Wats and mountaintops up North
Destinations Destinations
Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Dao, Doi Inthanon, Royal Agricultural Station, Tha Ton, Fang
Activity Activity
Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Water Sports

Start at Thailand's second largest city and the unofficial capital of the North: Chiang Mai. Stroll the night markets after perusing the graceful art and architecture of Lanna, a kingdom with 6th-century roots that survived phases of independence and tribute to either Ayutthaya or Pegu of modern Myanmar, until becoming part of Siam/Thailand for good. Pop up to Chiang Dao to tap a confusion of caves before continuing north to the flower-draped fields and mountain vistas of Doi Ang Khang in Fang, where you also might sprinkle in hot springs and Shan-style temples. Turning east near the border with Myanmar, stop for lunch or a night in Tha Ton, the launch point for a scenic Kok Riverboat cruise that will leave you in Chiang Rai, home to a wide assortment of attractions to rival Chiang Mai.

Trip highlights

Approx. days

7

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