Northern Thailand Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Northern Thailand - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Chiang Rai and The Golden Triangle 19


Ban Sop Ruak 4

Chiang Dao 1

Chiang Rai 8

Chiang Saen 3

Mae Sai 3

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Nan 6

The Mae Hong Son Loop 6


Mae Hong Son 5

Mae Sariang 1

Phrae 5

Si Satchanalai 5

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Ramkhamhaeng National Museum

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Most of the significant artifacts from Sukhothai are in Bangkok's National Museum, but this open, airy museum has more than enough fine...

Royal Palace

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Thais imagine Sukhothai's government as a monarchy that served the people, stressing social needs and justice. Slavery was abolished,...

Wat Chang Lom

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South of the park off Chotwithithong Road is one of Sukhothai's oldest monasteries. Its bell-shape pagoda, thought to have been built...

Wat Mahathat

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Sitting amid a tranquil lotus pond, Wat Mahathat is the largest and most beautiful monastery in Sukhothai. Enclosed in the compound are...

Wat Phra Phai Luang

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This former Khmer structure, once a Hindu shrine, was converted to a Buddhist temple. Surrounded by a moat, the sanctuary is encircled...

Wat Saphan Hin

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This pretty wat is reached by following a slate pathway and climbing a 656-foot hill. An amazing standing Buddha, nearly 40 feet tall,...

Wat Sra Sri

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This peaceful temple sits on two connected islands within a lotus-filled lake. The lake, called Traphong Trakuan Pond, supplied the monks...

Wat Sri Chum

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Like many other sanctuaries, Wat Si Chum was originally surrounded by a moat. The main structure is dominated by a breathtaking statue...

Wat Sri Sawai

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Sukhothai's oldest structure may be this Khmer-style one with three prangs—similar to those found in Lopburi—surrounded by a laterite...

Wat Traphang Thong Lang

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The square mondop of Wat Traphang Thong Lang is the main sanctuary, the outer walls of which boast beautiful stucco figures in niches—some...