10 Places to Go in Northern Thailand For A Soothing Holiday Trip!
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Places to Go in Northern Thailand

1. Chiang Mai
Doi Inthanon
Mae Hong Son Loop
Chiang Rai
6. Nan

When it comes to Thai culture, places to go in Northern Thailand offer you a complete authentic and traditional tour. This section of Thailand allows you to immerse yourself in Thailand’s rich customs and legacy, thanks to its numerous temples, monasteries, museums and various other organizations.

No matter if you are planning a solo Thailand trip, your honeymoon trip, or have traveled here with your entire family, the number of places to see in Northern Thailand will fit all of your demands and keep you entertained. The numerous temples and monasteries of Chiang Mai will enthrall you and help you comprehend Thailand's rich history and tradition, all while allowing you to see breathtaking natural landscapes. Be ready to be charmed by Lampang’s river setting, featuring gorgeous Buddhist temples in a laid back atmosphere. Explore the city that is popular for all its legendary folklores, making it a thrilling experience for tourists visiting  Phrae, also known as ‘forest city of ghosts’.

Here are some of the best places to go in Northern Thailand:

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Chiang Mai

1. With its gorgeous natural settings combined with Lanna culture and vivid modern aesthetics, Chiang Mai, the capital city of Chiang Mai province, is one of the destinations to visit in Northern Thailand that is known for its historical temples and beautiful sceneries.

2. Praying to the Phra That doi suthep, a significant attraction in the area, is a popular tourist activity in Chiang Mai.

3. At the Thapae Walking Street, you may learn about the local culture while shopping for fashionable hand crafted goods.

4. Tourists can get a chance to enjoy adventure  filled  wildlife trips and treks.

Doi Inthanon

1. Doi Inthanon is Thailand’s tallest mountain, having rich greenery and pleasant temperatures all year long, making it one of the most sought after places to go in Northern Thailand.

2. Mae Kha Ning, or frost flower, is a magnificent phenomena that occurs in the early morning during the winter season when there is continual fog covering the mountain throughout the day.

3. Enjoy your Thailand trip with visits to the Mae Klang, Wachirathan, Mae Ya, Kew Mae Pan, Siriphum and Ang Ka trekking routes as well as the Mae Klang, Wachirathan, Suriphum and Mae Ya waterfalls.

Mae Hong Son Loop

1. Mae Hong Son Loop happens to be one of the most sought after multi day excursion trips in the northern island that pass through some of the breathtaking mountain ranges, river sceneries, interesting townships and more.

2. A trip that starts and ends in famous Chiang Mai, will lead you to some of the most picturesque adventures you will ever see in Thailand.

3. Most people ride a rental motorcycle from Chiang Mai to complete the Mae Hong Son loop, but you may still use public transportation although it will take a bit longer.

4. The main draws of this excursion are quite common, with some hilltribe excursions, elephant rides, and white water rafting being the most common.
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Chiang Rai

1. Chiang Rai happens to be one of the popular cities in the Northern Island that is home to a number of ancient temples, tribal villages, and heritage sites.

2. It is surely a popular place for history lovers who would get a chance to explore the historical and cultural attractions as well as get a glimpse of the art, music, and local cuisines.

3. The Wat Rong Khun, with its stunning white grandeur, and the Mungmuang Temple, one of Chiang Rai’s earliest temples, are the two major attractions in the province.

4. For all the nature lovers, the morning mist right when the sun rises at dawn will create an unforgettable image in the horizon.

5. The ‘13 Wild Boar Caves’ Event in Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park is a must see for everyone interested in learning more about the caves of Thailands.


1. Nan, a lovely village in the Nan province, is one of the excellent places to go in Northern Thailand if you want to immerse yourself in Thai culture.

2. The wonderfully gorgeous landmark of Nan named Golden Buddha, also referred to as the Blessing Buddha provides fantastic panoramic views of Nan.

3. The Nan Riverside Art Gallery, near the banks of the said Nan River, serves as a major center promoting contemporary art in Thailand, where you may invest several hours of your day admiring the artwork of the various            artists, all while relaxing and taking in the peaceful ambience.


1. Phayao is a lovely Thai village that continues to be a hidden jewel in the beautiful cultural land of Thailand.

2. It is sandwiched between 2 of the major National Parks of Thailand, the Doi Phu Nang and Mae Yom, which must be in your list of places to go in Northern Thailand.

