10 Most Amazing Destinations in Northern Thailand

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Phrae is a city in northern Thailand. Phrae is the second largest city in the province of Phrae. The name is also spelled Pray. This place is famous for handmade silk and embroidery.

Other attractions include Wat Phra That Doi Kham, a Buddhist temple built into a hillside tucked away in a forest, Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park, Phrae Empire Museum and Phrae Historical Museum.

Other attractions in the area include the Botanical Garden, Phrae National Museum, Suan Tatha Suan Nha Wohyud. Phrae Butterfly Park, Yeeru and Talang Waterfalls.

The area is popular with birdwatchers, and many species found in the area are part of the National Birdwatch Scheme.

Mae Sai

Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Province.

The Mae Sai District in the Northern part of Thailand has some really amazing attractions. You’ll find gorgeous parks, waterfalls, forests, caves, local markets and of course temples.

One of the most famous attractions is the 16th century Song Mountain. It’s located about a 20-minute drive out of the city of Mae Sai, the provincial capital and one of the major markets in Northern Thailand.

It’s famous for its 837 steps, but it’s worth it. The top of the mountain overlooks a valley and there are temples, pagodas and Buddha statues all over the place.

Inside the caves at the top of the mountain, you’ll find Buddhist paintings and carvings that resemble the Ayutthaya period. The caves are also full of bats. If you’re not scared of bats, you can even spot them hanging upside-down from the cave ceilings.

Mae Sai has a great local market filled with fresh and local fruits and vegetables. It’s a great place to visit just to buy some food and walk around.


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Lampang province is a province in the northern region of Thailand. Although it has a unique history as the first Thai province to be founded by King Chulalongkorn, it is primarily a popular tourist destination for those who enjoy hill-tribe trekking.

Lampang’s tourism sector is growing faster than many other provinces in the north. The town of Lampang in particular has developed a modern infrastructure to promote tourism while preserving its cultural traditions.

Because Lampang has not yet had the chance to develop a large domestic tourism sector, visitors enjoy a wide range of multi-cultural activities with a wide range of cultural traditions. Many of the guesthouses and resorts in Lampang can offer activities that are based on local traditions and customs.

Lampang is popular for the natural beauty of the province. The top tourist destinations in Lampang include the Pak Chong Hot Springs, Wat Ban Ta Kho, Phra That Choeng Chilair Triangle and Phra That Choeng Buat.

Lampang Province is also known for its food and culture. Lampang has a strong historical background as one of the earliest Thai provinces to receive royal patronage, in the time of King Chulalongkorn Rama V. Therefore it is also a popular destination for food tourists, particularly with its authentic Thai food.

Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai province in the north of Chiang Mai province is known for its border town at the Myanmar border. It has also provided many of the best bars, blackmores of the area. There are plenty of options for both Thai and International food here. For tasty Thai food try Pae Fu Moo (Thai version of pizza) or BBQ pork noodle soup. For cocktails try the Whiskey Sour, Vietnam Daquiri or any of the fantastic coffee.

The red light district here is pretty famous with its bars and brothels that are well located near the city centre. The city is also known for its small town charm and has many good hotels and guest house for tourism. There are many points of interest here to visit, the most popular of which are the Wiang Kum Bueng Chiang -Fang cave; the Akha Hilltribes hill tribe villages and the Tiger taj mahal. You can also visit Loi Krathong festival in the city where many local people will make a symbolic float in the river.

Doi Inthanon National Park

Thailand’s highest mountain at 2,565 meters (8,415 ft) above sea level, Doi Inthanon National Park is one of the most accessible must-see attractions in Northern Thailand.

Standing at the peak and gazing out to views of the verdant countryside, you’ll see why the road to the mountain top even exists in the first place!

The park’s headquarters, the Doi Inthanon Information Center, is your first stop. The center has displays on the history and ecology of Doi Inthanon and provides maps and information on the hikes and other activities that are possible at the park and its nearby surroundings.

When you are done visiting the information center, make your way to the park’s visitor center. Here, you can purchase maps and souvenirs as well as preparation and safety equipment.

You could also make a stop at the park’s little coffee shop.

