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Because occasional fighting within Myanmar or disputes between the Thai and Myanmar governments can lead to the border being closed temporarily, it’s always a good idea to check the current situation before travelling to Mae Sai.

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$87.44 Day Trips & Excursions

White Temple - Golden Triangle - Cruise

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai ProvinceThe significant temple at Chiangrai that is one of must see place in this city.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Longneck Karen Village, Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai Provincevisit and walkaround the village of the longneck hilltribe. If you like to support them they will sell their own handmade scarf with the reasonable price which you can not buy from elsewhere.Duration: 35 minutesStop At: Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai ProvinceVisit the Golden Triangle and cruise along Maekong RiverDuration: 2 hours

$102 Private & Custom Tours

Chiang Rai Golden Triangle Private Tour from Chiang Mai

Following hotel pick up from Chiang Mai city area hotel at 7 am drive to Chiang Rai Province and The Golden Triangle, meeting point of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Your first stop will be Mae Khachan Hot Spring, a good spot to take a morning cup of coffee before heading up towards the stunning Wat Rong Khun often named The White Temple due do its dazzling white colour inlaid with mirrored glass. Then you will proceed to the Golden Triangle where you can see the meeting points of Thailand, Burma and Loas.After having lunch you will board a boat on the Mekong River to the Laos island of Don Sao. You will be required to show your original passport if you want to take the boat ride on the Mekong to the Laos side. Please bring this with you if you want to take this option. The tour will proceed to Mae Sai the Thai border town with Myanmar where we can spend some time at the bustling border market. You will also get a glimpse of Myanmar itself with it only being situated a mere ten meters away across the river.On the return leg to Chiang Mai we will stop at an Akha and Yao hill tribe village.After enjoying both tribe villages start for Chiang Mai and around 8 pm we will drop off you at your Chiang Mai City area hotel where the tour will end.

$641.60 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 Days Northern Thailand Highlight

Day 1: BANGKOK-AYUTTHAYAMorning, drive to visit Bang Pa-In and the interior of Chinese Wehat Chamrun Palace. Continue drive to Ayutthaya. At the magnificent city ruins you can see Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch with three spired pagoda as, the large Buddha image of Phra Mongkol Bophit and then visit to Wat Chaiya Mongkol, Wat Mahathat and Wat Chai Watthanaram. Late afternoon, check in at your hotel and free day at your leisure. Day 2: AYUTTHAYA-SUKHOTHAI  Morning, check out and drive to Lop Buri, visit Phra Prang Sam Yot and visit San Phra Kan. Continue drive to Phitsanuloke, visit Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat and Buddha-Casting Foundry. Continue drive to Sukhothai, check in at your hotel and relax at leisure. Day 3: SUKHOTHAI - LAMPANG After breakfast, visit The Sukhothai Historical Park. Afternoon drive to Si Satchanalai to visit The Si Satchanalai Historical Park. Continue drive to Lampang, check in at your hotel and free day at your leisure Day 4: LAMPANG - CHIANG RAIMorning, enjoy horse carriage riding to visit Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao, the temple of the Emerald Buddha. Drive you visit another temple "Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang", the temple buildings seen today were built in fifteenth century. Morning, drive approx 3 hours to Chiang Rai, check in at your hotel and relax at leisure. Day 5: CHIANG RAI Start the day with visits to visit Wat Rong Khun and Hill Tribe Museum PDA. Continue drive to visit simple Akha and Yao hill tribe villages and Chiang Saen. Next, you will visit the Golden Triangle, the Opium Museum, finally arrive at Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand. Return to your hotel in Chiang Rai late afternoon and free day at your leisure. Day 6:  CHIANG RAI - CHIANG MAI Morning, transfer approximate 2.30-3 hours to Chiang Mai, check in at your hotel and relax at leisure. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Afternoon, enjoy sightseeing to famous city temples of Chiang Mai. Visit Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Suan Dok.  Then drive up to Doi Suthep to visit Wat Phrathad Doi Suthep.Day 7: CHIANG MAI - DEPARTUREMorning, free at leisure until check out time and transfer to Chiang Mai Airport for your flight to next destination.   

$615.31 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day Myanmar Trekking Tour from Chiang Mai

Day 1 Flow overland, cross the border and experience a remote corner of Myanmar’s Shan state. Leave ECo Resort Chiang Mai at early in the morning and watch the landscape change as you aim for the mountains in the North and the Mae Sai border. The drive is around 4-5 hours depending on traffic. On arrival in Mae Sai, you will cross the border around 12:30pm-1pm and on the other side, in Tachileik, you will meet your guide. Go by shared taxi through gorgeous scenery, at a fine road to Kengtung. It’s about a 3-hours ride and upon arrival in Kengtung Town you will have the rest of the day to explore the small city. Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kengtung Town Day 2 (B, L) Explore the outskirts of Kengtung and meet the local hill tribes. Several hill tribes inhabit the mountains surrounding Kengtung Town; the Eng, Lahu, Lishaw and Akha tribes. Together with your guide and a pickup truck you will visit 3 different hill tribe villages. Take in the serene mountainous surroundings and meet the local villagers at eye level. Expect to be walking 30min to 1-hour to reach the villages in case the unpaved road is in a bad condition. Return to Kengtung at the end of the day. Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kengtung Town Day 3 (B, L) Go to remote tribal villages while rewarded with serene mountain views and beautiful scenery. Set out in a different direction to local tribal villages, where only few foreigners go. Expect to walk a bit more today and be rewarded by beautiful scenery and authentic hill tribe villages. Return to Kengtung at the end of the day. Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kengtung Town Day 4 (B) Free day to explore the town and local life. The day is free for you to do as you please. Start early in the morning and visit the busy market. Walk the town roads and backstreets, pass the magical temples, see the British colonial architecture and embrace life in this remote corner of Myanmar. Accommodation: Overnight at hotel in Kengtung Town Day 5 (B) Transfer to the bus station and start your return journey towards the border to Thailand. From Tachileik your onward destination is as per your own arrangement. Whatever your choice, we will be happy to help you with a piece of advice or a bit if inspiration.

$28.40 Day Trips & Excursions

Half Day Mae Sai

What makes Mae Sai such a wonderful place, high up in the north? It is a coming and going of all levels of society, seeking new means to trade and finding the latest news from across the border; this is seen from the perspective of its residents and Burmese day visitors who come over to explore one of Thailand’s centres for precious stones and gems. Mae Sai also has been on the radar for many years because of its crisp mountain air, home of numerous hill tribes that convene here too in search for making a living. An essential part of the former Lanna Kingdom, its rural dominance of yesteryear remains a characteristic and magnet for visitors with this on their bucket list. Small in size, but packing a half day full with exploration and mingling with the gem-loving locals at Thailand Northernmost Point will bring you as close as possible to a highlight of the Golden Triangle area.Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at your Chiang Rai hotel lobby (conditions apply), from where we head out northbound towards Mae Sai, a 60-kilometre ride, connecting Thailand with Thakhilek in Myanmar. En route, we make a stop at Baan Wang Lao, one of the few villages where traditional forms of handicraft still form the core of the residents’ steady income. Together with your guide, the walk through the village with locals showcasing their work give you an insight of something truly Thai. Our goal for this half day outing is of course Mae Sai, better known as ’Northern Most Point of Thailand’. Surrounded by mountains, this small border town is sole overland border crossing into Myanmar and with its local market being a focal point for trading, one will see a mix of Thais and Burmese wandering the main street of Mae Sai. It is also the ideal market for gem lovers, where numerous kinds of precious stones from Myanmar, such as rubies, emeralds, jade, and others, are for sale. You will have ample time to walk around and see for yourself what’s for sale here. If you’re interested in buying something, don’t forget to barter – it is the only way to trade in this part of the world and the success of your haggling skills will certainly deliver some smiles.If time permits, we can include a stop at the Wat Phra That Doi Wao situated around 100 meters before the border crossing with Myanmar. This Chedi was built by a ruler of Yonok Nakkhaphan to contain some strands of Buddha's hair. It is thus one of the most ancient and most worshipped Chedis in Chiang Rai. From the vantage points at this temple, you can visit Myanmar by sight, without having to pay the fees or crossing the borders (not included in this tour) It is time to head back to Chiang Rai via the same way as we came, and will bring you back to your Chiang Rai hotel after approximately 4 hours of exploring Mae Sai.