QUICK GUIDE TO NORTH THAILAND
Words by Amy Wren
Blessed with a cooler climate than Bangkok, Northern Thailand has so much to offer from the bustling markets and nightlife of Chang Mai to the lush forests and mountainsides of Pai. During our stay we spent time in Chang Mai & Pai, both equally beautiful and awe inspiring. Along with a couple of locals and other backpackers, we took the 3 hour, long windy road trip from Chang Mai to Pai famous for its 762 turns! This journey is really popular for backpackers to take on a motorbike although we opted out due to bad weather & wet roads!
Blessed with a cooler climate than Bangkok and buffered by lush mountains, Chiang Mai is an escape from the whirlwind pace of life of its southern rival. This is a place to relax after the chaos of Bangkok to recharge your batteries with fabulous food and leisurely wandering. There’s a huge array of activities on offer, starting with a stroll around the backstreets to discover a city that is still firmly Thai in its aspect, atmosphere, and attitude. A short ride by motorcycle or chartered rót daang, will deliver you to pristine rainforest reserves, churning waterfalls, serene forests, bubbling hot springs and peaceful country villages, as well as a host of adventure camps, elephant sanctuaries and souvenir markets.
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Who doesn’t want a slice of Pai? Imagine picture perfect mountain Valleys and lush rainforests with hidden secret waterfalls. There’s a special energy in Pai that can’t really be felt by reading words on a page. You just need to go and feel it for yourself. There’s heaps of quiet accommodation outside the main drag, a host of activities to keep you entertained, a vibrant art and music scene, quiet back streets and a fun afternoon market. Hire a motorbike and go explore the outskirts of the town, swim in the many hidden waterfalls and climb about in the rock formations or simply chill out in a bungalow reading a book. The options really are endless, the people are beyond friendly and it has a community vibe that you can’t find anywhere else in Thailand.