Set in the southern reaches of northern Thailand, Kamphaeng Phet is best known for its ancient ruins -- similar to those that can be found in Ayutthaya and Sukhothai -- though don't be surprised if you're the only farang in town. That said, courtesy of the sole guesthouse in town, Three J Guesthouse, there's some trekking potential -- sort of.
The quieter neighbor of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is a land of outstanding natural beauty, where visitors looking to avoid the hordes can visit remote hill tribes, spot exotic wildlife, and check out the golden triangle, the former center of the world’s opium trade. Today, Chiang Rai is a traveler’s paradise, endowed with abundant natural attractions and antiquities. Attractions range from ruins of ancient settlements and Buddhist shrines to magnificent mountain scenery and hill tribe villages. For those interested in the natural side of Chiang Rai, jungle trekking is a magical experience; explore the mountains of the north along various hiking trails, many of which access the villages of diverse hill tribes groups, many of whom maintain their traditional lifestyles.