Northern Thailand is a land of rich greenery, winding rivers, protected traditions and ancient monuments, all with stories to tell. For the best views of Thailand's largest city, Chiang Mai, climb the mountain temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. See elephants in their natural forest habitat enjoying a morning bath. Head north to visit the Hmong and Long Neck Karen hill tribes, for a glimpse into their way of life. Be at one with nature on a bamboo rafting trip along Ping River, before exploring the night market.
The Golden Triangle refers to the tranquil, verdant region where Thailand meets Myanmar and Laos. The town of Chiang Rai acts as the gateway to explore the region, from which you can visit 13th century city Chiang Sean's Buddhist sculptures, local trading villages including the most northern point in the country, Mae Sai and the Akha and Yao hill tribes.