Visit three countries in five days on this tour of the Golden Triangle. The borders of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand come together in the northern province of Chiang Rai, and this tour is the perfect way to get a glimpse at all three. From scenic drives to the heights of Doi Ang Khang and tuk-tuk drives through Tachilek, to longtail boat rides down the mighty Mekong, this diverse tour offers a little something for every type of world traveller.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Chiang Mai bright and early. Start the tour with a scenic drive to Doi Ang Khang. The narrow road that hugs the Thai-Burmese border is host to a plethora of magnificent views. Make a stop in Tham Ngob before reaching Doi Ang Khang, and having a midday meal. Next, we will visit a Royal Project, one of many village-based community development projects set up by Thailand’s revered monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Head to Thaton and check in at the Maekok River Village Resort, where you can enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening.
Begin the day with a refreshing boat ride along the Kok River. Disembark at the Lahu village Pha Thai and continue by car to Santikhiri, on Doi Mae Salong. After a guided tour, enjoy lunch and continue to Chiang Rai, enjoying the scenic drive. Check in to Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort. Enjoy the hotel’s fantastic facilities, staying in and relaxing, or ask the guide for a tour of the city’s vibrant, bustling night bazaar.
Rise early and enjoy a hearty breakfast before embarking on a full-day exploration of the Golden Triangle, including crossing over in Laos. Begin by visiting Wat Rong Khun, the famous ‘White Temple.” Head to Chiang Saen and take in the history at the Hall of Opium Museum. Have a tasty lunch at Yungkhao Restaurant before a ride in a local longtail boat down the Mekong River for a stop at Don Sao Island, Laos. Return to Thailand and continue on to your new hotel in the Golden Triangle. The evening is yours to enjoy.
Today you will be leaving Thailand for the day and crossing over to Myanmar. Start the day with a drive to Mae Sai, a bustling border town. Cross over to Myanmar and take a tuk-tuk tour of Tachilek. Visit the Temples of the Enrobed Elephant and Mahamyatmuni; these are exquisite examples of Burmese architecture. Enjoy an authentic Burmese lunch at a local restaurant, before visiting the fascinating flurry of activity that is the border market of Tachilek. Return to your hotel in Thailand for a relaxing evening.
Welcome to the Maekok River Village Resort, located in the hilly northwest corner of Thailand, hugging the Myanmar (Burma) border. This comfortable resort provides a picturesque place to lay your head – and enjoy lush garden views – while soaking in the history and culture of the city of Thaton. Every room has its own patio or balcony to enjoy the fresh mountain air after a day of sightseeing. Guests can also spend their days participating in one of the many on-site activities, from archery to high ropes to rafting to Thai cooking. Enjoy fresh, local cuisine from the nearby Wa Wee hills and breathe in Northern Thailand – it is an experience to remember!
The Anantara is a chic luxury retreat perched atop a high mountain ridge overlooking the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers, and close to Thailand's borders with Laos and Myanmar. It has 58 guest rooms and 19 suites decorated in a style that blends the best of the area's rich fabric and woodcarving traditions with contemporary design. The resort includes a sybaritic spa, an infinity pool that looks over the tree canopy to the Mekong River and up towards the hills of Myanmar and Laos, a fitness center with steam rooms, saunas, squash and tennis courts, a Thai cooking school, and an elephant camp, where you can learn about the importance of the elephant in Thai culture and arrange a ride through the surrounding jungle. The Anantara is also home to three food and beverage establishments: Sala Mae Nam (international buffet breakfast and Northern Thai specialties for dinner), Baan Dahlia (authentic Italian cuisine with a wine selection from vineyards around the globe), and The Elephant Bar and Opium Terrace, the perfect setting for a night cap.
An exotic getaway reached by riverboat, the Four Seasons Tented Camp is set in a bamboo jungle at the meeting point of three countries: Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Fifteen freestanding, luxurious tents are spaced along a half-mile-long hillside trail over the Muak River, each with a large outdoor deck to take in the lush surroundings and the sounds of the forest. The rooms are outfitted with hand-hammered copper bathtubs, and custom-made furnishings that hearken back to the style of 19th-century explorers. The spa offers simple luxury with traditional Thai massages in open-air salas that seem to float in the air amid the trees. The treatments include mountain botanicals and warming spices for a unique and restorative experience. Private yoga classes are also available. A variety of dining experiences are offered and are shared by the small group of guests: breakfast is served at Nong Yao, the camp's restaurant; lunch might be a picnic in the jungle with folding tables, stools and linen napkins; dinner could be a barbecue, a five-course formal meal or a dinner by the campfire. There is a pool and attached whirlpool at the camp that has been integrated into the landscape, surrounded by granite boulders and lush plants. The camp is 90 minutes from Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI).
