Northern Thailand

Tradition and tranquillity. Adrenaline-inducing adventures and moments of self-reflection. Proudful people, diverse culture, and delicious food. Northern Thailand grabs hold of the soul like no other place in the world.

Stretching from Chiang Mai to the borders of Myanmar and Laos, Northern Thailand is a wonderland filled with tropical mountains, verdant river valleys, and culturally diverse cities and towns. Often referred to as Lanna, which translates as ‘Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields’, the region has captivated travellers for decades. With a range of experiences, Northern Thailand appeals to a variety of travellers. Looking for a luxurious escape then visit the five-star lodges tucked neatly into the Golden Triangle. Looking for an adventure, then hop on a mountain bike or take to the river for a whitewater excursion. Looking for a deeper connection, then learn about meditation from monks or local cuisine from a resident chef. Northern Thailand is sure to please both novice and seasoned travellers.

Day Tours and Activities in Northern Thailand

Temples of Chiang Mai

Full Day |
Chiang Mai
Take in the iconic sites of Chiang Mai. Start with a trip up the imposing Doi Suthep before taking a tour of the old city temples. Finish up with a glimpse into local life at Warorot market.

Chiang Rai by Night

Evening |
Chiang Rai
Enjoy a rickshaw exploration of Chiang Rai by night, taking in the night bazaar where we get to try a variety of local street food dishes.

Street Eats by Electric Tuk Tuk Chiang Mai

Evening |
Chiang Mai
Take an electric tuk-tuk to stop by various street food hotspots to get a taste for northern Thai delicacies.

Tuk Tuk Temples of Chiang Mai

Half Day |
Chiang Mai
Take an electric tuk-tuk ride to explore the iconic temples of Chiang Mai’s old city while also visiting museums to learn about Lanna culture.

Explore Chiang Rai City By Rickshaw

Half Day |
Chiang Rai
Explore the ancient northern city of Chiang Rai by rickshaw, taking in the local attractions in the old-fashioned iconic mode of transport. Visit a temple, stop by a market, and learn a thing or two at the hill-tribe museum.

Doi Tung & Golden Triangle

Full Day |
Chiang Rai
Take a trip to the wonderful countryside at the tip of Thailand. Admire beautifully curated gardens, learn all about the opium trade, and witness the convergence of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.

Chiang Rai Discovery

Full Day |
Chiang Rai
Enjoy a full-day exploration of Chiang Mai, visiting its emblematic temples and taking a tour of a local park, with a break for lunch sampling the best of northern Thai cuisine

Red Truck Highlights of Chiang Mai

Half Day |
Chiang Mai
Take the iconic red truck of Chiang Mai, the ‘songthaew’, to visit three key sites of the city: Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Doi Suthep, and Warorot Market

Akha Cooking Experience

Half Day |
Chiang Mai
Enjoy a fascinating half-day experience getting to know Thai Akha people through the medium of a tantalising Thai cuisine cooking class.

Tripseed Exclusive

Khon Mask Workshop

Half Day |
Chiang Mai
Enjoy a hands-on workshop getting to grips with the intricacies of mask making. Learn from one of Thailand’s most influential artists and explore the importance of Khon masks in Thai culture.

Authentic Thai Living

Half Day |
Chiang Mai
Get to know a local Thai family as they welcome guests into their home. They’ll share details of their life and culture as they guide visitors through a farm-to-table cooking experience.

Tripseed Exclusive

Artists’ and Artisans’ Community Visit

Full Day |
Chiang Mai
Take a trip out to the countryside east of Chiang Mai to the Artists’ Community Village to learn about weaving, sustainable farming techniques, and the Thai art scene.

Tripseed Exclusive

A Day in an Elephant’s Life

Half Day |
Chiang Mai
The emphasis is on learning with this fascinating experience at an elephant sanctuary that includes walking and feeding the elephants. Specifically, learn all about the excellent work the farm does with its breeding programme – taking care of mothers and their babies.

Tripseed Exclusive

Waterfall Walk and Private Picnic

Half Day |
Chiang Mai
Enjoy a fabulous hike to Mae Sa waterfall, situated just north of Chiang Mai in the Mae Rim area. Explore 10 different levels of falls in the lush, tropical forest before dining on a professionally prepared picnic lunch, home-made by a local culinary master.

Tripseed Exclusive

Thai Cooking Master Class with a Local Chef

Half Day |
Chiang Mai
Get to grips with the intricacies of Thai cuisine with a lesson from a culinary master. Guests pick their ingredients from the on-site farm and set about conjuring their flavourful sensations in a beautiful countryside setting.

Tuk Tuk Self-Drive Adventure

Full Day |
Chiang Mai
Enjoy a jam-packed, fun-filled day exploring the charming Chiang Mai countryside. Take control of the iconic tuk-tuk on a day of discovery that takes in elephants, bamboo rafting and mesmerising mountainscapes.

Tripseed Exclusive

Private Chef’s Table

Evening |
Chiang Mai
Spend an evening watching a culinary artist transform seasonal ingredients into a dinner to remember. An exclusive, exciting, and, most importantly, delicious, experience with one of Chiang Mai’s most unique chefs.

Cooking with a Local Family

Half Day |
Chiang Mai
Chop and chill in the outskirts of Chiang Mai during this immersive trip to discover one of Thailand’s more obscure ethnicities, the Yong. The day is filled with flower-making, temple and village visits and cooking with a local family.

