Northern Thailand Travel Guide

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    Reclining Buddha image
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    Elephant trekking
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    Inside the Doi Suthep Buddhist temple
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Chiang Mai


Chiang Rai






Mae Sai




Mae Hong Son






Kamphaeng Phet




Mae Sariang




Chiang Dao


Mae Sot


Chiang Saen




Ban Sop Ruak




Chiang Khong




Nakhon Sawan


Ban Mae Salong Noi


Uthai Thani




Phra That Doi Tung


Doi Saket


Chiang Mai

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  • The Karen Long Neck Hilltribe Settlement

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    I came here, wherever it was, as part of a long-necked tribe daytrip I did from Chiang Mai. We arrived after visiting an orchid farm and riding elephant at the Chok Chai Elephant Camp but things just seemed to be very touristy with lots of souvenir stalls selling tribal arts and crafts and jewellery items. The girls here come from several different...

  • Rachamankha

    Chiang Mai Hotels

    Stunning boutique hotel hotel with a Zen-Thai Temple charm. The hotel has open, frangipani scented...

  • Street Stalls and Vendors

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Restaurants

    Unlike Bangkok where street food vendors are on every street corner, Chiang Mai has a concentration of a good variety at the Waroros Market. The place is alive a night and a popular spot for locals and tourist. You can find just about any food here from exotic to traditional. I also found these vendors to be cleaner and the food just seemed fresher...


Chiang Rai

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  • Pu Chi Fa

    Chiang Rai Things to Do

    Ok, this ain't no tallest peak (if you compare it with Doi Inthanon). but in comparing the view of sunrise, this must be the greatest adventure with the best views. Then again, it's hard to compare, although Pu Chi Fa sounds more unique cos not many foreign tourists go up this peak. Mostly local travellers. One has to wake up quite early if you...

  • Wiang Inn Hotel Chiang Rai

    Chiang Rai Hotels

    Wiang Inn is a large hotel right next door to the night market, so very well situated. It gets a lot...

  • Wat A Racket!

    Chiang Rai Things to Do

    Renowned artist Chalermchai Kositpipat conceived of this tourist attraction and we know going into this that this is what it is, despite the fact that it somewhat operates and carries itself with an air of religious importance - tithe to be have a hanging trinket on the ceiling of the major overhang that runs the span of the white temple? Oh and no...



See all 116 Pai Tips
  • Piece of Pai Boutique

    Pai Things to Do

    I went to Pai, and was so surprised about everything...and I mean everything. The nature blows you away, the color ful hill tribes. BUT what really blew me away, was finding a shop like Piece of Pai boutique, tucked away in the mountains. The dresses they have is made from varanasi Raw silk, and pure silk, the designers from Israel and the UK and...

  • Baan Pai Village Resort

    Pai Hotels

    88 Moo 3, Vieng Tai, Pai, 58130, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Amazing Boutique in the mountains

    Pai Things to Do

    I went to Pai, and was so surprised about everything...and I mean everything. The nature blows you away, the color ful hill tribes. BUT what really blew me away, was finding a shop like Piece of Pai boutique, tucked away in the mountains.The dresses they have is made from varanasi Raw silk, and pure silk, the designers from Israel and the UK and...



See all 239 Sukhothai Tips
  • Night Market

    Sukhothai Things to Do

    The Sukhothai nightmarket is not concentrated on one spot like in most Thai town but spread out over a large part of the Jarodvithi Thong Road, from the Yom river west until the Shell petrol station. I had a very nice duck soup and also fried quail eggs.

  • Legendha Sukhothai Resort

    Sukhothai Hotels

    Tired after the journey, we were pleasantly surprised by the reception, even for Thai standard very...

  • Pai Restaurant

    Sukhothai Restaurants

    The Pai Restaurant is a excellent place to eat in Sukhothai, Thai and western food in a stylish ambience and even quite reasonable. I had a excellent Peneang curry also very good green curry noodles (didn't try the western food), both under 100 Baht. On Pravet Nakorn road next to Charot Withithong road and Garden hotel in the town center.


Mae Sai

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    Mae Sai Things to Do

    While in Mae Sai you may get the chance to see some of the Akha wandering through the town, although this is becoming less common. Many of the people wearing tribal dress are just doing so to earn money by posing for tourists, but the lady in the photograph is a genuine member of the Akha Tribe.The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe who live in the...

  • Tip Sukon House

    Mae Sai Hotels

    Most backpacker or budget traveller rooms are located on the Sailom Joy Rd. left of the border...


