Visit Northern Thailand
Heading north from Thailand's dusty central plains, the heat gives way to cool, clean air and a terrain of forested limestone hills and rivers. The pace and people seem gentler in this colourful corner of Thailand, bordering Burma and Laos.
Northern Thailand's most significant city remains Chiang Mai - it's walled and moated old city, ancient temples, bustling markets and exceptional hotels a magnet for visitors.
Trekking and visiting the diverse array of tribal hill peoples in the northern villages are popular, especially at Mae Hong Son, a beautiful village encircled by hills and often cloaked in mist.
Chiang Rai is another highlight, and an important trekking centre and base for exploring the natural and historical wonders of the Golden Triangle.
Top itineraries in Northern Thailand and Chiang Mai
If ever there was proof that long-haul travel doesn't have to cost the earth, Thailand is it. A classic combination of history, culture, city and beach, alongside quality, affordable accommodation, makes it one of the most enduringly popular destinations for UK holidaymakers.
Get a taste of authentic Thailand as you combine the exhilarating, big-city bustle of Bangkok with the hill tribes and temples in the northern town of Chiang Mai. Then, round things off with a five-star stay in Krabi on the country's idyllic Andaman Coast.
See the best of Laos, before taking a Mekong River cruise into Thailand. Begin your journey in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, before heading for the tranquil and idyllic Luang Prabang. Enjoy a cruise along the river, crossing the border into north Thailand. Enjoy the sights of Chiang Rai
When people think of Thailand, the first picture that springs to mind for many is one of gorgeous white-sand beaches, swaying palms and a sparkling turquoise sea in the resort islands of the south. Scratch a little deeper however and you'll find a rich tapestry of culture, cuisine, temples and trib…
Top places to stay in Northern Thailand and Chiang Mai
Experience the wild side of Thailand at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Spa in Chiang Rai where the sights and sounds of the jungle reach every room.
Within the heart of historic Chiang Mai lies a boutique resort aptly designed and decorated with the tribal heritage of northern Thailand in mind, called the Tamarind Village. Enter the gateway through the bamboo arch and corridor, past the two hundred year old tamarind tree after which this hotel …
Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand provides something different to the beach destinations and cityscapes of Thailand, including elegant resorts like the Chedi Chiang Mai Hotel & Resort.
Where to go in Northern Thailand and Chiang Mai
Wat Haripunchai temple in Lamphun, an ancient city that predates Chiang Mai by several hundred years, houses what is believed to be the largest bronze gong in the world.
Several thousand Hmong and Karen people live within the protected area of Doi Inthanon National Park, which is named after Thailand's highest mountain, the 2,595-metre-high Doi Inthanon.
The rugged landscape bordering Burma to the west of Chiang Mai is among the most spectacular in Thailand. Mae Hong Son itself is a centre for trekking and home to numerous fine Burmese-style wats.
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