Welcome to Northern Thailand


The region’s premier draw is its nature, and its rugged geography is a playground for outdoor pursuits ranging from a rafting excursion in Um Phang to a hike among wild orchids in Mae Hong Son.

For those drawn to the human side of things, there’s also northern Thailand’s buffet of cultural attractions. The region is regarded as the birthplace of much of Thai culture and is a great place to take part in activities, from exploring a Buddhist temple in Phrae to crashing at a homestay in rural Sukhothai.

In the north, even niche players are catered for: intrepid explorers can join a hill-tribe trek in Mae Sariang or a road trip to Phayao; history buffs can travel back in time at Sukhothai Historical Park; and even the most devout beach bum could be converted by the inland party scene in Pai.


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Myanmar Temples & Golden Triangle Private Tour from Chiang Rai

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai ProvinceThis is place where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. It is also where the Mekong River flows from China and forms the border of Laos and ThailandDuration: 1 hourStop At: House of Opium, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai ProvinceThis museum tells the history of the cultivation and use of opium in Asia.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Enrobed Elephant Temple, Tachileik, Shan StatePretty Buddhist temple in Tachilek, Shan State, MyanmarDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Tachileik Shwedagon Pagoda, Tachileik, Shan StateThis is smaller copy of the original Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Tachileik Market, Tachileik, Shan StateThis is an interesting market just across the border in Tachilek, Shan State, MyanmarDuration: 30 minutes

$79.21 Day Trips & Excursions

Hill Tribes, Golden Triangle Private Tour with Opium Museum

Drive on to the Golden Triangle area, where the borders of Thailand, Burma, and Laos convene, Visit the Opium Museum. Continue to the old city of Chiang Saen, dating back to A.D.1260 and set on the steep banks of the Mekhong river, opposite to Laos. Witness some magnificent ancient ruins and temples. Return to your hotel.

$92.18 Outdoor Activities

Chiang Mai to Mae Sa Valley: Hike and Zipline Full Day Tour

Your day trip starts with hotel pickup in Chiang Mai by pickup truck. Hop in the covered back of the truck, and take off to Mae Sa Valley, a 1-hour journey. When you arrive on the outskirts of a hill tribe village, embark with your guide on your 2-hour hike with a gradual climb past some village houses. Before long, you will be surrounded by unspoiled jungle with your experienced, local guide to lead the way. Because this is a local trail, there’s a chance you will encounter people going about their daily tasks in the area which is always interesting. Throughout the hike, you will come across a selection of flora and fauna and pass through a variety of farmland (depends on the season). Your friendly local guide will share their knowledge of the area and explain the customs of village life in Northern Thailand.At midday, after you've worked up quite an appetite, transfer to the zipline location for a Thai lunch, or make a stop at a picturesque waterfall to enjoy a picnic lunch (your guide makes this decision based on weather conditions and other factors). Then begin your zipline tour with a safety briefing and equipment fitting. Across nine different ziplines, you'll zoom through the jungle from one tree to another, taking in the rainforest environment while enjoying the adrenaline rush. In addition to the zipline course, this activity includes two abseils, one bamboo bridge, one hill tribe ladder, one kung fu walk, one monkey bridge, one sky bridge, one spiral staircase, one zigzag walkway, and one wooden walkway.At the end of your action-packed day, relax on the transfer back to your Chiang Mai accommodation, arriving in the evening.

$79.01 Outdoor Activities

Full-Day Hike and Bike Tour in Mae Sa Valley from Chiang Mai

Your day trip starts with hotel pickup in Chiang Mai for the 1-hour drive to Mae Sa Valley. When you arrive on the outskirts of a hill tribe village, follow your guide on a 2-hour hike with a gradual climb past some village houses. Before long, you will be surrounded by unspoiled jungle with our experienced, local guide to lead the way. Because this is a local trail, there’s a chance you will encounter people going about their daily tasks in the area which is always interesting. Throughout the hike, you will come across a selection of flora and fauna and pass through a variety of farmland (depends on the season). Your friendly local guide will share their knowledge of the area and explain the customs of village life in Northern Thailand.At midday, after you've worked up an appetite, head to a picturesque waterfall to enjoy a picnic lunch of Thai cuisine. Later, begin a relaxing afternoon of cycling. Find yourself riding through village alleyways, rice fields and rural roads of Mae Sa valley - an excellent way to see the local way of life. Take a few off-road trails to get off the beaten track.After a day of exploring the area on two feet then two wheels, we finish our ride in the village. You can refresh before we transfer you back to your Chiang Mai accommodation.

$72.42 Day Trips & Excursions

Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai with Mekong River Cruise

Journey back in time to Thailand’s Golden Triangle with this full-day journey down the Mekong River. The day begins with a transfer from your Chiang Rai hotel to the edge of the Mekong River. Prepare to see delights including jungle terrain, hill tribes and ancient temples. Board your boat on the giant Mekong River of the three countries that make up the Triangle - Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Make a first stop at Chiang Saen, a small town at the convergence of the three countries also known for its numerous ancient temples and ruins. Spend some time exploring the town’s many sites, before paying a visit to a local Hmong Hilltribe Village. Venture down Mekong, sit back and enjoy spectacular views along the Laos countryside from the river. Wrap up your journey at Chiang Khong, a sleepy town famous for the giant Mekong catfish and a popular border crossing between Thailand and Laos before transfer back to Chiang Rai in the late afternoon.

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Chiang Rai Private Tour: Oup Kham Museum, White Temple & More

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai ProvinceWat Rong Khun is the creation of Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it to visitors in 1997.[Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Mae Fah Luang Art and Culture Park, Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai ProvinceMae Fah Luang Art and Culture Park is a park featuring stunning landscaped gardens, museums & a traditional Lanna pavilion.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Oub Kham Museum, Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai ProvinceThe Oub Kham Museum exhibs Northern Thailand's tribal history with jewelry, costumes & sculptures.Duration: 1 hour

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