Day 1 Departure from Chiang Mai for the far North with a scenic drive to the remote border town of Tha Ton, including a stop on the way to visit the fascinating cave temples at Chiang Dao, before checking out the spectacular views at Tha Ton Pagoda situated high on a mountain top straddling the Thai/Burmese border.
Day 2 Beginning with a descent by boat of the scenic Kok River, we’ll trek on foot and by elephant through the region’s dramatic mountain scenery with an overnight stay in a Lahu village.
Day 3 Our hike continues across streams and through the forests of this spectacular and remote mountainous region. Overnight stay as guests of a Akha minority family in a rarely visited, and still very traditional, village.
Day 4 Morning transfer by truck to the nearby fascinating town of Mae Salong. Originally founded by Chinese Republican soldiers (Kuomintang), who took refuge in the area after defeat by Mao Tse Tung’s communist forces.
The town was off limits for many years due to its role as a centre for the opium trade but is now known for tea plantations and spectacular scenery as well as being the centre for the local hill-tribe peoples. Time to wander around the picturesque mountain-top town and perhaps participate in a tea tasting ceremony?
Day 5 Opportunity for an early start to visit the morning hill-tribe market before continuing to the magnificent botanical gardens at Mae Fah Luang. From here we’ll travel north to the bustling Burmese border market at Mae Sai. Visit Sob Ruak and the Golden Triangle itself, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Burma meet, and where we can take in the unusual Opium Museum, before continuing to Chiang Rai for our overnight accommodation.
Day 6 Morning scenic drive through the mountains to Chiang Mai with a stop on the way to visit the spectacular Wat Rong Khun Temple. Mid afternoon arrival with time to stretch your legs or just relax by the pool.
Day 7 Tour ends. For those staying on in Chiang Mai, check out the local markets, visit the famous Doi Suthep or a Thai cookery lesson can be arranged.
Suggestions: extend your trip at a Chiang Mai spa or a few days shopping in Bangkok.
Please note these are photos of sample hotels and resorts; accommodation options may vary and are subject to availability
The delightful Karinthip Village – lovely garden, refreshing pool and north Thai decor – an oasis in the heart of Chiang Mai City.
Yafu village – a village of the Red Lahu ethnic group spectacularly sited on a mountain top with simply awesome views over the surrounding mountain ranges.
The charming and quirky Mae Salong Villa in the old Kuomintang town of Mae Salong itself.
A wonderful find in Chiang Rai Town: La Luna has well appointed pool-side chalets set in a beautiful tropical garden a 5 minute tuk-tuk ride from the town’s lively night bazaar.
"The tour was wonderful, beyond all expectations. From the first contact with all of you answering so many queries and concerns, we were able to relax fully on tour knowing that you had heard our limitations and needs and that the tour was flexible and responsible in adapting to them. It was our first tour and first trek. Thank you so much to everyone from safe drivers and thoughtful guides to hotel staff. We learnt so much about Thailand and its people directly and from our guides Wi, Tat and Pi. We enjoyed the time we spent with Wi very much and had quiet times too. I have already recommended All Points East to friends." Lesley, October 2015
"Everything about this tour was excellent! Our guide Wi was wonderful, very helpful, knowledgeable and supportive, and locals Tad and Pi were also lovely. Something I really liked about the tour was the variety of cultural experiences and locations visited. I have already recommended your company to friends. Thank you for a great tour!" Ann, October 2015
"A superb holiday in which we felt we could relax in the care and guidance of all the members of the company. The activites were wide ranging and interesting and each day there was a sense of adventure - 'what are we going to do today that's different and exciting' - The Songkran festival enhanced the holiday - we also enjoyed being by ourselves with Marc our guide. It all turned out extremely well. Thank you!" Laura, 2011
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