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Self-drive Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai Overland
Self-drive Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai Overland

Trip Overview

Start : Chiang Rai
Finish : Chiang Mai
Recommended Duration : 3 days / 2 nights
Distance : 451 Km. (279 Miles)

The once infamous Golden Triangle has reinvented itself as a classic tourist attraction over the years. With sceneries that surely will take your breath away, the road to the Golden Triangle was truly made for driving trips. Two routes starting from the quiet northern city of Chiang Rai awaits the adventurous; each with its own charming pit-stops and breath-taking landscapes. Small, quiet towns, hilly terrain, local tribes and colorful markets set a relaxing yet vibrant theme to this road trip. Route one takes you north through Chiang Saen, one of the oldest towns in Northern Thailand with promises of traditional northern-style temples and small local museums. Follow the Mekong River all the way up to the alluring Golden Triangle. The second Route takes you south via a series of rustic little towns then onto a mountainous road to Chiang Khong, another historical town. The trail leads once again to the Mekong which guides you to the Golden Triangle.

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  Total for Driving Routes 6 hr. 56 min. 451/279