Northern Thailand contains the secrets that you have always wanted to know, where villages are hidden in the fabled jungle continuing their persistent culture and traditions. The unparalleled landscape is varied, filled with undulating mountains and blanketing jungle. There is an endless amount of majesty that traipses through the hills in the form of elephants, once revered by tribes and villages. Opulent Buddhist temples glisten within the trees while local markets are jovial and vibrant. On...
Chiang Rai - Golden Triangles
Welcome to one corner of the wondrous Golden Triangle, known for the meeting of the Laotian, Myanmar, and Thai borders. You will be met at the airport by a private, English speaking guide who will take you to Chiang Saen harbor along the Mekong River. Your immediate view of Thailand is a world removed, where the culture continues to protrude from the modern cities, brimming through viewable temples and radiant elephant imagery.
Arrive at the harbor where the river’s width can be seen, opening up to Laos and Myanmar on either side of the water. The lush flatlands give way to rolling mountains on the horizon. The Golden Triangle riverbanks are considered frontier within Southeast Asia, a place where many goods, legal and questionable, often flow between the neighboring countries. The vibrant colors of local fruits pulse on boats and in the markets, from jackfruit to bananas, where the firm green outer layer is more vivid, calling attention to its fresh sweetness.
Board the boat and venture out to the actual intersection of the three countries; the water is cold, the air is warm, and the invisible line that separates the areas has an emotional draw, even in its intangible nature. In the late afternoon you will settle into the luxuriousness of your resort. Each room is filled with modern comforts that overlook the fabulous, lush jungle. Whether relaxing in your room or sitting within the warm infinity pool that looks like it drifts over the canopy, you can rest relaxed and cozy, and ready for the secrets of Siam.
Chiang Rai - Into the Hidden Jungle
Chiang Rai - The River Not-Very Wild
Chiang Mai - Riverside to City-side
Chiang Mai - Village Craft and More
Mae Hong Son - Over the Mountain
Mae Hong Son - The Unknown Wilds
Mae Hong Son - Secrets Returned
- Visit the deep jungle of Thailand’s northern territory
- Journey to Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand converge
- Witness the fabulous cultures and traditions of mountain tribes
- Experience the friendly and eager nature of the revered Asian elephants
- Explore the wonderful temples and landscapes of Chiang Mai
- Discover the hidden paradise located outside of Mae Hong Son, within the luxuries of Fern Resort
The secrets of Siam will be revealed on this 8-day Thailand vacation through the jungle cities and undulating mountains that have hidden the cultures and traditions of the past and present for millennia. From the Golden Triangle to the meandering riverbanks, the sensational resorts to elephant splendor, you will discover the historical and modern majesty of the countryside and the cityscape. Villages continue to populate the jungle. Elephants are still celebrated throughout the northern territory. You can find gilded temples and incredible crafts, each telling you another secret.
Begin to unravel Thailand’s whispered secrets with your arrival in Chiang Rai. The Golden Triangle doesn’t just sparkle in a gilded light but also continues to inspire and awe people that venture to and through its waterway. Visiting the harbor of Chiang Saen will take you to the actual border where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar converge. Along the banks of the Mae Kok River you will journey to the various tribes that have survived off of the land and within the jungle for centuries, crossing the borders at will, dependent upon the stability of the kingdoms. Whether you choose to canoe or mountain bike, try your hand at Thai cuisine or venture into the village of Baan Thaton, the days will whisper wonders from every direction.
Your search for Siam’s secrets continues en route to Chiang Mai. Whether relaxing in the morning mist or venturing out along the countryside on a half-day tour, you will eventually make your way to the grandiose city that was once a part of the Lanna Kingdom. The traditions and beauty of Chiang Mai persist, making the city feel more like a charming town. Travel to the quaint resort of Mae Sa Craft Village where the optional activities are endless within the plush, natural landscape. Whether saa paper making or venturing into the jungle on an elephant trek, the choices are yours to make and are always fantastic. In the morning you will venture through the wondrous temples of the city, including Doi Suthep which looks out over the vast city and even vaster jungle. Later you will fly to the secluded town of Mae Hong Son and settling in at Fern Resort. The resort is surrounded by grand fields and spectacular forest offering you the best of Thailand’s wildlife, and even a journey to see the Padong women who are known for the brass rings that look to elongate their necks. Soon you will return to Chiang Mai and eventually onwards to home, but not before you have discovered the extraordinary secrets of northern Thailand.
$2,283 per person (excluding international flights)
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