Chiang Mai (เชียงใหม่):
Province, some 700 km north of Bangkok, popularly known as the Rose of the North, is a fascinating
example of merging the city's 700-year tradition with modern development.
Visitors can find handicrafts of silk, silver and other jewels, umbrellas and wood produced locally as
timeless souvenirs. Since a few years one can find as well masterpieces of Thai contemporary art.
Just 20 minutes out of the city the legendary Doi Suthep is located on a mountain, a famous
Buddhist site not to be missed.
The province is mountainous and Thailand's highest peak
(2575m) can be found here.Hill tribes
of unique cultures enhance Chiang Mai's distinctive diversity. From the end of the 70s of the last
century, mainly backpackers started to discover the beauty of the city and the province of Chiang
Mai. Still today backpackers can find low-priced accommodation, however, luxury tourists won't miss
anything since the opening of the first 5 Star hotels in and around the city.
List of Chiang Mai hotels
Chiang Rai (เชียงราย):
Chiang Rai, some 785 kilometers away from Bangkok is the northernmost province of Thailand. Scenic
dense mountains, river valleys, hot springs, waterfalls, ancient settlements and historical sites, hill tribe
villages such as Karen, Akha, Lisu, Meo and Muser, all can be found in Chiang Rai. Once the province
became famous because of the renowned"
where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge at the banks of the Maekong River. During the past years
it became the gateway to Myanmar, Laos and Southern China.
The northernmost town of Thailand,
on the Ruak River is the border to Myanmar. Rich in
Chiang Rai remains until today a heaven for people looking for a rather laid holiday close to nature. Of
course trekking is a highlight in one of the many National Parks and roads are perfect for bikers. The
city of Chiang Rai was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom but soon was conquered by Burmese and
only belongs to Thailand since the 18th
century. The city's most honored temple is Wat Phra Keo.
List of Chiang Rai hotels
Kamphaeng Phet (กำแพงเพชร):
Province, located in the lower north on the Bangkok - Chiang Mai highway. To its east are Ping River
flatlands while the western areas are made up of high mountains lush with fertile forests where a number
of national parks have been established.
Smaller and calmer than Sukothai,
Kamphaeng Pet Histirical Park
is a Unesco Heritage site since 1991 and home to many well protected ruins from the Sukothai period.
List of Kamphaeng Phet hotels
Province is famous for his many monasteries and temples built in Burmese and traditional Lanna Thai style
architectures and the wellknown one is Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. The symbol of the town are the
horse-drawn carriages and known all over the world, is the Thai Elephant Conservation Center.
Less well-known tourist attractions
in Lampang are the Wang Kaeo Waterfall and the Chae Son National Park, a compact yet charming park
which combine a natural hot springs with large waterfalls. Due to its relatively dry climate winter can be cooler
here than in other areas of northern Thailand.
List of Lampang hotels
Lamphun is just 26 km away from Chiang Mai with an enchanting ambience of an old community. It hosts one
of the north's most important temples, Wat Phra That Haripunchai
It is believed that in its chedi (stupa) one original hair of Lord Buddha was enshrined, dated to be in 897, probably
the founding date of the Wat.
Lamphun is the most famous producer of Longans and a LonganFestival is held each year in August to promote
this hugely popular product. There are the beautifully decorated Longan parades and Longan contests.
List of Lamphun hotels
Mae Hong Son (แม่ฮ่องสอน):
Mae Hong Son, is a northern province bordering Burma and is one of the remotest provinces in Thailand. High
mountains and deep valleys with no roads protected tiny villages until recently from the outside world. A few
years ago roads have been built and there are even flights now to Mae Hong Son's tiny airport.
Today, Mae Hong Son is one of the dream destinations for visitors looking for peace and nature. Tourists are
to the area due to its
breathtaking sceneries, pristine virgin forests, spectacular mountains, lush valleys, waterfalls and caves,
indigenous wildlife and unique hilltribes
. The province
offers unspoiled charm and soft adventure opportunities like trekking and rafting.
Mae Hong Son is home to some beautiful temples built in traditional Burmese architecture, unusual outside of Burma.
district has now evolved as
Thailand 'hippiest' hang-out and during the dry season, young Bangkokians flock to Pai village.
List of Mae Hong Son hotels
Nakhon Sawan (นครสวรรค์):
The city of Nakhon Sawan is located about 260 km north of Bangkok. On the way to Chiang Mai, you pass the city.
There is a good highway to Nakhon Sawan, and by car you can reach the city in about 4 hours. By train is also very
comfortable, it takes about 5 hours to get there.
The province, also known as 'Pak Nam Pho' is where the rivers of Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan converge and form the
Chao Phraya River, the most important waterway of Thailand. It was named, according to the site, 'Muang Chon Ta
Wan'. It is surmised Nakhon Sawan was built in the Sukhothai period.
List of Nakhon Sawan hotels
Nan about 668 kilometers north-east of Bangkok, is a rather relaxed little town in the remote valley of the
Nan River in Northern Thailand. The area is still covered with dense jungle but arable land is used for agriculture.
It is an ancient city steeped in history with its long association with both, Lanna-Thai and Sukhothai kingdoms.
The people of Nan descend from the Lan Changs (Laotians). Their ancestors moved to settle around
present-day Pua district which is rich in rock salt deposits, about 700 years ago at the time when Sukhothai was
becoming the kingdom of the Thais. They subsequently moved south to the fertile Nan River basin which is
much more extensive.
Nan's history is deeply involved with its neighbors, in particular Sukhothai
which played an important role in both political and religious terms before Nan became a part of Lanna, then
Burma and now Thailand. Today Nan is still the home of numerous Thai Lue and other hill tribes who retain
highly interesting customs and traditions.
