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Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle

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614 Reviews
Highway 1290, Sop Ruak, 57000

The Basics

Originally launched into notoriety by the opium trade, this sleepy part of Southeast Asia is now a popular jungle escape and jumping-off point for visits to hill tribe villages populated by the White Hmong, Akha, Karen, and Lahu people. Most regional tours start in Chiang Rai, although some also make the trip from Chiang Mai. On a full-day tour, discover cultural delights of Northern Thailand such as the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), the impressive Hall of Opium museum, and Chiang Saen’s ancient Buddhist ruins. You can also visit farther-flung rural villages, ride in a tuk-tuk, peruse local markets, and cruise the Ruak and Mekong rivers. Some longer tour options cross into Myanmar at the border town of Mae Sai, while other excursions venture into Laos via the Fourth Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge.

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Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
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$68.64 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Do this tour!!!!
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!
Jack_W, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Chiang Mai

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My 3rd Time ... Still Amazing!
EricUSAF, Mar 2020
Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, White temple & Golden triangle
Adventure called...and I answered! Very long FULL-Day trip, however it was Amazing and I Highly Recommend it. You will see amazing landscapes, meet unique people and visit the Golden Triangle area with it's beautiful Wats, Pagodas, and Statues. The Van Driver was safe, I wore a seat belt, and the Tour Guide spoke English. The rest stops had food, drinks, toilets, and souvenirs...bring change or small denominations of Baht!
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Long Trip but interesting day
John_H, Feb 2020
Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
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.
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White temple
Alan, Mar 2020
Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
Very comfortable van with AC. Nice and flexible meals. Nice and friendly guide. All the attractions were interesting.
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Great tour
F2434BWrobertw, Dec 2019
Private Tour: A Glimpse of Myanmar and the Golden Triangle Trip from Chiang Rai
This was a great tour. Everything went extremely smoothly getting in and out of Myanmar. Our guide spoke English very well, was very knowledgeable and could answer a wide range of questions about the people, history and culture.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Ann G, Dec 2019
Chiang Rai One Day: Hot Spring,White Temple, Golden Triangle, Yao&Akha Hilltribe
Even though it was a long day with alot of driving it was really a great tour. Saw heaps of things and our tour quide Mr Mu was fantastic, he explained things clearly and was constantly keeping us up to date on what we were doing etc. He was very helpful and knowledgeable
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Day to Chiang Rai
alison4smith, Feb 2020
Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
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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Tour Highlights: The Long Neck Hill Tribe and the White Temple
Nancy_U, Feb 2020
Chiang Rai One Day : White Temple, Golden Triangle, Boat Ride to Laos, Long Neck
It was definitely a very long day. There was much to see and there was ALOT of driving. That said, the sites we saw were amazing. Hot springs where the local women boil their eggs in handmade baskets. The Long Neck Hill Tribe with beautiful women and equally beautiful textiles. And, of course, the White Temple--talk about memorable. We also had a nice lunch. Oh yeah, and we took a boat ride into the Golden Triangle where the rivers of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge. Once the center of the opium trade, now the center of outstanding coffee. Some of the best I've every had. As interesting as the history of this destination is, I could have done without the riverboat ride. Not much to see along the shores. Cutting this out would have helped cut down on the overall length of the tour. Overall, I felt rushed with limited time at each destination.
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Too long
Monica_C, Feb 2020
Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
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
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Spectacular Trip But Long Day
brennandevine, Feb 2020
Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
It is a very long day but well worth it! Our guide Tiu and the driver were both excellent. The White Temple is stunning. The ancient temple and Golden Triangle area were also incredible. The lunch provided and many other little details were appreciated.
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White temple extravaganza
zhiwancheung, Feb 2020
Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
Excellent guide. M, our guide, was a monk for 12 years and had great insight into the temples because of that. Highly recommended.
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Great guide!
lemos6, Jan 2020
Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
Our guide, M, was amazing! The van ride was long but it was a comfortable van, plenty of stops, and M was great at talking to pass the time. Lunch was very nice. We did not stop at a Laos village (never entered Laos which was disappointing).
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Excellent day trip
Road590415, Nov 2019
Chiang Rai Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
A lot of driving involved! And almost 4hours return journey however we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was well planned and the guide Ekky had us all laughing all day!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • On tours that cross into Laos or Myanmar, it’s helpful to carry a small amount of US currency in addition to Thai baht.

  • A valid passport is required for border crossings into Laos and Myanmar.

  • Thailand’s northern region is more conservative than Bangkok, the islands, and the beaches down south. Cover your shoulders and avoid wearing swimming attire at religious sites.

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How to Get There

The Golden Triangle’s official center is the town of Sop Ruak, located at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers. The capital city of Chiang Rai (the departure point of most Golden Triangle tours) lies roughly 113 miles (182 kilometers) north of Chiang Mai, a 3-hour journey by road. Multiple buses travel between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai daily, though most visitors travel by car or guided tour.

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When to Get There

Winter is the most popular time to visit, when the days are usually dry and warm. Monsoon season lasts from late April through October, bringing rain and humid weather.

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Things to Know When Visiting Hill Tribe Villages

Each traditional hill tribe community has its own style of dress, language, and cultural customs. Many villages retain their roots but also open up their way of life to curious visitors. Visitors should be respectful, always ask before taking photographs, and consider purchasing locally made handicrafts that support the village communities.

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