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4-Days Highlights of the North
Chiang Rai ~ Chiang Mai

Encounter the essence of northern Thailand Take a scenic road trip from Chiang Rai through spectacular landscape to the infamous Gold Triangle. Visit Chiang Mai's treasure trove of historic sites, venture to sacred hilltop temples and come face-to-face with Asian elephants in the wild.

Day 01 Chiang Rai arrival - Chiang Rai City (127km)

Upon arrival at Chiang Rai airport, you will be welcomed by the local guide and transfer for a brief sightseeing at Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. Soak up the amazing beauty of the unique kanok architecture. Then transfer to your hotel.

Day 01 Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai 

After breakfast in the morning, get picked up at the hotel in Chiang Rai and head to Sop Ruak to see the viewpoint of the Goldn Triangle where the Mekong River joins Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Visit the Hall of Opium (closed on Monday), an impressive and informative museum that documents the history of the area and details its links to the opium trade. Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, continue to Chiang Mai.

Upon arrival, check in at hotel and head out for some independent exploration or relax at the hotel.

Overnigt in Chiang Mai.

Day 03 Chiang Mai

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up and transfer approximately 1.5 hours south of Chiang Mai through rolling hills, forest, and local farming areas, until reaching the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. Walk through and learn about the elephants, change into tradiitional Karen clothing and make medicine for the elephants. Then it's time to meet them, feed and give medicine, interact, and play with them to a river to bathe them. Have a traditional meal for lunch before saying goodbye to the elephants and drive back to Chiang Mai.

In the afternoon, explore the old and modern city of Chiang Mai, including its old crumbling city walls, gates, moat, eclectic markets, residential areas, majestic foreign consulates, government buildings and Thapae Road, one of Chiang Mai's main streets. Continue with a drive up to Doi Suthep mountain for a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Built in 1384 AD, this is the most sacred temple in Northern Thailand. Inside the temple, you will see one of the most sacred stupas in all of Thailand. A fantastic panoramic view over the city can be seen from here. Breathe deeply and enjoy the scenery of ancient Wat Jed Yod with its seven spires and Wat Suan Dok where the ashes of Chiang Mai's royal family are interred.


Chiang Mai really comes alive at night, and this tour allows guests to experience the social and spiritual sides of this charming city after dark.

The evening starts at a local temple where the monks gather for their nightly prayer chants. Guests can take part in this deeply sacred ritual by lightling incense and candles, to ensure an unforgettable and otherworldly experience. Dinner is then served at the stunning Rachamankha, inspired by the courtyard architecture of ancient Chinese dwellings, and serving an exquisite selection of Lanna, Burmese and Shan cuisine, before guests are transported to the colorful Waroros Market. This bustling night market is the hub of local life in Chiang Mai with fresh food and flower stalls offerin an intoxicating mix of sights, sounds and smells.

Here, guests will be able to sample some local Thai delicacies, providing a sweet end to an enchanting evening.

Time: 1700 hrs ~ 2100 hrs

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 04 Chiang Mai departure

Breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer back to Chiang Mai airport for departure.

OPTIONAL: Chiang Mai Thai Orchid Cookig

Welcome to the world of Thai cuisine! The delicate blend of exotic herbs, spices, and fresh ingredients makes Thai food stand out as one of the world's most colorful and flavorful cuisines, striking a perfect balance of sweet, spicy, sour, and savory tastes.

We invite you to join expertly presented cooking lessons at Chiang Mai Orchid Cookery School. You will start the day with a visit to the local market to learn about fresh local Thai ingredients with your professional instructor. Various dishes will be prepared and today's lunch will be composed of your own realizations. This all day, in-depth cooking class will have you cook like a pro long after your journey to Thailand is over.

Time: 09:00 ~ 16:00 hours
Departure: Daily except Sundays
Note: Cooking is a join-in activity. Private transfer, no guide service. Maximum 12 persons.


Have a nice holidays!

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