Region Overviews: Asia Travel Guide: Overview
Comprised of 48 countries and nearly 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia boasts a dizzying assortment of natural wonders, rich history and cultural feats.
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Bike an oxcart path among lush rice paddies. Admire an ornate Buddhist temple in a jungle-filled valley. Relish a homemade curry and marvel at jagged limestone hills. Welcome to Thailand, where the only thing more impressive than the trumpeting elephants, towering cliffs and timeless villages is how perfectly at home you feel, immersed in the beauty of it all.
THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*
Start Chiang Mai / End Chiang Rai
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Experience a fascinating convergence of Thai, Laotian, Burmese and Chinese cultures | Receive a blessing from the village elders and visit with the resident monk | Spin into the countryside past thriving rice and garlic fields and stands of papaya and teak | Learn from a local gardener how to plant and harvest rice | Get a behind-the-scenes look at how traditional Thai dishes are prepared.
This impeccable hotel amid rice paddies, mountains and lush gardens, sets the industry standard for luxury. Condé Nast Traveler Gold List. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
Curious locals welcome you as you bike picturesque rural roads through remote villages | Beneath the white Buddha, offer alms to monks at sunrise | A scenic descent leads to the trading center of Fang and temple-rich Thaton | Learn about the Shan people, originally from China and Burma | Put your culinary skills to the test during a cooking class, then taste the fruits of your own labor | Listen to a remarkable performance of a hill tribe choir.
Basic bungalows and a fantastic riverside location await at this authentic Thai-style inn. (pool)
Float in longtail boats down the Maekok River | Ride through a peaceful village-dotted landscape into vibrant Chiang Rai | Embark on a culinary adventure as you wander the streets of Chiang Rai and sample some of Thailand's unique delicacies and delicious street food.
A large yet inviting resort with modern furnishings and an idyllic setting along the banks of the Kok River. (pool, spa)
Bike alongside the Mekong River on the Laos and Myanmar border, passing tobacco fields and rice paddies on the way to the ancient Burmese kingdom of Chiang Saen | Spin to the spectacular Chom Kitti temple | Learn about the area's history of the lucrative opium trade, a commodity worth its weight in gold | Browse Sop Ruak's market for a refreshing Thai iced tea and one-of-a-kind handicrafts.
Described by the Hideaway Report as a "stylish hill country retreat amid 160 acres of tranquil gardens in the Golden Triangle overlooking Burma." (pool, spa)
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Throughout the trip we've selected hotels that, in addition to being both comfortable and authentic, allow us to provide you with an itinerary that flows naturally and with purpose, becoming a genuine travel experience and not simply a collection of sightseeing events.The Maekok River Village Resort, a Casual Hotel, is our home for two nights. Although it offers simpler guest rooms than the other hotels on this trip, it is by far the nicest lodging in the area and has been selected because of its access to the best riding in the region.