After being locked down by COVID-19, I know we are craving for another taste of traveling through the world. But here in my blog I will be traveling through Northern, a city full of the culture and life in Thailand. I am sure it will be a memorable trip for your life.

Take a deep breath before we go.

In the north, it has a lot of places to relax and visit, like a cafe or view point of each Doi (mountain). Or each night we can enjoy a night life city. It might not be any different from Bangkok but if you read this, it will do. Not only just the places but the lifestyle of people who live here will take place in your mind. And make you wanna grab some back hop in the train for 6-8 hours to be there.

First, choose your transportation.

For going to Northern I will suggest it to 3-way.

  • A bus. At present in Thailand we have so many travel industries that provide a low cost budget to travel a kilos around Thailand, like buses. It cheaper that plane and take a shorter time that train and still provide a road view along the the trip ( last time I take this routine ) 
  • A train. After many years we finally got a good grade and condition train that will make you enjoy a marvelous view. Not like a bus that drives along the road and plane that only shows you a cloud. It has to provide more cost and take longer than a plane but it trades with an unseen scenario of rail and mountain and forest.
  • A plane. A medium cost and the most safe time in any of the transportation for those who don’t have so much time to waste with traveling. It takes only 45 minute and then you’re ready to go!

CAFE IS CALLING

In this coming of the flow, cafe is the most popular visit place in Thailand. Everywhere, every place has a cafe or a coffee shop that includes a beverage along with its atmosphere or view. Not far from here, in the north by the plenty of mountain view points, waterfalls and a sea of fog. A place like Chiang Mai or province around that like Nan, Pa Yao, Chiang Rai will contain a lot of shops.

First, let’s see in town. If we talk about ‘town’ we cannot evade a town in the center of Chiang mai named NIMMAN, a cozy place that gathers different unique lifestyles, culture and races together. This place’s characteristic is more to be like grab and go, sit and chill or visit and take a photo because of the diversity of the people. You will enjoy a lot of things here no matter the architecture, the decoration but also the type of beverage and food.

For example,

I will choose some of shop to clarify the purpose I want to say

  • GRAPH contemporary. The owners of Graph realized that serving good coffee is a skill you need to develop. They opened their first café in the Old City in 2014 after practising making coffee every single day for two years. With only a few seats in this intimate, minimalist café you’d be lucky if you can get a seat. But it’s worth trying – or get your coffee to go – as it’s very different from all the other coffee places. I opted for the ‘Monochrome’ a cold black and white coffee with espresso, vanilla milk and activated charcoal.

Akha Ama has some of the best coffee in Chiang Mai, but is also a social enterprise, supporting a hill tribe community in the North of Thailand.

  • Akha Ama Coffee . It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite, but Akha Ama Coffee definitely belongs in my top 3. I discovered the La Fattoria branch (there are 3 branches in Chiang Mai) by accident after visiting the Wat Phra Singh temple.

As a social enterprise their coffee supports the Akha hill tribe community in Northern Thailand. The owner of Akha Ama is now also working with Stumptown Coffee Roasters in the US which has resulted in even better coffee and more income for the Akha farmers.

SS1254372 cafe and gallery in Nimman, Chiang Mai. One of the best places to have brunch.
  • SS1254372 cafe. I’ll be honest, even though I took these pictures of SS1254372, I didn’t try the food or drinks of this café / gallery in Nimman myself. However, since I found out later that they get amazing reviews (especially their brunch menu), I felt I had to include them. Of course I’m hoping that you will go here and let me know how it was so I have a reason to go back.

Thanks to information from Urban Pixxel, after exploring the cafe in town. We are moving next to the sideroad mountain and waterfall. I have to disclaimer that the weather in Northern Thailand nowadays is not good, according to the dust and pollution it makes it hard to catch some sea of fog or nice ozone if we didn’t go that height. Let’s see!!

Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon is one of the most popular national parks in Thailand. It is famous for its waterfalls, few trails, remote villages, viewpoints, sunrise/sunset watching, birdwatching and the all year round cold weather on higher elevations. The main park entrance is about 70 km southwest from Chiang Mai city center.

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Doi inthanon, one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the north, is the easiest place you can catch the fog and a rim light that shines through the mountain. You have to wake up at like 5 am and drive to Doi Inthanon to book some area because it is easy to reach there so most people go there. And also there is some of the shop that provides you a boiled egg, Roast potato or coffee for you to make your view and ambience become the best.

Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail

Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail is a must-do hiking and trekking trail not to be missed by nature lovers. It is located inside the area of Doi Inthanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest peak. Visitors to the National Park should include visiting this trail on their itinerary because the reward of hiking this short distance (2.78km) natural walk could be the most beautiful panoramic view you will ever see in Thailand.

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If Doi Inthanon has too many travelers or it is too easy  for you to take a deep breath of nature I might suggest this one. This place, like it is named ‘Nature trail’, is a trail that will take you to the other side of the mountain that settles face to the sunrise. When the sun rises, the golden light will spread through the yellow dried wood and make it like a golden mountain. When I see that picture for the first time, the frostbite, the tiredness is gone. At that time I am absolutely speechless and make this place be the top rank of the place I want to be before I die.

Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Sa Waterfall is an impressive eight level waterfall with a small plunge pool for swimming in. It is popular with both Thai’s and foreign tourists and can get especially busy on weekends with families. Entrance costs 200 Baht for foreigners and it is a good idea to pack a blanket or picnic and spend a day at the waterfall. There is a large parking lot with lots of street vendors selling grilled pork and sticky rice, fruit, bottled drinks and ice cream. Mae Sa waterfall covers a large area and if you climb up to the fifth or sixth level there are less people. At the top of the waterfall there are hardly any people so it’s a nice place to get away from the crowds.

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If you bored of the dryness of air on the mountain, I recommend visiting Mae Sa Waterfall to rehydrate your body a little bit. 

In my trip to Doi Mon Jam, I have incidentally visited this waterfall. It contains 7-levels of waterfall that reshape the atmosphere, ambience and waterfall. That scene is breathtaking for me. It is quiet, nice and I can sit there for a while just breathing and hearing nature.

Doi Mon Jam

Mon Jam is a beautiful mountain top viewpoint and restaurant that has views over the Mae Rim Valley and Royal Project farms. Mon Jam is about an hour’s drive away from Chiang Mai and can go by car or motorbike. The road going up to the viewpoint is quite steep so it is not recommended for new drivers. Mon Jam is located close to the Mae Sa Valley and along highway 1096 to Samoeng. Mon Jam is sometimes written as Mon Cham which can be confusing when driving there.

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So this is the last place I will apply to you. Mon Cham is like one of Royal Project land, in order to develop the land and people’s life. Driving to the Mon Jam takes about one and half hours. This place is suitable for a person who wants to see some sea of stars in the sky at night and wake up to sunrise in the morning. With the fresh air and the pacific atmosphere this place is good for us who want to escape from busyness!