Introduction: Pandas, Golden Triangle and the Beach

We just got back from a relaxing trip with a somewhat unusual itinerary. Going through my bucket list, I’ve been wanting to visit the Pandas near Chengdu for a while. I had also never made it to Thailand’s Northern most corner in Chiang Rai. Checking out flights, Chengdu could easily be reached with a direct flight from Europe. Likewise, there’s a 4x weekly direct flight from Chengdu to Chiang Rai. Icing on the cake is that this would allow is to skip the Chinese Visa process and benefit from the Transit without Visa (TWOV) scheme, something I had done a few years ago

With animals and nature checked, we wanted to add some beach time and settled on Koh Lipe in the very south, advertised as “the Maldives of Thailand”. The trip would end with some days in Singapore, our old home.

This was our final itinerary:

DayPlace / ActivitiesTransportAccomodation
1Arrival in ChengduWenjum Hotel
2Panda Volunteer - Dujiangyan BaseTrain
3Fly to Chiang Rai, White Temple, Night MarketFlight / Rental CarBambuh Homestay
4Golden Triangle, Hall of OpiumRental Car
5Fly to Hat Yai, Night MarketFlightLa Pause
6Taxi / Boat to Koh LipeTaxi / BoatMali Sunrise Resort
7Koh Lipe-Mali Sunrise Resort
8Boat / Taxi / Fly to SingaporeBoat / Taxi / Flight-

Looking back, it was probably too much travel for the short period of time. Not necessarily too many stops, but too much travel with planes.

Stay tuned for the trip report!

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  1. May 13, 2019

    […] only scratched the surface. However, given the time, we were happy with our choices. After last year’s spring vacation to Chengdu/Thailand/Singapore, we wanted to pace things a bit slower, especially since we covered […]

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