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During my first visit to Thailand with G Adventures, I was determined to go beyond the clichés and uncover a more authentic side of the country. Instead of visiting the crowded beaches of Phuket and full moon parties, I headed up to discover the secrets of Northern Thailand.
Starting in Chiang Mai, I spent the next few days trekking through the countryside, staying in local villages along the way. By escaping the city and staying with locals, I was really able to delve into the local culture and gain an authentic experience of Thailand – one that I will never forget. Here are some of the sights I captured along the way.
Exploring the temples around Chiang Mai, I found this gold buddha at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Little girls dressed up in traditional hill tribe outfits.
A glance at the inside of the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Sampling some classic Thai dishes: papaya salad, pad thai and tom kha kai soup.
Exploring one of the beautiful flower gardens in Chiang Mai.
Umbrella making at Bo Sang Handicraft Centre.
Checking out the entertainment and food trucks at Ploen Ruedee Night Market.
Mango sticky rice, a delicious local dessert.
Trekking through the Northern countryside offered many beautiful views like this one.
Meeting the locals of Red Lahu Village.
Our G Adventures CEO (Chief Experience Officer) teaching us about bush food and medicine.
View over the White Karen Village.
After a long day of trekking, there is nothing better than watching the sun set over the mountains.
Our homestay family cooked us a delicious dinner with fresh ingredients from the farm.
We took part in local new year traditions with our homestay family, which included eating a feast of pork, drinking rice whisky and tying string around each others’ wrists for good luck.
We came across water buffalo along our hike down the river.
Approaching the opening of Lod Cave.
Cruising through the amazing Lod Cave on bamboo rafts.
A monk training school near Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai.
The Wat Chedi Luang, an incredible temple complex dating all the way back to 1385.
Feeding elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.
This temple is on top of the Doi Inthanon, which is the highest mountain in Thailand.
Exploring the stunning temple gardens of the Doi Inthanon mountain.
All images: Nicola Easterby
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