Per person price will depend on your group size as indicated in the pricing table below
Not included in this tour
Karen Long Neck entrance fee 300 baht/person
This is an overnight tour with one night spent in the small town of Doi Mae Salong and a further night in Chiang Rai. 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 and Chiang Rai.
Doi Mae Salong Hotels
Chiang Rai hotels
Privately escorted tour just for yourselves and your group of family or friends.
Included in this tour
Licenced English speaking guide
Give Chiang Rai province the time it deserves on a three day 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 can stop on route so you can take the option to visit 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 a local Akha villager 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 mostly ethnic Chinese with a few ethnic hill tribe groups mixed in as well. 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 at Wat Santikhiri Temple which is situated on one of the highest spots in the area (if you do want to visit here please be prepared to climb the 700+ steps!) At the ned of the day we will transfer you to your chosen 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 now changed and opium has been replaced with the growing of other crops, mostly 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 busy border market as well as see the hectic coming and goings of Thai and Burmese crossing the border post into Myanmar. 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 longtail boat on the Mekong River making a 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. From here it will be a further 30 minute drive to your chosen Chiang Rai hotel.
You will be picked up at your Chiang Rai hotel and we will make a visit to one of Chiang Rai's most important city temples Wat Phra Kaew previously the home to the famous jade Buddha image which is now house at the Bangkok Wat Phra Kaew at The Grand Palace. The Chiang Rai Wat Phra Kaew now houses a replica of this famous jade Buddha. Following the temple visit we will make our way to the Kok River where you will board a long tail boat for the trip up-river, we will make a stop at a Karen village before returning by boat to the city and the waiting minibus. Our next stop will be at the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). Despite damage from a recent earthquake this temple it is stiil 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.
Show Some Love
Chiang Mai Tours
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 after the tour. Curious Gecko will also pick you up and drop you off at your chosen Phitsanulok 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 an overnight tour, with one night spent in the city of Phitsanulok. 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 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 Grand Riverside hotel 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
Pick up at Chiang Rai hotel 08:30
Visit Wat Lhra Kaew
Boat ride on Kok River
Coffee and lunch at the river
Mae Khajan Hotsprings
Tiger kingdom (option)
Chiang Dao cave – deep tour
Karen Longneck (option)
Baan Lorcha Akha village
Doi Mae Salong
Our partner trekking operator!
Book on this site or book direct
No of Persons
Price per person
Doi Mae Salong
Gardens at Doi Tung
Mae Sai Border
Boat on Mekong Golden Triangle
Wat Chedi Luang
© 2014-2016 Curious Gecko All rights reserved