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Northern Thailand Travel Guide

People Also Ask About Northern Thailand

How to transport to northern Thailand?

There are two major airports in northern Thailand: Chiang Mai International Airport and Chiang Rai Domestic Airport. Both airports have daily flights to and from Bangkok and are usually cheaper than overland transportation. If you want to travel overland, you can take the train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

What the cost level in northern Thailand?

The north of Thailand is more suitable for tourists on a budget. Therefore, if you are on a budget, the north may be a better place to visit.

From food to accommodation, prices in northern Thailand can be up to twice as cheap. Even major cities like Chiang Mai are much cheaper than most cities in southern Thailand.

What are the major cities in northern Thailand?

Chiang Mai



Mae Salong


Chiang Saen

Mae Sai

Chiang Khong


Wiang Pa Pao

Sop Ruak

Mae Rim

Khao Kho

Mae Fa Luang

Chiang Dao

What is the recommended travel time for northern Thailand?

November to February is the recommended travel time.

November-February: The Loy Krathong Festival in November and the Flower Festival in February bring tourists around the world as well as the locals. The northern hemisphere is in winter while Chiang Mai is mild and pleasant at around 20°C (68 ℉).

March-May: The Songkran Festival (Water-splashing Festival), April 13-15, is the biggest festival in Chiang Mai, and airfare and hotels are very expensive during these days. It is a hot time with high temperatures reaching 40°C (104 ℉).

June to October: Although it is the rainy season and the amount of rain is really not small, it usually rains only once a day and ends soon, so it basically does not affect travel, so just bring your rain gear. Hotels often have discounts during this time.

What are the must-sees?

White Temple - a special one among all temples in Thailand

Golden Triangle: a place once known worldwide for its drug trade

Mekong River: a river connecting 6 countries

Chiang Rai's farthest north: the border town of Mae Sai

The border town of Mae Sai Boundary Gate: connecting Thailand and Myanmar

Long-necked tribe: Long-necked people are beautiful with long necks

Pai: motorcycle tour. Because the well-known attractions here are located far away, the most convenient way to get to the attractions is to borrow a motorcycle

Spa: Chiang Mai's Spa is famous. You can choose from Oasis Spa, Fah Lana Spa, Let's Relax Spa, Deep Relax and Women's Massage, etc.

Sunday Night Market: If you are going to Chiang Mai, it is recommended to spend a Sunday in Chiang Mai and enjoy the Sunday night market in Chiang Mai.

Wat Phra That Doe Suthep

Chiang Rai Black House

Elephant Nature Park and Elephant Sanctuary

What should I wear in norther Thailand?

The weather in northern Thailand is different from that in Bangkok and Phuket in the south, as it is colder at night and during the cool season.

During the day, wearing normal summer clothes is fine; it is also recommended to bring sun protection equipment such as hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.

Between November and March, the nights are cooler, so it is recommended to wear a long-sleeved jacket to avoid catching a cold.

What are the most popular attractions in northern Thailand?

Are there any recommended routes for norther areas?

Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Sukhothai - Ayutthaya - Bangkok

Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Bangkok

How can I transport to northern Thailand?

By air: There are two airports in northern Thailand: Chiang Mai International Airport and Chiang Rai International Airport

In Bangkok, the two airports, Suvarnabhumi Airport and Don Mueang Airport, both have direct flights to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The difference is that the former is more expensive and the latter is relatively cheap.

By train: (Bangkok - Chiang Mai)

Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Railway Station has a dozen trains a day to Chiang Mai, both Special express and Rapid. For backpackers, second class sleepers (air conditioned and fan) are the best choice. The Special Express1 and Special Express13 are recommended, both departing in the evening and arriving in the morning. Thailand's sleeper trains are more affordable, with good facilities and service.

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