Northern Thailand Guide

Rural Northern Thailand both looks and feels very different to bustling Bangkok. From its main city of Chiang Mai you can discover ancient temples, remote hill tribes and lush jungle clad countryside. Further north, Chiang Rai is a small and sleepy town, a perfect base to explore the region known as the Golden Triangle.

Wherever you choose to stay in this beautiful region, you will get a real insight into Thai people and their ancient culture.

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Discover Northern Thailand

Whether you want to meet rescued elephants, get to know remote Thai tribes or relax with a Thai massage, our Asia experts can include a variety of activities and experiences in your holiday.

Things to do in Northern Thailand

  • Visit Elephant Nature Park where rescued elephants now live
  • Wander Chiang Rai’s night bazaar and food court
  • See rural life for Thailand’s remote hill tribes
  • Learn how Thai orchids are cultivated at an orchid farm
  • Relax in Mekajan hot springs
  • See the Golden Triangle where Laos and Myanmar (Burma) meet Thailand
  • Visit elaborate 14th century Buddhist temple Wat Phra Singh
  • Walk around the old city of Chiang Mai
  • Go on a temple tour to the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun, in Chiang Rai
  • Taste Northern Thailand’s traditional dish Khao Soi

Getting There

The quickest way to get to Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand is to fly from Bangkok airport.

By Air – Flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai take just over an hour and the airport is about 20 minutes from the city centre.

By Road – Buses from Bangkok to Chiang Mai take around 10 hours, and from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai is a further 3 hours by road.

Combine With

Combine Northern Thailand with Bangkok or an island or gulf beach resort for a fabulous Thailand experience. Or add Cambodia, Burma or any other Asia destination.

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Northern Thailand Hotels & Activities

Our favourite hotels and resorts in and around Northern Thailand are chosen for their location and value.
These are a great base from which to explore the area on a day tour or go further afield on an overnight experience.

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