Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai Overland Experience

Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai Overland Experience

8 Days

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Arrive in Chiang Mai

Upon arrival, you will be met outside the baggage claim area by your guide who will escort you to a waiting vehicle for your transfer to downtown with a brief introduction en route.

Your guide will be holding a welcome signboard with the ASIA TOUR ADVISOR LOGO & your name. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Bangkok.

Doi Suthep Temple – Meo Doi Pui – Local Handicraft Village

The journey begins with a visit to a Meo Hill tribe village. Since they originally migrated from South China, the physical features of the tribe are similar to Chinese. They prefer large families and average about 8 in a family. They practice shifting agriculture. Mostly planting upland rice, corn and soybeans. Generally you will find that the womenfolk's works harder than the men. A trait similar with most hill tribes. Their houses are not built on stilts rather directly on the ground.

Due to its proximity to Doi Suthep this particular village is slightly more commercial and less traditional. Doi Pui was once famous for opium cultivation. It is 1500 meters above the sea level. Trip continues on to Wat Doi Suthep Temple. Driving up offers a panoramic view of Chiang Mai city. Later on, embark to the San Kamphaeng district, heart of the silk and cotton home industries, to witness the fascinating process of making and weaving these popular fabrics. Continue on the Bor Sang, the umbrella village, where the delicate Thai paper umbrellas are produced and hand-painted. From here onwards to Thai Celadon, about 6kms north of Chiang Mai, where exquisite ceramics are produced. These are modeled on the Sawankhalok pottery that used to be made hundreds of years ago at Sukhothai and exported all over the region. With its deep, cracked glazed finish the style is very distinctive and some pieces are exceptionally beautiful. Last but not least, are stops to observe the intricacies of both lacquer ware and silverware craftsmen.

Chiang Mai – Elephant Nature Park

This day aims to explore Elephant Nature Park - a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds and many other rescued animals. Your visit starts with a picturesque drive through rural countryside. You will hear the personal stories of rescued and orphaned elephants. See how they became a proud herd and free from abuse for the first time in their lives. Many find their visit to Elephant Nature Park rewarding and very relaxing. Observe free roaming elephants (no riding), and other rescued animals enjoying the natural surroundings of our sanctuary. Your visit helps support our regional projects and offers an invaluable opportunity of helping elephant conservation. You will join various activities to cherish the elephants (unload, distribute fruit treats and feed the elephants from the viewing platform.

Enjoy a sumptuous and varied vegetarian buffet of Asian and International dishes in the beautiful nature of the park

Walk with our staff and the elephants to the river that skirts the park. Watch these gentle giants as they splash around and play while you stay dry on the river bank. After the visit, it`s time for goodbyes to the elephants and to Elephant Nature Park before the hour-long drive back to Chiang Mai where you will be dropped off at your accommodations.

*Park visits are all about spending quality time observing, being with the herd and be their friends (RIDING IS NOT ALLOWED). We do not adhere to a strict schedule; the best way to make the most of your visit is to relax, watch and learn from the elephants.

Chiang Mai – Pa Pae Hot Spring - Pai

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Pai District. En-route at The Pa Pae Hot Spring where is located in the district of Mae Taeng approximately 40km from Chiang Mai City center along the route to the towns of Mae Malai and Pai. The hot springs are probably some of the nicest within Chiang Mai province - not at all over-commercialized and set within a well-maintained park in a very picturesque wooded valley.

Down stream from the bubbling geysers, the rock formations form dams and make shallow pools for a pleasant hot soak. The park also offers camping and walks to nearby hill tribe villages. After that, transfer to the hotel and free on own.

Pai – Hill Trible Vilalges – Tam Lod Cave – Tam Pla – Phu Klone

After breakfast, visit to the Hill tribe villages such as Lahu, Lisu and Karen before continue to Tam Lod Cave for excursion. Later on, embark to Tam Pla or Fish Cave for sightseeing. Lunch at a local restaurant before arriving in Mae Hong Son.

