Because of the altitude, it is cooler than other regions, with temperature in the single digits in the cool months of December and January. The regional capital of Chiang Mai, 700 kms from Bangkok, has the biggest number of golf courses, most with magnificent views of surrounding hills and valleys.
Besides splendid golf, the North offers unique cultural charms. A separate Kingdom for centuries, these provinces have their own distinct heritage: architecture, arts and crafts, dialect and cuisine. Chiang Mai, capital of the Lanna Kingdom for 700 years, is home to flourishing cottage industries: silk and fabrics, silverware, pewter, lacquerware, celadon pottery, wood carving, to name just a few. Visits to craftsmen’ villages near the provincial capital are a must for shoppers and non-shoppers alike.For outdoorsmen, the forest and mountains of the North offer great appeal, with choice of hiking, hilltribe visits, river rafting, and jungle treks, among others.
Three-Day Golf Tour Itinerary
Following the one-hour flight from Bangkok, check into the Amari Rincome Hotel. Spend the rest of the day on a walking tour of the city, followed by a northern style dinner.
Morning tee-off at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort, 26 km. down the Chiang Mai-Prao Highway. After golf, return to Sansai for handicraft shopping. Back to Chiang Mai to explore the Night Bazaar.
Tour the city of Chiang Mai and then climb Doi Suthep to see the famous Buddhist temple at its top. Catch an early afternoon plane back to Bangkok.