The former kingdom of a million rice fields- A Secret Retreats journey -
Born in Chiang Mai, Npopakram has joined Secret Retreats in 2016 and particularly likes to share her knowledge of the Northern Thai culture and places she likes, surrounded by mountains and green forest.
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We have designed this itinerary so that curious travellers can better absorb true Thai culture in the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Discover the North of Thailand with your guide, its unique culture, history, landscapes between mountains and rice fields. 7 days is a good duration to explore one of the most rich and diverse region of Thailand.
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Your Journey Day by Day
based on 2 people sharing the same room
Back to your hotel to relax. No arrangement for lunch and dinner.
The Golden Triangle and the Mighty Mekong River
We continue to the Golden Triangle. This region used to be the main opium-growing and trading region in Southeast Asia. Triangle refers to the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. Traders used to pay for opium or heroin with gold, hence the name Golden Triangle. The Mekong River forms the border here between Thailand and Laos. Lunch at a riverside restaurant. We proceed to the actual spot where the three borders meet. The small House of Opium Museum is very interesting and well done. The museum tells the history of the use of Opium, poppy cultivation and the opium trade in the Golden Triangle. It also exhibits opium pipes and traditional dress of the ethnic groups of North Thailand. Beware: this is not the Hall of Opium. Then we continue to the boat landing where a fast local boat is waiting for us. It will take us to Chiang Saen, a small town down the river. The trip will take only 15 minutes.
Ancient Chiang Saen and Wat Phrathat Pha Ngao
Chiang Saen is one of the oldest settlements in North Thailand. It has impressive, well-preserved city walls and some beautiful, centuries-old ruins. We limit ourselves to our favourite which is Wat Pa Sak. Then we will follow the city walls back to the Mekong River and head for Wat Phrathat Pha Ngao. Many local people visit this temple. There is a small but interesting weaving center and textile museum as well as a viharn with amazing wood carvings. Main attraction though is the white chedi on top of a hill. This chedi is called Phra Borommathat Putta Nimit Chedi. The reason that we drive up to the chedi is the majestic view we have over the Mekong River and Laos. This view is so much better than the view at the actual Golden Triangle. Transfer to your farm-stay in Mae Chan late afternoon and join the activities of the farm if you like.
Dinner served at the farm
Dinner served at the farm
No arrangement for lunch and dinner.
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
Then we drive up to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the most famous temple of Chiang Mai. Walk up the famous Naga staircase or take the elevator to the temple. We recommend to take the staircase of more than 300 steps. It is a good workout but take your time. We have all the time in the world. From the temple you have a magnificent view of Chiang Mai. At this time of day there will be few other visitors which makes it very special. We will spend time at the temple during which your guide will explain about the tenets of Buddhism. If you are interested we can arrange a meeting with a local monk. After our visit to the temple we will drive back to hotel for late breakfast. Relax and lunch at leisure.. At 15:00, the guide will pick you up at the lobby to go to a local house in Hang Dong. The home you will be visiting belongs to the Raunkaew-Yanon family almost 150 years ago. Just real home cooking in a real Thai neighborhood. Discover the architecture of traditional Thai Lanna house and rice barn. Your Thai family will also demonstrate their basket to garden, family orchid with many types of fruit such as banana, mango, coconut and select fresh ingredients to add to the days cooking extravaganza. You will learn to cook traditional home cooked recipes with authentic Northern Thai flavors that are different from standard dishes offer in commercial cooking classes. Best of all you will have the opportunity to get to know a real Thai family and be their house guest for the day. Enjoy a delicious home cooked dinner with your family (cooked together).
After dinner, we return to your hotel for the night.
You will learn about the elephant farm management, the breeding program, you will get trained to approach and be near an elephant and learn how to observe an elephant temperament, to introduce yourself to an elephant and how to feed. And all about their life health care, skin care, pregnancy, bathing. A picnic lunch will be served near a waterfall around 13:00, then you we will be dropped back at the hotel. The rest of the afternoon and dinner at leisure, we can recommend some Secret Tables to try some local flavors.
The former kingdom of a million rice fields
based on 2 people sharing the same room
The total price includes :
Accommodations for 6 nights
All meals as mentioned in the program
All transfers from airport, to airport and all destinations visited, as mentioned in the program (private A/C car)
Guided visit, activities and excursions mentioned in the program
English speaking guide for local sightseeing.
Government tax and service tax
The total price does not include :
Domestic and International flight to and from Chiang Rai / Chiang Mai
Early check in or late check out
Extra activities and meals not mentioned in the program
Personal expenses, drinks, tips, etc
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