Experience the serenity of northern Thailand while exploring the notorious Golden Triangle region. Beginning and ending in the charismatic city of Chiang Mai, the trip travels north to the green hills of Doi Mae Salong to sample cups of steaming brew from village tea traders before heading underground to explore the shadowy depths of the Chiang Dao Caves. Then, make tracks to the Golden Triangle and stand on the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak rivers. Uncover facts and fables about the region’s chequered history, discover a fascinating collison of Thai, Laos and Burmese cultures, enjoy bold landscapes and tuck into mouth-watering regional dishes. This short break covers many highlights of the less-frequented northern reaches of Thailand, making it a must-do for travellers who want to
dig beneath the surface of this enthralling country.

Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
92kg pp per trip



Set off from Chiang Mai towards the infamous Golden Triangle, and stop en route to watch majestic elephants being bathed by their mahoots at an elephant camp set amidst the jungle. Visit the renowned Chiang Dao, a set of five interconnected caves that are thought to span more than 12 km into Doi Chiang Dao mountain, before ending the day in the remote community of Doi Mae Salong. Perhaps spend the afternoon wandering the markets to unearth treasures crafted by local hilltribes, or settle in at a traditional tea house to sip tea and absorb superb views of the nearby mountains.
Stop off at the border of Thailand and Burma, and take some time to explore the local markets at Mae Sai, the northernmost town in Thailand. Travel along to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Laos, Thailand and Burma meet, and pay a visit to the Opium Hall. Finish off the day with a boat ride down the Khong River.
Admire the stunning Wat Rong Kun (white temple) in Chiang Rai before heading to the quirky Mae Ka Chan hot springs. Soak tired muscles in the pools, perhaps while munching on quail eggs cooked in the warm waters. Head back into Chiang Mai for the end of this short, action packed break.
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2 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Boat, Minibus
Hotel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Khong River boat trip
  • Mae Ka Chan hot springs
  • Opium Hall
  • Wat Rong Kun (white temple)


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