Northern Thailand Package 12 Days 11 Nights

Wat Phra Bat Phu Pha Daeng
Horse Carriages Lampang
Wat Huai Pla Kang
Doi Mae Salong

Overview: Embark on a remarkable adventure through the northern provinces of Thailand, exploring the highlights of each region. Begin your journey by venturing from Chiang Mai to Lampang, where you’ll witness the incredible elephant show at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center. Visit the revered Wat Phra Bat Phu Pha Daeng Temple and indulge in a charming horse-drawn carriage ride through the city of Lampang. Continue your exploration in Chiang Rai, where you’ll encounter the iconic Wat Rong Khun Temple, also known as the White Temple. Delve into the fascinating history of the Golden Triangle and immerse yourself in the cultural richness of the region. Discover the breathtaking beauty of Doi Mae Salong Tea Plantation and engage with various hill tribe villages, gaining insights into their unique way of life. Journey onwards to Mae Hong Son Province, where you’ll be awestruck by the magnificent stalagmites and stalactites within Tham Lod Cave in Pang Mapha District. Experience the vibrant lifestyle and rich culture of the Shan people and other tribes that have settled in Mae Hong Son province. Return to Chiang Mai, where a myriad of attractions awaits within Doi Inthanon National Park. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of this pristine landscape. Enhance your culinary skills with a Thai cooking class at a renowned cooking school in Chiang Mai, savoring the delectable flavors of the dishes you prepare. Conclude your journey in Chiang Mai, reflecting on the extraordinary experiences and memories you have created. Let us guide you through this remarkable itinerary, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable exploration of the enchanting provinces in northern Thailand.


After arriving at Chiang Mai Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and assisted with your transfer to the hotel. Once you have checked in, the remainder of the day is at your leisure, allowing you to relax and enjoy your stay in Chiang Mai and take this opportunity to explore the city at your own pace.

Embark on a journey from Chiang Mai to Lampang province to visit the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, a place dedicated to caring for elephants, including treating sick ones. Operated by the Forest Industry Organization, the center offers an enriching experience for tourists. Witness elephant shows, learn about elephant care and training, indulge in elephant bathing, and partake in various other activities that showcase the beauty and intelligence of these majestic creatures.

Continuing the adventure, head to Chae Hom District to visit the awe-inspiring “Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn” or “Wat Phra Bat Phu Pha Daeng”. Perched on top of a mountain at nearly 1,000 meters above sea level, this temple is often described as heaven on earth. To reach the top, embark on a rewarding 1-kilometer journey on foot, taking approximately 30 minutes through the forest and stairways. Arriving at the summit, you will encounter pavilion halls and pagodas, each built with unwavering faith by monks and villagers over many years. The breathtaking viewpoint at the mountain’s peak offers panoramic vistas of the surrounding natural beauty, including the districts of Chae Hom and beyond.

Immerse yourself in the charm of Lampang city by enjoying a carriage ride along its historical roads. Witness the local way of life and encounter traces of the city’s former economic prosperity through ancient buildings lining the carriage routes. The horse carriage has long been a symbol and identity of Lampang province, once serving as a vital mode of transportation for its residents. Despite technological advancements, the Lampang people have cherished and preserved this tradition, using horse carriages even today, albeit mainly for tourism purposes. Spend a delightful night in Lampang, reveling in the unique atmosphere and cultural heritage of this captivating province.

Embark on a captivating journey from Lampang province to Chiang Rai province, starting with a visit to the renowned Wat Rong Khun Temple, also known as the White Temple. Designed and built by the talented artist Professor Chalermchai Kositpipat, this temple embodies a stunning fusion of contemporary religious architecture and Lanna culture. Its pure white chapel resembles a castle in paradise, adorned with stucco patterns embellished with glass and large wall paintings. The bridge leading to the chapel is an artistic wonder, with sculptures depicting scenes of hell and heaven, holding hidden religious precepts. Art galleries and exquisite sculptures further enrich the experience for tourists to explore.

