Lanna Thai and The Golden Triangle
Duration: 6 nights escorted tour
Price from: £1079pp
Pai (Mae Hong Son) 2 nights
Chiang Mai 2 nights
Golden Triangle 2 nights
Day 1 Bangkok/Chiang Mai/Pai: Early morning flight to Chiang Mai. Drive north amidst spectacular jungle-clad mountain scenery to Pai in the province of Mae Hong Son. Later, this afternoon visit local temples and the night market (approx 160 miles/5 hours drive).
Day 2 Mae Hong Son: Depart Pai to visit Tham Plaa Fish Cave before calling at the hill temple in Mae Hong Son. After lunch, there's an unforgettable visit to see elephants in the jungle. Continue into the countryside by pick-up truck to the Long Neck Karens, a colourful hill tribe village where the women wear numerous brass coils around their neck and legs. Return by long tailed speedboat along the River Pai before your journey back to Pai (approx 2 hours 30 minutes drive).
Day 3 Pai/Chiang Mai: Early morning drive (approx 2 hours drive) for the chance to learn about the elephants, prepare their food and feed them, walk with them to the river and bathe them. Stop at an orchid and butterfly farm in Mae Sa and after lunch drive to Chiang Mai. An afternoon at leisure followed by a traditional North Thailand evening of Khantoke dinner and folk dance (approx 156miles/5 hours drive).
Day 4 Chiang Mai: A full day to explore, including sacred Wat Phrathat Temple at Doi Suthep. In the afternoon, observe local craftsmen at work as you tour Chiang Mai’s thriving cottage industries.
Day 5 Chiang Mai/Golden Triangle: Drive north to Chiang Rai through splendid scenery, stopping at Mae Ka Chan a locally renowned hot spring. After lunch continue to Mae Chan to visit Akha and Yao hill tribe villages (approx 158miles/5hours drive).
Day 6 Golden Triangle: Visit Mae Sai, a fascinating trading post, stopping in the ruins of the 13th century city of Chiang Saen before continuing to the heart of the Golden Triangle.
Day 7 Golden Triangle/Bangkok: Return flight from Chiang Rai to Bangkok.
Departures: Every Monday. Minimum 2 passengers required.
Accommodation: 3* Pai Hotspring Spa Resort near Mae Hong Son, Empress Chiang Mai and Imperial Golden Triangle.
Meals: Full board.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes domestic flights, transfers, accommodation as detailed, sightseeing as shown, services of a guide and entrance fees. Tours are by air-conditioned car, mini bus or coach and may include participants from different nationalities, necessitating the use, occasionally, of bi or multi-lingual commentary.