| The North of Thailand, formerly the area of the powerful
Kingdom of Lanna, with Chiangmai
as its capital, has been described as the land of emerald green mountains,
undulating hills and idyllic river valleys complemented by its rich history
and culture. Ever since the 13th century, it has been known as a land
of friendly, courteous and gracious people with an abundance of festivals.
Founded in 1296 by King Mengrai, Prince of Chiangsaen, Chiangmai is the
second largest city in the country. Originally a walled city surrounded
by a moat, it is a treasure trove of ancient temples, has a unique architectural
style known as “Lanna Thai”, a gentle culture and traditional handicrafts.
Complementing this are the various exotic hilltribes who dwell in the
high lands and add allure to the countryside, promising a great adventure
394 meters above sea level, is the northernmost province in the country.
Founded in 1262 by King Mengrai and located on the banks of the Mae Kok
river, it borders Myanmar in the West and Laos in the East. The apex of
the Golden Triangle is where the boundaries of the three countries converge
to connect. Mae Sai, a bustling border town, is the northernmost point
in the province while Chiangsaen was the first capital of the Lanna Kingdom.
Several different hilltribes live in the province
Hong Sorn, city of the mists, lies in a pristine
valley. Virtually covered in mist all year round, it contains boundless
attractions such as Fish Cave, waterfalls, Myanmar style temples and hilltribes,
in particular the “Padong Longneck Tribe”. Local culture is evident in
the unique architecture while the friendly local people display a rich
mixture of Lanna Thai, Karen and Myanmar traditions. Charming and tranquil
Mae Hong Sorn is the perfect spot for a holiday in paradise.