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Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai

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Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Take a day trip to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle to see where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos converge. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll drive through scenic countryside, visit local hill tribe villages and soak at the Mae Ka Chan hot springs. Marvel at the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) and enjoy views over the Mekong River as you learn about this region, notorious for its opium trade. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport from Chiang Mai are included.
  • Explore the area surrounding The Golden Triangle on this full-day trip from Chiang Mai
  • Visit local villages including the Akha and Yao hilltribe
  • Lunch and hotel pickup and drop off included
  • Friendly and informative guide
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Hotel pickup and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle (Chiang Mai city hotels only)
Local guide

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Chang Klan Road, Huay Kaew Road, Amphur Muang, Chang Puak A. Muang, Ratchamaka Road, Nimmanhemin Road, Thapae Road A. Maung)
For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.

Departure Time

7:00 AM
After early morning pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai, relax during a scenic drive through the countryside in the air-conditioned comfort of your vehicle. En route to the Golden Triangle and Chiang Rai, listen as your guide details the full-day itinerary ahead and shares information about this former opium-producing capital. 

Make a stop at the Mae Ka Chan hot springs, where you can soak sore muscles in three natural pools. Let tiny fish nibble dead skin from your feet, or purchase quail eggs to cook in the boiling waters.

Back in the vehicle, you’re taken to where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos meet. From a viewpoint set high on a hillside, enjoy a panoramic vista over the three countries.Your guide points out the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers; watch the scene unfold below or opt for a boat ride across the mighty Mekong (own expense).

Continue on to Mae Sai, the northernmost trading post located near the Thailand-Myanmar border, where a regional lunch is served. 

Nearing the lovely city of Chiang Rai, your guide accompanies you to Wat Rong Khun — aka the White Temple — a contemporary complex made of shimmering glass and painted white plaster rebuilt by a local artist who began construction in 1997. 

