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Pai River, Mae Hong Son
Pai is a small laid-back valley between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son town, surrounded by steep mountains. The place is becoming popular with western travelers. This is the starting place for great white water rafting expeditions down the Pai river.
The Pai River traces its source to a mountain range far to the north in Myanmar. The river flows through North Thailand in Mae Hong Son province for approximately 180km, then follows its course back into Myanmar.
Between the district of Ban Nam Khong and Mae Hong Son town, the river flows through the Mae Surin wildlife sanctuary. South of Mae Hong Son town, a flat section of the river runs all the way to the border village of Ban Nam Pieng Din. A boat trip can be taken down the river, starting from Ban Huai Dua, Tambon Pha Bong, about 6kms south of town. It's possible to charter local "long-tail boats".
Kanchanaburi is Thailand's third largest province, covering an area of 19,486 square kilometers. The provincial area is mountainous and borders Myanmar to the west.
Kanchanaburi is the site of the world-famous Bridge Over The River Kwae, immortalized in books and movies, and is noted for rugged natural beauty where mountains and river valleys have inspired development of hydro-electric power and where labyrinthine reservoirs provide further scenic elements to the province's natural beauty.
Beyond the compact provincial capital, some 130 kilometers, and a comfortable 2-hour drive from Bangkok, where the Kwae Yai and the Kwae Noi rivers unite to form the Mae Klong River, Kanchanaburi unfolds in progressively arresting scenic beauty in a landscape characterized by several waterfalls, caves once inhabited by Neolithic man, national parks and tranquil riverside and reservoir settings.
Opportunities abound for rustic living aboard rafts on dazzling rivers and reservoirs, and provide the focal point for memorable holidays for nature lovers who delight in natural surroundings and pleasures without sacrificing basic comforts.
Chiang Rai Highlights
Attractions of interest in town include the 13th-century Wat Phra Kaew (said to be the original home of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Phra Singh, Wat Jet Yot and the Hilltribe Education Center. But most travelers to Chiang Rai are much more interested in trekking up into the hilltribe villages.
Boat rides on the Maekok River from settlements like Thaton and Ban Ruammit, where trekking can be organized to remote Lisu, Akha, Yao and Lahu villages.
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Now a day, Chiangrai province is also the new gateway to Laos and Myanmar.
These days, the Chiang Rai region is a lot tamer - and definitely on the adventure tourism map! Chiang Rai has become a major trekking center for journeys by foot, boat, mountain-bike or elephant to remote Akha, Karen, Lahu, Lasu, Yao and Shan hill-tribes. For some, Chiang Rai makes a better base for getting off the beaten track than Chiang Mai, and the town itself is not nearly as sprawling as its sister to the southwest. And a stroll through Chiang Rai's Night Bazaar will convince you that you can't get much closer to some of the most colorful cultures in Asia and still be able to sleep at night in a 4-star luxury caravansary.
Chiang Mai Highlights
Doi Inthanon National Park
The highest summit in Thailand lies 100 km from Chiang Mai (2545 m. alt.).
Doi Chiangdao valley
An accessible natural area, great for mountain biking, riding elephants and discovering hill-tribe villages.
Ban Thaton and the Maekok River valley
The departure point for great river trips down to Chiang Rai town.
Chiang Mai is Thailand's second largest city, the heart of this historic and beautiful region. Northern hospitality opens its arms to visitors as they walk among the old wooden temples and two-story houses of the ancient walled city. Wind your way along a steep mountain road to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep for a magnificent view of the entire valley. And don't forget to ring the bells for good luck! This region is home to many minority villages with intriguing taditional ways of life. The exquisite weavings and handicrafts worn, traded and sold by the villagers are typified by rugged quality and unique design. There are also a number of local handicrafts that make Chiang Mai an interesting shopping destination. Chiang Mai's surrounding valleys and mountains offers a range of great adventure opportunities!
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