Exploring the Far North



Exploring the Far North

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Thailand’s northernmost region is, for many people, synonymous with the Golden triangle. this area around the meeting point of three national borders still conjures up images of untamed wilderness, remote hill-tribe villages, and opium barons. there remains more than a grain of truth in this reputation, but the Far North is also developing rapidly as a tourist destination, centered around the one-time capital of the lanna Kingdom, Chiang rai. the major attraction for visitors is the spectacular geography of the region, best explored on foot or motorbike. touring through the mighty forested mountains along the Myanmar (Burma) and lao borders, and beside the winding Mekong, as it skirts the tip of the region, is a richly rewarding experience.

Sights at a Glance

Tha Ton
Mae Salong
Doi Tung
Mae Sai
The Golden Triangle Apex (Sop Ruak)
Chiang Saen
Chiang Khong
Chiang Rai pp254–5
Mae Saruai
Wiang Pa Pao
Nong Bua
Doi Phu Kha National Park
Sirikit Reservoir

Golden Triangle

Getting Around

Chiang Rai, Nan, and Phrae are all served by domestic airports. Highway 1 is Thailand’s major north– south road. Other highways in the Far North are the 101 and the 103. A scenic boat trip operates along the Kok River between Tha Ton and Chiang Rai. An alternative way of getting to smaller, out-of-the-way places, is to join an organized trip. There are no train services. For local trips there are metered taxis, tuk-tuks and songthaews.


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