Who wants to fly between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai Thailand when you can float? An early morning stop at the quiet Orchid Farm will first tease your eyes and nose with color and fragrance, always a part of the exotic East. On your way north, you’ll pass some Hmong villages where a simple stroll will illustrate the traditions of rural Thai life. After a peaceful lunch, it’s time to board a Long Tailed Boat. Sitting low in the water, you’ll be surrounded by the gentle and quiet landscape of Thailand on your left and Laos on your right as you motor along with your driver and guide. Low hills frame the quiet river with small settlements here and there. You can even stop at a simple village on the Laos side and check off another country on your Life List. And eventually, the Ruak and the Mae Kong rivers will meet in the true Golden Triangle, of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, and Laos. Here’s where you’ll step gently off your simple transport, perhaps at the dock of your hotel.