Renowned for the glistening temples, ancient ruins, amazing jungles, delectable cuisine, myriad of market stalls, inexpensive spas and intriguing minority cultures – welcome to Northern Thailand.
The north is where rugged hills, pristine rivers and remote hill tribe villages produce a spectacular landscape and a diversity of culture. One of the most endearing features is the warmth of the people and combined with the beauty of the region, Northern Thailand never fails to impress. Offering a fascinating history Chiang Mai is Northern Thailand’s most populous city, however still retains its provincial charisma. The use of the plural temples here is far from loose, there are over 300 elaborate temples and monasteries, a reminder of the city’s history as a cultural and religious centre – a day spent walking around here, is a day spent well. Journey from Chiang Mai and the laid-back city of Chiang Rai can be discovered, along with the famous Golden Triangle, the point Thailand converges with Laos and Thailand where the Ruak and mighty Mekong River join. Chiang Mai, and on a smaller scale Chiang Rai, are notoriously renowned for their handicrafts, the colourful ethnic communities of Northern Thailand are a drawcard and add charm to this region, offering a true glimpse into rural life. Most visitors to Thailand enter via Bangkok, the capital gateway. This sprawling metropolis hits you like a tonne of bricks and is filled with chaos yet in a captivating way thrives with energy. The humming riverside is a great way to explore Bangkok and reflects changes day and night. Amidst the modern urban attitude, there survive some historical sites that excite, visit the array of radiant Buddhist temples (Wats), a recognition of Thailand’s grand and illustrious past and a great introduction to what is on offer for any visit to Northern Thailand.