Northern Thailand Holidays
Comprising 17 provinces, Northern Thailand is almost a country in its own right. Just over an hour’s flight from Bangkok and boasting rolling hills, sweeping mountains, and mesmerising national parks, the pace of life is slower than elsewhere in Thailand so embrace it! Within the region, experience Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second city, which is home to more than 300 Buddhist temples, including the renowned Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. You’ll also find one of Thailand’s most iconic temples, Wat Rong Khun, in the province of Chiang Rai, around a three-hour drive from Chiang Mai. For jaw-dropping waterfalls, head to Doi Inthanon National Park which is home to the tallest mountain in Thailand and the Mae Klang Waterfall and Mae Ya Waterfall.
Popular Tailor-made Northern Thailand Holidays
At Flight Centre we have a team dedicated to creating our Thailand Journey holidays. They've trekked the jungles, toured the temples and shopped the markets, and have put their best recommendations into these tailor-made Northern Thailand holidays. With this specialised knowledge, our Experts can tailor one of these Journeys to suit you, while our in-destination team in Thailand will be on hand to greet you at the airport in Thailand and be available throughout your stay.
Northern Thailand Holiday Types
Northern Thailand may be best known for its various temples, but it’s not the only thing you can experience in the region, nor on one of our Thailand holidays. Be inspired by our holiday types below or for more ideas talk to an Expert today.
Where to Go in Northern Thailand
The most popular place to begin in Northern Thailand is Chiang Mai. The city is best known for its temples, as well as Bhubing Palace, the winter home of the Thai royal family. While in Chiang Mai be sure to wander around the many markets, haggle for handicrafts, meet the orange-robed monks, or hike in the hills. Other places to visit in the region include the province of Chiang Rai, which is a quieter alternative to Chiang Mai. Also in the region, Sukhothai Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site best explored by bicycle.
More About Northern Thailand
Currency: Thai baht
Language: Thai and English
Vaccinations: Vaccinations for tetanus and typhoid are recommended when visiting Thailand.
Main airport: Chiang Mai International Airport
Flight time: The London to Chiang Mai flight time is 14 hours and 40 minutes and will usually include a stopover.
Visas: British Citizens do not require a visa if staying for under 30 days.
When to Go to Northern Thailand
Being a hilly, forested region, Northern Thailand is generally cooler than lower-lying Bangkok, where it can be pretty humid at times. While the names of Thailand’s three seasons, hot, cool and wet, speak for themselves, the cool season between November and February is the most popular time to travel, especially for Europeans and Americans escaping the cold northern hemisphere winter.
Top 3 Things to Do in Northern Thailand
- Explore the many temples in Chiang Mai
- Swim in waterfalls at Doi Inthanon National Park
- Cycle around the ancient city of Sukhothai
Why Book Your Northern Thailand Holiday with Flight Centre
We know Thailand: Thailand is one our most popular destinations so naturally we know Northern Thailand very well. From the best hotels to the best day tours and flight options, our Experts can help you plan the perfect Northern Thailand holiday but also include it within a wider itinerary of the country.
Local knowledge: As part of the global Flight Centre Travel Group, we have staff on the ground in Thailand who will be on hand to welcome you at the airport, drive you to your hotel and operate select tours during your stay. So from the UK to Thailand, we’re with you at every step to offer you up to date local information and peace of mind.
Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure and fixed change and cancellation fees.
Flight Centre concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance Service: When you book a Northern Thailand holiday from our range of tailor-made Journeys, you’ll also enjoy access to our inclusive concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance services.