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Akha & Yao Hill Tribe to Golden Triangle Tour - Chiang Saen & Mae Sai

Visit the side of Thailand you can't find in the city on this exploration of Chiang Rai's most exotic tribes. you will have the chance to visit Mae Sai, as well as the hill tribe villages known as Akha and Yao.
  • Departure: Chiang Rai
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  • Duration: Approximately 7 hours
  • Meeting time: Approximately 08:30
  • Meeting point: At your hotel lobby
  • Immerse yourself in village life
  • Get to know the Akha and Yao people
  • Take in the view of the Golden Triangle
  • Browse the local flea markets at Mae Sai
  • Witness the blending of Thai and Chinese cultures
  • Admire the village handicrafts
Tour Options
Pick up
The pick-up time at your hotel varies based on your hotel location and traffic.Pick up and drop off service is available for hotel in city center. If you are not sure where your hotel is please put exact name of your hotel and our team will get back to you with a suggestion.Guests stay outside of city center will be advised an additional surcharge (if any) subject to distance. This surcharge is to pay on spot to a tour guide or driver.
Golden triangle (or Sop Ruak)
Visiting the renowned Golden Triangle is a must to complete the trip to Chiang Rai province! This is the famous location where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet in the middle of the Mekong River. The Golden Triangle was formerly known as the world’s major producer of opium, which was later improved thanks to the works of the Royal Projects. Reaching the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar join is easy as it’s only 9 kilometers north of Chiang Saen, by taking the road parallel to the Mekong River.
Perhaps the most down-trodden of the tribes, the Akha,s distinctive eyes hint at Tibetan origin. Mostly found in Chiang Rai their oral ancestral history and Swing Festival. They can be found hawking at the night markets and are distinguished by their intricate headdress of coins, beads and shells.
Yao (Mien Hill tribe)
Also known as the Yao, the Mien are the shyest of the tribes, confined to villages in Chiang Rai and limited trekking routes. They have deep Chinese influences, with a written language based on Chinese. Fine silversmiths and embroiderers, the practice polygamy and are distinguished by red and black embroidered costumes and unique red fur boas’ around their necks.
The itinerary might be subject to possibly change due to weather local conditions without a notice in advance.
  • Vehicle
  • Gas
  • Driver
  • Guide (English)
  • Insurance
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fee
  • Tips
  • Other expense

Looking for interesting things to do in Chiang Rai? See Golden Triangle from Mekong River & explore Hill Tribe Villages

See all the faces of Chiang Rai in an excursion to the most colorful tribes in the Kingdom.You will get to know the Akha and Yao people, and learn about their rich history and rituals passed down through time. The Akha people are known for their very exotic costumes. Very artistic people, they also create many gorgeous handicrafts, which they sell town to town. These village people are quick to laugh and joke. It’s a great experience getting to know them. The Yao hail from southern China, and at one time had considerable prestige within the Chinese Empire. You can see the strong Chinese influences in the Yao tribe from their way of life, garb, and traditional dishes. It’s interesting to see how the two cultures have combined. Their villages are widely scattered throughout the northeastern part of northern Thailand. At the Chiang Saen village, a small crossroads town on the bank of the Maekong River, has a breathtaking panoramic view of the Golden Triangle.The Last stop is Mae Sai, the northernmost town of Thailand, where visitors are given the opportunity to explore the fun local flea markets.