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Driving Trip from the North to the South of Thailand Destination : Chiang Rai Category : Suggested trip

Traveling is much more convenient nowadays compared to the past since we have the satellite navigation system or GPS. It has become a common equipment for almost every model of cars because of its correct and accurate performance. Each info provides the details of the routes, accommodations, local food and products, estimated time, recomennded seasons of traveling, budgets and the tourist attractions along the routes. Travellers can use the information together with the highway map to plan their trip.



There are many attractions along the roads from the North to South and some places diverge from the main road. Therefore, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has surveyed and gathered the information about the routes to facilitate travellers. They came up with 14 Northern routes, each with its own natural, historical and cultural attractions.

For more information, please contact TAT or find it in the book 'Traveling Flights, Driving Trips' (บินไปบินกลับ ขับรถเที่ยว) or '50 Driving Routes around Thailand' (50 เส้นทางขับรถเที่ยวทั่วไทย) published by TAT

  How to get there

The Northern routes are the Chiang Mai - Chiang Dao - Ang Khang, Mae Hong Son - Khun Yuam - Mae Jam - Chom Tong, Chiang Rai - Doi Chang - Doi Wawee, Pua - Bo Klua - Nan, Nan - Wiang Sa - Si Nan National Park - Sao Din Na Noy - Pak Nai - Prae - Nan, Chiang Mai - Lampang - Jae Son - Doi Saket - Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok - Uttaradit - Sisatchanalai - Sukhothai - Phitsanulok, Chiang Rai - Mae Slong - Thaton - Nan - Chiang Rai - Phitsanulok - Khao Ko - Lom Sak - Phu Hin Rong Kla - Phitsanulok, Phitsanulok - Lom Sak - Na Haeo - Chatrakarn Waterfall - Photsanulok, Chiang Rai - Chiang Saen - Chiang Khong - Pha Tang - Phu Chee Fah, Chiang Mai - Mae Sarieng - Sop Moei - Mae Moei National Park - Tha Song Yang - Mae Sod - Tak - Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok - Kamphaengphet - Khlong Wang Chao National Park - Doi Mussuh Horticulture Experiment Station - Phacharoen Waterfall - Thi Lo Su Waterfall, and Suvarnabhumi - Singburi - Uthaithani - Nakhonsawan.

Driving to the South is not far, you will need the highway number 4 and make a turn to a minor road , then follow the guide posts. The South is the handle of Thailand's map of the golden axe, rich in the beauty of long beaches and many seas along both the Eastern and Western shores. You will find it a place of cultural diversity and long history by driving along the 12 most attractive routes which are Trang - Satun (Tham Le Khao Kob - Koh Tarutao - Li pe), Suratthani (Chaiya - Phum Riang), Chumphon (Sai Ree Beach - Thung Wua Laen - Lang Suan - Pha To), Suratthani - Rajjaprapha Dam - Takuapa - Khao Lak - Thai Muang - Phang Nga - Suratthani, Aroung Koh Samui, Around Koh Phuket, Phuket - Phang Nga, Krabi (the route of caves and streams), Nakhonsithammarat - Khanom Sea - Suratthani, Songkhla - Sathing Phra - Noi Sea - Phattalung - Hatyai, Trang - Satun (Phupaphet Cave - Wang Sai Tong Rafting - Jed Kod Cave), Ranong - Grass Mountain - Bo Nam Ron - Takuapa, and Hatyai - Pattani - Narathiwat - Hatyai.

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  Written by : Jazzie Panis 09-10-2014
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