Lamphun: This charming town, close to Chiang Mai, is on the Kuang River, in a part of the country where few travelers visit. Its quiet temples echo times past; trishaws still meander through the sleepy town center. Just outside are the relics of the early Hariphunchai era that preceded the 12th-century Lanna kingdom.

Pai: Not your typical tiny mountain-valley farming village, Pai is a favorite for budget travelers who want to put their feet up and relax. The scenery is gorgeous, the many bungalows are cheap, and the restaurants are good. You'll want to stay longer than you planned.

Chiang Rai: Blessed with some lovely attractions, such as the Mae Kok River, and some delightful wats, this much-overlooked town also offers local crafts, such as silver, cotton, and hill-tribe crafts.

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