Located north of Thailand, Chiang Mai is the largest and most significant of its cities and is among the highest mountains in the country. The city itself lies on the Ping River and is surrounded by a ring of mountains.
With seven hundred years of fascinating history, Chiang Mai has its own very distinctive culture, arts and traditions blended with expatriate communities from all over the world. In recent years, it has become increasingly modern and cosmopolitan but has maintained its traditional old charm.
Sri Lanna National Forest
Situated an hour north of Chiang Mai city, the Sri Lanna National forest is an area of extraordinary natural beauty. It contains natural and man-made lakes, teak wood forests, cultivated land, Hill tribe villages and trails. It is also home to the Mon Hin Lai and Yen waterfalls, the Paolk Tong Cave, and the Mae Ngat Dam built on the famous Mae Ngat River.
Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle
The northernmost province of Thailand, Chiang Rai is a mountainous area situated on the Kok River basin. The northern region of the province belongs to the famous Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet in overlapping mountains. Along its boundary with Laos passes the world’s 10th longest river, the Mekong.
Various hill tribes indigenous to the province bring their own distinct languages, arts and ways of life into the melting pot of Chiang Rai’s culture. The landscape with its limestone karst hills, networks of trails, roads and caves make for some of the most stunning trekking, rock climbing and caving in Southeast Asia.