Northern Thailand

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

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  • 1. Hall of Opium

    The magnificent Hall of Opium is a white stucco, glass, marble, and aluminum building nestled in a valley above the Mekong. The site is so...Read More

  • 2. Sukhothai Historic Park

    Old City

    The 193 sights historic sites within the Sukhothai district are considered part of the historic park and are covered in the single entrance fee. Most...Read More

  • 3. Wat Mahathat

    Old City

    Sitting amid a tranquil lotus pond, Wat Mahathat is the largest and most beautiful monastery in Sukhothai. Enclosed in the compound are some 200 tightly...Read More

  • 4. Wat Phra That Cho Hae

    On a hilltop in Tambon Pa Daeng, this late-12th-century temple is distinguished by its 33-meter-tall (108-foot-tall) golden chedi and breathtaking interior. The chedi is linked...Read More

  • 5. Wat Phumin

    Nan has one of the region's most unusual and beautiful temples, Wat Phumin, whose murals alone make a visit to this part of northern Thailand...Read More

  • 6. Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple)

    One of Thailand's most astonishing buildings, Wat Rong Khun stands like a glistening, sugar-coated wedding cake beside the A-1 Chiang Rai–Bangkok motorway south of Chiang...Read More

  • 7. Wat Sri Chum

    Old City

    Like many other sanctuaries, Wat Si Chum was originally surrounded by a moat, and the main structure is dominated by a statue of the Buddha...Read More

  • 8. Ann Tours

    This outfit headquartered in Vietnam conducts multiday tours in northeastern Thailand. Ann Tours also offers custom itineraries in other parts of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and...Read More

  • 9. Ban Prathap Chai

    There are many teak houses to admire all over Phrae, but none match this large one near the city's southern edge. Like many such houses,...Read More

  • 10. Chiang Dao Caves

    Caves have a mystic hold over Buddhist Thais, so foreign visitors to Chiang Dao's famous caverns find themselves vastly outnumbered by the locals. The caves...Read More

  • 11. Hilltribe Museum & Education Center

    The cultures, ways of life, and crafts of the many hill tribe people that populate the Chiang Rai region are explained with extensive displays at...Read More

  • 12. House of Opium

    Opium is so linked to the history of Ban Sop Ruak that the small town now has two museums devoted to the subject. This smaller...Read More

  • 13. Imperial Golden Triangle Resort

    Even if you don't stay overnight, pay a visit to this sumptuous resort that has the best views over the confluence of the Mae Sai,...Read More

  • 14. Kengtung

    For $30 (B984) you can get a three-night visa that lets you travel 63 km (39 miles) north to Kengtung, a quaint Burmese town with...Read More

  • 15. Mae Salong Village

    Town/Village

    Visit this remote mountain village northwest of Chiang Rai, and you could be excused for believing you'd strayed over a couple of borders and...Read More

  • 16. Mae Sariang and Nearby

    Near Mae Sariang the road winds through some of Thailand's most spectacular mountain scenery, with seemingly endless panoramas opening up through gaps in the thick...Read More

  • 17. National Museum

    Next door to Wat Phra That Luang, the National Museum exhibits artifacts from the Lanna period, as well as some Neolithic discoveries. The museum also...Read More

  • 18. National Museum

    To get a sense of the region's art, visit the National Museum, which occupies a mansion built in 1923 for the prince who ruled Nan,...Read More

  • 19. Oub Kham Museum

    Lanna history and culture are vividly chronicled at this jewel of a facility on the outskirts of Chiang Rai. The museum, in an attractive complex...Read More

  • 20. Pai Canyon

    Backpackers came to this scenic spot back in the ’90s and spread the word: it quickly became the sunset thing-to-do in Pai. What were dirt paths...Read More

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