I'm planning to take a night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and hanging out there for the day.
The next day I would like the following all in one day-tip, but haven't been able to find a tour company to provide it:
Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai (no hot spring on the way)
Visit the White Temple
Elephant ride (no show)
Golden Triangle (no Laos)
Maesai - stay overnight
I plan to cross the border into Tachileik the next day. I realize I can book a private tour... the public tours are cheaper and can leave us in Maesai but then we miss out on the villages on the way back. Have I missed anything? Can I do this on my own via taxi/etc?