Thailand: Thai Golden Triangle and River Kwai
Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.
Arrive Suvarnabhumi Bangkok airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel, check in and free at leisure. Check into your hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure. Meals: Availability depends on the time of your arrival
After breakfast, transfer to Bangkok domestic airport. Depart Bangkok by TG-102 (air ticket is not included). Arrive at Chiang Mai Airport. Drive to Chiang Rai and lunch at local restaurant. Continue to Chiang Saen, the former capital of the first Thai Kingdom, situated directly on Mekong River at the border between Thailand and Laos. Visit Wat Phra Dhat Jom Kitti by climbing 383 steps to the top of the hill. Also visit Wat Chedi Luang and small museum nearby. Continue by long-tail speedboat upriver on the Mekong toward Golden Triangle where borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet.
Breakfast Depart from Chiang Saen to Mae Sai, the northernmost Thai town on the Myanmar border. Walk around the local market with plenty of shopping opportunities. Proceed with a visit to the Fish and Monkey Cave. Then continue the trip to Doi Mae Salong, passing through beautiful mountain scenery. Mae Salong lays 1800 meters above the sea level and is famous for its tea plantations. There are Chinese temples, ethnic tribes living in the area, and plenty of open-air bazaars offering Chinese specialties such as tea and locally grown preserved fruits. A Yunnan-style lunch is served at Mae Salong Villa, offering striking mountain and valley views. After lunch, drive to Chiang Rai where you visit the Black House (Baan Dam). This impressive structure is the unique creation of national artist, Thawan Duchanee. Part art studio, part museum, part home, Baan Dam is an eclectic mix of traditional northern Thai buildings interspersed with some outlandish modern designs. After the visit here continues the drive to Chiang Rai city, taking time en route to relax at Cheevit Tamada, a quaint coffee house near the Kok River.
Breakfast Leave hotel for the boat landing. Board simple longtail motorboats for a three-hour journey up Kok River, passing tiny hill-tribe villages, bamboo huts, and jungle scenery. Disembark at Ban Pha Tai and continue by bus to Mae Kok River Village Resort for Lunch. After lunch, visit Wat Thatorn, a large temple complex in a very attractive setting only a few kilometers from the border with neighboring Myanmar. The temple is located on top of a hill overlooking the village of Ban Thaton and the Mae Kok river. It is built over several levels of a forested hill offering magnificent views over the surrounding rural area Proceed to Mae Rim via Fang and Chiang Dao. Afterward, head to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Dinner followed by a presentation of Meo dances.
After breakfast, visit an orchid farm where you will see a greater variety of species and colors of this kind of flowers that grows in Thailand. Afterwards, drive to Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park. An eco-friendly naturally built outdoor museum park that introduces and explains the unique steps involved in making paper products from elephant poop fibers! Then, continue to The Dara Pirom Palace Museum (closed on Monday). An elegant house of the late Princess Jao Dara Rasamee, one of the princess consorts of King Rama V, transformed into the museum full of exhibits showing the palace décor as well as Chiang Mai’s rich culture and history at the time of her life. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Handicraft Villages to see the manufacture of lacquerware, spinning, and weaving of Thai Silk and to watch how paper umbrellas are made. Also, visit a well-known Thai wood-carving factory, with the possibility of buying Burmese antiques.
Following breakfast, visit the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai, like WatPhra Singh with its famous Buddha image, Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in Chiang Mai and built by King Mangrai, and Wat Suan Dok, housing remains of many generations of the old Chiang Mai Royal Family. Also, visit Wat Doi Suthep, tucked away in the mountains at 1,056 meters above sea level. Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to Chiang Mai Airport for your flight to Bangkok (flight not included, to be booked by agent). Upon arrival in Bangkok, you will be transferred to your hotel.
After breakfast, depart to Kanchanaburi province (128 km. to the west of Bangkok) Visit Thailand–Burma Railway Centre an interactive museum, information, and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand– Burma Railway. The fully air-conditioned center offers the visitor an educational and moving experience. Visit Allied War Cemetery which is memorial to some 6000 allied prisoners of war (POWs) who perished along the death railway line and were moved post-war to this eternal resting place. Visit the world famous Bridge over the River Kwai, a part of Death Railway constructed by Allied POWs. Take a long-tailed boat on River Kwai to River Kwai Resotel. Check–in and have Lunch upon arrival. Take an exciting boat ride upstream to visit nearby ethnic Mon Tribal Village. Then return to the hotel. Dinner, followed by a 45-minute presentation of Mon Dance.
Following breakfast, take an exciting boat ride downstream to Resotel Pier and continue to visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial. Check-out at 11 AM. Lunch at local restaurant. Take a historic ride on Death Railway Train passing over original wooden viaduct constructed by Allied POWs. Afterward, head back to Bangkok to check-in to your hotel.
Breakfast Transfer to Bangkok International airport for departure flight home.
• Arrival & departure transfer
• Meet & Greet at the airport
• Services of a driver and air-conditioned vehicles during all transfers and tours
• 3 nights in Bangkok at Riva Surya or similar
• 1 night in Chiang Saen at Imperial Golden Triangle Resort or similar
• 1 night in Chiang Rai at Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa or similar
• 1 night in Chiang Mai at Hmong Hilltribe Lodge or similar
• 1 night in Chiang Mai at Empress Hotel or similar
• 1 night in Kanchanaburi at River Kwai Resotel or similar
• 15 meals: 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 2 dinners
• Tours, transfers, and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
• English Speaking Guide
• Service charge and Government tax
• Visa to Thailand
• Water and drinks during meals
• Domestic roundtrip Bangkok – Chiang Mai - Bangkok
• Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Personal expenses
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