Holidays in the North of Thailand
Northern Thailand is reputed for its mountains and tribal villages, and its often cooler temperature. The region is home to the historical university city of Chiang Mai, to Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, and the once quiet but now crowded little town of Pai. Other towns include Lampang, the historical town of Sukhothai, the former communist stronghold of Nan, and the town of Phitsanuloke, famous for its long tail boat races.
Many Thais travel to the North in the cool season (around December) to enjoy numerous festivals and the unusual cold weather.
Trekking is a popular activity in the region, as are elephant rides and escapes into the mountains to visit waterfalls and places of natural beauty.
Food in the North of Thailand
Northern Thai food often features glutinous rice with a variety of meat curries such as "gaeng hang lay" and "gaeng kae", chilli paste dips such as "nam prik noom", "nam prik daeng", and "nam prik ong"; and a particular type of sausage called "sai oua". A famous local dish is "Khao Soi", a chicken curry with noodles in a thick spicy broth, topped with crunchy fried noodles and served with red onions, preserved cabbage and chili paste and a wedge of lime. Its roots can be traced back to Burma and China. Ingredients commonly found elsewhere in Thailand, such as coconut milk and seafood, are not indigenous to the region.
The Elephant House
Approximately quarter of an hour south of Chiang Rai lies a small coffee plantation, home to this authentic Northern Thai house. Known as the Elephant House, the wooden property is furnished in the traditional Thai and Burmese style, and enjoys stunning views across a lake and the surrounding mountains. Airport transfers are provided free of charge, as are daily breakfast and laundry services. The property has often been described by our visitors as a "perfect and very secret gem of the North."
Residences at Four Seasons Chiang Mai
Book one, two or three Residence suites direct from the owner within the Four Seasons Resort in Chiang Mai. These Suites are finished in a variety of regional styles to the most demanding levels, and offer guests the opportunity to enjoy all the facilities, the exceptional grounds and perfect location of the Four Seasons Resort - all at exceptional rates!
Chiang Mai Estate Villa
This spacious 6 bedroom villa boasts stunning mountain views from its own ten acre estate near Chiang Dao, north of Chiang Mai. Located in the foothills of one Thailand's highest mountains, this peaceful country villa is a perfect base for families and friends to enjoy the natural beauty and cool mountain climate of the area. Rent this villa as your Thailand holiday home during your next vacation in Chiang Mai, and experience at first hand the difference a unique holiday villa can make in experiencing the charms of the North!
Chiang Mai City Villa
This large 6 bedroom villa in Chiang Mai, the "rose of the North", is ideally situated just ten minutes from the city centre. Enjoy all that the Northern capital of Thailand has to offer, whilst escaping the hubbub of the metropolis in the tranquility of this Chiang Mai villa with its private swimming pool and exotic, tropical gardens. This Chiang Mai villa may be rented on a mix and match basis with the Chiang Mai Estate villa above, allowing you the possibility of enjoying the province to the full, experiencing both city and country life in Chiang Mai.