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Northern Thailand

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Perfect for those seeking soft adventure amid stunning landscapes

Delve deeper into Thai culture by heading north and it will feel like you’re in a different country: the landscape, the language, the architecture, the food and the people of this region are quite distinct. The “Rose of the North” and Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai is the gateway to the region and the most culturally significant; Chiang Rai is gateway to the infamous Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) come together; and the sleepy market town of Mae Hong Son nestles high up in a picturesque valley surrounded by mist-shrouded hills.

Why visit Northern Thailand?

  • Fascinating culture
  • Historic temples
  • Incredible scenery
  • Fantastic soft adventure
  • Elephant trekking
  • Hilltribe villages
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The Imperial, Mae Hong Son - Exterior

The Imperial, Mae Hong Son

From £25 pp

The Imperial is a low-rise resort located in a teak wood forest on the edge of the picturesque town. Perfectly placed for exploring this enchanting region.

Dusit Princess Chiang Mai - Swimming Pool

Dusit Princess

From £39 pp

Dusit Princess is centrally located in Chiang Mai, within a few steps of the fabulous Night Market. Relax in tasteful rooms and enjoy warm hospitality.

Le Meridien Chiang Rai pool and river

Le Meridien Chiang Rai

From £56 pp

Le Meridien is a chic retreat lying beside the Mae Kok River, just five minutes drive from Chiang Rai. Perfect for relaxing amid spectacular scenery.

Riverie by Kata Thani - Exterior and river

The Riverie by Kata Thani

From £58 pp
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This newly refurbished hotel sits within landscaped gardens on its own island in the Mae Kok River, yet is also just 15 minutes walk from central Chiang Rai.

Tamarind Village - Lanna Deluxe

Tamarind Village

From £59 pp

Tamarind Village is a charming boutique hotel that nestles in the heart of historic Chiang Mai and is surrounded by ancient temples and quaint shopping streets.

Shangri La Chiang Mai - Exterior

Shangri-La Chiang Mai

From £84 pp

A delightful haven within the bustling centre of this culturally rich city.

X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort - Ozone

x2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort

From £89 pp

Situated on the tranquil banks of the Ping River, this stunning boutique resort is also just minutes away from Chiang Mai's vibrant centre.

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The facts:

Getting there: There are no direct flights from the UK to Northern Thailand. From Bangkok the flight north to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. The flight from Bangkok to Mae Hong Son takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, or just 30 minutes from Chiang Mai.

Best time to travel: Northern Thailand has an agreeable climate with three distinct seasons: cool, hot and rainy. The most popular time for visiting is the cool season which runs from December to February when temperatures still climb above 30ºC during the day, but it can be chilly in the evenings. The hot season runs from mid-March to June when the humidity is a lot higher, and the rainy season is from June to November when sudden torrential downpours can be expected, but do tend to clear up quickly.

Chiang Mai climate:

Chiang Mai Climate Chart