My husband and I booked the day tour which included the white temple-excellent, blue temple they added for our group-excellent, black house-excellent, monkey cave was good fun watching these crazy characters wrestle and swim etc, I really enjoyed the Golden Triangle but wished we had an english speaking guide or even a little bit of english to tell us where to go. The opium museum was somewhat interesting but you could likely learn as much by a quick google. There were some other spots that were OK. VERY disappointing was the tribal village which most people were looking forward to seeing the longnecks etc. The beautiful temples only charged 30-80 baht but the tribes charged 300! Then when we were inside it took a couple of minutes of wandering thru seemingly uninhabited areas with run down huts and stray dogs. Then we got to the area where there were some tribal women which was a market selling cheap chinese crap and one or two of them pretended they were weaving etc. Most of it was "lady buy something" that was it! I had been to Thailand some years ago and seen these tribes which are quite interesting when it isn't an overpriced scam but this was no example of tribal living. Also there were about 4 different tribes in this junk market and I highly doubt those tribes live together so some of our group assumed it was a makeup village to sell and get admission. We didn't mind buying some junk IF we hadn't been charged 300 baht already OR paying 300 baht to be in an authentic village but this was really overdoing it. One of our group said she took a tour out of Chiang Mai and saw longnecks for free. IF you end up on a tour that includes this don't bother. You can see more from a postcard. One other issue that came up on our tour was the "lunch". We were told we would get a buffet lunch, others had opted out of lunch just in case and some weren't sure. Several of us had bought from the same travel agency from a guy named Boy. Our van tried to stop at one spot and they waved us away so we went somewhere else. then our guides said we got to spend 50 baht LOL. There were about 2 items on the menu for that price and it sure wasn't a buffet whatever that means. We paid 1000 baht each for the tour and another couple without lunch paid 700baht from the same operater Boy. Thats OK we didn't negotiate enough but if they are getting a kickback from the village and lunch is 50 baht credit it is annoying. Overall a good day though and must say our driver was excellent, no issues there.
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