Northern Thailand really is at it’s best during the ‘green season’. Imagine serene countryside surrounded by rolling rainforest-covered hills, hidden waterfalls, expansive fields, clear fresh air and birdsong. Between the provinces of Nan and Phrae you can find beautiful temples, like Phra That Cho Hae and Wat Phra That Sri Chom Thong, tucked into the forest. Whether you want to meditate or just take a leisurely drive from town to town, these cool, quiet places offer peace and relaxation.
Off the practice mat, Chiang Mai's a great place to unwind, whether it's browsing the night markets, strolling the cheerful blooms of the Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens, or exploring the region's most famous dishes. Here you can try Isaan – northeastern – food, including the spicy noodle soup khao soi, the local style herbed sausages sai oua and larb, a dish of minced pork and chicken, mint, onions and lime sauce, served with sticky rice.