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Chiang Rai : Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle

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อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่, Thailand
Chiang Rai : Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle

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icon13 to 14 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Take a day trip to Chiang Rai and see the modern architectural marvel of Wat Rong Khun (White Temple). Explore the ancient royal city of Chiang Saen, take a long-tail boat ride on the Khong River, and explore the Golden Triangle. Your full-day itinerary includes a restaurant lunch plus round-trip hotel transport from Chiang Mai. Numbers are limited to a maximum of nine people to ensure a small-group experience with your professional guide.
  • Full-day tour of Chiang Rai Province from Chiang Mai
  • Visit Wat Rong Khun, aka the White Temple
  • See remnants of the 7th-century Thai kingdom at Chiang Saen
  • Take a boat on the Khong River and stop by the Golden Triangle
  • Sit down for an international buffet lunch or Thai cuisine
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned minivan
  • Small-group tour limited to nine passengers for personalized attention
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Professional English Speaking Guide
Thai set lunch or international buffet
Bottled water
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels)
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Boat Trip along Khong River
Visit House of Opium
All admission fees and activities
Travelling accident insurance
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Additional food and drinks
Pick up/Drop off Surcharge for hotel outside city centre(THB500/way; 6-15Km & THB1,000/way; 16-30Km)

Departure Point

14 Floor 1st Ratchadamnoen Rd., Soi 5, Muang,, เทศบาลนครเชียงใหม่ อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50200, Thailand

Touring Center's Office Noted : if you are willing to meet us at the starting point, please do let us know 1 day prior to departure via Tel. +66 (0) 53 289 644 or

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start your day trip with hotel pickup in Chiang Mai and hop aboard an air-conditioned minivan departing for Chiang Rai Province. En route, your guide makes a brief stop at Mae Khachan Hot Spring for a break.

Continuing on, visit the privately owned Wat Rong Khun, known as the White Temple. Admire its unique decor made of glass, sculptural pieces and murals all designed by a famous Thai artist.

Afterward, head to Chiang Saen, a river town strewn with the ruins of ancient temples. Listen as your guide shares the history of the former Thai kingdom. Then savor lunch at a local restaurant specializing in Thai dishes or an international buffet—your choice.

Next, move on to a temple overlook to view the Golden Triangle then hop aboard a long-tail boat for a ride on the Khong River. Arrive at the point where Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand meet, and stop at a local Laos village (bring your passport). Visit the Hall of Opium, a private museum on the former opium trade, before a return transfer to your hotel in Chiang Mai.
Stop At:  
Mae Khachan Hot Spring
Make a short break
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Wat Rong Khun
Visit and explore Wat Rong Khun also known as White Temple
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Golden Triangle
View Point of Khong River (15 - 20 mins) and then, Golden Triangle and take a boat trip along Khong River (45 - 60 mins)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Phra That Chedi Luang
Visit one of the oldest temples in Chiang Rai (Note: The main hall is under construction, can walk around the temple)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Golden Triangle Park Hall of Opium
Visit The Hall of Opium, Golden Triangle Park to understand the history of the opium trade in the area (also called Golden Triangle)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 20 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Infant rates (children under 2 years) apply provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • The duration of hotel pickups is approximately 30 minutes; the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Passport is required to enter Laos
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The trip duration can reach maximum of 14 hours depending on the traffic along the way and the road conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Touring Center
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chiang Rai : Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Chiang Rai : Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle .
What is the policy on sanitization during Chiang Rai : Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Chiang Rai : Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle .
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chiang Rai : Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Excellent guide and day trip
, Jan 2022
A wonderful guide, with lots if extra explanation of local customs and ways of life while seeing the sights listed in the trip. A very enjoyable time.
Do this tour!!!!
, Mar 2020
John was a fabulous tour guide and Noah was a fabulous driver!! John is wealth of information. Very knowledgeable and great conversationalist. Loved seeing all the countryside too! He brought us to a wonderful place for lunch!!! He treated us to coffee’s. Enjoyed the boat ride on the Meeeeekong River! 😉 great day!!! Thank you you two! It was an incredible day!
Long day
, Mar 2020
I found the travel too long during this trip, the white temple is stunning to see and the restaurant for lunch provides excellent food.
White temple
, Mar 2020
Very comfortable van with AC. Nice and flexible meals. Nice and friendly guide. All the attractions were interesting.
Chiang Rai day trip
, Feb 2020
I believe you really need to let travelers know how long you will be spending driving. The guide was nice and informative. The hot springs are a ridiculous road stop. After seeing the Temple then you drive 1.5 hours to see a few things and the Golden triangle then have 4 hours in the car to drive back. Nver would have signed up had I known.
Long Trip but interesting day
, Feb 2020
Good guide interesting day. The white temple was astounding and we enjoyed the long tail boat ride to the golden triangle. The drive back to Chiang Mai was long and over difficult roads.
Ok but very long!
, Feb 2020
Much too long, seeing all the sights in on direction makes the tour and return trip very tiring. The 4 hour return to Chiang Mai although broken for 15 minutes was very draining. I think a couple of the highlights on the way to the Golden Triangle then lunch then a couple of tour sight on the return trip could have made this a little more enjoyable.
Long ride
, Feb 2020
I read a lot a reviews before booking my and I have to agree the White Temple is beautiful but you have to spend almost 7 hours driving in a van ... It would be nice to include the black and blue templos as well and remove the opium museum which is a waste of time, the Golden Triangle is ok but not a must see but our tour guide was very nice the food at lunch very good and in our way back we stop on the Amazon cafe and we got free drink and a wonderful dessert that was a very nice gesture from the tour
Too long
, Feb 2020
The white temple is beautiful and a must see but to many hours inside a car from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai to long the drive for so little they need to include the blue and black templos to make it worth it the 10 hours tour But our guide was very nice
Day to Chiang Rai
, Feb 2020
Jon was very knowledgeable. It was a long day. You stop every 1.5 hours on the way which is nice. First stop was at a hot springs, then the White Temple which is sight you have to see. Well worth the long journey for that alone. Lunch was excellent, catering for special dietary requirements well. Golden Triangle was good, followed by a boat trip. Long journey back.

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