People of the Golden Triangle

Trip Information
Trip code :THF00073
Destination :Thailand (Chiang Mai)
Price :Upon Request
Duration :4 Days
People of the Golden Triangle

Trip Description
Elephant Safari, Easy Mountain Biking, Light Trekking, White Water Rafting, Bamboo Rafting, River Canoeing, Hilltribe Village Visits, and an Optional Cruise on the infamous Mekong River.
Day 1CHIANG MAI – LISU LODGEDrive to the mountain temple of Wat Pra That Doi Suthep, the most famous landmark of Chiang Mai. Drive up the mountain, passing the Phu Ping Palace (or the King’s summer palace). Turn onto a rough dirt road to the Chiang Khien coffee research project. Continue to the white Hmong village of Chiang Khien and enjoy a quick cup of steaming mountain tea with a village family. A one hour drive along a mountain ridge, then down to the Mae Sa Valley for lunch at Orchid Farms. Then 40 minutes drive to Thai village of Pang Mai Daeng, and enjoy ox-cart riding for 1.30 hrs. to Lisu Lodge. Take a short break at the ‘living area’ before a village trip guided by one of the family hiads to take a glimpse of Lisu customs and culture. Dinner at the Lodge. Over dinner, enjoy Lisu music from one of our village teams of Lisu banjo players and dancing by girls from the village.
Overnight : at Lisu Lodge or similar
Meal : L/D
Day 2LISU LODGE – BAN THATONIn the morning, join a transfer by local taxi (songtaew) to the starting point (Huay Pong: about 1 hour drive) for your easy jungle walk to an Akha village where you will meet a Hilltribe family and enjoy tea or soft drink. Then cycle (mainly down hill) for about 8 km to the Mae Taeng Elephant Camp. From here you will enjoy a 1 hour to 1 and 1/2 hour elephant ride through the beautiful mountain scenery. Picnic lunch by the river Mae Taeng. After picnic at the elephant camp, embark on an inflatable raft for a 1 or 1 and 1/2 hour white water rafting on the Mae Taeng River. Change to vehicle transport to travel north to Thaton River View.
Overnight : at Thaton River View Resort or similar
Meal : B/L
Day 3BAN THATON – GOLDEN TRIANGLEAfter breakfast, travel by 4WD to LISU and SHAN villages for a brief visit then board a customized bamboo raft (comfortably equipped and with roof cover) to enjoy a tranquil journey through stunning scenery along the Mae Kok River. Glide tranquilly along desconding light rapids and stop at riveside hilltribe village. (Inflatable 2 man canoes are available for those who want to ride the rapids themselves) .
Lunch at a riverside ‘jungle camp’ enroute to the Karen Village of Baan Ruam Mit where transport awaits to take you to the beautiful Baan Boran Hotel (probably the best hotel in the north) for your overnight stay.
Overnight : : at Moe Cherry Traditional Bamboo Cottage or similar
Meal : B/L
Day 4GOLDEN TRIANGLE – CHIANG RAI CITYTake a late breakfast then spend a leisurely morning relaxing around the pool or the grounds of this delightful hotel before transferring out to Chiang Rai airport. Alternatively, take an Optional Cruise from the Golden Triangle down the mighty Mekong River to Chiang Khong followed by minibus transfer to the airport.
Meal : B
Meals : B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

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