Not included in this tour
Karen Long Neck fee 300 baht/person
Included in this tour
Licensed English speaking guide
Boat trip on Mekong
Availability, departures and group
This is a privately escorted tour and you will be supplied with your own guide, driver and transportation, there will not be others on this tour and you will not join a group. We can arrange this tour to suit your own schedule and departure date. On occasions we are fully booked so please book early to avoid disappointment and please also book at least 4 days prior to departure so we have sufficient time to process your booking. Please fill in the booking form with you chosen departure date and we will get back to you within 48 hours confirming availability and price. Full booking and payment instructions are stated on the booking form,
Day 1 - For this tour you will not be provided with air-conditioned transport but will be making use of local transport. This will be either by tuk tuk or Songtaerw (often referred to as red trucks or Rot Daeng) We hope by travelling on public transport will give you a deeper insight into the city of Chiang Mai. If however you would prefer transport y private air conditioned minibus please let us know and we can make the necessary arrangements and re-quote the tour cost based on your group size.
Day 2 - For this tour you will be provided with a modern air conditioned vehicle as follows:
Group size 1-2 persons - you will be provided with a modern air conditioned car or 9 seat Toyota Commuter minibus
Group size 3-9 persons - you will be provided with a modern 9 seat Toyota Commuter minibus
Group size 10-13 persons - you will be provided with a modern 13 seat Toyota Commuter minibus
Pick up and drop off.
for this tour we will pick you up at your Chiang Mai hotel and drop you off there again after the tour. Curious Gecko will also pick you up and drop you off at your chosen Pai hotel
To secure your booking we will require a deposit paid online of a maximum 20% (minimum 1000 baht) of the tour cost. For the balance payment this can be paid in Chiang Mai with our tour guide on the first morning of the tour. If you have booked hotels through Curious Gecko we will also include in your deposit payment one nights hotel accommodation charge for each hotel booked.
This is a 2 day tour. No accommodation is included in this tour and we will assume you will make your own accommodation arrangements. However if you would like Curious Gecko to arrange your accommodation before during and/or after the tour then we can do then we can provide a quote with one of our partner hotels above
Breakfast: not provided (will be provided with hotel booking only)
Lunch: provided on day 1 and 2
Evening meal: Not provided
In line with the requirements of our Tourism Authority of Thailand Licence we will provide accident insurance for all participants up to a maximum value of 100,000 baht to cover medical bills in the event of an accident.
Children above 130 cm tall will be charged as adults
For children 24 months up to 130cm tall there is a 500 baht reduction in price
there is no charge for infants up to 24 months old.
No swim wear is required on this tour
No of Persons
Price per person
This is a two day tour. Bot days will depart and return to Chiang Mai. No Chiang Mai hotel accommodation is included in the price of this tour. You are free to make your own hotel arrangements or we would be happy to make your hotel arrangements for you with one of our partner hotels. Curious Gecko offer the following hotel choices in Chiang Mai.
Privately escorted tour just for yourselves and your group of family or friends.
1. Pick up at your Chiang Mai hotel 07:30am
2. Coffee and toildet stop at Mae Kha Jan Hotspring
3. Visit Wat Rong Khun (White Temple)
4. Vist Baan Dam museum
5. Board boat at Chiang Saen for ride on Mekong
6. boat trip on Mekong to Laos (Don Xao)
7. continue boat to Golden Triangle
8. Golden Triangle viewpoint
9. Mae Sai
10. Option - Karen Long Neck
11. Return to Chiang Mai approximately 7:30pm
1. Pick up at your Chiang Mai Hotel 6:00am
2. Visit market to buy alms for monks
3. Early morning alms giving to monks
4. Kruba Srivichai Monument,
5. Visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Temple)
6. Local Breakfast
7. Visit Wat Phra Singh
8. Visit Wat Chedi Luang
9. Visit Wat Si Susaphan
10. Visit Warorot Market
11. Local snacks/street food
12. Return to your hotel approximately 2:00pm
An early start will be required as we will need to be up and about with the city monks on their alms rounds around the city. After pick up at your hotel the guide will travel by local transport the local market where we will purchase some suitable items for the offerings, we will then be transported the short distance to one of the many city temples where you will have the opportunity in joining the alms giving to the monks. The monks rely on the the alms for their basic food needs and in return the alms giver gets a blessing from the monk. Following the early morning alms giving it will be time to head up to Doi Suthep temple. At the bottom of the mountain and the start of the road up to the temple we will make a brief stop at the Kruba Srivichai Monument, this shrine dedicated to the monk which founded Doi Suthep and is busy all day with locals paying their respect and maying prayers to improve their lives. Doi Suthep is without a doubt Chiang Mai's most famous temple and sitting on the mountain side of Doi Pui it affords some spectacular views across the city of Chiang Mai. The winding road is 18km to the base of the temples, from here it is recommended to take the 304 steps of the Naga staircase to the temple itself. On return from Doi Suthep we will take a local Thai breakfast before making couple of morning temple visits. Your transport during the morning session of the tour will be using what is locally available (mostly tuk tuk and songtaew). We will visit Wat Phra Singh, this is probably the most import old city temple and is always busy with locals paying their respects to one of the many Buddha images situated in the various buildings in this temple, we will them move on to Wat Chedi Luang Chiang Mai’s largest Chedi and once its tallest structure. We will then move onto the last temple of the morning which is Wat Si Suphan which is situated at the center of Chiang Mai’s silver smith area on Wualai Rd, this temple has been adorned with silver decorations demonstrating some of the silver craft work which is very typical to this area. Following the temples we will head for the local market where you can take the opportunity to try some local street food and visit the cities busiest and largest local fresh and dry foods market. After the market it will be time to transfer you back to your Chiang Mai hotel.
You will be picked up early at your Chiang Mai hotel to commence the drive north to the province of Chiang Rai. On route we will make a brief coffee stop at the Mae Khajan Hot Springs. The hot springs make an ideal spot to stretch the legs, grab a coffee and boil an egg or two in the hot spring water! We will then continue the drive to undoubtedly of of Chiang Rai’s main highlights, Wat Rong Khun, sadly a little damaged in the 2014 earthquake repairs are now underway on this stunning white temple. After Wat Rong Khun we will continue north stopping at Baan Dam Museum. The dark clad buildings at Baan Dam contain an eclectic mixture of artefacts collected by the founding artist. We will proceed north to the town of Chiang Saen, where we will board a motorboat on the Mekong river, the boat will take you up river and across to the Laos side where you can step into Laos and visit the Laos tourist market at Don Xao. We will continue by boat up the Mekong to The Golden Triangle, this is the meeting point of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) from the viewpoint you can see all three countries divided by the mighty Mekong River. We will take lunch before heading to to the absolute top north of Thailand and the border town of Mae Sai. On the return to Chiang Mai you can take the option to stop and see the Paduang hill tribe (commonly referred to and definitely better know as the Karen Long Neck). Following the last stop of the day the drive will continue to Chiang Mai and drop off at your Chiang Mai hotel.
Per person price will depend on your group size as indicated in the pricing table below
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