    Mae Sai Restaurants

    At around 5 pm as night approaches the hawkers start to put out their food stalls, and as usual the food was excellent. We ate there every night and we were well satisfied at each one we tried. The grilled chicken has always been one of my favorites in Thailand. Hawker stands can appear in many areas of the town.



See all 97 Lampang Tips
  • Organic salads & Western breakfast!

    Lampang Restaurants

    After visiting the temple Wat Pratu Ton Phueng in Lampang we noticed this cozy cafe close to the temple. We actually stopped over for coffee but ended up having a full breakfast. They had a great looking salad bar and also a Western style breakfast menu, so we decided to have a bit of both.The food and drinks they offered were almost all...

  • River Lodge

    Lampang Hotels

    This hotel is placed in a very quite and beautyfull area. Staff are very kind and helpfull. Rooms...

  • A proper charity and a wonderful place.

    Lampang Off The Beaten Path

    I have put this tip in the "off the beaten path" section prely because it is at some distance from Lampang, although the path is very well beaten with travellers and Thais alike.FAE Elephant HospitalI sincerely hope the reader is reading this in conjunction with my Thai Elephant Conservation Centre tip, and will draw their own conclusions.In the...


Mae Hong Son

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    Mae Hong Son Things to Do

    Not quite sure where to put this tip but while staying at Cave Lodge just near the entrance to Tham Lod, near Soppong we had the opportunity to attend a funeral at a monastery. The funeral was for an important Shan leader. The Shan is a word used by westerners but they refer to themselves as "TAI" and reside in Northern Thailand, Eastern Myanmar...

  • Cave Lodge

    Mae Hong Son Hotels

    Back in the early 90's John was angry because his lodge was mentioned in the Lonely Planet Thailand...

  • Driving the Mae Hong Son Loop

    Mae Hong Son Warnings and Dangers

    Renting a car and driving the Mae Hong Son Loop, sounds like a fun road trip. Be careful, this should be attempted only by drivers experienced on mountain roads because the Mae Hong Son loop is very windy mountain road (over 1,000+ curves), with some very steep turns.If you do opt for self-drive, make sure you're well prepared for your journey,...



See all 48 Phitsanulok Tips
  • Stations between Lopburi and Phitsanulok

    Phitsanulok Off The Beaten Path

    I took the train from Lopburi to Phitsanulok and these are some photo's of some of the lovely little stations we passed through. The stations are very cute with wooden buildings and lovely potted plants and basket flowers. They're very well kept, clean and tidy so Thai's must appreciate them more than we do ours!

  • Topland Hotel & Convention Centre

    Phitsanulok Hotels

    This is a great hotell, and the only reason i dont give 5 stars, is beacuase they dont speak very...

  • Bus station

    Phitsanulok Transportation

    The main bus station is rather inconveniently located about 2.5km east of the train station but, luckily, someone took me there in their car as she was heading that way. Extensive bus services connect Phitsanulok with Chiang Mai and Bangkok. As Phitsanulok is a major transportation hub, there are also regular services to the North-East. Phitsanulok...



See all 35 Lamphun Tips
  • Holy Dipterocarpus Altus Trees Lamphun

    Lamphun Off The Beaten Path

    During the journey to Lamphun using Route 106 you will come across rows upon rows of trees "Majestic Alatus". The scene is so lovely and give motorist comfort during the journey. These trees were chanted and honor with yellow saffron robe. These trees are straight and tall with a height of more than 40 meters. Best known in Chiang Mai are the trees...

  • Supamit Building

    Lamphun Hotels

    204/10 Jamatewee Rd., T. Naimuang, A. Muang, Lamphun, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Oldest City Of Northern Thailand

    Lamphun Things to Do

    Rent a motor cycle and head to Nawarat Bridge, cross the bridge, turned to the first right junction and head straight the main road, both side of the road you noticed tall Yang Trees, that's route 106 to Lamphun, just forty-five minutes drive and within the journey there are plenty of activities and things to see, your feelings tell you it's a...


Kamphaeng Phet

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  • Bus station

    Kamphaeng Phet Transportation

    The bus station is about 2km out of Kamphaeng Phet. To get there, catch a songtheaw from around the intersection of Kamphaeng Phet and Tesa Roads, which takes you over the Kamphaeng Phet Bridge and 500m further to the bus station.Buses come and go all day long from the main bus station as Kamphaeng Phet lies on the major Bangkok to Chiang Mai...