The perfect little hideaway, Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort is the ideal oasis for travelers in northern Thailand. This luxurious resort, sprawling over 10 glorious acres, is situated on the Mae Kok river and boasts an outdoor pool, spa and children’s center for ultimate relaxation. With close proximity - and a complimentary shuttle bus - to nearby popular sites, the resort can be used as a home base for touring or a retreat from the road. With the option of nearly 160 rooms, spanning from Deluxe Room to Grand Deluxe Room to Grand Suite Rooms, and four on-site dining options, including a poolside bar, guests may never want to leave the premises.
Thailand has it all – from towering mountains, gilded temples, vibrant corals, ancient ruins and powdery white-sand beaches. Enjoy an 11-day journey through the diverse landscape of what’s known as the Land of Smiles. The hospitality along with the mouthwatering cuisine make this country a traveler’s favorite.
Gather your closest loved ones and go on a 13-day adventure that celebrates the best of life, from bustling cities to postcard-perfect natural landscapes. Tap into the electric pulse of busy cosmopolitan cities whose frenetic energy is even more lively at night. Taste the fragrant cuisines that tell a story of the people’s past and present. Slow it down to soak it all in with moments of serenity in misty mountains and turquoise lagoons. Relish these good times with friends and family and create fond memories that will be unforgotten.
Escape from the stresses of back home and retreat to the tropical shores of southern Thailand for 6 days of sandy beach, tropical jungle, warm seas, fresh seafood, and guided personalized wellness activities. Bring peace and mindfulness back into your life with meditation, yoga, and fitness. Pamper yourself with massage therapies and healing treatments. Nourish your body with southern Thailand’s freshest ingredients harvested from where the wild forest meets the sea. This immersive trip offers a balance of rejuvenating activities, delicious and fresh food experiences, and inspiring destination, helping you achieve a sense of well-being unique to southern Thailand.
A quick but luxurious 2-day adventure in the Northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai, this itinerary is the perfect add-on to any Southeast Asia trip. Bike through vibrant green tea fields, explore the city’s revered temples and pay a visit to a Hmong Village. This is an active exploration of the ancient city.
This nine-day itinerary will introduce you to the beauty and history of Northern Thailand. Visit authentic Lanna towns and traditional villages on the Sakae Krang River, explore a multitude of temples and ancient ruins, and spend a day interacting with elephants.
See the contrast of two cultures as they’re juxtaposed before your eyes on this 16-day luxury journey through Thailand’s Bangkok and Bhutan. You’ll compare the glimmering Grand Palace and Wat Arun to the ancient architecture of Bhutan’s monasteries, raft the Mo Chu river, and spend nights at the luxurious Amankora.
Spend 4 luxurious days getting acquainted with Thailand’s busy capital and surrounding quieter areas. Kanchanaburi is only a 2-hour trip from the bustling city but feels a world away. The well-preserved ancient ruins of Ayutthaya are a must-see in addition to Bangkok’s fantastic cultural and historical sites.
This five-day trip around Bangkok sees you appreciate the finer things in life, with a focus on personalized shopping experiences, unique and indulgent wellness treatments, as well as exclusive wining and dining with some of the city’s top chefs.
Combine the magic of Cambodia and Thailand with this specialized eight-day trip to the prized destinations of Siem Reap and Soneva Kiri. Spend the first half of the trip immersed in history and culture amidst the Angkor ruins, and celebrate tropical heaven during the second half at the darling Thai resort.
Retreat to the mountainous province of Chiang Rai on this 6-day trip to two different wellness destinations, Pa Sak Tong and Phu Saichai. Breathe in deep the fresh mountain air and unwind with pampering spa treatments, refocus with mindful meditation in the verdant fields, strengthen the body with jungle treks and biking, and refuel with organic wholesome meals. This luxury getaway into the cool and green hills of northern Thailand will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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