Places to visit in Northern Thailand

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Northern Thailand is a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, and the crazy atmosphere of the Southern islands. Full of history and culture, Northern Thailand is home to some amazing temples, incredible culture and some breathtaking views.

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Check out or best places to visit in Northern Thailand…..

Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang – Panupong Roopyai

Chaing Mai is on many backpackers lists on top places to visit in Thailand, and can be considered as the cultural heart of Thailand. Chiang Mai offers plenty to do and see for travellers, including visiting an elephant sanctuary where elephants are able to roam freely. After being able to see elephants in their natural habitat, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is not only an important temple for the Lanna culture in Chiang Mai, but is visited by locals from all parts of Thailand. Once at the top after the 308 steps, you’ll have a 360 degree view of the city.

Lastly, visiting the Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls. Like the name suggests, Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls doesn’t have the risks most waterfalls have with slippery slopes. There’s also a lot of great food to be eaten in Chiang Mai!

Pai

Pai District

Pai is fast becoming one of the most popular places in Northern Thailand to visit. With a great mix of local life, bars to choose from, endless ways to relax, and the vast amount of greenery, Pai should definitely be on the list of places to visit.

There is a huge amount of organic and vegetarian food, and fresh fruit stalls, coupled with the opportunity to do Yoga retreats, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, meditation, and healing workshops, and all of this means Pai is the perfect place to recharge batteries and self healing.

With the vast amount of relaxation available, other things to do in Pai include visiting the canyon, hill tribes, and waterfalls.

Chiang Rai

The famous White Temple – Wat Rong Khun

Just over 3 hours north of Chiang Mai, lies Chiang Rai. Smaller in comparison, but well worth the trip. Chiang Rai is bustling with universities, daily life, and commerce. Chiang Rai is the home of the most spectacular temple in my opinion, named Wat Rong Khun, (The White Temple).

The White Temple was designed by two Thai Artists named Chalermchai Kositpipat, and Thawan Duchanee, and has a rather interesting blend of culture, as well Hollywood, and Hello Kitty.

There is also the Baan Dam Museum, the more morbid of the two, where Thawan lived until he died in 2014.

Chiang Dao

Doi Chiang Dao Mountain – Thanks to My Chiang Mai Travel

Located just 90 minutes north of Chiang Mai, Chiang Dao is the perfect place for exploring nature and the outdoors. Chiang Dao is home to the 3rd biggest mountain in Thailand, named Doi Chiang Dao, which stands at 7136 feet. Surrounded by beautiful limestone cliffs, caves, 350 species of birds for the birdwatchers, and natural hot springs, which are well worth a visit during the ‘cold season’.

Although off the beaten path, Chiang Dao is definitely worth a short visit.

Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon Views! – Thanks to Khunkay for this amazing shot

The last place on our list, Doi Inthanon, which is located 2 hours west of Chiang Mai. ‘Doi’ meaning mountain in Thai, Doi Inthanon dwarfs Doi Chiang Dao by 1279 feet, standing at an incredible 8415 feet. If you’re up for a challenge, you can trek up Doi Inthanon, which is the highest peak in Thailand, and at the top you’ll be greeted by surrounding limestone scenery, and a temple. 

We hope you enjoyed this quick guide to our top spots in Northern Thailand, if you have any addition suggestions or edits let us know in the comments!

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