Northern Thailand Off The Beaten Path

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Northern Thailand Off The Beaten Path

  • Elephants and Rafting

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    I came here as part of a long-necked tribe daytrip I did from Chiang Mai. We first rode on elephants for about 40 minutes or so alongside a river. We then transferred onto bamboo rafts and made our was back along the river so that we could get back to the camp. I have to say that the elephant camp didn't look all that good but then I had just come...

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  • Jungle Trek

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    This towering waterfall, about 250m high at the top, is an awesome sight. You approach it near Doi Inthanon National Park, and as you're hiking through the jungle (about a 10 minute hike) you can hear the water pounding the rocks way before you actually see it. As you come around that last bend, the sight does not disappoint. The wide water...

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  • Doi Inthanon National Park

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    Not a full bus for this tour, only 6 people including me! On leaving Chiang Mai, you head out in the countryside with mountain views. The road climbs, and the 1st stop is....... 1.........Vachirathan Waterfalls, (lovely) 2....... Siriphum Falls, another lovely one. 3....... A stop at a White Karen village, (this was not a set up one) 4...........

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  • Karen Hill Tribe

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    STOP 5 on TRIBAL TOUR Still continuing on back roads our next stop was the Karen Long Neck village. The long necks live here, we saw their homes in the distance. Instead of visiting these, we were taken across rice paddies to an area that was set up with tourist stalls. Some of the Ladies were weaving and others were just by their stalls hoping...

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  • Sangkhaphaeng

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    If you make it to Sangkhaphaeng you should try your hardest to visit the village of Ban On Luai Mae On!!! This is a small, friendly, and traditional village. Here you will find many interesting craftsmen, including a famous, old, and friendly basket weaver. If you ask him to show you how to make a basket he will be more than glad to spend time with...

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  • Wat Umong

    Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

    Way U Mong is located about ten minutes out of the main party of Chiang Mai but alot people miss going to this temple. The temple is located in the jungle and you immediatley notice the change in temperature. The temple is very unique and has a number of tunnels underground leading to small bhudda shrines. It is really interesting. There is also a...

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  • Fish Cave

    Near the highway between Pai and Mae Hong Son is a small cave with a spring running out of it. For some reason the fish (a kind of carp) love the spring water and crowd to get at the source. It looks like you could almost walk on them. The picture is of the pool below the cave, which drains into a small river. There is a nice path in the park along...

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  • Sankhampaeng Hot Spring and Geyser

    The Sankhampaeng hot spring and geyser are about 20 km east of Chiang Mai. This spring is hot enough (105 C) to cook eggs and people do just that in little baskets. The high pressure geyser shoots far into the air, even when the day is hot. The stream from the hot spring winds through a nice garden area with picnic tables. Make sure you are far...

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  • Rongkoon Wat - New and Diiferent

    In the Chiang Rai area, a famous Thai artist, Chalermchai Kositpitpat, is building a new temple called Rongkoon Wat. It features a combination of pure white and mirrors in its decorations. When I was there in Mar 2001, it still had seven years before being finished. He is very talented and exacting. You can walk through the workshops and see the...

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  • Exploring Ancient Wats

    When I planned this trip to Thailand, I carried two camera's with me, my itinery was to photograph as many images as possible.If you have the same intentions, you won't be disapointed at all. There is so much beauty here, (even the ugly side is beautiful) that you'll be finding great shots to make, and if you are shooting with film. You'd better...

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  • Mountains of Northern Thailand

    You should experience the beautiful rolling mountains of Northern Thailand and try some of the treks into beautiful countryside. You can even visit the Doi Inthanon National Park (moderate driving distance from the city of Chiangmai) where the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon is located. There are many waterfalls here. More information...

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  • Visit Doi Inthanon

    Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand, standing at more than 2,600 metres above sea-level.There are numerous trekking trails to hilltribes villages, majestic waterfalls and restpoints along the road up to the summit. A great description of the mountain can be found at:

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  • Rice fields

    Rice is a main food in Thailand, so no wonder they grow it here, too.The difference to other countries that also grow rice is, that you won´t see many terraces, because the area is flatter.Rice can be grown twice in a year. It takes a lot of water. When they have taken the fruit, they let the water out, so the rest of the plant gets dry.They use...

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  • Don´t forget the scenery

    This is just a thought for those who head on tours through this wonderful surrounding:Stop and enjoy it a little, too.Some areas look just like japanes paintings. These typical hills.

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  • Visit a waterfall

    When driving through Northern Thailand I often saw signs showing the direction to a waterfall closeby. Since there was no waterfall on our tour list, but I wanted to see one, our guide took us to one.I really liked it. The plants in Thailand can sometimes be like in a Jungle, with trees that have other plants growing on them.This together with a...

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  • Local markets

    You won´t see many tourists in the local markets, but I really think this is something you must have experienced at least once, when visiting Thailand.Thailand is a Country where at lot of things grow - and new fruits and legumes are coming in more and more.So walk over the market and marvel at what you all can find here.Things you know, things you...

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  • Historic Temple

    Wat Chedi Luang in Chaing Saen , here lie the remains of the temple which was built in 1291. The age of this temple blew me away as my country is just over 200 years old.It is located in chaing Saen.

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  • Golden Triangle

    The Golden Triangle, where the 3 countries of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the border of the famous Mekang River, is a famous landmark in Thailand and is located near to Mae Sai.

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  • Phu Soi Dao

    A year-round blanket of mists covers the highly elevated Phu Soi Dao National Park, whose main attractions includes spectacular waterfalls and fields of colorful wildflowers.

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  • Colourful ethnic groups

    Indo-China is famous for it various ethnic groups and this include the areas surrounding Chiangmai. You will find many such groups such as the Miao, Dai, Lisu, Shan etc.

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  • Doi Inthanon & surrounding mountain...

    Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand at about 2500 metres. It has beautiful scenery plus lots of waterfalls. The surrounding mountains are also good for hiking.

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  • Rice Plantations

    When you are going to Northern Thailand, do stop by the road and have a look at the beautiful rice plantations. As you know, rice is the staple food of many Asian countries and Thailand is one of the rice growing countries.

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