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Tour of Hill Tribes Villages, Elephant and Boat Ride – Chiang Rai

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  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Approx. 4 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
    Duration: Approx. 4 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Chiang Rai.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Chiang Rai

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview On this tour you will take a boat ride on the Mae Kok River, visit the villages of the Karen and Lahu hill tribes. You will also see the Hot Springs of San Kamphaeng.

    The Mae Kok River is regarded as one of the most beautiful and unspoiled rivers of the world. It flows gently past forested banks, towering mountains and green and picturesque Thai villages.

    The Karen people (originally from Myanmar) form the largest of the major hill tribes of Thailand. They live in isolated picturesque villages of Northern Thailand. Each of the many sections of this ethnic group has their own style of dress.

    Chiang Rai province is located at the northern point of Thailand and borders Myanmar and Laos. This area is noted for its scenic beauty and the brightly garbed hill tribes. There are also several outstanding temples.


    This is a private tour that will take you to some of northern Thailand’s more scenic spots.

    First on this tour you get to enjoy a leisurely trip on the Mae Kok River in a colourful and traditional Thai long-tailed boat. The boat ride culminates in a visit a Karen Hill tribe village.

    The Karen hill tribes are spread across the Myanmar hills and those of Thailand. They are mostly a farming people with villages and customs quite distinct from the other hill tribes. Your tour will visit a Karen village to give you a glimpse into the lives of these peaceful and friendly people. The village is also the starting point of a half hour elephant ride, when you travel into the woods.

    You then travel on to visit the Hot Springs at San Kamphaeng. Within the lovely landscaped and flower filled park of San Kamphaeng are Hot Springs that are said to possess curative powers and restorative properties. The water source is really, really deep. The Hot Springs at San Maekajan is the world famous area of the infamous opium trade. From here one can also get marvellous views of the magnificent Mekong River.

    The next place that you visit is the village of the Lahu hill tribe. The Lahu live in bamboo houses built on high stilts and thatched roofs. The women are skilled cloth and basket weavers. The women wear distinctive costumes. The Lahu are a proud, independent people who love music and entertainment.

    At the end of this tour you will be taken back to your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Elephant Trek
    • Long-tail boat
    • English speaking guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Program is subject to change due to local condition.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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