Northern Thailand

Northern Thailand is a wonderful destination for those who are interested in experiencing the unique culture and stunning scenery of the region. With a rich history and diverse ethnic groups, the area is a melting pot of cultures and traditions, making it an ideal place for cultural exploration. Visitors can explore the ancient city of Chiang Mai, known for its elaborate temples and vibrant night markets, as well as the hill tribes who still maintain their traditional way of life in the surrounding mountains. Nature lovers can also enjoy the stunning landscapes of the region, from the lush jungles of Doi Inthanon National Park to the dramatic peaks of the Golden Triangle region. Whether you’re seeking adventure or relaxation, Northern Thailand has something for everyone, making it an unforgettable holiday destination.


What you’ll love most about Northern Thailand

  • Visit the historic city of Chiang Mai and explore its temples, night markets, and food scene
  • Trek through the mountains and jungles of Chiang Mai province to experience the local culture of hill tribes, such as the Karen and Hmong
  • Visit the ancient city of Sukhothai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first capital of Siam, to see the ruins of temples and palaces
  • Explore the unique Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) in Chiang Rai, a contemporary temple with elaborate white and silver designs
  • Visit the Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest peak in Thailand, and explore the park’s waterfalls, trails, and viewpoints
  • Take a boat trip on the Mae Kok River to see the lush forests and traditional villages along the riverbanks

Please note that the estimated temperature, rainfall and recommended months of when to go are based on Chiang Mai’s weather patterns

Where to Book

  • Pha Dok Siew Waterfall in Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai - Tourism Authority of Thailand

  • Plantation in Chiang Mai

  • Wat Pa Sak, Chiang Saen in Northern Thailand's Chiang Rai region - Tourism Authority of Thailand

  • Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Park in Chiang Mai

  • Wat Chedi Laung, Chiang Mai Thailand

  • Wat Huai Sai Khao, Chiang Rai - Tourism Authority of Thailand

  • Phu Chi Fa Forest Park, Chiang Rai - Tourism Authority of Thailand

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

  • 29℃
  • 33℃
  • 35℃
  • 36℃
  • 34℃
  • 33℃
  • 32℃
  • 31℃
  • 32℃
  • 31℃
  • 30℃
  • 29℃
  • 0
  • 0
  • 1
  • 5
  • 13
  • 12
  • 14
  • 17
  • 15
  • 9
  • 4
  • 1

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.













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