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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Tachileik

    Town/Village

    Foreigners may cross the river to visit Tachileik on a one-day visa ($10) obtainable at the Burmese immigration office at the bridge. The town...Read More

  • 15. Thai–Japan Friendship Memorial Hall

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum that goes by two names commemorates the hundreds of Japanese soldiers who died here on their chaotic retreat from the Allied armies...Read More

  • 16. The Hub Pub

    Museum/Gallery

    It's backpacker and world-traveler heaven at this hub of three enterprises—a pub, a cycling museum, and a hostel (the Funky Box)—owned by Alan...Read More

  • 17. Wat Doi Tong

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Near the summit of Doi Tong, this temple overlooks the Mae Kok River. The ancient pillar that stands here once symbolized the center of the...Read More

  • 18. Wat Pa Sak

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The name of this wat, Chiang Saen's oldest chedi, refers to the 300 ton sak (teak trees) planted in the surrounding area. The stepped temple...Read More

  • 19. Wat Phra Keo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Emerald Buddha, which now sits in Thailand's holiest temple, Wat Phra Keo in Bangkok, is said to have been discovered when lightning split...Read More

  • 20. Wat Phra Singh

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 14th-century temple is worth visiting for its viharn, distinguished by some remarkably delicate wood carving and for colorful frescoes...Read More

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