Beginning in the Thai capital of Bangkok with its incredible Grand Palace, this trip takes you up into the hills of the northwestern part of Thailand, with its panoply of different ethnic groups, rivers, elephant training camps and vibrant cities. Your path will wend from Chiang Rai and the infamous Golden Triangle down to Chiang Mai with its wonderful crafts and people over to Mae Hong Son and Pai. Along the way, you will visit Padaung tribes, be an “elephant owner for a day”, go to cooking school, take longtail boats on the Mae Kok, give alms to monks, and even cross over into Myanmar.
NOTE: At the end of the program, should you wish to include time on one of Thailand’s beautiful beaches or do an extension to another country in Southeast Asia, we would be happy to add this to your trip.
Trip Dates & Pricing
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Land Cost: Starting At $3995 per person*
*Based on 4-6 People (excluding international air)
Experience & Explore
- Day 1
Arrive in Bangkok. Met and taken to hotel. Rest of day at leisure.
- Day 2
Visit Bangkok – Grand Palace, Klongs, Wat Po and Wat Arun. Evening visit to China Town.
- Day 3
Visit the Floating Market and Home Krateng.
- Day 4
Fly Chiang Rai. Drive Mai Sai. Cross into Myanmar. Visit Akha and Yao villages and Baan Dam.
- Day 5
Visit Chiang Saen, Opium Museum and Golden Triangle.
- Day 6
Longtail boat ride to Ta Ton. Visit Karen and Lahu villages and Wat Thaton. End in Chiang Mai.
- Day 7
Elephant owner for a day.
- Day 8
Two Options Today: a) Hiking Doi Inthanon or b) Day with a Lanna family
- Day 9
Drive Mai Hong Son via Mae Malai and hot spring.
- Day 10
Tour Mae Hong Son and boat ride on Pai River to Padong village. Afternoon visit to town.
- Day 11
AM market and Buddhist offerings. Drive Pai via Tam Lod, Lisu and Lahu villages. Explore Pai.
- Day 12
Drive Chiang Mai, Fly Bangkok and connect with evening flight out.
NOTE: If you want an extension to Phuket, Krabi or similar, we will be happy to help.