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Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai
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Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai

By Tour East
Thailand’s Golden Triangle—the meeting point of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos—is known for its many ethnic minority villages. On this tour, immerse yourself in local culture and learn about the unique traditions of the Yao and Akha people as you visit the highland villages and local markets. Along the way, visit the Opium Museum to learn more about the region’s opium trade, stop in historic Chiang Saen, and admire views along the Mekong River.
from
$104.09
per adult (price varies by group size)
from
$104.09
per adult (price varies by group size)

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Ages 4-99
Duration: 8h
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Highlights
  • Visit villages belonging to the Yao and Akha people
  • Delicious buffet lunch including tradition Thai dishes
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off at your Chiang Rai hotel
  • Private tour ensures the undivided attention of your guide

  • Private tour
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Hotel pick up & drop off (selected hotels)
  • Entry/Admission - House of Opium
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Thatorn Road, T.Wiang Muang, Mae Sai Chiang Rai, A. Mueang Chiang Rai, Phaholyothin Road, Rimkok, Wat Pranon Road) For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3685CEI03P

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai?
How much is Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai?
Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai price starts from $106.14. Discover and book Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai on Tripadvisor
What is the Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai cancellation policy?
Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai?
Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai is hosted by Tour East. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Tour East on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3685CEI03P

Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • 1
    Golden Triangle
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 2
    House of Opium
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Doi Wao & Wat Thamphajoen
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 4
    Chiang Saen
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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paiged22
paiged22
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A quick spin around Ayutthaya with a lovely river cruise on the return
This is quite a nice day-trip from Bangkok that gives an overview of Ayutthaya. We spent a couple of hours visiting
cjthedj26
cjthedj26
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FLOATING RIP OFF
Don't waste 4 hours drive, 3,000baht for boat that takes you around man made klong, passing exorbitant shops on riv
851johnelford
851johnelford
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It’s the staff that made the day wonderful.
Kwang, Minny and the team on Love Andaman day trip to the Similan Islands were amazing. They were lively, amenable
MrBickley79
MrBickley79
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Expensive
Hogwash not worth the time or money Same old tourist tat for sale. Pressure selling not a lot of fun
anthonycJ5591RK
anthonycJ5591RK
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Conned and disgusted
Great concept but that is the only good thing I can say about this market. Al items for sale were way exorbitantly
venla j
venla j
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Good but late
Otherwise very good, but the ride arrived late, so we missed the first 10 minutes if the show. Disappointing. Howev
terithorne
terithorne
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Terrible service. Really disappointing.
Really disappointed with the whole experience tonight and completely spoiled the evening. To be perfectly honest, i
Kerfuffles
Kerfuffles
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Absolutely WONDERFUL
Worth it! Great views of the grand palace, wat arun, a bridge (dunno what it's name is sorry). As well as a fantast
WWTraveler0923
WWTraveler0923
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Treated Us Poorly; Borderline Unethical
OK. I made a mistake. I booked this tour with Tour East Thailand on a day that we could not take it because we were
Coastal43896561407
Coastal43896561407
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Bangkok city river cruise dinner
great night cruising the river to see the sights lit up at night , food was buffet style with good variety of selec
abhishek s
abhishek s
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Amazing Trip
Well organised The guide was very helpful knowledgeable and pleasant but we did struggle to understand a lot of wha
S8207VQtaral
S8207VQtaral
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AMAZING!!!
This was just an amazing experience. Our guide was the best. He took us to all the right place, gave us our free ti
Safari524346
Safari524346
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Nice views - shame about the food, Not so Authentic
Booked this in advance of arriving in Bangkok as we did not want to lose a day of not doing anything. The email in
Leslierx
Leslierx
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Don’t waste your time or your money. River is dirty, shops carry typical souvenirs not worth buying. Disappointing!
Too far from Bangkok! 1.5 hour drive each way!! Then it’s in a nosy longboat, difficult to get in and out of, engin
VonLim
VonLim
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Great for family and children. Like a field trip for kids
Tranquil environment- spot lots of different species mud crabs along the broad walk mangrove swamps. Enjoy the bre
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

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Arzu A
Dhaka City, Bangladesh27 contributions
Jan 2018
I was in Chiang rai only for 4 days.I had an amazing trekking through the villages of the hills and could see bvery rare pinkish red , brown tailed snakes on your track. I have visited the Hall of Opium. it was an amazing experience. skip the opium museum but must-see the hall of opium. weather was amazing. a little chill in the morning (after 4 years in tropics and sub tropics :)) the riverside restaurants so amazing.
please visit Chivit thamma da coffee house and bistro. it is a bliss. white temple and black house are also a must visit places whilst in Chiang Rai.
Written February 26, 2018
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Hilary C
Hong Kong, China2 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The tour guide is super helpful, informative and nice! He is so helpful and showed us some local markets that we can have more insight on local life. We've seen a lot and learn about about Thai history and culture in this trip.