Next, immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at Singha Park Farm, an agricultural tourist attraction managed by Boon Rawd Brewery. Sprawling over 3,000 acres, the park features rolling hills and a vast lake, making it a picturesque paradise. Explore over 250 acres of green oolong tea and visit various fruit kingdoms boasting an array of fruits, such as melons, strawberries, raspberries, and giant gooseberries. Stroll through vegetable and herb gardens, be amazed by the blooming flower fields, and have fun feeding the African animal life in the verdant fields.

Continue your journey to Wat Rong Suea Ten Temple, also known as the Blue Temple, another architectural gem of Chiang Rai. Designed by the talented folk artist of Chiang Rai, Mr. Puttha Kabkaew, the vihara within the temple showcases beautiful applied art, with dominant blue and gold tones resulting in stunning artwork. Inside the temple, you will find the enshrined Phra Buddha Ratchamongkol Bodi Tri Lokanath, containing relics on the image of Buddha’s head, providing a serene place for tourists to worship.

As the day turns to evening, delight in the vibrant atmosphere of the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, a popular shopping destination that entices both Thai and foreign visitors. Explore a variety of hill tribe handicrafts, local products, clothing, accessories, and home furnishings. Savor the diverse selection of food and beverages while enjoying folk cultural activities in the enchanting Lanna aesthetic and performances by numerous hill tribes. Conclude your day by spending a delightful night in Chiang Rai.

Your journey continues with a visit to the captivating Mae Fah Luang District. First, explore the Doi Tung Palace and Mae Fah Luang Garden, popular attractions that draw tourists year-round. The Mae Fah Luang Garden boasts an array of beautifully lined flowers that change with the seasons, ensuring visitors can appreciate its beauty throughout the year. Additionally, Doi Tung Palace showcases exquisite Lanna-style art and architecture.

Next, travel to Mae Sai District, Thailand’s northernmost district, offers a unique experience due to its proximity to Myanmar. The district shares its border with Myanmar’s Tachilek province, and the Mae Sai River serves as a natural boundary. A bridge connects the two cities, allowing tourists to glimpse Myanmar from the Thai side. Mae Sai Market is a major attraction in the district and has gained fame as a bustling border market. Here, both Thai and Myanmar people freely travel to engage in trade and commerce. The market is a shopper’s paradise and considered the largest shopping district in northern Thailand. As you explore Mae Sai Market, you’ll find numerous shops lining the alleys, offering an impressive range of products. From electrical appliances to local goods, herbs, wicker products, and even dry food, the market has it all. The variety of goods available allows visitors to shop for souvenirs, unique items, and everyday essentials at affordable prices. The bustling atmosphere of Mae Sai Market, with the vibrant mix of cultures and products from both Thailand and Myanmar, creates an exciting and enriching experience for tourists. The opportunity to witness cross-border trade and interact with people from different backgrounds adds to the charm of this lively border district.

Continue your journey to the Golden Triangle, located in Sop Ruak Village, Chiang Saen District. The Golden Triangle’s history is tied to the cultivation of opium, which used to be the largest concentration area for opium production in the world. Its name originated from the trade of “black gold” (opium) in exchange for real gold. Today, opium cultivation and trade have ceased, leaving behind intriguing legends. After learning about its past, visit and pay homage to The Golden Triangle Buddha, a grand bronze statue gilded with topaz, enshrined on the banks of the Mekong River.

Embark on a memorable cruise along the Mekong River, one of the world’s most important rivers. It originates in the Tibetan Plateau, flows through various countries, and serves as a vital lifeline for the people living along its banks. Experience the beauty of nature and observe the way of life of the local communities on both sides of the river, as it connects different economic and cultural ties. As the day draws to a close, spend the night in Chiang Rai, reminiscing about the wonders and stories you’ve encountered on your journey.

