Travel through northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle

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 takes you to explore the Chiang Dao Caves before arriving at a charming town of Doi Mae Salong. The region is famous for its Chinese tea traders and you can enjoy a cup of tea in a traditional Chinese tea house overlooking the mountains. 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, visit the Opium Hall. Enjoy bold landscapes and tuck into mouth-watering regional dishes, before ending the adventure soaking in the hot-springs of Mae Ka Chan. 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
61kg pp per trip


  • Soak in the Mae Kachan hot springs
  • Wander through the caves of Chiang Dao
  • enjoy a cup of tea in a traditional Chinese tea house overlooking the mountains.
  • Visit the infamous Golden Triangle
  • Take a boat ride down the Khong River


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. Then, head to the point where the borders of Laos, Thailand and Burma meet - famously known as the Golden Triangle. Hear the stories behind a place that was once the Opium producing capital of the world and pay a visit to the Opium Hall to learn about the complex history of this region. Finish 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, and perhaps munch 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
  • Chiang Dao Caves
  • Khong River boat trip
  • Mae Ka Chan Hot Spring Egg Boiling
  • Mae Ka Chan hot springs
  • Opium Hall
  • Wat Rong Kun (white temple)


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Important notes

1. This Short Break Adventure starts at 8am on Day 1 and finishes at 5pm on Day 3.
2. You will be picked up on Day 1 from the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary. Pick-up will take place between 8am and 9am in the Hotel foyer..
3. If you require pick up from another centrally-located hotel in Chiang Mai, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure.

Trip notes

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