GT1) Golden Triangle Tour - Myanmar (Burma) / Laos / Thailand / Chiang Rai

Golden Triangle Tour
Chiang Dao Nest - Chiang Mai Tours - GT1) Golden Triangle Tour - Chiang Saen / Boat Trip / Laos / Market / Opium Museum / Mae Sai / Myanmar (Burma) /White Temple / Hot Spring.

- Visit the famous Golden triangle, where Thailand, Burma and Laos meet.
- Stop at a Natural Hot Spring
- Peaceful Lunch, away from the crowds
- Ancient Chedi
- Tourist "must do" - the Golden Triangle Sign
- Fun boat trip to Laos
- Laos Market
- Highly popular modern style Opium Museum
- Bustling Border town
- Optional crossing to Burma border market.
Availability: - Available daily.
Private Tours and Non-Private Group Tours
Departs from: Chiang Mai
Suitable for all. Minimal exercise involved.
7.00am - 7.30am Depart
Get picked-up from your Chiang Mai Hotel / Guest House in an air conditioned minibus / minivan. Drive North-East for about 100km to Wieng Pa Pao.
- We endeavour to only use new, clean and comfortable transport for this tour.
For an idea of the minibus / minivan (subject to availability) please see the following pics.. 1, 2, 3, 4.
Mae Kachan Hot Springs

9.00am - 9.30am Hot Springs
Stop at Mae Kachan Natural Hot Springs in Wieng Pa Pao district. Apart from the springs there are restaurants, a market selling flowers, and fresh fruit and veg, and a small bazaar selling hill tribes handicrafts and souvenirs. Not a hot springs for bathing but it is possible to boil an egg! (there are plenty of willing egg vendors!).

White Temple - Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

11.00am - 11.30am White Temple
Wat Rong Khun - The White Temple of Chiang Rai - You may have been to many temples in Thailand but this one is unique, and highly memorable. Its exterior is completely white, and there are many artistic flourishes to enjoy. A masterpiece, still in the creation process, but with plenty to enjoy now. more info on the Chiang Rai White Temple...

Sriwan Restaurant, Chiang Saen

12.00am - 13.00pm Lunch
Tasty Thai Lunch at the Sriwan restaurant in Chiang Saen. This intimate riverside restaurant is situated on the banks of the Mekong river. Nice views and a nice place to dine, and rest, ready for the next part of the tour. (Pepsi not included!)

Chedi Luang, Chiang Saen

After lunch make a brief stop at the ancient Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Saen town.

Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen

Golden Triangle
Next head to the famous Golden Triangle. The point where the three countries, Laos, Burma and Thailand meet. Riverside view of all three countries.

Laos Market Boat Trip

13.30pm - 14.30pm Laos Boat Trip
Next up a fun boat trip to a Laotian Market. No passport needed.

From Chiang Mai Citylife Magazine ...
"In Laos, (actually an island off Laos called Done Xao) it's shop till you drop in a muddy market, where if whisky, smokes, handicrafts and textiles were any cheaper you could pay with the brass buttons from your shirt."

Opium Museum

14.30pm - 15.15pm Opium Museum
Opium Museum - Hall of Opium
The lavishly created Hall of Opium combines a museum on the history of opium and it's impact, with an information centre for research and extension education on opium, opiates and other narcotics. (Please note that the Hall of Opium is closed on Mondays. The tour will stop at the Old Opium Museum on Mondays instead, and we will charge 100 Baht less per person.)  more info on the Hall of Opium ...

Tachilek, Burmese Border

15.30pm - 16.30pm Burmese Border
Finally head to the Northern Most point of Thailand, Mae Sai, which is the border crossing for Burma / Myanmar. There are markets / stalls / shops on both side of the border and it seems to be bustling every day (more so at weekends and holidays).
- If you wish to, there is time to cross the border into the Burmese Town, Tachilek. It does involve going through the immigration routine and paying a fee both getting out of Thailand, and getting into Burma (these fees are not included in the price of the tour - allow around 20 - 30 US Dollars or equivalent). It has some interesting (mostly Chinese produced) items for sale at the market. If they are not interesting they are definitely cheap, bargain hard! It also has the distinct feeling of being a different country.
- The guide will cross the border with you, if you choose not to cross, and others in the group do, that is fine too. The driver will wait at the vehicle on the Thai side.
- Please note that if you do this you will be officially leaving the country and will be given a new 15 Day Visa when you re-enter Thailand. Please make sure that this does not affect your travel plans.

Cabbages and Condoms, Wieng Papao

Optional 15 min Additional stop at Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant Wieng Pa Pao.
This is only possible if the day is not running too late. It is intended as a toilet and drinks stop. (drinks are not included in the tour price - if you need to stop for the toilet at anytime please just tell the guide) The reason this is included is that we like to support organisations that do such good work. more info ...

20.00pm - ish Back to your hotel / guest house
* Please note that this is a long day tour. You may want to consider if you really want to spend the whole day with others or pay a bit more for a private trip
Non-Private Group Tours - price from Chiang Mai
Rate per person in Thai Baht
(Minimum of 2 people signing up to this tour on any day)
Private Tours - price from Chiang Mai  - (Just you and your friends/ family)
Number in group
Rate per person in Thai Baht

Price Includes
- Transport from your central Chiang Mai Hotel or Guest House in an air-conditioned minibus / minivan in the morning (there may be an additional charge if your accommodation is not located in Central Chiang Mai)
- All daytime transport
- English speaking, experienced, friendly, knowledgeable and officially registered guide. (maximum of 8 people per guide)
- Boat trip to Laos (based on 4 people per boat).
- Thai Lunch at Sriwan Restuaurant, (please specify any special food requirements when booking, thanks). This will be a set meal.
- Entrance to the Hall of Opium Museum (or Old Opium Museum on Mondays)

Price does not include
- Donations to Wat Rong Khun or Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Saen - please give for their presevation if you can
- Fees for making the optional trip across the border to the Burmese Market town.
- Drinks etc. at the optional stop at Cabbages and Condoms
- Insurance - please make sure that you are adequately covered.
- Drinks.
- Tips.

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