Thailand’s Golden Triangle

Northern Thailand’s provinces boast unique tradition and cuisine that are different from other parts of Thailand like Bangkok and Phuket. Bordered by Myanmar and Laos, Chiang Rai has a similar culture to its neighbours and is the gate into the Golden Triangle. Along with the famed Chiang Mai, this 6 day itinerary will show you the other side of Thailand.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel, Tamarind Village, a charming boutique property inspired by local history and culture. It offers guests a tranquil setting as the rooms are surrounded by majestic tamarind trees. Located at the very heart of Chiang Mai’s old city, it is within walking distance to markets, rivers and temples.

Once you have settled in, your holiday will begin with a drive to the mountain temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous landmark of Chiang Mai situated at 1,676 metres above the city. Then, continue to the mountain by ‘songthaew’ onto a rough dirt road and stop for a local cup of ‘Arabica’ coffee. This coffee is grown locally as part of the Chang Khien Coffee Research Project. Later that day, you will visit White Hmong village of Chang Khien where the 800 inhabitants still wear their traditional hill tribe clothes and practice a culture that dates back 500 years.

Stay: Tamarind Village Chiang Mai

Day 2: Exploring Doi Inthanon National Park

Departing from Chiang Mai city, you will travel 86 km west to the park’s entrance of Doi Inthanon National Park, one of the most fertile natural treasures in Northern Thailand. The invigorating mountain air and fresh cool climate makes the park a rejuvenating break from the city. The park is home to Thailand’s highest peak – Doi Inthanon, rising 2565m above sea level. This National Park is a true jewel of natural beauty, consisting of rugged mountainous terrain blanketed by lush tropical forests and dotted with mighty rivers and majestic waterfalls. The park’s protected status makes it a sanctuary for a wide range of animal species with more than 383 species of birds being reported.

From there, you will visit the summit where you are likely to see the Long Tailed Green Sunbird which are particular to this part of Thailand. After admiring the natural beauty around you, you will continue by car to the Twin Chedi’s built by the Thai Air Force to honor King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. Following a short walk around a small Hmong fresh food market, where you will stop to enjoy a delicious local lunch. Finish the day with a very scenic stop at Wachirathan Waterfall, known as one of the most scenic waterfalls in all of Chiang Mai.

Stay: Tamarind Village Chiang Mai

Day 3: Half day Chilled Chiang Mai

Travel thirty minutes by vehicle north of Chiang Mai city to a local herb garden in Ban Chao Na, where you will take a leisurely stroll around the grounds. Then board a long-tail boat and enjoy a thirty minute cruise on the rural Mae Ping River. Along the river banks, you will see traditional wooden houses and luxury modern residences. Arrive at the boat landing and walk to the charismatic Wararos fresh food market to experience the bustle of local Northern Thai life. From the market, travel old style by trishaw along Tapae Road, passing the crumbling city walls to the impressive Wat Phra Singh, in the heart of the old city.

Stay: Tamarind Village Chiang Mai

Day 4: From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

Today, arrangements have been made for your transfer to your hotel in Chiang Rai, Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa. Indulge in exceptional northern Thai and international cuisine while overlooking lush landscapes of bamboo forests, rice fields and the glorious Mekong river. Dwelling in the heart of the Golden Triangle, the resort presents an invigorating retreat for catching the sunrise on the hills of Thailand’s border while savouring in views of Myanmar and Laos in the distance. Enjoy jungle trekking on an elephant before hopping on a cruise down the Mekong River on a longtail boat. Complete the royal experience by reclining at the Anantara spa. Whether you are seeking adventure, rejuvenation, or a historical jouney, Anantara will present captivating wonders that speak of the thrilling cultures of Thailand.

Stay: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Day 5: Leisure time in Chiang Rai

Today you will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the surroundings or just relax.

Here are just a few suggested activities for your free time in Chiang Rai:

• Spa treatment
• Elephant & mahout training
• Three Country Tour
• Cooking Class

Stay: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Day 6: Departure

Today, you will depart Chiang Rai and be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight home.


Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival Tamarind Village Chiang Mai
Day 2: Exploring Doi Inthanon National Park Tamarind Village Chiang Mai
Day 3: Half day Chilled Chiang Mai Tamarind Village Chiang Mai
Day 4: From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
Day 5: Leisure time in Chiang Rai Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort
Day 6: Departure



  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide

Not Included

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)


Chiang Mai Tamarind Village Doi Inthanon National Park Chiang Rai Anantara Golden Triangle

From USD 2,500 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.