Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai

A land of ancient cultures, historic cities, rugged mountains, vast, dense jungles, and tranquil valleys

Northern Thailand, composed of Mae Hong Son Province, Chiang Mai Province, Chiang Rai Province, and the Northern River Valleys is a broad area with many places that are far off the tourist track. Here you will not often find the crowds that you will find in Bangkok and the southern islands of the country. This is a land of ancient cultures, historic cities, rugged mountains, vast, dense jungles, and tranquil valleys that have changed little over the last century. If you are looking for natural beauty, cultural attractions, spiritual peace, and authenticity then you should be sure to travel to these less visited northern reaches of the country.

Mae Hong Son Province is where you can travel the great Mae Hong Son Loop and stay in the lovely settlement of Pai. You can meet hill tribes amid the spectacular mountains and lush valleys and experience a profound sense of peace and tranquillity.

In Chiang Mai Province you can immerse yourself in Lanna culture, and see many historic temples and other historic sites. This is a useful transport hub and gateway to the northern region.

In Chiang Rai Province you will find the Golden Triangle, where you can enjoy the confluence of two rivers and three countries. You can trek in the mountains and discover more about the region’s opium trade.

The Northern River Valleys offer the chance to explore a huge area of mountains and valleys and visit a range of fascinating towns that are for the most part neglected by foreign tourists.

Northern Thailand is cooler than the rest of the country, surrounded as it is by high mountains. Of course, the temperatures depend on whether you are high in the hills, where night time temperatures can occasionally dip below zero, or on the plains, where the daily average rarely dips below 25 degrees Celsius.

This large portion of the country offers many different sorts of holidays for those with a range of different interests and preferences. You can experience luxury retreats in the larger hubs of the region, take cultural or adventure tours and be as active as you wish. You can be intrepid or play it safe here and still have the most wonderful time.

So if you are tired of the crowds of mass tourism and want to try something a little different, forget the south of Thailand and travel instead to these delightful Northern provinces.

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