Alluring Lodges In Northern Thailand
Northern Thailand is a world away from the white sandy beaches of the south. With its lush green mountains, mist-laden valleys, and colourful hill tribes, it is well worth taking some time to explore the more untouched corners of the Land of Smiles. One the best ways to discover the area is to stay at an isolated rural lodge, from where one can engage in authentic activities, whilst also relaxing in alluring bucolic surrounds.
We are particularly big fans of the Lisu & Lanji Lodges: the former in Chiang Mai Province and the latter in Chiang Rai. Both are run in conjunction with the local villagers, and operate using eco-friendly practices, supporting sustainable tourism in the area. The standard of accommodation is simple - lodging is friendly but basic, do not expect luxury by any means - but the draw is the location and the activities. Both are set deep in beautiful rural surrounds, with vistas taking in rolling hills and lush farmland. The lodges are positioned close to peaceful minority villages, with staff sourced from the local area helping to maintain strong community links. A stay at the Lisu or Lanjia Lodges is very much activity-focused: highlights involve trekking in the countryside, popping into minority villages, learning more about local lifestyles, while the more adventurous can also arrange mountain-biking, kayaking, or water-rafting.
To showcase the best of this beautiful region we have created two new itineraries which include these authentic eco-lodges, as well as a number of off-the-beaten-track experiences and rural activities. 'Alternative Thailand' includes 6 days in the hills of northern Thailand, with time spent at the Lisu Lodge as well as in laid-back Pai and remote Mae Hong Son. 'Chiang Rai to Luang Prabang' takes you further off-the-beaten-track to the scenic hills in the far north of Thailand for 2 nights at the Lanjia Lodge, before crossing in to Laos and travelling down the Mekong on the Luang Say Cruise to Luang Prabang.