North of Thailand Region:

The North of Thailand comprises of 17 provinces namely, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nakhon Sawan, Nan, Phayao, Phetchabun, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, Uthai Thani, Uttaradit. It is bordered by Burma and Laos and is covered with dense forest with high mountain ranges that ditches into the Himalayan foothills. Home to some of the earliest civilization of Thailand, and this wonderful region of Thailand is rightly named as “Sukhothai” (Dawn of Happiness). The birthplace of Thai literature attracts tourist from all over the world for its scenic beauty and exotic holiday destinations. The Northern Thai people are famous for their humble courtesy and hospitality. The annual Songkran Festival of Chiang Mai and Loi Krathong of Sukhothai attracts many tourists from all over Thailand.

Chiang Mai

The city of Chiang Mai is situated some 700 kilometers north of Bangkok and is located in a fertile valley some 1,000 feet above sea level. It was founded in 1296 and is home to six main tribal groups, Karen, Hmong, Lahu, Mien, Akha and Lisu. Chiang Mai is famous for crisp mountain scenery, historic temples dating back to 1300 A.D, distinctive tribal festivals and handicrafts, and several formerly itinerant hill tribes of Tibeto-Burman origin. The beautiful women of Chiang Mai further add up its charm.

 

Most of the overseas visitors head to Chiang Mai as a base camp for visiting ethnic tribes, trekking expeditions and shopping for local handicraft items. The Bor Sang-San Kampaeng area is famous for handicrafts products such as parasols, cottons, silks, woodcarvings, jewelry, silverware, ceramics and lacquer ware.

 

For the outright adventure lovers who want to conquer “Doi Inthanon”, Thailand’s highest mountain, Chiang Mai paves the way to the 8,514 base camps. A 90-kilometer drive from Chiang Mai leading to the foot summit passes through the beautiful Mae Klang, Wachirathan and Siriphurn waterfalls.

Chiang Rai

Situated on northeast of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai lies in the center of the Golden Triangle and is famous for majestic mountains and tribal villages situated on high altitudes. Chiang Saen, is one of the major tourist attractions facing Laos across the Mekong River. The mountaintop of Wat Phra That Doi Tung enthralls the visitors with its’ breath taking view of surrounding mountains. Chiang Rai is around 785 kilometers from Bangkok on road.

Sukhothai

Some 427 kilometers north of Bangkok, Sukhothai is notable for huge Buddha images made up of sentinel stone that stands over ruins within the old city walls. Wat Mahathat is the largest Buddhist temple in that region. The massive seated Buddha at Wat Si Chum measuring some 11 meters from knee to knee is another major tourist attraction. Sukhothai calls for a special attention to the history lovers being the first ancient capital of Thai (Siamese) kingdom. Si Satchanallai is the second most important town of Suskhothai and the ruins of its temples are now a part of “Si Satchanalai historical park”.

 

Apart from Chiang Mai, Sukhothai and Chiang Rai; there are several other tourist attractions all over the North of Thailand. Some 700 kilometers from Bangkok, Nan province is famous for its annual boat races and historic temples. Wat Phaya Wat, Wat Suan Tan, Wat Nong Bua, Wat Phrathat Beng Sakat ( Buddha image is sculptured in the local style residing on the Chukkachi base) and Wat Phra That Chae Hang are some of the temples showcasing the local architectural style. Likewise, Lampang and Mae Hong Son province are notable for the Burmese style temples. Lampang is the sole Thai provincial capital where tourists can find carriages engaged in daily chores. The popular Wat Phra Si Rattana Maha That of Phitsanulok enshrines the venerated Phra Buddha. This is considered as the most beautiful Buddha image in the entire Thailand region. The province of Lamphun is well-known for its beautiful women and bounteous orchards. The stunning Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, a classic example of northern religious architecture and a treat to watch.

 

All the regions of Thailand are full historical temples, sculptures, monuments, artifacts and natural beauties. A tour of Thailand is sure to provide a lifetime experience. Master Tour offers several tour packages and customized packages. Click here to find out more information about our tour packages or contact our agent.