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North Thailand Road Trip – Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, the Golden Triangle, and Other Beautiful Towns in Between

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North Thailand Road Trip – Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, the Golden Triangle, and Other Beautiful Towns in Between

Covering Chiang Mai, Hang Dong, Sa Moeng, Mae Rim, Thatorn, Doi Mae Salong, Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen, Golden Triangle, Mae Sai, Pha Yao, Lampang, and Lamphun, an exploratory self-drive five-day road trip takes travellers to the scenic countryside of Northern Thailand, where the air is cooler and fresher, and where hearts can be still. Depending on preference and budget, Bespoke Infinite is able to arrange for the rented vehicle of your choice to be sent to the accommodation in Chiang Mai.

Below are but a few suggestions as to the things to do and the sights to see on this journey. Bespoke Infinite is proud to say that each road trip can and should be curated to suit each unique client. If you’re keen to view the full route detailing the expressways to take and notable sites of attraction, Bespoke Infinite will email it to you once you submit your email address.

En route to Hang Dong, Sa Moeng offers several sites of attraction including non-profit-organisation-funded Roong Rueng Royal Project and Pang Da Royal Project, under which communities receive aid to focus on propelling the agriculture industry and driving relevant R&D, including reduce opium growing and reviving forests and water resources. The Project aims to help constantly improve the career prospects of farmer residents. In Sa Moeng itself, a small town 50km from Chiang Mai, find local markets where there is plenty of delicious street food, a bustling local crowd, and a lot to take in.

Girls of Hmong tribe in Chiang Mai, Thailand

850m above sea level is Baan Pang Hai, a fairly untainted Thai village that takes guests that bit closer to the clouds. Enjoy authentically local dinner in the cool mountain air, a myriad Thai dishes, BBQ, salad, and desserts, followed by Hmong cultural performances as the evening’s finale. Stay the night at Hmong Hilltribe Lodge, where guests have the opportunity to witness Hmong hilltribe culture amidst striking natural beauty.

As the journey through breath-taking Northern Thailand carries on, arrive in Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, also the northernmost destination in this road trip. The former capital of the first Thai Kingdom, situated directly on the Mekong River at the border between Thailand and Laos, travellers get to visit Wat Phra Dhat Jon Kitti, which legend has it was built in 1713 and is home to Buddha’s relics, The tranquil surroundings of the centuries-old pagoda include trees, mountains, streams, and quaint little houses. In the same area, Wat Chedi Luang, once Chiang Saen’s main temple, is also spectacular. Founded between the 12th and 14th century, the temple owes its name to its large pagoda (chedi in Thai) which was built in Chiang Saen style and is 18m tall. Constructed in 1290 by King Saen Phu, the third ruler of the Lanna kingdom, to contain his father’s ashes, it is the tallest religious Lanna monument in Chiang Rai.

There are also remains of ancient prayer halls (viharn) and pagodas (chedi) since damaged. The beauty of Thailand is everywhere – after Chiang Saen, continue along the winding Mekong River to head to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos convene. Bask in nature’s grandeur.

Above are but a few ideas as to how one can see Thailand in an extraordinary way. If you prefer taking the roads less travelled, allow Bespoke Infinite to curate a travel experience that suits your interests and desires. With Bespoke Infinite, travellers can, in their preferred ways, take a closer look at the people, their culture, and their way of life in this part of the land of smiles. Subtle touches that go the extra mile, such as a bouquet of roses upon your arrival at the hotel, or a SIM card once you clear customs, can also be arranged. You simply have to leave your contact details and share your preferences and interests – we will be in touch to help curate your next bespoke travel experience. 

Excited future travelers can reach Bespoke Infinite by email or even have a look at their website.

Bespoke Infinite curates the vacation of your dreams, fuss-free. The traveler embarks on an experience with a bespoke itinerary built according to his or her every whim and fancy. The possibilities are infinite – be it dinner on a river cruise or a surprise visit to the safari, Bespoke Infinite realizes travel fantasies one bespoke itinerary at a time. 

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