  • Navarat Hotel

    Kamphaeng Phet Hotels

    2 Soi Prapan, Tesa Rd., Amphur Muang, Kamphaeng Phet, 62000, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Live music

    Kamphaeng Phet Nightlife

    Eagle Pub on Chakungrao is one of the busiest spots in town with live music nightly starting at 21.30. Opposite the Eagle pub is Timber Bar which also has live music. Both serve food and, of course, beer!



See all 12 Uttaradit Tips
  • Bo Lek Nam Phi

    Uttaradit Things to Do

    Bo Lek Nam Phi is the source of the best quality steel which was used to fashion swords and weapons in the past. Today, there are still two "wells" in existence. Ores from these two sources are believed to have been used to make swords for kings only. This ancient site can be reached by going for a distance of 42 kilometres to Thong Saen Khan...

  • Seeharaj Hotel

    Uttaradit Hotels

    163 Barom-Asana Road, A. Muang, Uttaradit 53000, U

  • Sak Yai Forest Park

    Uttaradit Things to Do

    It's situated in Amphur Nam Pat about 75 kilometres from town , If you take bus from Uttaradit town to Amphur Nampat, you can see the big sign to the forest park on left hand sight.This place is well know for the biggest teak tree in the world. It has a circumference of 9.87 metres and is believed to be about 1,500 years old. Unfortunately, its top...


Mae Sariang

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  • Public bus to Mae Sariang

    Mae Sariang Transportation

    Mae Sariang can be reached by public bus from:From Chiang Mai:Public buses depart daily from Arcade bus station. Approx 4.5 hr journey time. Fan buses depart; 13.30, 15.00, 20.00, 21.00. Air con buses depart; 11.00, 21.00 From Mae Hong Son:Public buses depart daily from Mae Hong Son bus station. Approx 4 hours journey time. Fan buses depart; 08.00,...

  • Karen and Lawa Hilltribe Homestay

    Mae Sariang Things to Do

    Nestled in mountains 1 hr from Mae Sariang town, are Lawa and Karen hilltribe villages where you can stay overnight at a homestay.From Mae Sariang it is a very scenic drive along winding roads up to the mountains which are 1,200m above sea level. With stunning vistas along the way and views of rolling mountains and paddy fields. These villages are...

  • Hilltribe Village Etiquette

    Mae Sariang Local Customs

    As a tourist one of the key attractions in Northern Thailand are the hill tribes. Their old ways of life and culture inspire curiosity and wonderment in many.With such demand to see the hill tribes, visits to hill tribe villages and hill tribe treks have become a money making business giving rise to many ethical questions over how this is being...



See all 34 Nan Tips
  • Traditional Salt production in Bo Kleau

    Nan Things to Do

    Bo Kleau is a mountain district in Nan. The name Bo Kleau means Salt well which came from the origin of this area where have traditional salt production from the ancient time. In the district, they have 2 main locations of salt well where you can visit and taste a fresh mountain salt products or shopping some salt product such as salt spa, salty...

  • Nan Boutique Hotel

    Nan Hotels

    1/11 Kua Luang Road, T. Naiwang A. Muang, Nan, 55000, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Sombat tour VIP 24 seats bus

    Nan Transportation

    according to my friend who uses it for more than 10 years, this company is the best. bus is overnite, starts at 8.15 pm from Bangkok, Mochit bus terminal (best and fastest way to get there is to go by subway to Kamphaeng Phet station, which is just beside the JatuJak weekend market, and from there take bus or taxi / tuk -tuk to this terminal; by...


Chiang Dao

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Mae Sot

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    Mae Sot Things to Do

    The area by the bridge has many market stalls, some of them concrete and some of them under an umbrella, but you will find many gems and Chinese items for sale at quite cheap prices. Cigarettes and whisky can be bought here.

  • Central Mae Sot Hill

    Mae Sot Hotels

    100 Asia Highway

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars


    Mae Sot Things to Do

    Hang out by the bridge as it is quite a good place for people watching. Just relax in a cafe and watch the locals come and go, you will be amazed at what you see such as the man carrying 20 chickens on his pole. Who would have thought that there is a shortage of chickens in Myanmar...or is there? You will see plastic chairs, groceries, car parts,...


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Uttaradit Hotels
12 Reviews - 42 Photos
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Umphang Hotels
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Tak Hotels
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Sukhothai Hotels
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Phrae Hotels
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Phitsanulok Hotels
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Phichit Hotels
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Phetchabun Hotels
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Pai Hotels
116 Reviews - 215 Photos
Ngao Hotels
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Nan Hotels
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