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Golden Triangle

13days

Tour description

This is a comprehensive tour of northern Thailand. After taking in the sights and sounds of Bangkok it’s north to Chiang Mai and your gateway to a jungle adventure featuring some forest walks, stays at local hill-tribe villages, and a remote elephant ride. Then its on to the border areas of Thailand's 'Golden Triangle' for more river boat trips, villages and the town of Chiang Rai.

Grand Palace, Bangkok, ThailandThe tour begins in the busy and bustling city of Bangkok, with a tour of the Grand Palace, and an afternoon long-tail boat trip through the peaceful canals of Thonburi, in the west of the city. From Bangkok, we head north on the overnight sleeper train to the city of Chiang Mai where we include a tour to the colourful Doi Suthep temple overlooking the city. You will also have some free time in Chiang Mai to explore the bazaars, visit more temples, or try a Thai cooking course.

Elephant safari in Chiang Mai, ThailandOur adventurous activities start after we visit a local market in Mae Malai and stop for a quick dip at an impressive waterfall. An easy couple of hours of walking brings us to a local Karen hill-tribe village where we will learn about their simple way of life, including bamboo weaving and trap making. During another full morning's trekking through mixed and bamboo forests, as well as farmed rice and vegetable fields, we'll learn about the various cultivation and hunting techniques employed by the local villagers. Next it’s on board an elephant for a short ride through beautiful unspoiled jungle before taking to the river for a exciting journey aboard traditional bamboo rafts, stopping en route at local villages.

Remote hill tribe village, Northern ThailandAfter returning to Chiang Mai, our final destination on the tour is Chiang Rai and the famous Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. We make a loop through the region from Chiang Mai to cover it thoroughly, and feature an exciting long-tail boat trip on the Mae Kok river, as well as visits to Yao and Akha hill-tribe villages and the border town of Mae Sai. We also have time to visit more sites and explore Chiang Rai before returning to Chiang Mai where you have a free day before the overnight sleeper train returns us to Bangkok.

Options are available to extend this tour to spend more time in Bangkok, to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or to relax on one of southern Thailand's beautiful beaches.

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