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Explore Northern Thailand

The Northern Thailand region occupies an approximate area of 170.000 kilometers and shares borders with Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, as well as and Isan. Much of the area’s territory is mountainous with dense jungles and fertile river valleys; due to the elevated altitude its climate is cooler in relation to the rest of the country. The region is also the source of a number of important rivers including the Nan, Ping, Wang and Yom which converge into the renowned Chao Phraya.
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Northern Thailand was the birthplace of the first historical Thai kingdoms, the kingdoms of Lanna (centered at Chiang Mai) and Sukhothai. The history of Northern Thailand is dominated by the Lanna Kingdom, which was founded in 1296; the reign remained autonomous until the 16th century after which it came under control of Burma. In 1775, the region was reunited to the Thai Kingdom.

Northern Thailand contrasts considerably with the rest of the country; the region had been strong influenced from Burmese, Lao and Chinese cultures; it is represented in both its architecture and cuisine. Northern Thailand is famous for its beautiful women, hospitable people and uniquely Thai traditional culture.

Explore Northern Thailand is one of the most unforgettable experiences of a visit to Thailand, traveling around the spectacular scenery of this region is possible by trekking, river rafting, mountain biking, and even elephant safaris. North is the home of many multicolored hill tribe people such as the Lahu, Yao, Akha, Karen, Hmong, Mien and Lisu, all with their unique clothing, customs and language.

The major destination is Chiang Mai, the northern capital, there are a number of wats, some of which date to the city’s founding, national museums, Thai cooking classes; tourist can acquire exquisite pieces of silk, lacquer-ware, silver and other traditional crafts in particular at the renowned night bazaar. Additionally, Chiang Mai is the trekking centre of Northern Thailand.

Other popular destinations include Chiang Rai (the gateway to the “Golden Triangle”), Mae Hong Son (home of several hill tribes and Burmese style temples), Nan (site of a famous annual regatta) and Soppong (an excellent trekking alternative).

Northern Thailand has many archaeological sites and other tourist attractions such as the Ancient City of Sukhothai and Buddha's Relics at Wat Doi Suthep of Chiang Mai; Wat Phra That Hariphunchai in Lamphun; Phra Buddha Chinnarat, which is believed to be the most gorgeous Buddha image in Thailand, at Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat in Phitsanulok Province, Doi Inthanon National park covers Thailand's highest mountain (8,514 feet) and includes numerous beautiful waterfalls. Lampang is home of several Burmese style temples and of the Ngao's Young Elephant Training School. A large number of tourist visit Chiang Mai and Sukhothai to see the annual Songkran Festival and the Loi Krathong festival respectively.

Northern Thailand is easily accessible by a good network of highways.

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