Doi Tung - Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens

Chiang Mai Minitrip 8

Chiang Mai Mini Trip 8: Fascinating Chiang Rai

3 days / 2 nights - private tour

The pleasant town of Chiang Rai is located in a province with spectacular green mountains and breathtaking panoramas and has developed into a popular holiday destination. This exotic border area, enclosed by Myanmar (Burma), Laos and the mighty Mekong River, is also known as the Golden Triangle. Formerly notorious for the opium culture, many development projects supported by the royal family can now be found here. With its location on the Mae Kok River, the historical sites from the former Lanna Kingdom, the lively night market, the pleasant climate and friendly population, Chiang Rai is for many an ideal starting point for tours through this beautiful area.

Included Highlights:

*Chiang Dao Caves *Boat trip on the Kok River *Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens *Golden Triangle *Wat Rong Khun *Phayao Lake

Day 1: Chiang Mai – Thaton – Chiang Rai (approx. 190 km)

From your hotel in Chiang Mai, drive to the Chiang Dao Caves. After lunch in Thaton, you will take a beautiful, approx. 3-hour trip by longtail boat on the Maekok River to Chiang Rai with stops en route with colorful ethnic minorities. You will stay two nights in Chiang Rai in a nice centrally located hotel.

Day 2: Chiang Rai – Doi Tung - Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai (approx. 160 km)

After breakfast you will visit the Wat Rong Sua Tan (the 'blue temple') in Chiang Rai. After a stop at a tea plantation, you will explore the Royal Project in the Doi Tung Mountains with the botanical gardens of the Royal Villa, the Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens. Afterwards you drive to Mae Sai on the border with Myanmar. After lunch you will visit the interesting House of Opium in the Golden Triangle. From the viewpoint you have a beautiful view of the mighty Mekong River and the mountain landscape behind it. After visiting the historic town of Chiang Saen, you will drive back to Chiang Rai.

Day 3: Chiang Rai – Phayao – Chiang Mai (approx. 180 km)

In the morning you will visit the famous Wat Rong Khun (the 'white temple'). At the large lake of Phayao we serve you a delicious cup of coffee or tea. On the way to Chiang Mai, make a stop at Than Thong waterfall and the Mae Ka Chan hot springs. Back in Chiang Mai you will be transferred to the hotel of your choice.

Included with us:

-2 nights accommodation

-meals: daily breakfast; lunch on day 1 and 2

-all described excursions with associated entrance fees (unless stated otherwise)

- transport by air-conditioned car or minivan with an expert driver

-Guidance during the trip by expert English-speaking local guide

Overnight Hotels

Place - Accommodations

2 x Chiang Rai - La Luna Hotel & Resort - 3.5 Stars (3.5/5)

Prices are per person and on request.

Chiang Dao Caves

Thaton - Maekok River

Tea plantation

Wat Rong Sua Tan

View of Golden Triangle

Wat Rong Khun

La Luna Hotel & Resort