Northern Thailand

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  • 1. Hall of Opium

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 2. Wat Phra That Cho Hae

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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...Read More

  • 3. Wat Pumin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 4. Ann Tours

    Tour–Sight

    This outfit headquartered in Vietnam conducts multiday tours in northeastern Thailand. Ann Tours has other offerings in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam...Read More

  • 5. Ban Prathap Chai

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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, it...Read More

  • 6. Chiang Dao Caves

    Cave

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

  • 7. Doi Tung

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    If you're traveling north from Chiang Rai on Highway 110, watch for the left-hand turn at Km 32 to Doi Tung. The road winds 42 km (26 miles...Read More

  • 8. Hilltribe Museum & Education Center

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 9. Imperial Golden Triangle Resort

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    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, Ruak, and...Read More

  • 10. Kengtung

    Town/Village

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

  • 11. Longtail excursion boats

    Tour–Sight

    Longtail excursion boats captained by experienced river men tie up at the Ban Sop Ruak jetty, and the B500 fee covers a 90-minute cruise into...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Mae Sariang and Nearby

    Scenic Drive/Tour

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

  • 14. National Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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, Chao Suriyapong...Read More

  • 15. National Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 16. Opium Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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 one is in the...Read More

  • 17. Oub Kham Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    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

  • 18. Pai Canyon

    Canyon

    It's a short if occasionally hair-raising walk from the canyon's parking area to a beautiful view of the valley below. Wear sturdy shoes on...Read More

  • 19. Ramkhamhaeng National Museum

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    The region's most significant artifacts are in Bangkok's National Museum, but the many pieces on display at this fine facility demonstrate the...Read More

  • 20. Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang

    Garden/Arboretum

    A project of the royal family, this mountainside facility, average elevation 1,400 meters (4,600 feet), has both agricultural and political...Read More

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