Northern Thailand travel ideas: Explore Bangkok, Chang Mai and Chiang Rai

Researching a visit to Northern Thailand? Get inspired by this episode of the Tour the World travel TV series as we join On The Go Tours on a fabulous journey of discovery through the northern provinces, with more than a few cultural and culinary surprises along the way...

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Top things to do in Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand – Tour the World TV

Looking for ideas on things to do in Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand? In this episode of the Tour the World travel TV series we join On The Go Tours on tour through fabulous northern Thailand. The tour takes in bustling Bangkok and the key northern centres of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.


The southern beaches and islands of Thailand are very familiar to Aussies, but the north of the country is a road less travelled.

Northern Thailand offers a rich diversity of cultural experiences. If you’re planning a visit to the region, this episode of Tour the World with On The Go Tours – hosted by The Big Bus tour and travel guide’s regular contributor Jade Harrison – is packed with Northern Thailand travel ideas and inspiration – including culture, food, history, shopping and relaxation must-sees and dos.

Whether you plan to travel with a tour group or independently, in this episode you’ll get information about Bangkok, the Bridge over the River Kwai, fascinating Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and the infamous Golden Triangle.

Northern Thailand travel ideas

Northern Thailand travel ideas: Grand Palace

This episode starts in bustling Bangkok, including a visit to the spiritual and religious heart of the city – the Grand Palace. This stunning complex has long been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha.

Next up is a visit to Wat Pho and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, and a longtail boat ride along the city’s canals.

Northern Thailand travel ideas

Northern Thailand travel ideas: Chiang Mai. Image courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand

The tour heads north to the genteel city of Lampang, then onto key northern centres Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. A visit the Bridge over the River Kwai reveals more about this sad chapter in Thai history.

Finally, learn about the valuable work of the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre.

Northern Thailand travel ideas

Northern Thailand travel ideas. Image courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand

If you have questions about any of the Northern Thailand travel ideas or experiences featured in this episode, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Do you have any Northern Thailand travel ideas to suggest? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

Additional images: Bigstock

This episode of Tour the World was produced by Late Night Media Productions, under a co-production agreement with Peppercorn Productions, publisher of The Big Bus tour and travel guide. Copyright © Late Night Media Productions.


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  1. Dear Author,
    I love exploring new places but I haven’t got a chance to explore Thailand. Though am not a very religious and spiritual person, the attractive pictures and your write up has ignited a longing in me to visit these places. I hope to plan my trip to Thailand very soon and your blog has given lots of inputs.

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