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Suggestions after leaving Chiang Mai

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Suggestions after leaving Chiang Mai

We will be spending 7 nights in Chiang Mai and then departing by bus for Chiang Rai for 9 nights. Which might be a bit too long and wondering if there might be somewhere you might recommend to stay for 2-3 nights between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

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1. Re: Suggestions after leaving Chiang Mai

Hard to suggest anything without knowing anything about you or what you like to do.

Personally I'd go and stay around Phayao lake for a night and hike up Doi Nok.

Rawai, Thailand
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2. Re: Suggestions after leaving Chiang Mai

Fly to Luang Prabang for 3 days.

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3. Re: Suggestions after leaving Chiang Mai

Depending on why you're going to Chiang Rai and where to next, maybe consider going by bus to Chiang Dao, stay near the cave (I like Malee Nature Bungalows) then onward to Thaton where you can get a river boat to Chiang Rai. Also a few good highlights in between or beyond such as Mae Salong and Doi Tung, or Chiang Saen on the Mekong riverside. Anyway see the map.. https://goo.gl/maps/8NHxqzVMkYx

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4. Re: Suggestions after leaving Chiang Mai

I'd either:

Go with ChiangMaiBob's suggestion and head off to Mae Salong and the area along the river - Chiang Saen to Chiang Khong. Or

Spend a few days around Pai - Soppong - Mae Hong Son.

Neither of these suggestions are on the way to CR, but you have plenty of time to go off the track.

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5. Re: Suggestions after leaving Chiang Mai

Pai isnt worth going to IMHO - Try going to Chiang Rai via Phrae and visit Si satcanalai on the way - can easily spend 2-4 days on the route

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6. Re: Suggestions after leaving Chiang Mai

Thank you for your suggestions. All worth investigating. Chiang Saen could be interesting and returning to Luang Prabang is also an attractive idea. Many thanks.

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