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Delve deeper into Thai culture by heading north and it will feel like you’re in a different country: the landscape, the language, the architecture, the food and the people of this region are quite distinct. The “Rose of the North” and Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai is the gateway to the region and the most culturally significant; Chiang Rai is gateway to the infamous Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) come together; and the sleepy market town of Mae Hong Son nestles high up in a picturesque valley surrounded by mist-shrouded hills.
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Our vastly experienced travel advisors are passionate about Northern Thailand. With first-hand knowledge they can advise which resort and hotel is best for you to create the perfect holiday, at the best possible price.
Getting there: There are no direct flights from the UK to Northern Thailand. From Bangkok the flight north to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. The flight from Bangkok to Mae Hong Son takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, or just 30 minutes from Chiang Mai.
Best time to travel: Northern Thailand has an agreeable climate with three distinct seasons: cool, hot and rainy. The most popular time for visiting is the cool season which runs from December to February when temperatures still climb above 30ºC during the day, but it can be chilly in the evenings. The hot season runs from mid-March to June when the humidity is a lot higher, and the rainy season is from June to November when sudden torrential downpours can be expected, but do tend to clear up quickly.
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