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The Highlights of Chiang Rai and the Akha Experience

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Chiang Rai, Thailand
The Highlights of Chiang Rai and the Akha Experience
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore Chiang Rai on a full-day private tour with a professional guide. Visit Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park to see temple artifacts, botanical gardens, and traditional teakwood houses; admire artifacts from the Thai royal family at Oub Kham Museum; and marvel at the truly unique temple-as-art-exhibit of Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. Enhance your experience of northern Thailand's rich culture as you sample authentic northern Thai dishes at a local restaurant and browse the vendors at the central market.
  • Full day private sightseeing tour in Chiang Rai
  • Learn about northern Thai culture and native plant life at Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park
  • Check out colorful displays of goods at the vibrant central market
  • Have lunch at a restaurant featuring Northern Thai specialties
  • Take a ride on a samlor (three-wheeled bicycle taxi)
  • See artifacts once used by Thai royalty at the Oup Kham Museum
  • Be astounded by the fantastical decor at the modern and artistic Wat Rong Khun, or White Temple

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

From stately temples to authentic street food, a private guide reveals Chiang Rai beyond the basics.
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
English Speaking Guide
Limited Medical Insurance
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Discover the hidden gems of Chiang Rai, Thailand's northernmost province and capital city, on a full-day private tour that starts with morning pickup from your hotel and travels by air-conditioned private vehicle.

Stop at Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park, which features extensive botanical gardens and highlights such as the Haw Kham (Golden Pavillion), a handsome teak structure that houses ceremonial artifacts and the Phra Pra Toh wooden Buddha. Stroll through the gardens and learn about the Lanna (northern Thai) kingdom and the history of Chiang Rai.

Depart tranquil Mae Fah Luang for a grittier experience of daily life at the bustling central market. Your guide accompanies you through aisles lined with a colorful and fragrant array of fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, prepared foods and more. Then take a break for lunch of authentic dishes at a typical northern Thai restaurant. Your guide can suggest classic meals such as flavorful northern Thai sausages accompanied by sticky rice, or khao sawy, a rich noodle soup topped by savory condiments.

Next, hop into a samlor to go to a private museum called Oub Kham, named after the museum's most valuable masterpiece: the oub kham (golden bowl) used in important royal rituals. The museum also displays rare clothing, silver, textiles and other artifacts from northern Thai nobility, including pieces from Burma, Vietnam, and China.

Your final destination, Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple, is an unusual Thai temple designed by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who mixes traditional Buddhist temple architecture with pop culture references. The temple almost closed after a 2014 earthquake, but after many people urged the artist to continue, he had the building repaired and resumed his decades-long artwork.

Your tour ends in the late afternoon with drop-off at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Wat Rong Khun
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel . Drive to Wat Rong Khun, the "White Temple". This is the creation of Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it to visitors in 1997.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mae Fah Luang Art and Culture Park
Mae Fah Luang Art and Culture Park is a park featuring stunning landscaped gardens, museums & a traditional Lanna pavilion.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Huay Pla Kang
Continue to Wat Huay Pla Kang, a temple complex that was constructed recently. A giant statue of Kuan Im, the goddess of Mercy, can be seen from afar. We will spend some time at this fantastic complex and will take the elevator to the top floor of the statue. From here you will have a great view of the surroundings. Return to the hotel.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mae Sai Waterfall
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we will drive to Ban Apha, an Akha village not far from Chiang Rai. The Akha are the most numerous tribal group in Chiang Rai province. Their traditional dress is absolutely stunning. Especially the headdress of the women is exquisite and very recognizable. Their embroidery though is also of great beauty. If you want to dress up as an Akha. You will help the Akha people prepare a typical Akha delicacy. It is a fun activity. You will also hear the story of the recent history of the village. After we have consumed our Akha delicacy we drive to a pretty, nearby waterfall.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple)
Then it is time to return to Chiang Rai. Before we drop you off at the hotel we will stop at Wat Rong Suea Ten (Temple of the dancing tiger, literally), also known as the Blue Temple. It is of stunning beauty. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Please note that dress codes are conservative throughout this tour; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Green Trails Thailand

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Highlights of Chiang Rai and the Akha Experience?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during The Highlights of Chiang Rai and the Akha Experience?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Highlights of Chiang Rai and the Akha Experience?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Highlights of Chiang Rai and the Akha Experience?
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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Q:
What is the maximum group size during The Highlights of Chiang Rai and the Akha Experience?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers.

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This was a tour which almost ended...
Cynthia A. J
, Jul 2014
This was a tour which almost ended up as a disaster! I misread the pickup hotel and thought it was Chiang Mai only to find upon confirmation when we arrived at our hotel it was Chiang Rai. Eventually it was worked out by your wonderful agent though we did pay $100 more than what we had already paid. So the driver picked us up (once again looking for another racial group) and drove the three hours to Chiang Rai plus giving us a private tour leaving some of the sightseeing decisions to us. All in all we had an enjoyable day!
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