Day 1: Bangkok - Chiang Rai - Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai (no meals)
Morning flight to Chiang Rai. Upon arrival in Chiang Rai in the morning and continue from there to the Golden Triangle, to Chiang Saen, which is about 60 km from Chiang Rai - a small town on the bank of the Mekong River. The ruins of the earthen city walls and temples that scattered throughout the town are existing proofs of the Chiang Sean kingdom and thus are worth visiting especially for those interested in history. After lunch you start your sightseeing with the
Chiang Saen National Museum which is located near the old city walls, is famous for its invaluable Buddha images and arte facts of the Chiang Saen Kingdom which flourished in the 11th and 12th centuries.
Wat Phra That Chedi Luang is located next to the museum, this ancient temple features the tallest pagoda in Chiang Rai. The 88-metre high brick pagoda is in the bell shape of the classic Lanna style.
Wat Pa Sak, located outside the city walls, this temple remains with ornamental stucco motifs is regarded as one of the most beautiful examples of Lanna architecture
Continue to the Golden Triangle which is 9 km to the north of Chiang Saen county. It's the world-famous place where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. You can stand at the very point where the Ruak River from Myanmar flows into the Mekong, to take a fine view of the rice fields and the distant mountains. In the later afternoon back to Chiang Rai. (Drive is 1 ½ hrs each way)
Please note: Chiang Rai town is dotted with food shops and restaurants offering a wide variety of food, ranging from local dishes to international cuisine. Arriving here or any other Northen provinces, you are recommended to taste delicious local food. Generally, Khantok dinner, which is a traditional dinner set of Northern people, is served in most Thai restaurants.
Day 2: Chiang Rai - Doi Tung - Mae Fah Luang Royal Project - Chiang Rai (B)
After breakfast drive to Mae Fah. Chiang Rai which is located at the northern tip of Thailand. Of its area of 11,678 square kilometers, more than three quarters are mountains! Chiang Rai is among the oldest towns of Thailand. It was founded in 1262 by King Mengrai and was the first capital of Lanna Thai Kingdom. Its main tourist attractions lie in scenic places, such as national parks, botanical gardens, caves and waterfalls. Overnight in Chiang Rai.
Day 3: Chieng Rai - Chiang Mai (B)
After breakfast take a flight to Chiang Mai. (it is cheaper to take a flight as otherwise you have to pay the return way to Chiang Rai!) Upon arrival you will drive to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep , Chiang Mai's most important and visible landmark, and overlook the city from its forest mountain backdrop. It is 3,520 feet above sea level. The temple is approached on foot by climbing a steep staircase comprising 290 steps. (While climbing the stairs, you should pay attention to the giant dragons on the sides of the stairs - the less energetic may ascend by funicular railcars) The Temples' golden pagoda contains a holy Buddha relics and attract Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world throughout the year. Visitors must take off their shoes and must be appropriately dressed. Before lunch time have a short visit to the beautiful decorated Wat Phra Singh. Interact with monks, they are always happy to talk English.
Half of the day leisure. You can walk and explore Chiang Mai by yourself, hire a tuc tuc or trishaw called samlor. Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 4: Chiang Mai and its temples (B)
After breakfast you start your sightseeing with a visit to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai's most important and visible landmark, and overlook the city from its forest mountain backdrop. There are more temple visits on your today's sightseeing list: Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao, where the famous Emerald Buddha was enshrined for 32 years (from A.D. 1436 to 1468). Leave Chiang Mai along the mountainous highway to Lampang (90 Kms. away). On the way shot stop at Local market where you could see wild animals. Drive on to visit Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang, one of the northern finest temples and the best presentation of Lanna style architecture. Continue to Lampang, a unique town that still uses a colorful horse carriage as a mean of today's transport. Then take a Horse drawn carriage around the city center, visit Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao, where the famous Emerald Buddha was enshrined for 32 years (from A.D. 1436 to 1468). Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. Returning to Chiang Mai, branch off the highway into Lamphun, with its history dating back to A.D. 700, and its ancient and revered temple: Wat Phrathat Haripunchai, and Wat Chama.
Day 5: Chiang Mai - Elephant Camp (B)
After breakfast you will spend pleasant morning in the company of these magnificent gentle giants. In present day Thailand, elephants are only used as tremendously powerful beasts of burden. But in the earlier times, they were a vital part of the King's army and played a very important role in Thai History. On this trip you will witness the traditional techniques still used in the training process. For a small fee, the adventurous can also enjoy the short but unforgettable elephant ride! On the return journey to the hotel a stop is made at the beautiful Mae Sa Waterfall, as well as one of the region's orchid farms displaying a full variety of some of Thailand's exquisite blooms.
In the afternoon visit some of the handicraft workshops which makes Northern Thailand so popular. Of all Chiang Mai’s cultural achievements, none are more remarkable than their handicrafts.
Note: All above itinerary is flexible, depending on your arrival or departure flights
Price is valid from 01.10.14 to 31.03.15 (except Xmas and New Year)
Price is nett per person in US$, twin shared basis, tax, service charge included in the party of
|Superior Class (3 star)
|First Class (4 star)
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- Accommodations based on twin/double sharing room
- Private Transfer as private air-con vehicle
- Private Tour as mention as above itinerary
- Meals as mentioned (B=breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner )
- English Speaking Guide
- Service charge & Government tax
- Entrance fee
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