List of Nan hotels
Phayao, about 691 kilometers from Bangkok is a peaceful province completely surrounded by mountains
and as a result it has many beautiful and remote small valleys fascinating religions and ethnic sites. Dating
back more than 900 years, it used to be an independent state with its own rulers before it became a part
of the Lanna Thai kingdom in mid 14th
Phayao town is located on the banks of Phayao Lake in the valley of the Ing River. Three big mountains
surround the valley, Doi Luang (1697 m), Doi Khun Mae Fat (1550 m) and Doi Khun Mae Tam (1330 m).
List of Phayao hotels
Phrae, some 550 kilometers from Bangkok is an old and important community of Northern Thailand. Phrae was
founded after Chiang Mai had been established as the capital of the Lanna Thai kingdom. With one of the largest
reserves of teak forests in the country, it is located on the banks of the Yom River.
Phrae is surrounded on all sides by mountains with level plains in the middle.
List of Phrae hotels
Due to the huge Pa Sak river basin with mountain ranges running along both the western and eastern sides of the
province, Phetchabun has always been famous for it's fertility of the land, it is an agriculturally highly productive area.
The name of the province actually means 'The land of crops and foods'.
Due to the natural beauty, mountainous forests and national parks, the province has high potential for tourism. Nam
Nao National Park is one of Thailand's most beautiful ones. The ancient City of Petchabun has a long history and one
of the highlight to visit is Wat Mahatat, the City Pillar Shrine and Wat Trai Phum.
Si Thep Historical Park
is an ancient town where many
architectural structures still remain to indicate its past prosperity during the 11th
Buddhist centuries. Over one hundred ancient sites, all built with bricks and laterite, most of them have since crumbled.
There are also remains of several ponds spread out all over the area.
List of Phetchabun hotels
Province is situated in the lower North region of Thailand, accessible by both road and rail. Nurtured by two rivers,
the Yom and the Nan running parallel to one another north to south, the land is agriculturally fertile with green valleys
and picturesque wooded hills. It is the home of traditional boat racing competitions which became now an inter-provincial
boat race taking place on every first Saturday and Sunday of September, at Nan River in front of Wat Tha Luang.
The main features of the festival are boat races, boat processions, and beauty contests which are exciting, joyful and
Phichit is known as well as the land of the crocodiles, it has been home long time to the wild reptiles which thrived and
prospered in its waters. Nowadays several fresh-water crocodile farms can be visited.
List of North hotels
Phitsanulok, is a city in the lower part of Northern Thailand is rich in historical, cultural and natural
, featuring mountains, plains and
forest. The Nan River, lifeline of the province runs through the heart of the city.
Most of Phitsanulok's province is flat, but one third of the area, the north and east is covered by mountain ranges. For
nature seekers natural beauty, waterfalls, and National Parks make a trip to Phitsanulok worthwhile.
Furthermore, Phitsanulok is one of the main area of the historical sites, it even served as the capital for about 25 years
in the 15th
century. There are remains of an ancient community dating back between 2,000 - 4,000 years,
an old stone ax had been found here. In addition, the old temple of Wat Chula Mani, located 5 kilometers south of the
city, was built even before the Sukhothai Kingdom came into power.
List of Phitsanulok hotels
Sukhothai founded by King Ramkhamhaeng during the 13th
century, was the first capital of Siam. The
province's temples and monuments from this glorious period have been restored and
Sukhothai Historical Park
has been created
to protect the numerous sites of historical interest.
Today the park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other interesting places are
Sri Satchanalai National Park
National Museum, The Royal Palace and Wat Mahathat; for nature lovers Ramkhamhaeng National Park.
List of Sukhothai hotels
Province, some 430 km northwest of Bangkok, is a place with long history.
Mostly forested and mountainous, natural wonders are magnificently matching ethnic diversity. Thailand's highest waterfalls
can be visited here, Namtok Thi Lo Su
Thi Lo Re. Those who favor whitewater rafting must come to visit this area.
Tak province is furthermore an environmental and cultural center with magnificent forests, spectacular waterfalls and caves,
fascinating hill tribes such as Karen, Lisu, Lahu, Akha, Yao and Hmong. The town of Tak is peacefully located on the Mae
Besides natural beauty, Tak province is famous for its agricultural products, both flowers and fruits. Its large Thapthim fruit
(pomegranate) is now very popular.
List of Tak hotels
Uthai Thani (อุทัยธานี):
Located in the lower part of northern Thailand. Most of the province consists of forests and high mountains. There are several
and places of interest well shown and
protected because the area is away from the main highway and only few visitors make the trip to this interesting province.
Rich in natural resources, such as forests and wildlife, "Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Reserve" was proclaimed a Natural World Heritage
Site. Visitors can discover different lifestyles of the local people, join the rafts on Sakae Krang River, a waterway that aided the birth
of the province and which has been a lifeline for its people since ancient times. It is also where provincial trading has flourished. Life
revolving around the river eventually grew from a community into the major province that it is today.
List of Uthai Thani hotels
Uttaradit is a province in the lower north of Thailand. It has a long history even since pre-historic time. The site of the original town
of Uttradit, formally called Bang Pho Tha, was located on the right bank of the Nan River. It flourished as a port for goods transportation.
As a result, King Rama V elevated its status into a province and re-named it Uttradit, literally the "Port of the North".
Most of the province was once covered with teak forests, then the major product of Uttaradit. The largest Teak tree in the world is
found at the Ton Sak Yai Park
. The 1500 year old tree
measures 9.87 meter in circumference and 37 meter in height - originally it was 48.5 m high, but it was damaged in a storm. Three
National Parks are located in the province - Klong Tron, Lam Nam Nan and Phu Soi Dao.
List of Uttaradit hotels