Northern Thailand, comprising 17 provinces, is a region overflowing with amazing things to see and do, from hot springs and hill-tribes to museums, bird watching and trekking to yoga. Natural and man-made wonders are waiting to thrill you in the lush tropical landscape, everywhere you turn. The main centres of habitation are Chiang Mai (the largest town in Northern ... More>Thailand), Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Nakhon Sawan (known as the gateway to the north). The northern river valleys are especially alluring as their towns are rarely visited and you’re sure of a very warm welcome. Nan, the former capital of a small kingdom, is surrounded by mountains and has many temples to visit while Pai is the starting point for many treks whereas Phitsanulok is known as a good overnight stop between Chiang Mai and Bangkok and is also a natural base for the Sukhothai Historical Park. Accommodation varies throughout the region of Northern Thailand, from simple bungalows to five-star opulence in Chiang Mai.