Defining Thailand’s Golden Triangle
Away from the hustle and bustle of the Khao San Road and the party islands dotted off the coast of Koh Samui, Thailand’s Golden Triangle offers a much more serene side of Thailand, as well as an opportunity to experience the neighbouring countries of Laos and Burma.
With tailor-made holidays in Thailand, visitors can soak up the culture, see the sights and discover a different side to this fascinating and intriguing country.
The Golden Triangle defined: Your itinerary
The Golden Triangle spans thousands of kilometres and encompasses the lush valleys of the North of Thailand where the MekongRiver converges with the Ruak.
Chiang Rai is an ideal place to start your Golden Triangle adventure. This laid-back town nestled on the banks of the KokRiver offers a host of accommodation options and is a gateway to exciting adventures ahead.
Take a guided walking tour around the town, sample the buzz of the night market and treat yourself to an indulgent massage before enjoying a refreshing drink and a traditional Thai meal to set you up for tomorrow’s busy day.
It’s an early start to get up to Chiang Seen, the former capital of the first ever Thai Kingdom. This town is steeped in history and it sits on the Mekong River, just steps away from the official border between Thailand and Laos.
For those who wish to travel further afield and explore the neighbouring nations, it is possible to travel down the river by boat and enjoy adrenaline-pumping activities, such as tubing. Enjoy the views from Wat Phra Dat Jom Kitti and then take a traditional longboat to get downstream.
This is a day to discover the rich local heritage and culture and you can’t beat a trip into the local hillside communities to meet the tribes to get a real insight into traditional Thai living.
Marvel at the views from the hilltops before heading down to Mae Sai to take a look around the markets and look for a bargain.
Travel back towards your starting point and stop off at Chang Mai to visit the elephant camp and enjoy a tour of the forests aboard a very special four-legged guide.
After your elephant trek, visit the orchid farm and craft villages to see how silk is woven and watch the highly skilled carpenters in action. Enjoy a traditional supper back at camp accompanied by live music and dancing.