The North

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai

The Northern Region appears to be a remote area that is far away from many tourist destinations. Even though it is located 450 miles north of Bangkok, the area is quite accessible by driving or air travel. It consists of 17 provinces and occupies approximately 170,000 square kilometers. There are two distinct areas. They are the wide plains of the lower north from Nakhon Sawan up to Sukhothai. Sukhothai was the old capitol of Thailand. It lasted from the year 1238 till 1438 and has many ruins and temples in amazing condition. This area leads into the mountaina­ous upper north that has long borders with Myanmar and Laos. Trekking is popular along with elephant riding and river rafting. These mountains are home to several hill tribes. There are also many national parks.

 

 

CHIANG MAI– Is a beautiful city and the second biggest province of Thailand. It provides visitors with the host of places of interest such as Doi Suthep,  Doi Inthanon,  Bhubing Palace, etc.  This magical place is situated between succulent mountains and it is a very modern city as well! Chiang Mai is an important centre for handcrafted goods, umbrellas, jewelry and woodcarving.  ( 697 km from Bangkok)

NAN – Is a charming province amidst the mountain ranges. Nan is proud to present to you several attractions such as Si Nan National Park, Phukha National Park and Mae Charim National Park whose most popular activity is white-water rafting.  (668 km from Bangkok

LAMPHUN –  Is a town of beautiful women, bountiful orchards and ancient temples.   ( 670 km from Bangkok)

LAMPANG – Is the sole province in Thailand where horse-drawn carriages are still used as a means of transportation. (599 km from Bangkok)

CHIANG RAI – Located at the northern tip of Thailand in the very heart of the Golden Triangle, gains fame from its scenic views, exotic hill tribes and exciting elephant-back riding tours.  ( 785 km from Bangkok)

 

PHETCHABUN –  Is where the scenic Nam Nao National Park and Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park are situated. It is also rich with waterfalls, rivers and lakes.This province is noted for sweet tamarinds. (346 km from Bangkok)

SUKHOTHAI – The first capital of the Thai Kingdom, is well-known for its historic sites- Sukhotai and Si Satchanalai Historical Parks, which have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1991.  (427 km from Bangkok)

PHRAE –is one of the most ancient cities in Thailand, an old establishment having been founded in the same period as Sukhothai and Chiang Mai, which formed part of the Lanna Thai Empire and also known for a  small area of weird earth formation. Lying in the north-western corner-bordering Myanmar. (643 km from Bangkok)

PHITSANULOK –  Features many historic sites and natural scenic spots like Chat Trakan and Thung Salaeng Luang national parks.  The province is also famous for the Khek River which is excellent for shooting the rapids. (377 km from Bangkok)

 

MAE HONG SON – Is well known as the “Town of Three Mists” because it is mist-shrouded throughout most of the three seasons. It has several tourist attractions, both natural and cultural. Being mountainous the province has many waterfalls and caves. It highlights the Pai River, Wat Chong Kham, Wat Chong Klang, Mae Surin Falls National Park.  (942 km from Bangkok)