Your journey continues to explore some of the most fascinating and culturally rich areas in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai province, starting with a visit to the magnificent Wat Huay Pla Kang Temple. Perched atop a small hill, this temple boasts a 9-storey, 12-sided chedi adorned with exquisite Chinese and Lanna arts, complemented by a striking red roof flanked by dragon statues. Inside, the temple houses an enshrined Goddess Guan Yin Bodhisattva made of large sandalwood. The highlight, however, is the awe-inspiring 69-meter-tall statue of Guan Yin Bodhisattva, akin to a 25-storey building, offering panoramic views of the surrounding Chiang Rai landscapes.

Continue your journey to visit Doi Mae Salong, a picturesque area known for its tea cultivation. The green terraced tea plantations and the serene mountain scenery will provide a calming and natural atmosphere. Doi Mae Salong was originally settled by Chinese immigrants from Yunnan province in China due to political changes in the past. The village has a distinct Chinese influence, and you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a Chinese village in the south of China.

Next, immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the Akha hill tribe. The Akha people have an intriguing history, originating from southern China, migrating to Myanmar, and eventually settling in various districts of Chiang Rai Province. They prefer to live at high altitudes and maintain their traditional way of life, including agriculture, livestock farming, and household industries like sewing and silverware making. Admire their vibrant tribal dresses adorned with eye-catching silverware and beads, a testament to their rich cultural heritage.

Continue your journey to Ban Huai San Village, Tha Ton Sub District, Mae Ai District, where you’ll visit the Roi Jai Rak Project. Managed by the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, this project aims to improve the livelihoods of the hill tribe communities by creating job opportunities and generating income. Enjoy the beauty of Suan Roi Jai Rak, a garden plantation with winter flowers and vegetable plots to admire. At Kad Luang Roi Jai Rak, explore the market where villagers bring high-quality produce and handicrafts for tourists to choose from.

Next, proceed to Ban Tha Ton Village, an enchanting border village adjacent to Myanmar. The village is nestled among mountains and features a lazy river flowing through it, creating a serene and pleasant atmosphere. Experience the unique culture and traditions of the multi-ethnic hill tribe people living in the surrounding areas. Visit Wat Tha Ton temple, beautifully located on the hillside with its nine layers of sacred religious places, culminating in the highest peak where “Phra Borommathat Ratchamangkalachan Samanchan” or “Phra Chedi Kaew” is enshrined. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Ban Tha Ton village and the surrounding landscapes from the temple’s vantage points. Spend the night in Ban Tha Ton Village, enjoying the tranquil ambiance and preparing for the next leg of your unforgettable journey.

Continuing your journey, you’ll venture to Hinoki Land, the first and only hinoki wood kingdom in Thailand. This Japanese architectural tourist attraction is meticulously designed to offer travelers an immersive experience in Japanese art, culture, and architecture, all within a beautiful Japanese atmosphere. The Hinoki Land boasts numerous buildings, including a four-story Hinoki Castle inspired by Kinkakuji Castle in Kyoto. Built from hinoki pine wood, which is considered noble and sacred in Japan, the castle adds to the enchanting ambience of the place. As you explore the surroundings, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking mountains, forests, and stunning scenery.

Next, visit Wat Ban Den Temple or Wat Den Sari Sri Muang Kaen, located in Inthakin Sub-District, Mae Taeng District. This temple, named after the Bodhi tree known locally as the “Sari Tree,” is set in the ancient old city called Muang Kaen. The temple complex features a variety of beautiful buildings, each showcasing exquisite Thai Lanna architecture. You’ll be amazed by the attention to detail in each structure, reminiscent of a painting in literature.

From there, journey to Mork Fah Waterfall in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Sop Poeng Sub District, Mae Taeng District. While not the largest waterfall, Mork Fah is a single-tiered waterfall that flows throughout the year. The surrounding area is lush with mosses, ferns, and big trees, creating a picturesque setting. If you visit in the morning, you may catch the sunlight creating a sparkling rainbow in the waterfall’s spray. The waterfall’s beauty remains throughout the year, with varying atmospheres during different seasons.