On the return journey to Chiang Mai you’ll visit the hill tribe villages of Akha and Yao before drop-off at your hotel.
Pass By:  
Chiang Mai Province Governors Residence
Sightseeing Pick up from hotel Chiang Mai city Province
Stop At:  
Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun is the famous known as "The White Temple", unique temple that built by pieces of glass. This is designed by Mr. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous local artist in Chiang Rai. Wat Rong Khun is one of a remarkable local attractions in Chiang Rai.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mae Khachan Hot Spring
Mae Kha Chan Hot Spring is 65 km halfway from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. It's is an underground heat and its temperature is up to 80c. It's a place to relax before continuing to your destination.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Baan Dam Museum
Black House or "Baan Dam" is a museum built by Mr. Thawan Duchanee, a local architecture in Chiang Rai. Each building displays his artworks inspired by Lan Chang, Lanna and Suvarnabhumi Architecutral.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Golden Triangle
Golden Triangle is located in the North East of Chiang Rai and lies along with Mekong River. There are magnificent views over the Mae Khong River to the physical triangle made by Burma, Laos and Thailand at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong River.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mae Sai border checkpoint
Mae Sai, Thai/Burma trading border which is a bustling marketplace of Burmese & Laos handicrafts and products.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the unlikely event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • For passenger safety, all vans are equipped with GPS unit. To keep drivers below the speed limit, GPS unit beeps should vehicle exceed 90 kms/hour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour East Thailand
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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, Jul 2018
The tour guide was a total creep and looked at pictures of mostly naked girls the entire time. He also told me and my friends which of these girls we looked the most like. On another note the tour itself wasn’t great the places were cool. It there was way too much driving and not very much time at each location. We got back to our hotel hours later than indicated and it was just not a fun trip. Hope you find something else!
Our drived was amazing! Took us to...
Monica C
, Apr 2018
Our drived was amazing! Took us to hot springs on the way and Golden Triangle on our way back! I would do this tour again!
First, the guide was great. I give...
Nancy R
, Mar 2018
First, the guide was great. I give her a lot of credit. Maggie was smart and helpful and answered all questions. We were the only ones on the tour. There was nothing that let us know there would be so much time spent driving. I'm not an expert on Thai geography, it was our first trip. We were rushed in and out of the White Temple, we were taken to a village but was actually a tourist trap with people selling the same trinkets you find everywhere. There was one house that we peeked in. We were offered entry into the long neck women village aka human zoo, for 500 baht each. We didn't do it. We then drove, 1 1/2 hours to the golden triangle for photo ops and a quick trip through the Opium Museum which is not much of anything. We could have gone on a boat ride but that would have been another 750 baht each. Since we were the only ones on the tour and since we had a 4 1/2 hour drive back to Chiang Mai we chose to get back to our hotel. Not worth this trip. In hindsight I would hire a driver or rent a car and visit the White Temple.
Excellent experience with a...
, Mar 2018
Excellent experience with a wonderful, knowledgeable guide. There were only three of us so it was almost a private tour. Everything was worth the time... from the hot springs, the white temple, opium museum, seeing the three countries at once, the hill tribes and long neck women, as well as a the relaxing lunch. Driver and guide took great care of us: cold water, rest stops and explaining everything. When the guide can answer our questions besides the main information they plan to tell everyone you get your money's worth.
The trip was long, but...
Mary M
, Feb 2018
The trip was long, but understandably so. I thought going the distance to see the Golden Triangle and northern Thailand was worthwhile. The drive through the farmland and rice paddies was truly beautiful, but I love seeing how people live and scenery. The stop at the tribal village was interesting---again being somewhat a sociologist I was interested in seeing how people live. But I was also saddened that these women are forced to make their living in this manner and are refugees from their own countries with many family members being in refugee camps. I think this is a group that will disappear in the future and whose traditions and culture will disappear to the museums. I am glad we had the opportunity to meet them and buy some of their products. Our guide Oi was fantastic. She was so knowledgeable and entertaining.
A very nice trip. Enjoyed the small...
William F
, Feb 2018
A very nice trip. Enjoyed the small group and in a very nice van. Maggie our guide was very good. A little rushed at times, but ok. Nice to see the Silver Palace, and Golden Triangle. Bring your passport so you can ride the boat over to Laos. Recommend for a nice day trip.
This is a very long drive, 12 hours...
, Feb 2018
This is a very long drive, 12 hours in all. The hot springs, if you have ever been to one, is nothing to write about. Then we stopped at the White Temple. That is a must see. Spectacular. Not a holy temple but the architecture is so beautiful. Then we had lunch and then the Golden Triangle. Very nice view to photograph but that is all. Not worth the 12 hour drive. We also visited the Opium Museum. Very interesting. Then we were offered for a little more money to see the Karen tribe of the long Neck Women. That was the highlight of our trip. We found it fascinating. We were allowed to photograph the women and I was even invited to try on a mock up of a half coil around my neck. What a great picture that made. The tour is well organized. Our guide, Pong, was nice but hardly offered any information. I would think that she could have pointed out some points of interest along the way up making the trip more acceptable, even fun. I would certainly contact Viator to organize our tours on our next trip. Fran Jackson Surrey, BC
Floating market was awesome. The...
, Jan 2018
Floating market was awesome. The only thing is the time on the boat was too short. Soooo much to see and buy. The Golden Triangle is where the 3 countries meet. Pretty cool to see. The highlight was the Karen Tribe Long Neck. Super. It really was out of Nat Geo. Bring Thai . You'll want to buy their hand woven scarves and beautiful items.Probably my favorite place on my trip to Thailand. The White Temple is gorgeous. Quite a spectacle. Almost amusement park feel to it. Gorgeous grounds.
Very interesting tour! From boiling...
Gabriella F
, Nov 2017
Very interesting tour! From boiling eggs in a hot spring to the White Temple and to visit Laos ( make sure you have your passport). Our guide, Kitty ( sorry if I don't spell it right) was wonderful. Very informative. Answered to all of our questions and took lots pictures for us. Worth every penny. Thank you again!
This is a very long day and some...
Gordon F
, Nov 2017
This is a very long day and some parts could be cut out to make it more pleasureable. We were picked up at 7am and didnt get back till nearer 9pm most of which was spent in the back of a minibus. The guide, Anna, was superb, her English was excellent and she spoke loudly enough for us to hear her in the back row of the bus. The hot springs were a bit of a waste of time to start with, nothing much there at all, that part could be removed. Next was the White temple in Chiang Rai which was amazing, well worth it. Then over to the hill tribes village, this was disappointing. Very little to see just a row of market stalls selling tourist stuff. We were offered the chance to see a long necked woman for an extra 300Baht each, so we didnt bother. Then onto lunch which was a pleasant surprise. We were taken to a high class riverside resort for a full buffet, very impressive. Then up to the Myanmar border bridge which was quite cool to see. Lastly over to the Golden Triangle itself, this was well worth it and the point of the trip, including a visit inside the opium museum. A few downsides but largely a great day.

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