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Northern Thailand Travel Guide

Plan Your Northern Thailand Vacation

Northern Thailand begins where the flat rice-growing countryside above Bangkok rises slowly to the mountains that border Myanmar and Laos. It's a vast region of Thailand, about the size of the state of Kentucky, that bears striking geographic and cultural differences from the south. The mountains that are the distinguishing feature of the north contribute to the region's distinctly

different character, protecting its mostly rural people, and particularly its hill tribes, from too rapid an advance of outside influences.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Natural Wonders Northern Thailand means mountains. Beyond Chiang Mai, they rise to the borders of Myanmar and Laos, crisscrossed by deep valleys and fast-flowing rivers. National parks welcome hikers and campers to wild areas of outstanding natural beauty and hill tribe villages lost in time. At the southern edge of the region lie the ruins of Sukhothai, a cradle of Siamese civilization.
  2. Shopping The region is world famous for its silks, and the night markets of Mae Hong Son and Chiang Rai have an astonishing range of handicrafts, many of them from hill tribe villages.
  3. Eating The region's cuisine is said to be the country's tastiest. Chiang Rai and Pai have excellent restaurants, but even the simplest food stall can dish up delicious surprises.
  4. Temples The golden spires of thousands of temples dot the region. Each can tell you volumes about Buddhist faith and culture—particularly the haunted ruins of Sukhothai.

When To Go

When to Go

Northern Thailand has three seasons. The region is hottest and driest from March to May. The rainy season is June to October, with the wettest weat...

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