Visit at Phu Klone Country Club for shopping the infamous products such as Mineral water spray, Phu Klone Mud Cleansing Bar, Cream Bath, Mud Spa Powder and etc. After that, continue to the hotel for check in and free at leisure.

Baan Nai Soi – Mae Hong Son City Temple – Chiang Mai

Start in the early morning to visit the morning market area, where you can buy apart from the usual household items and foodstuffs, an array of insect food such as crickets, worms and ant eggs. Next Visit to Baan Nai Soi the unspoiled Karen village where is located close Myanmar Border. Then, drive to the Burmese style temples Wat Jong Kham and Wat Jong Klang located next to a large pond in southern end of town.

Wat Jong Kham was build nearly 200 years ago by Shan people who make up about 50% of Mae Hong Sorn's population. Wat Jong Klang houses 100-year-old glass paintings and woodcarvings from Burma, depicting various lives of the Buddha. Then drive uphill to Wat Phra Dhat Doi Kong Moo, with its beautiful view over Mae Hong Sorn. After that, transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel and free on own after check in.

Chiang Mai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Tha Ton Temple to see the biggest Lord Buddha Image in the sitting position on the summit of Tha Ton hill. Later, proceed to Mae Sai Border Market, one of the biggest border market where you can access to Tha Khi Lek Province, Myanmar. At the market, you will find a lot of goods, local products and many items which are imported from China & Myanmar such electronic devices, fruits, clothes, stones, jewelry, Jade and etc.

Lunch at a local restaurant before we continue to the infamous Golden Triangle renowned for centuries as the centre of the opium trade. From a hill top viewpoint, marvel at the splendor of the mighty Mekong joining with the Ruak and forming the actual “Triangle” with Laos Burma and Thailand

Chiang Rai – Doi Tung Departure

Doi Tung or Switzerland of Asia, to visit Doi Tung, look no further outstanding than the Mae Fah Luang Garden which is situated at an elevation of 950 meters above sea-level, the Mae Fah Luang Garden consists of flowerbeds planted with a dazzling variety of flowers and shrubs from all corners of the world; among these, over 70 species of cool climate and temperate ornamental and flowering plants that thrive at high altitude are planted in the midst of native plants, leafy shrubs and perennials.

A myriad of flowering plants come into bloom all year round and form a splendid hill-side tapestry that changes with the seasons. After that, transfer to Chiang Rai Airport for flight departure.

Finish unforgettable Thailand Tour with Asia Tour Advisor Co., Good bye & see you in the next time! AsiaTourAdvisor can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations.

Located in the north of the country, the ancient walled city of Chiang Mai has been an important Buddhist centre since the 14th century and is home to over three hundred temples. Surrounded by mountains it offers spectacular scenery with opportunities to meet the colourful hill tribe minorities that inhabit the area. The renowned Night Bazaar comes alive in the evenings, a great place to sample the distinctive northern Thai cuisine. Further north still is Chiang Rai, nestled in the mountains and gateway to the infamous Golden Triangle border region of Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos. Situated in the old kingdom of Lanna, meaning land of a million rice fields, the area around Chiang Rai is home to many ethnic minority hill tribes including the Karen, Akha, Lahu and Yao. Cruise along the Mae Kok River, trek through the hills or travel by elephant to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside interspersed with traditional local villages.


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17 Reviews
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Absolutely nothing to complain
Reviewed On: Oct 18, 2019MariaItaly

This trip was an absolute blast. The tour was well paced and went to all of the highlights while still allowing for time to relax as I like to on vacation. To be recommended.

Great travel company
Reviewed On: Oct 10, 2019Lim EeMalaysia

We recently got back from a wonderful, stress-free 8 day trip to Thailand. Tam at ATA did a great job planning, organizing, and overseeing the whole thing. Before the trip, she was patient and flexible, answering our numerous questions and changing things according to our changing ideas about what we wanted to do. Our emails were always answered quickly. She sent me lots of useful information about each country in advance, she booked all of our flights without charge except for the cost of the flights and she chose wonderful hotels for us. All of the Hongsportation worked out smoothly, without a hitch. We traveled between sights in a comfortable air conditioned car and the drivers were great, always being where and when they were supposed to be and adeptly navigating the busy Asia traffic. The guides were wonderful, personable, interesting people who not only were extremely knowledgeable but also shared enough with us about their lives to greatly enhance our understanding of the region and what we were seeing. They were also very helpful in advising us about how to prioritize and cut down the too-challenging itinerary we had initially chosen for ourselves. All in all, I can’t recommend Tam and ATA highly enough.
Lim Ee -Malaysian

