Regular internal flights carry people north to the cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The days can be spent just taking in the splendour of these historic places, with their hundreds of temples, or relaxing with some local cuisine or a Thai massage. At nights, the markets are buzzing with tribespeople, wearing brightly coloured traditional dress and equally eye-catching smiles.
Take your pick from the stalls, where silks, intricately woven fabrics, jewellery and handicrafts compete for a place in your return hand luggage. You may even have to buy an extra bag to carry it all!
The cities are also the perfect bases from which to trek out into the surrounding countryside. Your professional guide will show you some of the most breathtaking sights, as forested slopes, shimmering rice terraces and lush orchards turn up around every corner.
Chiang Mai; Nakhon Ratchasi; Angkhang Nature Reserve; Opium Museum Chiang Rai; Chiang Do Elephant Camp; Doi Inthanon National Park.
Many head up into the Golden Triangle, near the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, following the ancient opium routes, now home to a fantastic nature reserve.
You can travel however you like, incorporating whichever mode of transport most appeals to you. Why not try a bamboo raft down the tranquil rivers, or even an elephant courier to transport you through the jungle? Jeeps, mountain bikes, mules and just good old fashioned walking are all possibilities as you choose how to explore this incredible environment.
Whether you want to savour the exotic fauna and birdlife, find out about the village life of the hilltribes or see first hand the remarkable relationships between the elephant and their trainers (mahouts) at one of the elephant camps, there's a new discovery to be made every day.