1 Hill-tribe trekking

A chance to visit the diverse hill tribes of northern Thailand and explore dramatic countryside along the way.

2 Chiang Mai

Old-town temples, the best of Thai crafts, cookery courses and fine restaurants – the north’s sophisticated capital is a great place to hang out.

3 Festivals

Exuberant Songkhran, glittering Loy Krathong and colourful Poy Sang Long are the pick of many.

4 Khao soi

Delicious, spicy, creamy noodle soup, the northern Thai signature dish.

5 Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Admire the towering views from this stunning example of temple architecture, just outside Chiang Mai.

6 Nan

A welcoming riverside town offering fascinating temple murals, attractive handicrafts and dramatic mountainscapes.

7 The Mae Hong Son loop

A rollercoaster journey – with a chill-out break in laidback Pai – through the country’s wildest mountain scenery.

8 Whitewater rafting on the Pai River

Well-organized excitement taking in rapids, gorges and beautiful waterfalls.

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