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Best time to go

January - April, August & October - December

Time difference

GMT +6 hours

Flight duration

11 hours and 30 minutes

Fly to

Bangkok

Hiking, culture and cuisine in Thailand’s mountainous north

The northernmost province of Thailand, Chiang Rai is well known for its wild mountain scenery. It’s also home to many hill tribes. The region shares its borders with Myanmar and Laos. Located in the area known as the Golden Triangle, it was once notorious for its lively opium trade.

Today, the province offers great opportunities for hiking and cultural discovery. The main hill-tribe groups in the Chiang Rai region are the Hmong, Karen, Lahu, Lisu, Akha and Mien. These ethnic minorities began to arrive in Thailand at the end of the 19th century, or even earlier. Forced out of their native countries by civil war and political pressures, each hill tribe still has its own fascinating customs, culture, religion, clothing and language.

On our bespoke trip to Chiang Rai, you’ll have the chance to meet some of these fascinating people and learn about their culture and heritage. You’ll also be able to explore Chiang Rai’s vibrant markets, sample some of northern Thailand’s unique cuisine and see an authentic side of this unique region.

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