Afterward, visit the Pong Dueat Hot Springs, featuring large-sized geysers with steam rising from the underground hot springs. The temperature of the water is quite high, creating a distinctive sulfur smell in the air. The hot springs are surrounded by a jungle, with a nature study route approximately 1.5 km long. The path takes you through the forest, past big trees, ferns, and moss, providing an opportunity to learn about the area’s natural surroundings.

Continuing your journey, drive to Pai district along the World War II historical road, which offers stunning views of the beautiful mountains. In Pai, you’ll have the chance to explore the local lifestyle at the lively walking street. This bustling market features handmade products, clothes, jewelry, baskets, and various souvenirs. Numerous international and Thai restaurants line the street, offering a variety of delicious food. The walking street operates from 5 pm until midnight, providing an excellent opportunity to experience Pai’s vibrant atmosphere. Spend the night in Pai, savoring the unique charm of this district.

Continuing your journey, you’ll visit Santichon village, which belongs to Yunnan Chinese people who immigrated from China and settled here long ago. The village has preserved its unique Yunnan Chinese style, including its traditional houses, decorations, and overall environment. A short distance from Santichon, you’ll find the Yun Lai viewpoint, offering a breathtaking landscape of Pai city surrounded by paddy fields and rugged mountains. The view is particularly spectacular during sunrise when the entire area is covered in a sea of mist, creating a memorable sight that will stay with you forever.

Next, visit Wat Phra That Mae Yen Temple, the temple is perched on a high hill in Mae Yen village, providing an excellent vantage point to enjoy the breathtaking landscape of Pai city. As you reach the top of the hill, the panoramic view of Pai city unfolds before your eyes, offering a picturesque scene that will leave a lasting impression. The temple’s location is particularly magical during sunrise and sunset. At these times, the warm and gentle sunlight bathes the horizon, casting a golden glow over the city and surrounding mountain ranges. The play of light and shadow creates a mesmerizing spectacle, making it the most beautiful and unforgettable picture you will ever witness. The complex mountain ranges in the background add to the charm of the scenery, adding depth and character to the landscape. The beauty of nature and the tranquility of the surroundings create a sense of peace and serenity, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the moment and appreciate the wonders of the Wat Phra That Mae Yen Temple.

Continue your exploration to the Memorial Bridge, built during World War II when Japan used Thailand as a route to transport troops and arms into Myanmar. While the bridge is no longer used for transportation, it has become a historical landmark where tourists visit to capture its significance and commemorate the history of the area. Next, head to the Pai Canyon, also known as Kong Lan. This naturally occurring tourist attraction features deep trenches and winding ridges formed by the subsidence of soil on high mountains and erosion by wind and rain. The canyon offers a unique and picturesque landscape, with narrow and steep trails winding along the ridges and offering stunning views of the villages and farms below.

Continue your journey to the Merit Bridge, “Khokuso,” which was built by villagers to connect Pambok village and Huai Khai Khiri temple. The bamboo bridge allows monks to conveniently cross and receive alms in the morning without disturbing the villagers’ agricultural crops. The bridge not only serves a practical purpose but also offers a scenic route for both tourists and locals to make merit and enjoy the beautiful nature of the surrounding forest, mountains, and rice fields. Spend another night in Pai, immersed in the beauty and cultural richness of this charming district.

Continuing your journey to Pang Mapha District will take you to some truly remarkable destinations. First, visit Doi Kiew Lom Viewpoint, which is renowned for its breathtaking views. Both Thai and foreign visitors are drawn to this viewpoint to witness the spectacular sea of mist that often collects in the valley below. Depending on the weather conditions, you may be treated to a stunning display of mist blanketing the landscape, creating an ethereal and dreamlike atmosphere. Additionally, the viewpoint offers a chance to admire various types of colorful flowers that add to the beauty of the scene.

