Chiang Mai is perhaps the most famous place for the great outdoors in northern Thailand, if not in the entire country. It is often referred to as the northern capital, and there are plenty of other things to do and see as well as outdoor activities. It is a very popular all-round destination.
Located in the foothills of the Thai Himalayas, the temperature is cooler than in other parts of the country, making trekking really pleasurable – the day times can be fairly hot, but the temperature shouldn’t make trekking too difficult. There are also numerous different routes with something suitable for most levels of trekker.
The jungles and mountains are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, there are many beautiful waterfalls, some of which are suitable for taking a dip in the refreshingly cool pools, and there are also several ethnic hill tribes spread out throughout the area.
Chiang Mai offers many opportunities to combine a regular trek with other activities. These include camping under the stars in the jungle, bamboo rafting, visits to elephant sanctuaries, visits to hill tribe communities, kayaking, mountain biking, and white water rafting.