Chiang Mai Journals

North of Chiang Mai

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An October 2006 trip to Chiang Mai by SeenThat

The long neck tribes of Mae Hong son Photo, Mae Hong Son, Thailand More Photos
Quote: North of Chiang Mai, Thailand goes wild and offers a plethora of attractions to explore.

North of Chiang Mai

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Overview

Old Mote Photo, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Northern Thailand is a lush, green, wild area peppered with modern cities. Fine tuning the desired urbanity to wilderness ratio is thus a breeze.The Golden Triangle provides some of the most bizarre views in Thailand together with an illusion of adventure. A Burmese market where hill tribes’ women bring fresh fruits for the sellers to eat and hordes of Thai people search for bargains on a foreign land is nearby skeletal, skinny Laotian cows, which are begging for handouts at a coffee shop placed within a straw hut and both places can be visited in a single, delightful day.Mae Hong Son is a point of pure charm, where the Burmese and Thai cultures blend around a magical little pond at the to...Read More

The long neck tribes of Mae Hong son

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Attraction | "Mae Hong Son"

The long neck tribes of Mae Hong son Photo, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
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In the far Thai Northwest, Mae Hong Son is the steepest green spot in the country. It offers inexpensive treks, a charming centre with a magically beautiful combination of a pond and two Burmese tin-roofed pagodas, traditional Thai wooden houses, a relaxing atmosphere and a fascinating ethnic mix. Mae Hong Son is easily reached from the Arcade Bus Terminal in Chiang Mai, from where daily buses leave early in the morning and arrive at the afternoon. ...Read More

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The long neck tribes of Mae Hong son
2 Day trip from Chiang Mai by hired car
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Golden Triangle

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Attraction

Golden Triangle Photo, Ban Sop Ruak, Thailand
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Few places have such a potential to stir our imagination: dense jungles, wide, low-flowing rivers, soft light through green branches opium smugglers and Burmese Pagodas. Reality is different, the jungle gave way to an opium museum and boats cross the Mekong River to a tourists’ market in Laos.The best way to reach the Golden Triangle from ...Read More

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Golden Triangle
255 Kilometers From Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai, Thailand 57150
+053 717 433

Visiting the Hill Tribes

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Lisu Children at Batn Photo, Mae Hong Son, Thailand
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Visiting the Hill Tribes in northern Thailand creates one of those eternal problems for travelers; on one side they need the income generated by our visits, on the other, visiting them means accepting the deep discrimination against them. There are no definitive answers, but I prefer the Human side: they desperately need the help.There are many tribes scattered along the northwest of Thailand; generally, the biggest the distance from ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2007

Pai

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Attraction

Street View Photo, Pai, Thailand
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Pai is usually referred to as "sticky pie," due to its tendency to tempt casual visitors into long, unplanned stays. Its secrets are open for all to see: a small village in a green valley surrounded by gentle hills, a good variety of Thai and Western restaurants, hot springs and some of the best courses of Thai massage in the country create an irresistible blend. However, the same things have attracted developers who are rapidly transforming Pai into "more of the same;" it is not hard to find more tourists than locals in the town streets. Except for the monsoon season, Pai is dry and hot, with temperatures slightly cooler than the rest of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2007