Situated in the North of Thailand, the Chiang Mai region takes you back to nature and is a world away from busy Bangkok. Take your time to explore this region and all it has to offer before considering a final stop at one of Thailand’s many beach resorts.
Things to do and see
You may Want to visit the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Centre which allows tourists to watch the elephants train at 10am. You will be able to watch the elephants demonstrating their skills and enjoying a bath and when we visited, we were able to feed them sugar cane.
Alternatively, if you want to get a little more wild, head to the Elephant Nature Park, an elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre where you can volunteer and visit to help.
Jungle Trekking is a must, whether this be for just one day or several. Take a walk through the tropical jungle, enjoy an elephant ride, swim by beautiful waterfalls, go white water rafting and stay with a hill tribe.
If you prefer activity, then try climbing. Crazy Horse Buttress is Northern Thailand’s premier rock climbing and caving location and so if you want to climb your way to a fabulous view, you know where to look.
If you have been busy in Bangkok and you’re all trekked out, you may need time out. Cheeva Spa offers a luxury 4 hour package for just under £85 including 6 treatments including a foot massage, milky bath and massage.
Where to stay
For something a little different try the Maekok River Village Resort. If you are travelling as part of a family, this is a great place to stay, full of activities to keep everyone amused. Also what is great about the MRVR is that it works with the local community on building and teaching projects. When we visited, albeit a good few years ago, we taught English in the mornings to students at a local orphanage and then in the afternoon we returned to build or farm before relaxing in the evening.
For absolute luxury look no further than The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai. Traditionally inspired architecture leaves guests feeling at one with the historical Lanna Kingdom.
Stay in a traditional Thai House, BaanBooLOo, and enjoy a special breakfast, wifi and a free pick up from the train station or airport if you stay for 2 or more nights.