Next, explore Tham Lod Cave, an important archaeological site with a unique feature. The cave is traversed by a stream known as “Lang” that flows from one end to the other, creating a wonderful cave with numerous stalactites and stalagmites. As you explore the cave, you’ll encounter ancient tools and utensils that are believed to be over 2,000 years old. The cave’s history and natural formations make it an intriguing place to visit. While at Tham Lod Cave, consider engaging in bamboo rafting inside the cave. This thrilling activity allows you to float along the stream on a traditional bamboo raft, providing a different perspective of the cave’s interior. Additionally, a short trek around the cave area will allow you to immerse yourself in the surrounding natural beauty.

Afterward, visit a Lahu hill tribe village. The Lahu people originally hail from Tibet and later migrated to different regions in China and Myanmar before settling in the north of Thailand hundreds of years ago. The Lahu’s simple way of life, strong belief in spirits’ worship, and preference for living in highland villages make them a unique and welcoming tribe. Agriculture, including rice farming and corn planting, is their main occupation, and they are also known for their hunting skills. The Lahu people are friendly and hospitable, making visitors feel warmly welcomed. Spend the night in Mae Hong Son, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy the serene beauty of the surrounding nature. Mae Hong Son is known for its tranquil atmosphere and picturesque landscapes, making it a perfect destination to unwind and embrace the charms of northern Thailand.

Embark on a journey to explore some of the most significant and visually captivating temples in Mae Hong Son. First, visit Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, an essential place of worship located on the top of Kong Mu Mountain. This temple complex consists of two pagodas, with the larger one constructed by “Chong Thong Su” in 1860 and the smaller one by “Phraya Singhanatracha” in 1874. From the hilltop, you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the town, surrounded by majestic mountains and lush valleys. The temple’s serene ambiance and historical significance make it a must-visit destination in Mae Hong Son.

Next, visit Wat Chong Kham and Wat Chong Klang temples, both situated next to a large swamp. These ancient temples showcase exquisite Burmese-style architecture and are home to the revered Buddha image known as Luang Paw To. Wat Chong Klang is particularly notable for its vast collection of Burmese wood carving dolls and impressive glass paintings depicting Buddhist history. The rich cultural heritage and ornate decorations make these temples a fascinating sight to behold. Afterward, make your way to the Su Tong Pae Bridge, the longest bamboo bridge in Thailand. The bridge serves as a connection between Suan Tham Phusama Temple and Kung Mai Sak village, passing over picturesque paddy fields and canals. The classic beauty of the bamboo bridge against the backdrop of lush green fields in the rainy season or golden grains during the winter creates an enchanting scene. The surrounding landscape of mountains adds to the charm of this unique bridge, making it a memorable experience for visitors.

Continue your journey to explore the unique and culturally rich villages near the border between Thailand and Myanmar. Start by visiting Baan Rak Thai village, a settlement of Yunnanese people who once served in the Chinese Nationalist 93rd division, also known as “Kuomintang.” This village is a testament to their migration during the revolution and the communist regime’s rise in Southern China. As you arrive, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking mountain scenery and the serene beauty of the lakes and colorful shrubbery that adorn the village. The green tea farmlands, meticulously planted in rows along the mountainside, create a picturesque landscape. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor delicious Yunnan cuisine, including tasting the renowned Chinese tea, known for its exceptional quality, which is a specialty of Mae Hong Son province.

Next, visit the tranquil and peaceful Shan village of Baan Ruam Thai, also known as Pang Oung. Nestled amidst rugged mountain ranges, this village boasts a stunning reservoir that resembles the picturesque landscapes of Switzerland. Surrounded by pine forests and adorned with colorful winter flowers, the village offers a cool climate throughout the year. The pine forest and spacious reservoir embraced by the mountains create a mesmerizing sight, especially in the mornings when the fog hovers above the lake. The beauty of this idyllic village, combined with the cool weather and vibrant flowers, make it a favorite destination for tourists year-round. Throughout your journey, you’ll be enchanted by the beauty of Mae Hong Son’s landscapes, the warmth of its culture, and the welcoming hospitality of its people. Spending the night in Mae Hong Son will allow you to immerse yourself fully in the tranquility and charm of this remarkable province.

