Bangkok, to visit the temples and old town of Chiang Mai and go elephant trekking in the jungle of remote Chiang Rai. The city of Chiang Mai has a striking mountain backdrop and is the capital of the eponymous province, which borders Burma to the north, whereas Chiang Rai is a slightly more remote area, making it ideal for exploring the beautiful terrain of jungles, rivers and mountains.

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Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Chiang Mai and neighbouring Chiang Rai are well worth a visit after the buzz of Bangkok, to visit the temples and old town of Chiang Mai and go elephant trekking in the jungle of remote Chiang Rai. The city of Chiang Mai has a striking mountain backdrop and is the capital of the eponymous province, which borders Burma to the north, whereas Chiang Rai is a slightly more remote area, making it ideal for exploring the beautiful terrain of jungles, rivers and mountains.

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Take a mountain bike trek through remote mountain villages remembering, as you slog up another hill, Newton’s excellent observation that what goes up must surely come down.

Katie, Original Traveller

A note on price

Thailand is great value for money, and can be done on a real range of budgets. Direct flights to Bangkok cost around £650 per person, and domestic flights are reasonably inexpensive. Super-luxe holidays that include stays at beautiful tented camps in the jungle and private beach villas on the coast will cost around £10,000 per person. However, choosing quaint boutique hotels means you'll pay more like £1,800 per person. Learn more about our pricing

Top picks for Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Chedi Chiang Mai

Chedi Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Located on the banks of the Mae Ping River in the heart of the historic city of Chiang Mai, the hotel features the contemporary Asian design and chic styling typical of the Chedi group.

Where to stay

Chedi Chiang Mai
Anantara Golden Triangle

Anantara Golden Triangle

Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Perched on a hill overlooking the enchanting hills of neighbouring Myanmar and Laos, this charming hilltop hideaway effortlessly combines luxury living with a genuine sense of adventure.

Where to stay

Anantara Golden Triangle
Four Seasons Chiang Mai

Four Seasons Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Situated overlooking rice terraces in the Mae Rim Valley, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai is an extremely luxurious retreat in a beautiful part of Northern Thailand.

Where to stay

Four Seasons Chiang Mai
Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Accommodation consists of colonial-style suites, private two-storey villas or palatial residences with private pools, and the whole property is surrounded by 60 acres of peaceful landscapes incorporating paddy fields and lush tropical greenery.

Where to stay

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
Elephant-back or walking treks

Elephant-back or walking treks

Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Learn the skills of a mahout before going elephant trekking through the beautiful terrain of jungles, rivers and mountains.

What to do

Elephant-back or walking treks
Jungle visit

Jungle visit

Chiang Mai & The Golden Triangle

Visit a night safari centre to see a number of different species of wildlife.

What to do

Jungle visit

Where can I start? It was our best trip yet. Everything went smoothly. It was a wonderful package at a very good price, well organised by Original Travel and we felt totally spoilt.

Paul & Jenny

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