Im going to be traveling in thailand for a month in late december till late january and I need some suggestions on places to go in northern thailand. Almost the first week of my trip i will be in the southern part doing the beach and party scene but for the remainder of my trip or at least for two weeks I wanted to travel around northern thailand. I have been trying to find some good small towns maybe on a river that would be good for trekking. Any suggestion would be appreciated and if anyone has down a two week tour of the north and has a good route that would be even better. Thanks in advance, Steven
I'd head to Pai for a few days as it's a cool little town and a nice place to hang out in for a few days. There are some good trekking options which can easily be organised in town.
Thanks for the advice and im going to have to check it out. I really want to go or find a good small village more north east. If anyone has ventured on that side of thailand your advice is welcomed.
Pai and Mae Hong Son (some villages along the route) are very nice. As well as Chiang Dao.
In my opinion Chiang Rai is far from being a pretty place, especially due to sex tourism.
Nong Kai is a nice little town further east with a lot to see and do. Not sure you can get their easily, directly from Chaing Mai though.
Used to love Pai, as Bex suggested, but it's changed a lot in the last few years as most of the good moderate to low budget places were wiped out by flooding and tons of luxury places moved in. Prices there have skyrocketed and more sex trade and typical tourist stuff has moved in. Thats not to say that it's not still nice, but it isn't the undiscovered laid back place that it was 3 years ago.
Oh, Mai Hong Son, and Lampang are both nice places to visit and although its more central don't miss sukkathai.
Thanks for the great advice everybody, it means a lot. DocNY, So 3 years ago Pai wasn't over run with tourist? I think thats awesome and I am hoping to find something like that along my trip. Ive also been reading about doing some motorcycling around northwest thailand to get outside of the main tourist location. is this a good idea or to dangerous?
Anyone with further suggestions would be great.
Maybe you can try Santhakiri or Mae Salong in Chiang Rai.... I'm not sure if any bus heads to Nongkhai from Chiang Mai but definitly there's a bus to Udon Thani in Isan.
Google the Mae Hong Son loop - a recommended bike ride. Suggest Pai and Chiang Dao as well. Can organise treks/bike hire out of these places. Should fill in 1-2 weeks.