The Great Outdoors
Stunning mountainous scenery dotted with glistening waterfalls, lakes and rivers, Northern Thailand is one of the most unspoiled and beautiful areas in Thailand. Home to the highest mountains in the land, Northern Thailand enjoys a cooler climate than the rest of the country, with temperatures reaching freezing in the highest areas. A variety of outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed here; from elephant trekking, hiking, rock climbing, rafting and kayaking. It’s also home to Thailand’s ethnic minorities; the Karen and Hmong hill tribes and traditional villages. Backpackers coming from Bangkok and the South of Thailand will experience a change of pace; picturesque cities and quirky villages and a unique way of life that charms and enchants it’s visitors.
Places to go up North!
Chiang Mai: The capital of Northern Thailand and one of the most visited cities in the country; Chiang Mai is a long time favourite amongst culture vultures and arty types.
Chiang Rai: smaller, more compact Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is a laid back, relaxed city, which serves as a base for treks and adventures into the surrounding wilderness.
Pai: Cute little town on the river with a strong hippy vibe. Great place for live music, good food and motorbike adventures in the gorgeous countryside.
Mae Hong Son: A less visited town heading towards the Burmese border. Nestled in a valley surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, it’s a great place to trek from.
Mae Sot: Right on the border of Burma, the town is an interesting mix of ethnic minorities, Thai and Burmese. Many NGO’s are based here.