Highlights of Northern Thailand

The north of Thailand is home to the country's second city Chiang Mai which has a charming and fascinating old centre. From Chiang Mai there are great opportunities to meet indigenous hill tribes in the mountains near Chiang Rai or spend time learning about elephants in one of the reserves or preservation parks. Northern Thailand is also a great place to learn the art of Thai cuisine or as a starting point for overland journeys into Myanmar or Laos. 

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Wat Lok Moli, Chiang Mai
Thailand’s second city and capital of the north, Chiang Mai has a great cultural heritage and is a charming place to spend a few days learning the art of Thai cooking, browsing through colourful markets or relaxing by the river after a trek.
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai province shares borders with Myanmar to the north and Laos to the northeast.  The area where the three countries meet is more commonly known as the Golden Triangle and is a beautiful part of Thailand, fabled for its mountainous scenery, its hill tribes, the trekking opportunities and for its opium production.  
Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
Lampang is the third largest town in Northern Thailand and situated in the valley of the Wang River. Often included as an overnight stop, on overland tours of Thailand running south to north, this charming town has a number of interesting temples and ruins either in the town or just outside.
Temple view, Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son sits in the northwest corner of the country some 580 miles from Bangkok.  This pleasant town is deep in hill tribe country and there are Karen, Shan, Lisu, Lahu and Musoe villages all within easy reach of the town itself.
Waterfall, Pai
Pai was once a quiet market village inhabited by the Shan people, but more recently it has become popular with travellers attracted to its relaxed atmosphere and delightful surroundings of paddy fields and mountains.