3. Amid the Wat Sri Khom Kham is a gigantic monument erected of Buddha in an amazing sculpture garden with the ‘Dante style’ hell and heaven portrayals which will mesmerize you.

4. The Chai Kwan Road is lined with seafood restaurants, taverns and bars, although this does not detract from the lakeside town’s calm feel.


1. Phrae is one of the most excellent places to visit in northern Thailand if you want to learn more about Thai culture.

2. Phae Muang Phi, commonly referred as the ‘Forest City of Ghosts’ or ‘Spirit Grove’, is a holy woodland area in Phrae with numerous tales of tourists and visitors getting lost that will both thrill you and scare you.

3. The Vongbury Mansion Museum, a lovely two story teak villa with exhibitions of teak artifacts, ancient papers, pictures and many other teak royal treasures, is very well worth the trip.

4. If you are in Phrae, you simply cannot miss Wat Luang, a 12 century temple.


1. Lampang is the third largest city in the Northern Island that has been popular for its trading and transportation facilities.

2. Lampang is also very much famous for its riverside charm, laid back atmosphere. and ancient buddhist temples.

3. In Lampang, you may relish a poolside feast of poached eggs with a dip of your entire body into the Chae Son Hot Spring.

4. The cavern in the Pha Thai Cave National Park seems to be approximately 9 million years old, making it a fantastic destination for history buffs.

5. Tour the Lampang Ceramic Museum with the help of knowledgeable guides and dine at the 60 year old diner serving local cuisine.


1. Sukhothai is one of the top historical parks to visit in Northern Thailand, where you will get to learn more about the age-old heritage of Thailand as well as the ancient culture.

2. Get to explore a number of beautiful ancient stupas and places of worship that dates back to ages in the past.

3. Rent a bicycle and ride through all the alleys of the historical park and capture some aesthetic and symmetrical picture of the ancient ruins.

4. Wat Mahathat, which was designed to store treasures from the Buddha personally, is among Sukhothai’s finest memorable attractions.

5. If you travel in October or November, Loi Krathong, an event featuring fireworks, singing and dancing commemorating the regal capital’s glory days, is a must see.


1. Since two rivers, the Nan river along with the Kwai Noi river, run across Phitsanulok region, it is nicknamed as ‘Muang Song Khwae’.

2. If you are in Phitsanulok, do not miss the magnificent Phra Buddha Chinnarat at Wat Phra Si Mahathat Woramahawihan, Thailand’s finest exquisite Buddha sculpture which makes it one of the best places to visit in northern Thailand.

3. There are many other significant historical places in the Phitsanulok area, including the Wat Chulamanee, where valuable Buddhist treasures like the replica of Phra Phutthabat footprint, may be found.

4. For the nature lovers, the Chat Trakan Waterfall is going to win over all your hearts.

People Also Ask About Thailand

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Thailand?

    1. Bangkok: Undoubtedly, the list of best places to visit in Thailand will always begin with the legendary Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. The capital is the one stop destination for all, skyscrapers, temples, 5 star hotels and restaurants, and a vibrant, one of a kind nightlife.

    2. Pattaya: Pattaya is a beachfront city and is among the top places to visit in northern Thailand. It had notoriously earned the title of one of the liveliest cities but has been able to shed that title gradually and is now known for its pristine beaches, watersports, restaurants and various other things.

    3. Phuket: If you want the best of Thailand, simply think of going to Phuket. It is the melting pot of all that Thailand has to offer - beaches, islands, street markets, a hip nightlife and some soul thrilling sports.

    4. Phi Phi Islands: Phi Phi islands are a cluster of 6 islets, with Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh being the most famous. These islands are the finest choice of places to go in Northern Thailand.
  2. What is the best time to visit Thailand?

    The best time to visit Thailand would be the winter months of November to early April as these would provide some respite in the otherwise tropical climate of Thailand. These months are the peak travel season because of the pleasant temperature.
  3. What is the northern part of Thailand famous for?

    The northern part of Thailand is famous because it is immersed in old time Thai culture with its several monasteries, temples and ancient ruins. It is a peaceful part of Thailand as it is less congested than the rest of Thailand and you can simply meditate in silence.
  4. How much does it cost to visit Thailand?

    The budget for each day of your trip should be around 3,000-3500 Baht. It is the estimated average price calculated on the basis of other travelers' costs and expenditures on trips to Thailand.
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