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

Wat Thaton

Chinese KMT villages

Chinese “mountain enclave” Doi Mae Salong

Tea plantations

Museum of the Martyrs

Wat Santikhiri