Lanna Secrets: Golden Triangle and Chiang Saen

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Afternoon / Morning

tour highlights

  • Explore the once notorious Golden Triangle
  • Take a thrilling boat trip on the Mekong River
  • Visit the fascinating Chiang Saen museum
  • See the Lanna-style chedi of Wat Chedi Luang
  • Admire the hilltop Wat Phra Thaat Jom Kitti

tour details

The once notorious Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, was once a major centre of opium production, but now repays the visitor interested in the area’s rich cultural past. We’ll take a one-hour boat trip on the magnificent Mekong River to the small town of Chiang Saen on the banks of the river, formerly a Lanna stronghold. We’ll visit the fascinating Chiang Saen Museum which holds many antiques and Buddha images dating from this period. We’ll stroll through Wat Chedi Luang to admire its Lanna-style chedi and then call in at Wat Pa Sak, which contains the ruins of seven monuments. Finally, we’ll climb to the hilltop temple of Wat Phra Thaat Jom Kitti which affords lovely views of Chiang Saen and the river on clear days.

tour description

Explore the "Golden Triangle", once a center for trading opium. Here the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos meet. Take a one-hour boat trip on the mighty Mekong River. Continue by minibus to Chiang Saen, a small crossroads town on the banks of the Mekong River. Visit the Chiang Saen museum, which houses a remarkable selection of ancient Buddha images and antiques. Then stroll through the nearby Wat Chedi Luang, a temple which features a chedi in the classic Chiang Saen or Lanna style. Visit Wat Pa Sak where the ruins of seven monuments can be seen. The tour ends with a visit to Wat Phra Thaat Jom Kitti, located on a hilltop. On clear days Chiang Saen and the river can be observed from the top of the hill.


Transfer included: Yes, Daily from Chiang Rai city hotels


    Meals included: None
      Tour code: CEIITCNS

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