Seven unmissable spots in North Thailand

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The islands and beaches of the south and the capital Bangkok without any doubt are the preferred tourist destinations of Thailand. If however, you venture to the North, you are not going to be disappointed either.
With lush green forests and spectacular scenery, this region though far off from the big cities, has its own inherent charm. These seven spots in North Thailand are sure to galvanise your exploring instincts, from nature to history in one go.

 

Queen Sirikit botanical gardens

Queen Sirikit botanical gardens
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This was the first botanical garden of international standards, developed in 1992, to improve and strengthen plant research in the country. The garden also serves as place for the general public to unwind and relax, and get a first hand view of the unique Thai flora.

Tip – The garden offers spectacular photo opportunities in stunning backdrops. Be sure to carry your camera to capture the various displays.

 

Doi tung

Doi tung
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Situated in the Chiang Rai area, Doi Tung is mountain comprising of a bed made of mostly granite and limestone. Home to the Shan,Akha and the Lahu tribes, the top of this mountain provides great views of the country and Burma as well.

Tip – Visit Doi Tung villa to see how the Queen (prince mother) lived, her social works and décor style. Make sure to wear full clothes to show respect, else you might be offered a jacket to cover up.

 

Baan dam museum

Baan dam museum
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Covering an area of over 100 acres, the iconic Baan dam, or black house, houses a museum with a large collection of folk art. This is one of the top tourist attractions of Chiang Rai, since its inception. Created by the late artist Thwan Duchanee, the place served as his home, until his death in 2014.

Tip – Stay away from the python (Yes, they have one).

 

Singha park

Singha park
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The picturesque Singha park, located in the Chiang Rai countryside, initially a family owned park, opened its doors to the people in 2012. Tea is the major produce these days, and tourists get a first hand knowledge of it is produced till it is finally packed.

Tip – Try the zip-line which offers breathtaking countryside views from a vantage point.

 

Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun
More popularly referred to as the White temple, this is the most well known temple of the entire Kingdom of Thailand. As you roam around in its magical environment, you will find yourself immersed in this creation by the National artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat. Superheroes, cartoon characters and even movie stars adorn the walls depicting Buddhist motifs amid fascinating works of architecture and sculpture.

Tip – Be sure to cover your shoulders and knees and wear full sleeves and pants/ long skirts

 

Elephant nature park

Elephant nature park
This is an important elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre, set up in Northern Thailand, open to visitors and volunteers alike. It provides a great opportunity to the visitors to meet and interact with the elephants in a harmless manner and without any exploitation. These gentle giants here, have all been given a new lease of life by the park founder Sangduen Chailert.
Tip – Donate if you can.

 

Lampang

Lampang
Situated in the northern river valley area of Thailand, this city dating back to more than a thousand years, is home to the stunning emerald statue of Lord Buddha and the House of many pillars. The city lights up on the weekends, with the night market offering many a surprise for the diner as well as the shopper.

Tip – Visit on a weekend to enjoy the lit up city in all its grandeur.

The north of Thailand is always considered to be a path less traveled. Still, people vouch the authenticity of north Thailand with the more popular destinations of Phuket and Bangkok. This vast region of mountains and rivers form an important junction with China, Myanmar and Laos. Now easily accessible, a visit to North Thailand offers opportunities to view traditional lifestyles in a remote but beautiful region.

 

Author: Jyotsna Ramani

Jyotsna is a passionate globetrotter who loves to explore offbeat locales and inspires others to do the same. Traveling solo, enjoying new adventures, trying local cuisines are all part of her escapades. Follow in her footsteps as she takes on the world – one country at a time.

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