Personal Blog #8 | The More Authentic & Less Touristic North of Thailand
For the past 3 weeks we were once again in Thailand.
In just 10 months, we have now spent 4 months in this amazing Kingdom. And have now covered North and South of the country. Obviously, we have just scratched the surface and will definitely be visiting again…
Our Trip Highlight - Khao Yai with Greenleaf
We got to the closest town of Khao Yai by train and our plan was to later on head North to Chiang Mai, once again by train.
Khao Yai National Park was our first stop after Bangkok. Although we don’t usually go around with tours, we decided to come here with a tour. Definitely was a good choice. We would have barely seen any of the wildlife if it wasn’t for our observant guide who pointed out lots of hornbills, gibbons and also saw a wild elephant at sunset.
Ayutthaya & Chaing Mai
From Khao Yai to Chiang Mai the train passes by Ayutthaya, one of Thailand’s ancient cities. We stopped in Ayutthaya and spent just 1 night meanwhile exploring some of the popular temples. Ayutthaya is loaded with ancient temples and a night was merely enough.
Once again, we were boarding the train. This time we boarded our first 10 hour sleeper train enroute to Chiang Mai. And must say, was above our expectations. Was clean and comfortable.
Chiang Mai was what we had expected. Touristic but still having authentic Thai culture and lifestyle.
An Epic 7 Day Road Trip through Thailand North
Still wanting to experience the real Thailand, we went on a 7 day scooter ride. And went further North to Chiang Rai and later on went further East and did a loop around Nan, Phrai and Lampang.
All these 3 towns are far from touristic, however are popular with locals. It was pretty strange to be in Thailand and not have hardly any tourist around and see what Thailand must have been 20 or 30 years back.
Our Thailand Trip in Photos
Unedited pictures of our trip to Northern Thailand in chronological order.
Bangkok➛Khao Yai National Park➛Ayuttaya➛Chaing Mai➛Chaing Rai➛Nan➛Phrae➛Lampang