Amazing Things to Do During Winter in Northern Thailand

Cherry blossom pathway in Doi Ang Khang

Northern Thailand brings cooler temperatures during the winter months, while the southern area offers a little more warmth to those who visit. However, that doesn’t mean that you will not feel warm and have a fabulous time when you take the time to visit Northern Thailand during the winter season.

Amazing Things to Do During Winter in Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai

Wachirathan Waterfalls in Doi Inthanon
Wachirathan Waterfalls in Doi Inthanon

Over in Chiang Mai, you will find a plethora of things to do during the winter months. One of the first things you should do is drive to the top of Doi Inthanon. The drive will take two hours, but once you are up there, you will see magnificent views of the surrounding area and gorgeous fragrant flowers. Either on your way to the top or on your way back down, you must take the time to stop and see the Wachirathan Waterfalls. This is also the best time to see the cherry blossoms of the Sakura trees in bloom over at the Doi Inthanon National Park.

Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Suea Ten
Wat Rong Suea Ten

Winter in Chiang Rai is just as amazing, with the flowers blooming and spectacular views. You should check out Wat Rong Suea Ten first, before taking time to learn all about all things tea-related at the Choui Fong Tea Plantation. If you have the time, a three-hour drive to Doi Hua Mae Kham Forest Park is a must! It is there that you can see waterfalls and sunflowers, although the flowers are at their best during the month of November.

Mae Hong Son

Pang Ung Lake
Pang Ung Lake

There are plenty of outdoor activities waiting for you in Mae Hong Son, but it will be the cultural delights awaiting you that will really pique your interest in this part of Thailand. As you hike along the mountain trails, you will find yourself discovering caves, waterfalls, canyons, and a plethora of wildlife. When you are tired of the outdoors, you can visit the ethnic hill tribes, take a cooking class, and even attend a class at a Muay Thai gym. Don’t forget about the temples in the area as well, because they can provide you with a wealth of information.


You may be a little concerned about visiting northern Thailand due to the cooler weather during the winter months, but once you realize how many extraordinary things are available for you to do and see, you will quickly forget your worries. It is then that you will finally relax and enjoy your time in a country that is more wonderful than you ever imagined!

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