Embark on an exciting journey from Mae Hong Son to Doi Inthanon National Park, navigating through a winding road that offers breathtaking views of the majestic mountains. At a soaring altitude of 2,565 meters above sea level, Doi Inthanon proudly stands as Thailand’s highest peak. Part of the vast Thanon Thongchai Mountain range extending from the Himalayas, it spans several countries, including Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar, boasting diverse climates and abundant forests. Tourists can explore rain forests, pine forests, and mixed forests at various elevations, culminating in a captivating panoramic spectacle at the summit. The allure of Doi Inthanon lies in its year-round cool weather, stunning scenery, and lush greenery, making it a must-visit destination for travelers worldwide.

Behold the architectural splendor of the Twin Royal Pagodas, Napamethanidol and Napapolpumisiri, perched atop a high hill within Doi Inthanon National Park. These pagodas were built collaboratively by the Air Force and the Thai people to commemorate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama 9 in 1987, and to honor Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on her auspicious 5th birthday anniversary on August 12, 1992. Surrounding the pagodas, winter flower gardens and a variety of plants create a picturesque landscape. The refreshing climate prevailing throughout the year ensures breathtaking panoramic views, making this spot one of Chiang Mai’s most cherished viewpoints.

Continue your journey to Wachirathan Waterfall, an awe-inspiring single-tiered cascade renowned for its remarkable beauty and continuous flow of water year-round. Plunging from a height of 70 meters into the basin below, the waterfall exudes a captivating charm. During the rainy season, the sun-kissed water droplets often create enchanting rainbows, adding to the waterfall’s allure and making it a truly magnificent sight.

Delight in the vibrant hues of flower gardens and diverse varieties of vegetables and fruits at the Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon, a research center focused on winter plants. Ongoing research covers flowers, ornamental plants, vegetables, fruits, and highland fisheries, with a keen emphasis on promoting sustainable development, social progress, and forest watershed conservation. Additionally, the project contributes to the income of local hill tribe farmers residing in nearby villages. After your enriching journey from Doi Inthanon National Park, you’ll return to Chiang Mai. Arriving in this vibrant city, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel, where you can relax and unwind after a day of exploration.

Your day in Chiang Mai starts with a visit to the local fresh market, where you’ll have the opportunity to select and buy ingredients for the Thai dishes you’ll be learning to cook. Your teacher will guide you through the market, explaining the different ingredients used in Thai cuisine and their benefits. You’ll learn how to choose the freshest produce and ingredients for each dish. It’s an enjoyable experience to immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of the market and interact with the local vendors. After shopping for ingredients, you’ll head to the Thai cooking school to start your culinary adventure. The cooking class will begin with the preparation of the ingredients, and your teacher will be there to guide and supervise the class at all times. Using your own equipment and stove, you’ll learn the techniques to cook traditional Thai dishes. The hands-on experience will give you a deeper understanding of Thai flavors and cooking methods. Once the cooking is complete, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You and your fellow students will sit down together to savor the delicious Thai dishes you’ve prepared. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share your culinary creations and appreciate the flavors of authentic Thai cuisine.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit Bo Sang Umbrella Village, a renowned village known for its traditional umbrella making. Here, you’ll witness the entire umbrella production process, including mulberry paper making, paper blowing, and creating beautiful patterns and designs. The umbrellas are made from satin, cotton, and mulberry paper, and their vibrant colors and intricate designs are admired by both locals and tourists. You’ll have the chance to learn and try your hand at drawing your own patterns on an umbrella, a paper fan, or a paper lantern, allowing you to create a unique and memorable keepsake from your visit to the village. As the day comes to an end, you’ll return to Chiang Mai to spend the night, reflecting on the enriching experiences of the day and the cultural richness of northern Thailand.

As your delightful holiday in Northern Thailand draws to a close, it is now time to bid farewell and head back home. We are pleased to provide you with transportation from your hotel to Chiang Mai Airport, where our services will come to an end.

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