Guide to Chiang Mai and the North
Northern Thailand is an adventurer’s playground and Chiang
Mai is the best place to be if you’re into trekking, rafting
and kayaking, mountain bike or dirt bike riding, or just chilling
out in the jungle. There are mountains everywhere, which means brilliant
waterfalls, excellent hiking and no noisy cities or package tourist
overload like at Phuket or Pattaya.
Chiang Mai is also one of the most historic cities in Thailand,
and the old town is surrounded by a perfectly preserved moat, and
sits near the Ping river. There are more than 300 temples in the
city and hiring a bike to cruise around the small lanes is the best
way to see the sights.
Within an hour’s drive of the city are all sorts of attractions.
Doi Suithep is the big old mountain west of the city which can be
seen from everywhere and has a famous temple on top. If you hire
a motorbike (150 baht a day) you can ride up and check our the views,
swim at Huay Kaew and Monthathan waterfalls and visit hill tribe
villages to see how rural Asian people go about life in a traditional
of Chiang Mai.
The Mae Sa Valley is also nearby and here you can ride elephants,
amuse yourself at the monkey or dog show, check out the snake farm
and orchid nurseries, bungee jump, ride ATVs and visit the impressive
Mae Sa waterfall. Near Chiang Mai, there are also hot springs, elephant
camps and day treks.
Chiang Mai is one of the cheapest places to visit in Thailand.
No kidding, you can get by on $10 a day, and there are chilled guesthouses
everywhere. And the nightlife in Chiang Mai isn’t too bad
either. Being a tourist town, it’s lively at night but it
isn’t all spoilt by crowds and you can choose from plenty
of cheap restaurants and bars and head to discos later, or get yourself
a Thai massage.
Trekking in Northern Thailand is another main reason backpackers
come here, and we can offer you a several options for heading into
the hills with experienced guides. You’ll ride elephants,
raft skiffs down unspoilt rivers and stay several nights in various
villages of the colourful hill tribes. Northern
While in Chiang Mai, you must get yourself to Pai - one of Thailand’s
best kept secrets, and although it attracts a lot of free spirits
in the season, you won’t see any silly package tourists, or
go-go bars, or tuk-tuks and souvenir shops. The atmosphere in this
Northern Thailand town is very chilled and the town itself sits
astride a pretty river, and the bungalows are dirt cheap. The three-hour
rollercoaster ride over the mountains is also spectacular.More
Cheaper and less frenetic than the islands or Bangkok, Chiang Mai
is a place where you can end up staying for weeks - studying massage,
taking cooking classes, enjoying nature, partying or just relaxing.
Northern Thailand has plenty to offer.
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