Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep temple. Return to your hotel this afternoon. Overnight in Chiang Rai.
Long Boat & Elephant Trek to visit Hill Tribes. Transfer to the long tail boat pier. Cruise down the Mae Kok River, a visual treat with unusual sights on both sides. You arrive at the Karen hill tribe village and the elephant camp. Historically Karen have always been elephant keeper and trainers. After a brief walk-about, enjoy your ride through the jungle, passing through paddy fields and rivers. You ride to the Yao Hill tribe Village for lunch. Next you will be taken to visit the Yao and Akha Hilltribes. They all have their own culture & custom. Hike up to the waterfall. If you like, You can take a dip. On the way home, You will stop by the Chiang Rai Handicraft Center After lunch board a boat at the Lahu village of Pha Tai for a trip over the Maekok River back to Chiang Rai. From here transfer back to your hotel.
Today enjoy at your leisure.
This morning is at your leisure before your transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok.