Golden Triangle Three-Country Experience (from Chiang Rai)

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: All day

tour highlights

  • Get to know the unique Golden Triangle area
  • Visit Thailand, Laos and Myanmar in one day
  • Walk across a bridge into a Myanmar border town
  • See Chiang Saen, old capital of the Lanna people
  • Shop in a little local market at Don Sao in Laos

tour details

For a real adventure in the Golden Triangle, why not visit all three of the Triangle countries, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, in one day? From Thai border town, Mae Sai, you’ll walk across a bridge into Myanmar, where you’ll immediately notice cultural differences in the bustling Burmese town of Ta Chi Lek, a melting pot of peoples from all across Asia. Enjoy the busy, colourful market where a variety of goods is traded. After a picnic lunch, you’ll head to the former capital of the Lanna kingdom, Chiang Saen, with its important ruins, especially Wat Chedi Luang and the ancient city walls. After a visit to the market, you’ll ride a long-tailed boat across the Mekong to Don Sao in Laos. There you can buy tasty Beer Lao, local moonshine whisky and locally made handicrafts in the small market.

tour description

The three countries that make up the Golden Triangle are Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Each of the three countries has its own character, traditions and products - this tour is designed to give a taste of each as well give you a unique chance to set foot in three of the world's most mysterious and sensuous countries in just one day. All you need is your passport and an adventurous spirit. Pick up at your hotel in Chiang Rai or the Golden Triange and transfer to Mae Sai, the border town to Myanmar. After immigration formalities, cross the bridge into Myanmar on foot. Just a few steps away you will notice a dramatic change in cultures and lifestyle. The Burmese border town of Ta Chi Lek is a melting pot of peoples and traditions from across Asia. Take time to explore the market, full of local handicrafts, spices and specialties and a center for the sale of Chinese goods. Take a short rest at the large pagoda atop a hill overlooking the town and surrounding area. Visit the quarter where an enclave of the Shan people live. Then cross the bridge on foot and return to Mae Sai. Enjoy a packed lunch in a nice picnic spot, then continue to Chiang Saen. Chiang Saen, once capital of the Lanna kingdom, was richly endowed with religious buildings. Following victory over Burmese forces in 1804 the town was abandoned for almost eighty years and the important places of worship and defensive walls fell into ruin. These ruins have been preserved by the current administration and some are still worshipped. Particularly important are Wat Chedi Luang and the walls themselves. A visit to the food market is an eye opener; local foods, sweets and gossip are all available - the market even has it's own 'forgotten' ruin at the very back. Take a long-tail boat across the Mekong River to Don Sao, which translates into 'Island 20' in the local language. Walk through the small market selling local handicrafts, Laos goods as well as local rice whisky (Lao khao) and the famous Beer Laos. Return to Thailand by boat and transfer to your hotel.


Transfer included: Yes, Daily from Chiang Rai city hotels
Meals included: Packed picnic style lunch
    Tour code: CEIIT3CT

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