Spend one night or two in Chiang Rai, gateway to the "Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet on this independent tour with a private guide.
Chiang Rai sits on the edge of the Golden Triangle, that bit of land where Burma, Laosand Thailand join. Besides its many historic and spiritual sites, Chiang Rai and its environs offer a colorful collage of cultures and some of the region's most magnificent scenic beauty. There is even a bit of nightlife, show you gay Chiang Rai.
Photos: Suradet Konipakarnsri
Gateway to the Golden Triangle
Thailand's northernmost province is rich in natural beauty and its fertile valleys have nourished the country's most ancient kingdoms. Here, glorious dynasties enjoyed their golden eras and suffered dramatic defeats as powerful armies clashed to dominate the region's riches. Today, myriad traditional cultures coexist with the modern world, mingling influences from China, Myanmar, Laos, and indigenous hill tribes. don't miss a chance to explore gay Chiang Rai and the North! You do not have to be gay to enjoy a Purple Dragon adventure. Many of our mainstream guests choose us because they know they will get something better from a gay tour company.
Wide Open Spaces, Sample Myanmar and a Night Bazaar
Drive north from Chiang Mai (or fly directly from Bangkok to Chiang Rai airport) and enjoy the lush green carpet of mountain forests, emerald valleys, and electric green rice fields. Big sky and clean air invigorate the senses. There are several beautiful National Parkshere and if you enjoy hiking and wildlife, we can help weave them into your itinerary.
Just on the outskirts of Chiang Raipay a visit to one of Thailand's most extraordinary modern temples, Wat Rongkhun, an ongoing project of artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Decorated entirely in pure white with mirror accents, it is designed to be viewed best by moonlight. This is a unique chance to witness the birth of an entirely unique style of temple.
This afternoon, explore the border town of Mae Sai where you may cross over into Myanmar(bring your passport) to wander around the market in Tachieleik where cheap goods from China and gems, jade and lacquerware from Burma are on offer. If you fancy a climb, there's a great view to be had from Wat Phra Tat Doi Wao. Spelunkers may also like to visit the limestone caves of Tham Luang, Tham Pum and Tham Pla (rent or bring a lantern).
Spend the rest of the afternoon at the famous Golden Triangle, the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ruak rivers where Laosmeets Myanmar and Thailand. Nearby is charming town of Chiang Saen, a former 14th century capital, where boats from China dock to unload goods. This quiet little town has grown up around the ancient city walls and red brick ruins, many in excellent shape. The ruins of Wat Pa Sak are in an impressive park setting of huge trees and moats. The chedi (stupa) at Wat Athi Ton Kaew has broken open to reveal a smaller, older stupa inside with its white stucco decoration preserved. The Chiang Saen Museum is open Wed to Sun. Head back to Chiang Rai in the late afternoon.
This evening, check out Chiang Rai's night bazaar, with a large outdoor food court and live entertainment. Our guide will be happy to point out the local gay hang-outs nearby.
Time to stay longer? If you are not in a hurry to see the highlights of this remarkable region, why not spend a second night? Your car, driver and driver will remain with you to enjoy the places mentioned above at a more leisurely pace. And why not? It's your holiday, isn't it? We also have a two-night visit to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle.
Prices and Hotels
Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel.
We offer several different hotels in Chiang Rai, ranging from three to five stars. If you have a specific hotel in mind, please let us know. All of the hotels we use are carefully chosen for location, amenities, quality of service, security and value. We use only hotels that are LGBT-friendly.
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Includes:transfer to/from Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai airport, hotel accommodation with tax, service and daily breakfast beginning on day 2, private guide, car and driver. Not included: airfare. admissions. other meals and drinks. gratuities. features not specifically mentioned in the itinerary, or items of a purely personal nature.
Custom vacations are our specialty. If this travel package is not exactly what you are looking for, we may be able to modify it to make it a perfect fit.
Where We Shine:
Purple Dragon provides unique insight into Northern Thai culture and we survey the region personally throughout the year. We save our guests precious time by recommending the best, newest, and most popular attractions. Our regional manager and staff all speak excellent English. We use only LGBT- friendly hotels, so couples never suffer embarrassing moments. Your tour is private and you have the undivided attention of your private guide. Our guests often remark that the highlight of their holiday was the charming company of our trained guides and their superlative insights into Thai culture.