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The Rural North

The further north you travel in Thailand, the more you’ll feel your shoulders relax and your smile widen. That's certainly the case if you're heading to some of the country's mountainous rural regions, where morning mist hangs over tea plantations and spirals of campfire smoke rise from the surrounding jungle. Community-led trekking tourism in Fang works for the locals as well as the trekkers, and peaceful pockets, like Pai, provide ample opportunities to tune in and press pause.

A few things to do in Thailand’s rural north

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Fang hill communities

There's nothing more satisfying than a cuppa after a good day's work, which is why helping with the tea harvest in the plantations around Fang is bound to put a smile on your face. This lush mountainous region of rural northern Thailand is synonymous with self-sufficiency and serenity. The climate is cooler, the pace of life is slower, and the hill villages work in harmony with nature. Staying with a traditional community and helping to pick tea, or trying your hand at basket weaving, gives you a glimpse of everyday hill life, warts and all, and you'll get to spend time with villagers like one of the family.

Fang cooking, Thailand

Grab a slice of Pai

There's a sleepy little town called Pai in rural north western Thailand that's long been a draw for backpackers and adventurous travellers. It's somewhere to tune in to a slower pace and drop out of the rat race for a while. Boho cafe culture and banana pancakes offer excuses to stroll around town and look for a nook to curl up with a book. Hiking and cycling trails lead out of town to waterfalls and natural hot springs, whilst bamboo rafts offer a slightly quicker pace, afloat. The nocturnal scene can get relatively lively, but check into a riverside hotel on the outskirts and dip in and out of Pai as you wish.

Pai, Thailand

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A journey through northern Thailand for an eco-focussed exploration of local Lahu traditions and culture in the hills of Chiang Mai. 

Price from: £2,190 US$2,690
Ideal length 12 days
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