Explore the north of Thailand and discover its main cultural attractions with this magical four-day tour from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. This region is overflowing with historical monuments, dreamlike landscapes, gastronomic delights and wonderful wildlife. See the region’s most important temples, come face to face with gentle Asian elephants and visit hill tribe villag
ItineraryDay 1: ARRIVAL CHIANG MAIPass By: สระว่ายน้ำ Holiday Inn ChiangMaiBegin your adventure with a guided tour of Chiang Mai’s old town and main temples. After being picked up at 13:30 in the city centre, visit the historical Wat Suan Dok and admire its 48-metre-high Sri Lankan-style chedi, which overlooks the Royal Cemetery. Continue to Wat Phra Sing in the old town and appreciate the beauty of this large complex comprising more than 60 buildings before visiting the 14th-century Wat Chedi Luang in the very heart of the old city. This ancient temple has a more rustic appearance and has been restored after decades of decay. Discover, too, the nearby Wat Chet Yot and Wat Chiang Man. Due to its age, the Chet Yot temple betrays some signs of ruin while the Chiang Man temple is renowned for its numerous elephant sculptures.Overnight in Chiang Mai.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Holiday Inn Chiang Mai or similar 4*Day 2: CHIANG MAI (80 kms – 3hrs)Pass By: สระว่ายน้ำ Holiday Inn ChiangMaiBreakfast at the hotel is followed by a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, where you’ll enjoy some magnificent panoramic views of the city. The temple is reached by climbing a 309-step naga staircase or via cable car (included). If the views are stunning, the temple itself is even better and boasts a number of dazzling structures. Continue to the bustling Wararot Market, a historical landmark renowned for the variety and quality of its produce, before visiting the fragrant flower market. In the evening, enjoy a khantoke dinner, a traditional northern Thai feast combined with a selection of traditional cultural performances inspired by the Lanna kingdom, which dominated northern Thailand for almost five centuries. Overnight in Chiang Mai. Dinner includedMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Holiday Inn Chiang Mai or similar 4*Day 3: CHIANG MAI – CHIANG RAI (260km – 4 hrs)Pass By: Laluna Hotel and ResortAfter breakfast at the hotel head into the jungle to become acquainted with Thailand’s national animal during a visit to the Thai Elephant Care Centre. This centre was established to provide care for elderly elephants retired from logging and camps. Appreciate these gentle giants, learn more about their nature, their individual traits, their lifestyles, their talents and their charms. Depending on when we arrive, you might even get to see them play during their bath-time. After lunch, continue by road via Doi Saket with a stop at Wat Rong Khun, nicknamed the ‘White Temple’, a dazzling temple built in the 1990s. Its ornate all-white exterior with embedded pieces of mirror gives it a resplendent appearance, making it one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. Continue to Chiang Rai, arriving in the afternoon and transferring to your accommodation. Overnight in Chiang Rai. Lunch includedMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Laluna or similar 4*Day 4: CHIANG RAI – GOLDEN TRIANGLE – DEPART CHIANG RAI (175km – 3.5 hrs)Pass By: Chiang Rai AirportCheck out after breakfast at the hotel and visit Chiang Sean for a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet where the mighty River Mekong flows through. Hop on a boat and take a trip around the Golden Triangle on a boat ride lasting around 30 minutes. After, enjoy lunch at the Imperial Golden Triangle Resort before being dropped off at Chiang Rai Airport Breakfast and lunch included.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.