Gardens at Doi Tung
Mae Sai Border
Boat to Laos
Laos Market at Don Xao
Boat to Chiang Saen
Wat chedi Luang
Mae Kha Jan Hotsprings
Give Chiang Rai province the time it deserves on a two day one night tour from Chiang Mai. The first day will start when we collect you from your Chiang Mai hotel and take the road north towards Chiang Dao. On the route you can take the option to visit the tigers at Tiger Kingdom before proceeding on to Chiang Dao Cave. The cave here is home to a small Buddha shrine and we will also take a local cave guide on a lamp lit tour of the deep caves! following the cave the drive will proceed north to the small town of Thaton on the Kok River. Thaton is home to a multi-tier temple which affords some great views over the town and the Kok river valley towards Chiang Rai. Lunch will be taken by the river and then we will proceed towards Doi Mae Salong, we will stop on route and you can take the option to vist the Paduang hill tribe (commonly referred to as the Karen long Neck) and then onto Baan Lorcha Akha village a community based tourism project where the locals will be happy to show you around their village and explain their culture to you! We will proceed high up into the hills to the hill top town of Doi Mae Salong. This unique town is populated with a mixture of mostly ethnic Chinese and ethnic groups of different hill tribes. The ethnic Chinese arrived here after their defeat of their KMT army and needed to escape China in 1950. The Thai government let them stay and they are still here to this day. The architecture of the town is heavily influenced from the Chinese province that many of these Chinese arrived from (Yunan). Our last stop of the day will be Wat Santikhiri Temple which is situated on one of the highest spots in the area and allows great views over the town of Doi Mae Salong below. If you want to visit this temple please be ready for a walk up over 700 steps!! The days tour will finish when we drop you at your Mae Salong hotel.
The day will start when we pick you up from your Doi Mae Salong hotel. The hills around Doi Mae Salong use to be at the centre of a large opium poppy growing area, but times have changed and opium has been replaced with the growing of other crops including tea. Our first stop of the day will be at a large tea plantation which is typical of many now in the area. Following the tea plantation we will continue the drive onto Doi Tung and the Mae Fah Luang Garden, these lovely and immaculately landscaped gardens are a flower lovers dream, and as this garden is situated in the mountains the air is usually a lot cooler than on the low land plains below. Our next stop of the day will be at the border town of Mae Sai where you can take some time to visit the bust border market here as well as see the hectic coming and goings of Thai and burmese crossing the border post into Myanmar here. After Mae Sai it will be time for lunch before proceeding to the Golden Triangle area, the meeting point of three countries (Thailand, Laos and Myanmar) from the riverbank here you can take in the view of all three countries as well as the mighty Mekong River which separates them. We will then take a long tail boat on the Mekong River making a quick stop on the Laos side at the little tourist market at Don Xao before proceeding down river to Chiang Saen where we will board the waiting minibus. We will then make the drive to visit the Baan Dam museum (Black House Museum) Baan Dam is a small collection of buildings housing an eclectic collection of local artefacts and art by the artist Thawan Duchanee. Our next stop will be at the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) Despite damage from a recent earthquake still clearly visible on this temple it is still a stunning and unique spectacle and unlike any other temple you will see in Thailand. Following Wat Rong Khun it will be time to return to Chiang Mai where we will make a stop at Mae Kha Jan Hot Springs. The tour will finish when we transfer yo to your Chiang Mai hotel.
Not included in this tour
Karen Long Neck entrance fee 300 baht/person
No of Persons
Price per person
Included in this tour
Licenced English speaking guide
Privately escorted tour just for yourselves and your group of family or friends.
Per person price will depend on your group size as indicated in the pricing table below
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,
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 each day after the tour. We will also drop you off and pick you up from your Doi Mae Salong 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 in Doi Mae Salong. 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 at only)
Lunch: 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.
This is an overnight tour with one night spent in the small town of Doi Mae Salong. No 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 Doi Mae Salong.
Option - Tiger Kingdom
Chiang Dao Cave – deep cave tour
Option - Karen Longneck
Doi Mae Salong
Wat Santikhiri Temple
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