Many who make their way to Thailand think only of Bangkok or the beaches and islands in the South, but Northern Thailand also offers a staggering range of amazing destinations. Pristine scenic jungles can be found throughout the region. Many villages are filled with locals who live life far differently than those living in big cities. Whether you want to see elephants in their natural habitat or visit hill tribes, make Northern Thailand part of your next trip to Asia.
Americans provide Northern Thailand with over 60% of its business. We flock to areas like Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Let’s continue the trend!
Chiang Mai is the most popular northern city for tourists. Temples are everywhere and should be visited with renowned ones like Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Phra Singh being within the city center.
The Elephant Nature Park is also easily accessible from Chiang Mai. It’s a fan favorite for travelers of all ages. Who doesn’t want to interact with adorable Asian elephants?!
Similar experiences are available in Chiang Rai, which is known as The Rose of the North. This currently secluded region is the next main tourist town in Thailand. Visit the iconic White and Blue Temples, also known as Wat Rong Khun and Rong Sear Tean.
After seeing these colorful temples you can head to the real attraction of the area: The Golden Triangle.
The Golden Triangle is where Thailand boarders Myanmar and Laos. From a hilltop vantage point, which is non-coincidentally the site of the Phra That Doi Pu Khao temple, you can see all three countries. It’s a truly unique moment. Go down to the riverside to view both the Mekong and the Ruak Rivers converging. Head over to the Opium Hall for a look at this region’s true history.
Recommended Hotels in Chiang Mai:
Yaang Come Village, Shangi-La Chiang Mai, Anantara Chiang Mai, Khum Phaya Resort & De Naga Hotel.
Recommended Hotels in Chiang Rai:
The Four Seasons Tented Camp and the Anantara Golden Triangle.