Our top new reasons to head to Chiang Mai and around in the coming months, plus a few old favorites.
1. Great coffee
2. Visit outdoor markets
3. Stay in Nimmanhaemin’s new hotels
4. Experience the craft festivals
5. Observe the local art scene
6. New bites
7. New bars
8. Drink local craft brews
9. Exploring the countryside
10. Trek up a mountain
Looking to combine magnificent views and a proper workout? Doi Chiang Dao in Chiang Mai province should be the next destination on your wish-list. A steep and grueling eight-kilometer trail leads you to Thailand’s third tallest peak, standing at 2,225 meters above sea level. The trek (upwards only) takes approximately 4-5 hours. The sunset, in particular, is stunning. Camping is allowed, but this is the real deal: no electricity or bathrooms. They also limit visitors to 150 people a night. Book at +66 (0) 53-456-623, firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. The hipster side of Thailand
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12. A quiet retreat
13. Amazing scenery
Phu Lang Ka in Pha Yao province is famous for its breathtaking views, where limestone cliffs appear like islands peeking through a sea of mist at sunrise. Phu Lang Ka Resort (+66 (0) 86-191-0291) offers rooms with terraces which lets you take in the whole stunning scene. Rooms get booked out every winter, so be quick.
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14. Thailand's iconic Bamboo Bridge
15. See flowers in bloom
Late November is the best month to visit Doi Mae U Kho in Mae Hong Son province when it becomes completely covered in blooming dok bua tong (Mexican sunflowers). Another must is Doi Hua Mae Kham in Chiang Rai’s Mae Chan district. Though visually less stunning, the area offers more in the way of interaction with Thai locals, most notable in the form of visits to tribal villages and their tea plantations. For stays at Doi Hua Mae Kham, contact +66 (0) 95-675-1124 and +66 (0) 53-918-101.
Travel pros tell us their favorite Northern destinations
16. Viang Pa Pao, Chiang Rai
17. Ubon Ratchathani Road Trip
18. Wat Phu Tok, Bueng Kan
19. Kew Mae Pan, Doi Inthanon
SilkAir offers the best rates for a direct round trip at $455
AirAsia has a cheaper, indirect, flight that starts from $334
Currency: $1 = about B25
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