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Re:Tour from Chiang Rai

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Re:Tour from Chiang Rai

Hi

We would like to do the following while in Chiang Rai - Elephant trek land & river, Karen, Yao and Akha Hilltribe villages, Opium museum, Golden Triangle.

Are there tours going from Chiang Rai that do this in one day please?

that I could google for info.

Much appreciated Lou

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1. Re: Re:Tour from Chiang Rai

We're currently looking at doing something similar in June, have a look at the right hand side, Top Questions and look under Find a TOUR GUIDE, we are in negotiations with Jermsak who gets good reviews - I think all those things are doable in one day.

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This itinerary is going to be pretty difficult to do in one day. The Golden Triangle is a 45 to 60 minute drive north of Chiang Rai, depending on what part of Chiang Rai you are staying. If you go to the Golden Triangle, you might want to do more than just stand at the sign for the Golden Triangle. Most people take in the opium museum, which you have on your itinerary, and do a boat ride on the Mekong River to the three countries. It is always nice to do a little bit of wandering around the town of Sob Ruak (where the Golden Triangle is located) and have lunch.

The elephant trek that goes along the Me Kok River is in Ruammit, which is west of Chiang Rai. The boat ride to Ruammit, which is an absolutely lovely experience, is an hour. You can drive to Ruammit also, in about 25 minutes, but you won't get to experience as much of the local life. A lot of people take the boat ride to Ruammit and drive back. There is a "short neck" christian Karen village in Ruammit and you can buy local weavings from women outside their homes (there are also stalls on the main street, but it is fun to walk back into the houses and buy from the women weaving at home). You can visit Akha and Yao tribes very close to Ruammit (within 10 minutes). The long neck Karen tribe is another hour to an hour and a half to the northwest.

You could possibly do your itinerary by going to Ruammit early in the morning and doing only a hour hour elephant ride, going quickly through the Akha and Yao hilltribes and heading up to the Golden Triangle, but your day will be rushed.

There are many tour guides who can arrange this trip for you but you might have difficulty finding a large pre-packaged bus tour that would include both of these activities in one day. If you do, it will be on a tight schedule.

There is a list of guides in the upper right hand corner under the FAQ section of the Chiang Rai forum page. It has all their contact information. Click on the "Find a tour guide" and scroll down to Chiang Rai. To obtain feedback on a particular guide, place his or her name in the upper center search section on the Chiang Rai forum page and it will pull up prior posts regarding that guide. If you want particular feedback on a guide, let us know.

Safe Travels,

Broder

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Cassnu:

I just noticed that we both posted simultaneously to the OP. Are you going to Chiang Rai in June? We just booked our next trip for June also!

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Hi Broder, we are in Chiang Mai for 4 nights and have another 2 nights and I just can't resist going to Chiang Rai for those nights, even though I know there is plenty in Chiang Mai to keep us busy for all 6 nights, but I know we will be back another time so happy to do it this way. We will be in CM/CR 23-29 June. Some great ideas in your post which I am studying at the moment.

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Cassnu, If you haven't done so already, take a look at the Top 30 list also, which is in the upper right hand corner of the FAQ's. Might give you a few more ideas. Consider the raft trip down the Me Kok. It is one of my favorite days.

I've been to Koh Samui twice and love it. Am trying to decide on what beach destination to add to our June trip, so may be in touch with you.

Lous594: Sorry we hijacked your post a bit.

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No problem - have been in contact with Jermsak he was waiting to see when you were going. We arrive CR 24June leave CM 30June and very flexible. Trying to make it interesting for a 12year old hence the elephants etc. we are booked in CR for 3 nights.

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Ill be there in June!!!!we are looking at staying at Akha Hill House for 2 nights to explore this area...any good??

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Thanks Broder, we actually go to Phangan not Samui, Samui is way too commercialised for me now. I think we are booking with Jermsak on 28 June. He has suggested the raft trip, but it's 2 hours long and was concerned it might be too long for 6 and 8 year olds. He also suggested elephants, but we don't want to do that bit as we are going to see the elephants in Lampang (Joy is driving us there for the day). Any other recommendations for Lampang?

Emuplans, I had a look at Akha Hill House, but read some not so good reports so we are staying at Lek Guesthouse in town now, a small guesthouse with a small pool (our kids love swimming). There's no website, so if you are interested let me know and I'll give you the email address.

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Hi all:

I am confirming my final dates with Jermsak in the next few days. I have had him "holding" a ten day period for me, since last October. I plan to use him for 7 of those days and have narrowed it to June 22 through June 28 or the early morning of June 29. I have told him I would provide final confirmation this week.

Since there are so many of us that will be in Chiang Rai around the same time, we should plan a "meet up" for one of the evenings for dinner. I'll look at organizing and seeing if anyone is interested as we get closer to June.

It is kind of surprising to have so many people traveling in June, as it is low season in northern Thailand. We are going in June because we are traveling with another couple who have two teenagers and thus have to travel when school is out of session in the U.S. There will be 6 of us in our group.

Emuplains: I haven't stayed at the Akha Hill House, but it has not had very positive reports on the forum or from travelers I have encountered while traveling in the area. I guess it depends on what you are looking for. Most people have said they expected something of a home stay, but found it rather commercialized. If you stay there, please come back and let us know if that is accurate or if you have a different and positive experience.

Cassnu I'd be interested in knowing what you found about Lek Guesthouse. I usually try to spend a night or two in town and the other nights outside of town. We usually stay at the StarBright, due to its location and cleanliness, but recently two regulars on this forum have tried Wiang Inn, which hadn't always gotten great reviews, and they both loved it. I was thinking of giving that a try but would love to know more about Lek House.

As for Jermsak's schedule, keep in mind there is always the possibility of people sharing his services if you/we happen to be going in the same direction on the same day. I will be using him for a couple of days at El Shadai orphanage, as he acts as an interpreter and guide while I am there, but seeing we are traveling with "first timers" we will also be doing some of the typical tourist sites.

Safe Travels and looking forward to meeting some of you.

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Hi this Kiwi could get the ball rolling, though I could feel a trifle overwhelmed by those across the ditch (my Mum was from Aussie) Would anyone be interested in meeting for a meal the night of the 24 June - we will be starters. Lou :)