Everything was super enjoyable, iced bottle water is provided in the car, which is a great relief for this hot weather.
Written April 23, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Your nice review means a lot to us, thank you for choosing our service!
Written April 30, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

John L
Surrey, Canada32 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We went here as part of our tour of Thailand. It was so interesting to see how the native tribe people preserve their history. Our tour guide was excellent and gave us so much information as to how the tribe has survived over the years. It was well worth the money if you enjoy history.
Written October 22, 2017
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Dear John, Appreciate your review on the Hill tribe tour in north Thailand. Great to see that you enjoyed travelling to the hill tribe village and looking at their way of life. I hope you had a great stay in Thailand. Nick
Written October 23, 2017
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

james d
Copenhagen, Denmark65 contributions
For me to visit the 5 villages was not what I expected. 300 baht entry and their is a path through the villages. Saw a show in the first, and the tribe people looked so bored. Not their fault, being gawked at all day. Lots of souvenirs to buy in the villages but not much else. I didn’t enjoy it seeing the tribe people relying on tourists and taking photos all day.
Written February 4, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear James, Tourism is a vital industry in Thailand and for many people the unique culture and way of life of the hill-tribe people is a prime attraction. We recognises that the lifestyle and culture of the hill tribes are special and that the penetration of tourism is inevitable. But we also believe that, if handled in a culturally sensitive way, tourism is a fantastic way for hill-tribes to pay for their children's schooling costs while sharing their culture with the world. Furthermore, we believe that many tourists want to give back to their hilltribes buy buying their souvenirs or trying their food etc. Hilltribe people are warm and welcoming - with just a smile and a willingness to help out in any way possible. By expressing a genuine interest in their culture you will also be giving the most valuable gift you could give, helping them rebuild cultural pride. I am sorry you did not enjoy this but every person and their expectations are very different. Regards, Nick
Written February 5, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

vcwk1231
Hong Kong, China10 contributions
Sep 2019
2 of us joined this private tour and my comment is not worth to join this tour. Basically, we had 1 tour guide and 1 driver to travel with us on that day. When we on boarded on the car, we asked the tour guide if we could visit the Long Neck Village as well as we saw from one of the comment that some visitors did the same when they joined this tour. However, right away, our tour guide told us the village is needed to pay rather than telling us depending on our timing etc. My friend and I felt bad on how his way to tell us... At the end of the tour, the tour guide didn't follow up with us if we still would like to go to the Long Neck Village.

In general, all spots are free to enter...... and not sure why it costs more than US$100 per person to join this tour. The tour guide is fair i.e. just providing some basic information. Lunch is great though and this is the only good comment on that day.

I don't recommend this tour at all as it is basically providing a so called tour guide and a driver. If the price could be a bit lower and to have a one driver guide instead, I'd consider to recommend this tour.
Written October 9, 2019
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Thank you very much for bringing this matter to our attention. We do sorry that the tour didn't meet your expectation. We will discuss internally and with suppliers in order to improve our service and see if the itinerary can be adjusted. Thank you for spending time to write us review.
Written November 12, 2019
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Nicola S
New Zealand80 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed our tour to golden triangle, we adjusted our tour so we could go to long neck tribe and other tribes. Our guide was very informative but it’s kind of like a zoo would not do that again. Our guide Jackie he was great, fresh market was interesting and with Jackie he was able to answer all our questions. Lunch was very good.
Written August 27, 2019
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Thank you very much for your valuable review. We are delighted to hear that you had a nice time and enjoyed the services. We look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit.
Written September 5, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

RDC1977
Sydney, Australia10 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This tour is flexible, you basically have a driver and a guide at your disposal. We changed the villages so we could see the Long-Neck tribe instead. We also asked for a traditional Thai lunch instead of the buffet and they took us to a road-side family restaurant which was excellent. Mr. Chuang was a great guide, very knowledgeable and flexible, i recommend you ask lots of questions. Every time we went back to the car they had water and refreshing towels. Recommended.
Written May 6, 2019
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Very much appreciated for all good compliment, we are glad you enjoyed our tour and service. Thank you for choosing us.
Written May 8, 2019
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Guide19538903828
2 contributions
Feb 2019
It is like going back in time to see how tribe people lived and survived.Now there trying to survive making by hand and mostly selling there clothing and other accessories in the 21 century. You wonder how the Long Neck Warthose Metal rings around her neck.
Written February 12, 2019
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Dream12037116983
Thank you very much for choosing our service, we hope that you had an interesting time exploring hill tribes lifestyle, outside the civilized city.
Written March 12, 2019
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Lesley Morton-Evans
Kilham, UK22 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Just arrived back from a very enjoyable private tour of the Hill Tribes and Golden Traingle.
Our pickup and drop off was exactly as expected. Visiting 2 Hilltribes was an experience we shall never forget. The women & children were warm and friendly and although they wanted us to buy their wares at no point did we find the situation uncomfortable. They gave an impromptu dance performance which was fun.
Next we travelled to the bustling town of Mae Sai where we could walk through the market and see the bridge which connects Thailand & Myanmar. Travelling around the Golden Triangle area and seeing the views where Myanmar Laos and Thailand converge was impressive and interesting.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch in a beautiful tranquil setting. A visit to the Opium museum was good and our day finished in Chiang Sean where we saw the huge temple Wat Phra That Chedi Luang.
Our Guide Mr Jacky excellent. He was very knowledgeable and explained so much to us. We feel we have learnt a great deal today and are so pleased we booked this tour. Thank you Jacky.
Written February 10, 2018
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Hi Lesley, Thanks for the feedback which is welcome. I am happy to read that you enjoyed the tour and thanks for the comments. I am happy you had a great day out, Nick
Written February 11, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
From quick jaunts to full-day outings.

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