Adventure Travel in the Northern Region of Thailand

Discover Thailand from within with this rustic bamboo rafting day trip, located just an hour outside Chiang Mai, a premier adventure travel destination in Southeast Asia, but feeling worlds away!

Explore some of the city’s most stunning temples on this guided small-group tour, stopping by Wat Rong Khun and Blue-Hued temples along the way, with admission and roundtrip hotel transport included in the cost.

Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park is one of Thailand’s most stunning national parks, boasting stunning landscapes, incredible views, cascading waterfalls, and intricate rock formations. There are also nature trails to discover within this incredible national park – ideal for hiking or swimming!

Take a small-group tour along the Kew Mae Pan nature trail on foot with an experienced guide, and meet elephants at Elephant Pride Sanctuary – an intimate family-run facility where these majestic creatures roam freely in conditions similar to their natural environment. Plus visit Karen villages, Hmong markets, and Twin (King and Queen) Pagodas along the way!

Be sure to visit Pha Chor Canyon, often compared with Pai Canyon for its beauty and geological wonders. Just make sure that during February and March when farmers burn fields in preparation for new plantings – which produces smoke that makes outdoor activities difficult – you avoid “burning season.”

Elephant Rescue Center

An ethical experience, this park provides sanctuary to elephants that were previously used in circuses or logging operations. Set within a lush national park setting, visitors can interact with elephants in their natural environment as they roam free.

Feed the animals, bathe them in the river, and gain knowledge about their lives including storied pasts. Receive instruction in body language communication between elephants and humans as you enjoy their personalities!

A full day program includes visiting an eco-friendly company that uses elephant poop fibers to produce paper, followed by visiting an isolated hill tribe village with centuries-old traditions and friendly community members to discover centuries-old customs while taking in stunning mountain landscapes and fresh mountain air. You will gain a better insight into Thai culture as well as understand why protecting elephants is so vitally important and visit ancient temples and local markets on the tour route.

Doi Suthep

Explore Doi Suthep’s numerous waterfall cascades, its shimmering pools, majestic cliffs, and lush forest. Visit Monthathan waterfall for an enjoyable excursion from its entrance and an idyllic dip!

Doi Suthep’s main drawcard is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, an intriguing temple with an intriguing past situated within a national park. Admire this majestic gold temple’s intricate designs and intriguing origins while walking through breadfruit trees, rock gardens, and monuments in Doi Suthep National Park.

Doi Suthep can best be explored on a tour, which will take you up the mountain while providing insight into local culture. Certain tours even feature former monks as guides who can explain their spiritual and religious aspects – giving alms is considered part of Buddhist tradition and some tours allow visitors to do just that!

Chiang Rai

The northern region of Thailand boasts stunning forests, waterfalls, and mountain ridges – the perfect setting for trekking! Many tour operators offer special trekking trails for guests to experience all that this region offers.

Or take advantage of an excursion and tour the region on a full-day tour, taking in extraordinary temples and royal palaces as well as natural landmarks such as the Hall of Opium. It’s an excellent way to get out into nature and witness some real Thai culture!

If time is limited, a day tour can give you an overview of local attractions. Most often these trips are affordable and include transport and lunch.

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