The Ancient Caravan Trail to Chiang Rai – four days
This is a sample itinerary. If you are interested in this tour, we will customize it according to your wishes. The total distance of this tour is 334,4 km. We travel the route that was used by the Haw Chinese caravans more than a century ago.
This was also “opium country”: this stuff was cultivated at many locations in North Thailand. The KMT (Kuomintang) forces that occupied Doi Mae Salong were involved in the opium trade and border areas where sometimes the battleground of armies of rival drug lords. Less than fifty years ago this region was a lawless area, controlled by drug lords.
We travel via the remote Doi Angkhang mountain to Thaton and onwards to the Chinese “enclave” of Santikhiri on Doi Mae Salong. From there we continue to Doi Tung and Chiang Saen on the Mekong River. The tour ends at Chiang Rai.
Scenic, off the beaten track route
In-depth visits, featuring home cooking, of Palong and Akha villages
Chiang Dao Caves
Cave temple Wat Tham Pha Plong
Royal Project on Doi Angkhang
Sri Sangwan Waterfall
Palong and Black Lahu villages on Doi Angkhang
Two boat trips on the Kok River
Chinese KMT villages
Chinese “mountain enclave” Doi Mae Salong
Museum of the Martyrs