5 Cool Places to Visit in Northern Thailand

Many people are regular visitors to Thailand, yet they have never set foot in the beautiful part of the country that is often overlooked. Of course, the white sandy tropical beaches are awesome; picture perfect beaches with coconut trees and cool bars where you can enjoy an ice-cold beer, yet there is so much more to the Land of Smiles, which we explore in this short article.

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Located about an hour from the infamous Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai is a vibrant and busy town; you simply must see the White and Blue temples, as they are stunning examples of Khmer architecture. The easiest way to get to Chiang Rai is to take a bus from Chaing Rai, which takes about 3.5 hours, and costs less than 7$. Take a few Instagram-worthy images of all the stunning architecture and you will be the envy of all your friends. In this Chiang Mai hotel banquet room, you can see fine arts and crafts from Chiang Rai.

Pai, Thailand

This used to be known as a hippy hub back in the 80s and 90s, a sleepy town with lots of charm and character. Nestled on the banks of a river, Pai is a mostly green town, with little in terms of western architecture (concrete) and there is a culture of spiritual awareness and inner well-being. There are many rehab resorts and well-being retreats and if you love vegetarian cuisine, you will love Pai.

Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Another uniquely charming northern town, Mae Hong Son is one of the towns that is furthest north in Thailand. It takes a full 6 hours by bus from Chaing Mai and the town is on the border with Myanmar. You could rent a motorcycle and ride the famous Mae Hong Son loop, which is made up of some extreme twisty roads. Mae Hong Son has it all, mountains, caves, valleys, waterfalls, night markets and hiking trails. Here are 5 mistakes to avoid when relocating to a foreign country.

Chiang Dao, Thailand

Home of Thailand’s 3rd highest mountain, Doi Chiang Dao stands 7,136ft above sea level and it is a bird-watching haven with more than 350 local species. Nature lovers would be in their element in this stunning part of Thailand and there are numerous National Parks that you can explore; most have a range of accommodation packages and guided tours with English-speaking guides.

Living Among the Hill Tribe People

If you would like to spend 2-3 days with a hilltribe family, there are reputable tour operators who can arrange a short homestay experience. Ideal for those who wish to see life from their perspective and don’t be expecting any special comforts, living with the local tribes means just that!

    Many tourists visit the northern region of Thailand every year and there is always something new to see and do; there are a few elephant sanctuaries that treat these majestic creatures with kindness and compassion.

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