(Part 2) 8 Places To Visit In Mountainous Northern Thailand

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Done with part 1? Be blown away by part 2 of places to visit in northern Thailand!

If not, click here to read (Part 1) 8 Places To Visit In Mountainous Northern Thailand.

5. Pai

If you are a hippie then this is the town for you to visit! In fact, it is the most visited town in northern Thailand other than Chiang Mai city. Pai is located in the Mae Hong Son Province but it is definitely far from Mae Hong Son town. Thus, it is always referred to as if it is another part of northern Thailand by itself.

Pai is definitely the greatest place for yoga retreats as it sits in a valley of the Pai River and mountains. It is famous for its nearby gorges, hot springs, and waterfalls. Since it is also close to China’s Yunnan province, visitors will be able to enjoy delicious Yunnan delicacies in Pai.

By Lestermandersson (Photographed during motorbike trip north of Pai.) via Wikimedia Commons.

Places worth visiting in Pai include:

  • Memorial Bridge (The bridge used by the Japanese army in WW2)
  • Pai Canyon (serene and beautiful view that you can hike)
  • Wat Namhu (picturesque Buddhist temple surrounded by a small fish pond)
  • Yun Lai Village (Yunnan hilltop village complex offers tea service & panoramic valley views)
  • Big Tree Swing (Giant swing off the edge for the brave, located within Mari Pai Resort)
  • Wat Si Don Chai (The first temple in Pai established in 1312 that is built using Lanna architecture style)
  • Boon Ko Ku So Bridge (Best time to visit is in December, not recommended after winter)
  • Pam Bok Waterfall (Seasonal waterfall in a narrow canyon with low ledges for cliff jumping)
  • Baan Santichon (Traditional Chinese village with clay houses and eateries serving Yunnan cuisine)
  • Mae Yen Waterfall Hiking Trail (super hidden waterfall that’s only reachable by a hard hike)
  • Pai Land Split (A hibiscus paradise can be found in between the split of 2 lands — simply fascinating)
  • Huay Nam Dung National Park (amazing panoramic views and catch a breath of fresh air!)
Memorial bride image via Pixabay.

6. Lampang

Most people do not know much about Lampang and thus, it is often being disregarded just like Fang. However, Nakhon Lampang is the third largest town in northern Thailand, that is located 101 kilometres away from Chiang Mai city. The Burmese influence is stronger in Lampang compared to Chiang Mai as well.

One of the most common activities for tourists to do in Lampang is to ride on the horse carriage “taxis”. They are usually priced at 400 baht for about 1-hour ride in Lampang city. This is because Lampang is known as the horse carriage city and it is considered as the last paradise in Thailand by locals.

Some of the must-visit places in Lampang are:

  • Doi Khun Tan National Park (Amazing trekking zone)
  • Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao (Principal Buddhist temple in Lampang Province)

  • Wat Pong Sanuk Tai (Burmese influenced temple with an unusual looking stupa)

  • Wat Si Rongmuang (Ancient Burmese temple made of teak wood)

  • Ho Pum La Kon Museum (The best place to learn about the city of Lampang — must-visit!)
  • Wat Chedi Sao Lang (20 whitewashed Lanna-style chedi)

  • Wat Chaloem Phrakiat Phrachomklao Rachanuson (Located in Chae Hom, pagodas on hills — must-visit!)
    Photo by from Pexels.

7. Mae Hong Son (other than Pai)

Mae Hong Son is the province where Pai is located in. However, Mae Hong Son town by itself is well-worth visiting. Mae Hong Son is often loved by travellers foreign and local.

It is best to visit Mae Hong Son by motorcycle if you are coming from Chiang Mai and Pai. This loop is known as the Mae Hong Son loop. It is the most popular motorcycle or scooter loop done in northern Thailand.

Image by Alexis Gravel via Flickr.

These are the famous tourist spots:

  • Namtok Mae Surin National Park (Hot springs!)

  • Wat Phrathat Doi Kongmu (Great viewpoint to watch sunrise and sunset)

  • Pang Oung (Dubbed as the Switzerland of Thailand)

  • Pang Tong Under Royal Forest Park 2 (A beautiful Europe like romantic quite place)

  • Dhamma Phu Bhima (Peaceful village garden. A great place for cultural enthusiasts)

  • Doi Phu Co (South of Mae Hong Son — great place for camping)

  • Huai Hom Royal Project (Tea terrain resembling the feels of Sapa, Vietnam)

8. Chom Thong (Doi Inthanon)

Chom Thong is a district in the southern part of Chiang Mai Province in northern Thailand. It is where the majestic Doi Inthanon is located. Needless to say, Doi Inthanon is a must-visit.

Most suitable for a day trip. However, the roads can be dangerous, thus, it is always best to find out more about the weather and road conditions before riding your bike up to the mountains.

For more information on Doi Inthanon, kindly click here.

By ElliotJW (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


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