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A Thailand holiday for most is limited to a trip to Bangkok or an excursion to the islands in the South. However, Northern Thailand has an impressive range of tourist destinations that are blessed with everything exciting, from diverse history and incredible architecture to wildlife parks and rich culture.


Take a look at some of the top destinations in Northern Thailand and include them in your itinerary on your next trip to Thailand:




Chiang Mai

The cultural capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is called the “Rose of the North”. The city is home to more than 300 temples including the most popular mountainous temple, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and also to a large number of domesticated elephants at the Elephant Nature Park. Besides, Chiang Mai has an interesting night market and beautiful waterfalls including the famous Monthathan Waterfall and Bua Thong Sticky Waterfalls.



Lying in the valley of River Nan, it is a picturesque town surrounded by magnificent mountains of Doi Phu Kha National Park. Home to a number of old temples, teak wooden houses and a unique historical centre, the Nan National Museum, it attracts visitors from all over the world and is a terrific place to explore the traditional lifestyle of the Northern Thai people. In addition, you can discover waterfalls, national parks and hill-tribe villages here.



A small town offering exciting opportunities for outdoor activities, Pai remains a big hit among nature and adventure enthusiasts. Be it white-water rafting, hiking to the terrific Tha Pai Hot Springs, trekking through the mountains, elephant watching in the river or tubing down the river, there is a lot you can enjoy here in this town. Moreover, the town has many open-air bars on the bustling Raddamrong Road as well as historically important landmarks such as World War II Memorial Bridge and the small Chinese village of Santichon.


Chiang Rai

The sister town of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai has a more relaxed feel to it. It enjoys proximity to the Golden Triangle region and offers good-value accommodation options and great food for the tourists. The cultural and historical attractions of the city, including the 14th century Wat Klong Wiang, the black house at the Baan dam Museum, the Cultural Hall Museum, the White Temple and the Buddhist temple – Munniti Chiang Rai, are all a delight to explore.


Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son is a remote, mountainous town, astonishing travellers with its picturesque beauty, laid-back charm and terrific jungle trekking opportunities. Experience a perfect blend of Thai and Burmese cultures and explore interesting tourist spots like Tham Pla Fish Cave, the Su Tong Pae Bamboo Bridge and the Pha Sua Waterfall.

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