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Northern Highlights
 

Northern Highlights

Northern Highlights 05 Days / 04 Nights

Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture, heritage and scenery of northern Thailand with this round-trip from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai. Explore historical monuments, stunning landscapes, culinary delights and wonderful wildlife. Discover the main temple, enjoy taking a look at the gentle giants that are Asian elephants and meet the tribes who inhabit the mountain villages of the north.

 

Tour Nights

  • Chiang Rai: 2 nights
  • Chiang Mai: 2 nights

Tour At a Glance

  • Chiang Rai: Stroll through the local morning market and see the bridge crossing to Myanmar
  • Golden Triangle: See three countries from one spot in Sop Ruak at the confluence of the Ruak and the Mekong rivers
  • Chiang Dao: Stroll through the local morning market and see the bridge crossing to Myanmar
  • Chiang Mai: Visit a tribal village, cruise a river on a longtail boat, take in the views from the hilltop Wat Doi Suthep temple, enjoy an unforgettable encounter with Thai elephants and much more
  • Tour code: STT05
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Group Tour

Itinerary details

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Day 1

Chiang Rai

Arrive in Chiang Rai and check-in at the hotel with the rest of the day free at leisure. Maybe explore the heart of the old town, which dates from the reign of King Mangrai in the 13th century or stroll around the bustling night bazaar to get a flavour of what makes Chiang Rai tick. Overnight in hotel in Chiang Rai.

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Day 2

Chiang Rai Golden Triangle Chiang Rai (270km 6hrs)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading to the centre to admire the iconic monument to King Mangrai en route to the Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre. Learn all about the dozens of hill tribes who for centuries have lived in the highlands around the city and how they have survived the spread of globalisation. Continue to the Mae Chan district to explore the remote hill tribe villages of Yao and Akha peoples, and experience their way of life first-hand. Take to the road for Mae Sai, a small Thai border town with a busy market, before heading into the heart of the infamous Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. This natural wilderness gained an unwanted notoriety in the Sixties because of the abundant opium cultivation in the area. After lunch, continue to Chiang Saen to visit the hilltop Wat Phra That Chom Kitti, which is reached via a 350-step staircase. Return to Chiang Rai with rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight in hotel in Chiang Rai.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
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Day 3

Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai (260km 4hrs)

Take to the road after breakfast at the hotel, heading for Chiang Mai. On the southern outskirts of Chiang Rai, stop at the magnificent Wat Rong Khun, a dazzling temple built in the 1990s. Its ornate all-white exterior, with embedded pieces of mirror, gives it a resplendent appearance, which makes it one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. Continue to Chiang Mai and, on arrival, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most revered temples in the country. This sacred location is at the top of a mountain from where you can appreciate stunning panoramic views over the city. To reach the temple requires a climb up a 309-step naga staircase. Alternatively, you can use the cable car (included) to reach the temple. Head to the riverbank and board a boat for a cruise along the scenic River Ping and drop by a farm to savour a delicious khao soi noodle curry as you enjoy dance performances while feasting on the traditional khantoke meal. After a walk through the local flower and fresh produce market, return to the hotel. Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai.

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Day 4

Chiang Mai Chiang Dao Chiang Mai (180km 5hrs)

Take a walk on the wild side after breakfast, with a visit to an elephant camp in Chiang Dao province. The camp is located in a rainforest by the River Ping and offers a perfect natural habitat for appreciating these gentle giants. Learn about Asian elephants their nature, their individual traits, their lifestyles, their talents and their charms, and get a glimpse into the unique and very real relationships between elephants and their mahouts. After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to Chiang Mai for an afternoon exploring this ancient city. Chiang Mai’s old town is still surrounded by remnants of the old defensive walls and a moat. Visit the historic Wat Suan Dok and admire its 48- metre-high Sri Lankan-style chedi, which overlooks the Royal Cemetery. Continue to Wat Phra Sing in the old town and appreciate the beauty of this large complex of more than 60 buildings before visiting 14th century Wat Chedi Luang in the very heart of the old city. In the evening, you can enjoy an optional khantoke dinner (not included). Overnight in hotel in Chiang Mai.

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Day 5

Chiang Mai

Check out after breakfast. Departure transfer to the airport not included.

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Dates and Prices

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Hotels

  • Holiday Inn Chiang Mai
    Holiday Inn Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai

     

  • Laluna Hotel & Resort
    Laluna Hotel & Resort
    Chiang Rai

     

  •  Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai
    Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai
    Chiang Rai

     

  • Holiday Inn Chiang Mai
    Holiday Inn Chiang Mai
    Chiang Mai

     

Holiday Inn Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
  • Holiday Inn Chiang Mai

Holiday Inn is a 10 minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport and is within a 30 minute drive of 5 golf clubs, including Chiangmai Lamphun Golf Club. Borsang Village is 9.7 km away. Just a 5 minute drive from Chiang

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Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai
  •  Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai

Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai hotel is situated on an island in the Mae Kok River that flows through central Chiang Rai, Thailand's northernmost province. Resort is only 11 kilometres from Chiang Rai International Airport. T

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Holiday Inn Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
  • Holiday Inn Chiang Mai

Holiday Inn is a 10 minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport and is within a 30 minute drive of 5 golf clubs, including Chiangmai Lamphun Golf Club. Borsang Village is 9.7 km away. Just a 5 minute drive from Chiang

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Laluna Hotel & Resort

Chiang Rai
  • Laluna Hotel & Resort

Laluna stands apart from the crowd with a unique feel. Hotel is located only minutes from the famous night bazaar and centre of town, and a 15 minute drive to the airport and bus station and within 1 mi (2 km) of Chiang Rai C

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What's Included?

  • Seat in coach – Tuseday, operated with English/Italian speaking guide.
  • Seat in coach – Friday, operated with English/Italian/French/German or Spanish speaking guide.
  • Accommodation in air - conditioned room with bath/shower, in sharing twin or triple as mentioned on itinerary or similar category.
  • All entrance fees as appropriated.
  • Air - conditioned transportation.
  • Meals included as detailed: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D).

What's not Included?

  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme.
  • Gratuity for driver and guide.
  • Optional tours
  • Compulsory Christmas/ New Year/ peak season surcharges.
  • International or domestic flight tickets and airport taxes or visa fees.
  • Elephant trek on D3.
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

  • Guaranteed departures on every Tuesday and Friday.
  • Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing.