Chiang Mai & Golden Triangle

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

4.9 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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CAD $735
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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.

Trip overview

Map of Chiang Mai & Golden Triangle including Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Short breaks
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Min 5
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 53.48 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Journey into the countryside north of Chiang Mai on this short trip and experience the Golden Triangle, the infamous area where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet
  • Discover rural village life with an overnight stay in Doi Mae Salong, a beautiful region up in the mountains where tea is grown and local hilltribe people come to sell their crafts in the town market
  • No trip to Chiang Rai would be complete without a visit to the funky White Temple. Check out the startling modern design, and see where traditional Thai art and murals are broken up with pop culture references
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, EcoThailand Foundation. Donations help educate school children on important environmental issues like climate change, nature appreciation, conservation and sustainability.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip starts early on Day 1 and finishes late on Day 3. Therefore we recommend you book pre and post accommodation in Chiang Mai in conjunction with this trip. Our sales team can assist with these extra nights.


Map of Chiang Mai & Golden Triangle including Thailand



2 breakfasts, 3 lunches


Boat, Minibus


Hotel (2 nights)

  • Chiang Dao Caves - Entrance and Free Time
  • Golden Triangle - Opium Hall
  • Golden Triangle - Khong River boat trip
  • Wat Rong Kun (white temple)
  • Mae Ka Chan hot springs
  • Mae Ka Chan Hot Spring Egg Boiling

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Important notes

1. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 8 pm on Day 1 in Chiang Mai. This trip ends on Day 3 and you are free to leave at any time.
2. You will be picked up on Day 1 from the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Trip Note 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.
4. Age restrictions apply to this trip - minimum age 5.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Nicola · Traveled May 2024
Review submitted 09 May 2024

Ross · Traveled January 2024
Excellent trip. Very interesting and with great sites. Was great for the kids and the tour guide. Katie was Fantastic. Well organised and safe.
Review submitted 27 Jan 2024

Gabe · Traveled July 2023
Visiting North Thailand was a delightful adventure! From the vibrant markets to the enchanting temples, every moment was captivating. The warm hospitality of the locals made the trip even more memorable. The lush landscapes and cultural richness added to the charm. An unforgettable experience that left me eager to return!
Review submitted 25 Jul 2023

Ryan · Traveled May 2023
The best overseas tour we have ever been on! Hands down
Review submitted 15 May 2023

Gayle · Traveled February 2023
Very good trip around Northern Thailand with an excellent local guide, Ning, who shared her knowledge about temples, local customs and food.
Review submitted 23 Feb 2023
Chiang Mai & Golden Triangle
CAD $735