Northern Thailand is known for its stunning forests and lush mountains, iconic waterfalls, beautiful temples and adventure activities such as white water rafting and hiking. This part of the country borders Laos and Myanmar creating a multi-cultural atmosphere with the numerous hill tribes and international influences.
Undertaking a Gap Year in Thailand through Letz Live will allow you to experience and explore the magic of Northern Thailand.
Our favourite places in Thailand
We have unpacked some of the must-see spots below:
Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand and is one of the most popular places to visit in the country. The city is filled with beautiful temples, including the iconic Doi Suthep and the old town temples. The city also offers beautiful mountainous landscapes boasting incredible natural attractions and two hill tribes.
Chiang Rai draws tourists from around the globe to visit the iconic Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple), to gain cultural insight into the hill tribes and to go chasing waterfalls. Night bazaar markets are a great place to wander around looking at bargain trinkets and grabbing some delicious street food to try.
Mae Hong Son the mountainous province close to the Mayanmar border is the perfect spot for anyone wanting to escape into nature, experience some outdoor adventure and interesting local culture. Beautiful waterfalls sit amongst lush rainforest, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking and caving are all popular activities. The area is home to some hill tribes all culturally diverse all with their own customs, dress and traditions.
Pai is a backpacker haven, smaller and more chilled out than Chiang Mai the town offers fantastic nights out, healthy food and stunning scenery. Relax, check out some yoga classes and explore some of the towns beautiful waterfalls in the day and hit the bars at night- its the perfect combo!
Chiang Saen is the oldest city in Thailand and straddles the borders of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Located about five hours from Chiang Mai, the city is a quiet spot with not many tourists venturing this far north. The city offers a glimpse into the past with some ruins providing a great insight into the history of the area. Day trips to visit the Golden Triangle are popular to learn more about the tumultuous opium trade.
Sample Thai food on your Gap Year
No trip to Northern Thailand is complete without trying some of the incredible food on offer. We recommend sitting down at a local food vendor and trying their delicious creations or maybe try your hand at cooking your own dishes at a local cooking school. Some must-try dishes include Khao Soi (creamy coconut curry noodle soup), kaeng hang le (pork curry with ginger, tamarind and turmeric), and the ever-popular sticky rice.
Northern Thailand is a must-see whilst on your Gap Year in Thailand, easy to get to via plane or bus this area can be the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or as part of a longer trip.
For more information on how you can make this your reality head to our Thailand Gap Year page to find out how Letz Live can help you make your year the best year yet!