Northern Thailand is different! If you don't travel to the north, you won't really get to know Thailand. The climate, the landscape and the people create an atmosphere that is completely different from the other regions of the country.
The North also offers some of the most beautiful itineraries in Thailand. An ideal starting point is the city of Chiang Mai. Due to its central location you can make very nice tours in the northwest to Mae Hong Son. Here above all the scenic impressions with beautiful viewpoints, rivers, caves and waterfalls predominate.
To the north-east, the most famous site is the Golden Triangle. But those who only go there because of the triangle to the bordering countries Myanmar and Laos will miss the teh real highlights in this region. Beautiful impressions are given above all by tours into the mountains off the beaten track. Here, too, beautiful landscapes with mountain villages of different mountain peoples like Akha, Palong or Padaung that still live according to their old traditions are revealed. And if you travel in the right season, you will have the chance to experience one or two of the young monks' ordination celebrations.
In the northwest there are various roundtrip routes. The entire circuit leads via Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son and Pai back to Chiang Mai. What makes the route interesting, however, is not the drive on the main road from one place to the next. The round trip gains its charm above all by the local markets, mountain villages, waterfalls, caves, hiking routes, boat tours and temples.
If you want to visit not only the highlights known from the usual travel guides and online guides, but also the gems off the beaten track, then the entire circuit is very time-consuming. If you are satisfied with the tourist highlights, it can also be mastered in four days. We have even had guests who have mastered it in three days. However, you will then spend a lot of time in the car and should also have a stable stomach.
Much more recommendable are round trips, which leave the whole route with sufficient time from six to seven days and on which you still have some time to rest in a beautiful resort with pool.
If the time is not enough, there are also very attractive sections, which lead either the southern Loup to Mae Hong Son or in the north after and back to Chiang Mai or likewise further to Mae Hong Son. There you can take an airplane to your next destination.
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The province Chiang Rai in the north-east offers at least as beautiful routes as the north-west. Depending on the season, this region is climatically preferable to the northwest, which can sometimes facilitate the difficult decision as to which region is to be preferred.
The Northeast offers some special cultural highlights, including the White Temple of Chiang Rai, which you should not miss on this itinerary. Especially the Wat Rong Khun of the artist Chalermchai Kositpipat is always worth a visit despite its great popularity.
Many roads lead from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai and across the province. While the big touring coaches use the main roads, we can drive the much more interesting routes through the mountains on our private tours with off-road cars and minibuses. Here you will also find fascinating landscapes, traditional mountain villages and rivers, which invite you to a boat trip in a classic longtail boat.
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For culture lovers, a two to three day round trip south through the scenic Lampang to Sukhothai and back to Chiang Mai is also possible. From the former kingdom of Sukhothai a wide area of temples has been preserved, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This tour can easily be extended to the northwest to Mae Hong Son and the northeast to Chiang Rai.