Chiangmai, Northern Thailand

ChiangMai, 700 kilometers north of Bangkok, is Thailand's second largest city. This "Rose of the North" is noted for its history, culture and ancient temples, including the beautiful Doi Suthep. Chiang Mai is also known for its traditional handicrafts.  Further to the north-east, Thailand meets with the borders of Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, near the Golden Triangle, a region of rugged hills, forests and rivers, where are the villages of the hill tribe people, who retain their distinctive dress and customs. Historic towns, such as Chiang Rai, Wat Thaton and Mae Hong Son, are among the sightseeing highlights of this region. Mai Sai is the northernmost town in Thailand and also the site of an occasional border crossing to Myanmar