North Thailand Experience

North, Thailand

On Request

Close Chiang Mai. Once known as the Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields, or "Lanna" in Thai.

North Thailand Experience

In the north of Thailand lies Chiang Mai, the second largest city, also known as the "Rose of the North," and blessed with rich historical and cultural heritage. Though a fraction the size of Bangkok, Chiang Mai boasts almost as many "wats" (temples) as the capital and in addition, a strikingly beautiful landscape and entertainment. The northernmost province of Chiang Rai is the heart of the notorious Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos converge. It is well known for its stunning mountain scenery and is home to several different hill-tribes.


We Love
  • This 11-day tour can be customised for any travellers; adventure enthusiasts or romantics
  • At the Mandarin Oriental, we like the Wilbur Smith Suite based on Africa, the setting of his many books
  • Working with the elephants at Asia’s premier Elephant Camp in the Golden Triangle is a once in a lifetime experience
Need to Know
  • AwimAway can book your international and domestic flights.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday


Begin with comprehensive touring in Bangkok. With your private guide explore Bangkok’s most unusual Buddhist temples, the Chedis of the Kings and the invaluable golden Buddha weighing over 5 tons. Enjoy a fascinating, private long-tail boat tour through Bangkok's canals, the colourful markets and shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work. In the evening dine aboard a luxurious rice barge on some of Southeast Asia’s best cuisine.

Continue to Chiang Rai, near the Golden Triangle, and stay at an exclusive safari-style tented camp. While there, explore the valleys and waterways where Laos, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) meet along the Mekong River. Discover religious temples, military fortifications, ethnic tribes and artistic artefacts, not forgetting the culinary delights. Visit an elephant camp and spend time with a professional mahout (elephant handler) and learn to ride and work with these fascinating animals.

From the Golden Triangle, you will be privately driven to Chiang Mai where you will stay at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. With your private guide explore the city of Chiang Mai, with a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist wats (temples) and the royal family’s Winter Palace.

Take your pick from other activities you can take on this tour such as fishing, bird watching, cultural activities with local experts, shopping at markets, sunset cocktails in scenic spots, yoga, golf, and cooking classes. Additional cultural excursions are also available.

Max your Awim Khum Lanna cooking class. Kum Lunna is a large beautiful teak wood house in the rural heart of Northern Thailand, surrounded by emerald green rice fields and tropical orchards with an exotic and charming ambience. The local chefs here will share their years of experience to prepare some of the most loved and best-known Thai dishes. Learn how to cook authentic tasting Thai food and deserts. Later take a short cycling tour.

Getting There

Thailand has four international airports; in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai, but Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is the country's major gateway. Practically every airline carrier that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. This means there are plenty of services and the competition on the routes helps to keep the ticket prices down.

There are now a throng of low-cost-carriers serving Southeast Asia, led by KL-based AirAsia. It can be cost effective to fly from your home country to Bangkok, Singapore or KL with a traditional carrier, then pick up a LCC flight to your final destination. If you are travelling with AwimAway, transfers from an airport are arranged by our representatives who will meet you at the arrival lounge and transfer you to the hotel.

North Thailand Experience North, Thailand