For lodging accommodations, there are several camping grounds and hotels that can be found at the mountain top. Some even provide shuttle bus services to the nearest town.

Where to eat around the park? Having breakfast at Doi Inthanon National Park can be a real treat. Many visitors come to try the local delicacy, hill-tribe style fern soup.

Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son is the largest city in the province of the same name and the capital of the Northern Thailand region. The city lies roughly between two rivers which flow out of the mountains into the Mae Ping River, thus the name Mae Hong Son.

{1}. Take the Highway 10: At some point you will have to take Highway 10. Do not do it. Highway 12 is like a beautiful strip of highway that you might be able to get to in some parts of Northern Thailand, but Highway 10 is so boring that I found myself wishing that I would put a tourniquet on my penis and bleed to death before I got to it.
{2}. Do Not Eat at a Restaurant in a House by the Roadside: More commonly, this translates to "eat at a restaurant in a concrete box roadside," which does not seem like much of a deterrent (if I am hungry, I will eat whatever is convenient to me, silly concepts of health and safety be damned), but it is a very real thing to keep in mind. Rightly or wrongly, most people still hold Thailand in low esteem, which is why they don’t eat at certain restaurants, are reluctant to travel to certain areas of Thailand, and generally think of their fellow countrymen a bit shadier than you would want to be the sole beneficiary of your entire life’s savings.


An ancient city, Pai contains many temples, ruined temples, caves, and jungle tribes. A visit to Pai will allow you to get a glimpse into the past of northern Thailand.

The city is best known as the home of the limestone hill tribe, known variously as the Hmong or Mien, who inhabit the hillside and live by their own unusual practices, such as the use of multi-colored clothing and headdresses.

The folk songs, instruments and dancing of the hill tribes are also much appreciated by visitors.

The Shan Hill and Mountain tribes can also be seen in the area.

Pai was formerly known as Ban Ngao, which was Inhabited by the modern tribe and the Pa Sak hill tribe. It is named after a local chief who had the same name.

The local Pai people a plains tribal people originated from China, Thai, and Laos.

In 1979, the remains of a Kongmo civilization was found at Ban Karai in Pai. Ban Karai is east of the town and the Korat Plateau stretches to the west.

The only copy of the Thai dictionary, which was found in Udon Thani, is kept at Ban Karai National Museum.

A rare collection of Laos and Chinese ceramic fragments comes from Ban Karai. Declared a National Heritage Site by the government on 2 December 1995.


This place is well-known as an ancient capital of Thailand. The ruins of the ancient cities is located along the journey of the ancient and historic road named “Sukhothai Road”.

The city of Sukhothai was the capital of the first independent Thai kingdom and was ruled by the people of the Saen Ngern Clan and the coronation place of King Indravarman I.

Sukhothai is home to the world-famous archaeological site of Sukhothai Historical Park, which admiringly includes the world’s largest ancient city.

The park is composed of the former royal Thai city, the royal palace, the temple of the Emerald Buddha as well as the hundreds of side temples, palaces and the many ancient and historic places of interest.

The Sukhothai Historical Park is one of the most popular places in Khon Kaen and Nakhon Sawan Province.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the capital of the northernmost province of Thailand, known as "The Land of a Million Smiles". The city is famous for its culture, people, mesmerising nightlife, mouthwatering food and more. Thai people call it "Pad Thai" city, as it is the birthplace of the popular Thai dish: Pad Thai, which is also served as the city's most famous dish. For travellers, it is the perfect mix of business, relaxation and clubs. Its people and culture make it a must see city for every visitor visiting Thailand.

Chiang Mai is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in this country, and this is why so many people come here to enjoy different tourist trips. Some of them are challenging, others can be enjoyed by people of any age.

People can enjoy visiting the beautiful temples to listen to the Buddhist monks, or the spectacular World War II History Museum to learn about some of the history of Asia. There are also some interesting activities to show you a glimpse into the thrilling lifestyle of these people. For example, if you want to try some food, you may find yourself in a food market where you can find some of Thailand’s most delicious dishes, including many kinds of fish dishes. Walking along Mae Ping Road to the attractive bars and clubs will also be a fun experience for those who are looking for having fun.