Things to do in North Thailand

Things to do in North Thailand

The Things to do pages contain information about things to do and about sights in a selection of destinations in the North. It features information about trekking, rafting, cooking courses, boat trips, ziplines, Buddhist temples, cycling tours, samlor tours, markets, botanic gardens, handicrafts, ruined cities, national parks, waterfalls, heritage houses, waterparks, hot springs, museums and more. We update this section regularly. Have fun!

Things to do in Chiang Mai

You can easily spend a week in Chiang Mai without being bored. Apart from the Buddhist temples and markets Chiang Mai offers something for everyone: cooking courses, trekking, national parks, great cycling, botanic gardens, ruined cities and much, much more! Chiang Mai has a lively art scene and is the handicraft capital of Thailand.

Man in tribal dress
The Hmong silversmith
White temple with tree leaves
Wat Rong Khun in the afternoon

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Many people visit Chiang Rai on a day tour out of Chiang Mai. This really doesn’t do justice to this exciting destination apart from the fact that you spend most of the time in a vehicle. Chiang Rai has lots of things to offer: fascinating tribal culture, stunning mountainous landscapes, the infamous Golden Triangle just to name a few. Chiang Rai is also the jump off point for trips into Shan State in Myanmar.

Things to do in Lampang

You can visit Lampang, nicknamed the Horse Cart City, on a day tour out of Chiang Mai. We recommend to stay one night in this delightful city on the Wang River. Lampang is a destination for people who are interested in authentic Lanna culture. There are magnificent temples, Heritage Houses, the best walking street markets in the North and……horse carts.

Station with two cars in front about Chiang Mai a la Carte
Lampang Railway Station
Two boys in colorful dress
Poy Sang Long

Things to do in Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son is usually a stopover for people who do the so-called Mae Hong Son Loop. It’s a charming town that will keep you busy for at least a couple of days. The drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Hon is very mountainous and scenic. Mae Hong Son has some striking temples with Shan and Burmese influences and the atmosphere of the town is very laid-back.

Things to do in Mae Sariang

Mae Sariang is a small town in the south of Mae Hong Son Province. It used to be known as Muang Yuam in the past. It still is surprisingly an off-the- beaten-track-destination but there are lots of things to do. Mae Sariang is one of our favourite destinations in North Thailand.

Old chedis at Buddhist temple
Chedis of Wat Jong Soon Mae Sariang
Man with bicycle taxi
Driver K.Annej in Lamphun

Things to do in Lamphun

Lamphun is a small town about 30km from Chiang Mai. It is known as the longan (lamyai) capital of North Thailand. There are some stunning temples and wonderful rural countryside. If you are looking for authenticity Lamphun is the place to go.

Things to do in Phrae

Phrae is a lovely and charming town that is much less-known than the above destinations. If you really want to experience the authentic Northern Thai culture and atmosphere this is the place to go. Phrae has an interesting story and plenty of interesting sights such as beautiful heritage houses and Buddist temples to keep you very entertained for a a couple of days. You won’t regret it.

Gingerbread house
Wichairacha House in Phrae