Tripseed Exclusive

Lamphun Culture and Crafts

Half Day |
Lamphun
Become a potter for the day on this trip to Lamphun, a small town just south of Chiang Mai. From exploring ornate temples to creating your very own terracotta statues this is an excellent trip for families, friends or anyone who loves culture, crafts and quaint towns.

Adventure to Doi Inthanon

Full Day |
Chiang Mai
Journey to Thailand’s tallest mountain, Doi Inthanon, for a day out in nature. From rural markets and a first-rate trek to learning about the nearby Karen hilltribes and feasting on a local lunch today is all about escaping the city to experience Thailand’s great outdoors.

Moo Kata, a Thai BBQ Experience

Evening |
Chiang Mai
Whether young or old, rich or poor, Thais are crazy for Moo Kata, where endless meats and vegetables are served to diners who then barbecue it on tabletop grills. Enjoy an evening of sizzling food, fun, friends and family.

Tripseed Exclusive

Thai Farmer for a Day

Half Day |
Chiang Mai
Try out the bucolic life as you learn how to grow rice, the importance of buffalos and how modern Thai farmers are incorporating organic practices into their craft. End the peaceful day with some traditional umbrella painting and a healthy, home cooked lunch.

Merit Making: History and Culture in Chiang Mai

Full Day |
Chiang Mai
From gilded temples and traditional markets to contemporary art and an electric Tuk Tuk, discover the past and present of Chiang Mai.

Sukhothai Exploration by Bike

Full Day |
Sukhothai
Pedal to where it all began, Sukhothai. From the scenic countryside to the photogenic historical park, you’ll explore the past and present of Thailand’s first capital city.

Countryside E-Bike Adventure

Half Day |
Chiang Mai
Cruise amongst the hills, rice fields and villages on an e-bike adventure into the Chiang Mai countryside. This is a fantastic low-impact, high-reward experience for all types of travellers.

Meditation and Chanting in Chiang Mai

Evening |
Chiang Mai
The murmur of monks chanting. The silence of those mediating. All search for the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. Experience first-hand the sights, sounds and silence of Chiang Mai.

Inspiring multi-day itineraries that include Northern Thailand

Chiang Rai Farm Stay

2 Days | 1 Nights
Chiang Rai

Tripseed Exclusive

Tuk Tuk Adventure Through Northern Thailand

4 Days | 3 Nights
Chiang Mai

Tripseed Exclusive

Culture, Craftwork and Cuisine

7 Days | 6 Nights
Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Lamphun, Sukhothai

Tripseed Exclusive

Central and Northern Exploration

12 Days | 11 Nights
Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi, Lampang, Phayao

Chiang Mai Revealed

4 Days | 3 Nights
Chiang Mai

Recommended Hotels in Northern Thailand

Yaang Come Village

4 Star |
Chiang Mai
The Yaang Come Village hotel is a serene hideaway just 100m outside the night bazaar. Its design is a beautiful example of Thai Lanna architecture.

Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort

5 Star |
Chiang Mai
Na Nirand is a boutique resort that offers a tranquil setting with colonial-era charm, nestled alongside the Ping River in the heart of Chiang Mai.

The Legend Chiang Rai Resort and Spa

4 Star |
Chiang Rai
The Legend is a riverside resort and spa in a secluded location yet not too far from Chiang Rai city. It offers a wonderful example of classic yet contemporary Lanna architecture.

Lisu Lodge Chiang Mai

3 Star |
Chiang Mai
Lisu Lodge Chiang Mai is a community-based project that celebrates Lisu culture through various programmes and activities, all set within a glorious location for visitors in the northern Thai countryside.

Banthai Village Chiang Mai

3 Star |
Chiang Mai
Enjoy this charming boutique hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai with the old city on your doorstep. It offers a range of room options, all elegantly designed to evoke the Lanna style in a modern, chic way.

Raya Heritage Chiang Mai

5 Star |
Chiang Mai
Raya Heritage Chiang Mai is a sleek and modern hotel that sits right on the banks of the Ping River. Its design is contemporary yet skillfully celebrates Lanna culture with delicate touches here and there.

Legendha Sukhothai

4 Star |
Sukhothai
Legendha Sukhothai is a traditional Thai hotel situated within the ancient complex of temples, with various rooms expertly designed to complement the surroundings.

Lanjia Lodge Chiang Rai

3 Star |
Chiang Rai
Lanjia Lodge is an eco lodge managed and run by the local Hmong and Lahu hilltribe people, offering traditional accommodation and a whole range of exploratory activities.

We specialise in tailor-made holidays.

So this is just a taste of what we can do.

Tailor-made travel consultations provided 100% free.

Absolutely no obligation to book.

Get your tailor-made quote now

Planning a Trip?

Make sure your travellers get the best experiences, rates and on-the-ground support available

Estimated Travel Date*
Estimated Duration of Travel*
Budget Per Day*
Number of Adults*
Number of Children*
Under 12 years old
Number of Infants*
Under 2 years old
Would you like updates from Tripseed Trailblazer?*

Be the best travel expert you can be with the latest info, market research and special offers right to your inbox.

We email a couple of times per month.

Absolutely no spam.

Just exclusive insider info.