Chiang Rai is a quaint 13th century town, surrounded by two mountain peaks, Doi Mae Salong and Doi Tung. It’s also the location of the Thai side of the famous Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand converge at the mighty Mae Khong River. This rustic location is dotted with little hamlets where the famous hill tribes of Thailand reside in traditional bambo houses, each with their own individual character. The town holds several significant Buddhist shrines and ancient ruins of early settlements. The scenic landscape is ideal for trekking through the mountains of the north, and for boat rides on Kok River and Mekong River.
Recommended Thailand Tours
Places: Hanoi (2 days) → Halong Bay (1) → Hué (3) → Hoi An (2) → Can Tho (2) → Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon (2) → Siem Reap (3) → Champasak (3) → Luang Prabang (3) → Luang Prabang / Mekong (1) → Chiang Rai (2) → Chiang Mai (2) → Mandalay (2) → Bagan (2) → Inle Lake (3) → Yangon (2)
Tour Highlights: Colonial Buildings, Water Puppet Show, Cyclo Ride, Hanoian Culture, Ancient Architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Site...
Chiang Rai boasts a fascinating architectural history – a mix of Thai and Burmese styles. Visit the ancient temple of Wat Phra Kae, original home of the Emerald Buddha
Experience the Golden Triangle, renowned for being at the heart of the Asian opium trade and where local ethnic peoples converge on this half day trip. Discover the bustling trading town of Mae Sai that sits on the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Visit Chiang Saen, a fascinating ancient kingdom that sits on the steep banks of the Mekong river, boasting magnificent ruins and temples. Finish your trip with a fresh perspective as you cruise on a long-tail boat on the majestic Mekong.
Trekking Tour around Chiang Rai
Discover the spirit of Chiang Rai with this special trekking experience. Begin your full day excursion with a long-tail boat experience where you will cruise on the Kok river to Baan Huay Mak Leam. Your trek commences through the hilly jungle where you will come across the Akha, Lahu and Karen hill tribe villages. En route, unwind at a natural hot spring as you bathe in the warm mineral water followed by a picnic lunch. Hear the sound of water crashing on rocks for several hundred meters until you reach the magnificent 30 meter high Huay Kaew waterfall.
Visit the Hill Tribes of The Golden Traingle
Visit traditional Akha and Yao hill tribe villages
Doi Tung Botanical Gardens
Enjoy a trip to Doi Tung, the highest peak on the Thai-Burmese border. Here, visit Lahu and Akha hill tribe villages. Witness the development project that encourages farmers to use sustainable agricultural practices and focuses on eradicating the cultivation of opium. At the top of the peak the Wat Phra Doi Tung temple awaits with wonderful views paddy fields. Discover the botanical gardens of Mae Fah Luang where year round cool climate allows pretty flowers to blossom. Continue onwards to the Royal Handicraft Center where you can observe mulberry paper making, pottery and weaving. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Mae Sai on the Thai-Burmese border where you can visit a bustling local market. From here, you can head to the Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet. Reach your final destination, the ancient kingdom of Chiang Saen that sits on the steep banks of Mekong River and boasts historic ruins and temples.
Day Trip To Myanmar
Head to the bustling trading town of Mae Sai, situated at the northernmost borders of Thailand and Myanmar. Cross the Sai River into Thachilek in Myanmar where you can witness local village life. A rickshaw ride allows you to explore the lanes, side streets and Shan style temple of the town. Before you settle down to lunch at a local restaurant, visit the market with its products from Southern China, Myanmar and Laos. Head onwards to the infamous Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet and enjoy a long-tail boat cruise on the mighty Mekong. Finish your day trip visiting some magnificent ancient ruins and temples.