Good experience
Reviewed On: Aug 23, 2018DeanBelgium

The tour was good. Hua Hin was the best destination! The accommodations and beach BBQ was nice. The Muay Thai boxing was the highlight of my trip plus the food market we had dinner at. I enjoyed the few connections I did make. Good experience with good opportunity.

No time to concern but to enjoy
Reviewed On: Aug 22, 2018JohnUnited Kingdom

I loved my trip with Asia Tour Advisor and embraced every moment to the fullest and took it all in. I feel like I saw and experienced so much in a short period of time. Being a solo traveler and my first time in Thailand, the tour guide Kat made me feel comfortable and eased my worries right away. I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends and will travel with them again!

Good organization
Reviewed On: Aug 16, 2018IanCanada

The trip was very well planned out and everything was taken care of for the group. My favorite part of the experience was trekking trail parallel to the stream in the national park, as it made me feel the most in touch with the wild. Our guide, Kit, was energetic and responsible that made everybody feel like they were getting the most out of every location. Overall I would recommend this trip and may use Asia Tour Advisor for our next trip, as it is by far the easiest way to go on an adventure that you know little about.

Interesting hike
Reviewed On: Aug 15, 2018PatrickUnited States

The trekking was easier than I’d anticipated, but it was still a great hike. My guide went above and beyond to share her knowledge about the Hilltribe people and Thai life, including their intuitive ways to use what is available. I would jump at any opportunity to travel with Asia Tour Advisor again.

Incredibly traveling
Reviewed On: Jul 11, 2018CaydenAustralia

Wow! What an experience. For me the main reason for going to Thailand was to see the picturesque wooded valley of Chiang Mai and whilst it was incredible, I fell in love with the country overall. I was so impressed with the organisation and ease of the tour. Visiting tribe villages also made the tour so amazing. Nice try at best.

Services, people, guidance – Guaranteed!
Reviewed On: May 13, 2016John StewartNew Zealand

Hello guys. I’m writing this review to give praise to Asia Tour Advisor for an amazing trip “Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai Overland Experience” they gave me. The Golden Triangle border region is surely a gift from nature and we had a chance to tastes its beauty to the very last bit. One thing I feel satisfied about during the trip is that Asia Tour Advisor did a very good job in preparing the stay, delivering the delicious food and guiding us around all the time. I am a bit of a critic but I can’t complaint anything. You guys are great and I hope you will keep up this smooth operation.

Out of this world!
Reviewed On: Apr 13, 2016James RogueUnited States

This is the sixth time I have booked the trip with Asia Tour Advisor and the quality if still out of this world. The hotels in our trip “Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai Overland Experience” are located in the centre to make it easier for us to get around the city. The food on tour was good too. Moreover, our tour guide is good in English and very professional. He took care us carefully and always in time. We were satisfied with the services of Asia Tour Advisor.

Thanks Asia Tour Agency for a great trip.
Reviewed On: Mar 30, 2016Carrie WillsCanada

My husband and I went to Thailand on this “Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai Overland Experience” in December 2015. My words cannot explain all the feelings about the tour. Our tour guide Surapee was wonderful. He was knowledgeable, kind and passionate with his job. Thailand was a beautiful country with such friendly, delightful people. The entire tour was filled with beautiful sights, remarkable experiences, fascinating history. . . and a lot of fun. This will not be our last tour with Asia Tour Advisor.

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• Hotel accommodation in double/ twin Room with daily breakfast
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
• Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles
• English speaking local guide
• All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
• Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
• Cold water and towel during tours

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Departure from:Chiang Mai
End in:Chiang Rai
Duration:8 Days
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