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Traveling to Northern Frontiers
Northern Thailand (Eastern Reaches)
Trip NF: January 5 to 22, 2018 (18 days in Thailand)

led by Kasma Loha-unchit


"What a joy you have given us – this adventure with you
has been more than we ever hoped for." – Bud & Pat

This is a 18-day trip to the eastern reaches of northern Thailand.

Note: Trip limited to people who have traveled to northern Thailand before.

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Wat Pumin Market vendor Temple Mural in Phrae Fern Salad

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In January 2018, Kasma again will be offering the trip she’s calling “Northern Frontiers.” The trip will cover the under-explored eastern reaches of the Northern region – most notably Phrae and Nan provinces, which see very few international tourists.

This trip is limited to people who have traveled to northern Thailand with Kasma before.

Wat PuminBecause of their remote location in the mountains, these small states had an independent history with their own rulers until the 19th century when they were absorbed into the rulership of the central government in Bangkok. For centuries they were part of the Lanna Kingdom. The word lanna means "a million rice fields" and the Lanna Kingdom was founded in the 13th century AD by King Mengrai. It was basically a federation of smaller princialities in the north, including areas in Burma, Laos, Thailand and southern China. Conquered in the mid-16th century by the Burmese, it became a vassal state of Siam in the late 18th century, remaining a loose federation with up to 57 city states or principalities. In 1892, Siam officially annexed Lanna and it became part of Thailand.

Pua Rice Fields

Rice fields in Pua

The ethnic make-up of the population in Nan and Phrae is different from the other better known provinces of northern Thailand and, therefore, has its unique culture and artistic heritage as seen in the beautiful murals adorning the walls of many temples. The provincial capital of these two provinces are small, much like Chiang Mai used to be more than half a century ago and has opened up to domestic Thai tourism as the new Shangri-La of the North.

Market vendorThe trip will wind its way from these eastern frontiers to Chiang Rai where we’ll fly back to Bangkok. But before we do, we’ll add in a few highlights – most notably the incredible collection of Buddhist art and the inspirational fruits of the dedicated effort of the late Princess Mother to reforest a desolate mountain range and return it to a beautiful garden of Eden and, with it, bring sustainable prosperity to a once poverty-stricken people previously exploited and forgotten.

Temple Mural in Phrae To enjoy this new journey, you’ll have to like temples and history, art and culture, gardens and mountains, quiet small towns and off-the-beaten path destinations, and, of course, delectable, spicy food.

A detailed, day-by-day itinerary will be available before the end of the year. We’ve also got a few other details to nail down (such as price).

Fern SaladFor people who haven't been to Thailand before and/or are interested in food, we recommend you go on Kasma's Trip B (or the first part of Trip A) first, as that trip offers a much greater diversity in Thai cultural history and culinary experiences since it traverses three different regions – each with its unique terrain, ethnic diversity and culinary preferences. The areas explored in the Northern Frontiers trip are more homogenous but offer those who've been on Trips A and B before and have fallen in love with Thailand, a new dimension they haven't yet experienced to add to their already rich base of experiences gained from their previous trips to the country.

Interested? Contact Kasma.

Photo Album of Trip

Kasma's put together a photo album on Google+ of the places the new northern trip will visit. The pictures are arranged chronologically in the order of our travel schedule and have captions describing the different destinations.

At Google+, you're better off clicking on the first photo and then clicking through the images rather than relying on the slide-show, which will cut some images off before you can see them.

Blogs on Areas the Trip Visits

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Explore Further

We suggest that you explore all of the links under Trip Information below. Read each of the Individual Trip Pages to see which you might be interested and then check out the itinerary, contract, blogs (if available) and photos for each trip. If you'd like to sign up, ask question, have us address concerns or would like to talk with a prior trip member, follow this Contact Kasma link and get in touch.

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Khorat market vendor Trip Information:   Overall Description  |   Details   Trip Brochure (PDF) |
Trip Information    FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)   |   Testimonials

Individual Trip Pages:   Trip Summaries   |   Trip B   |   Trip So   |   Trip NE   |   Trip NF

Trip Itineraries:   Trip B   |   Trip So   |   Trip NE   |   Trip NF

Trip Contracts (PDFs):   Trip B   |   Trip So   |   Trip NE

Blogs on Trips:   Trip B, Part 1 & Trip B, Part 2   ||   NE - Weaving Villages

Trip Photos

Buddha imageNote: All links open in a new window so that you can simply close that window to return to this page of links.

Onsite Photos:

Single Trips:   Trip B & Trip B 09   |    Trip So & Underwater &   | Snorkel Krabi    |   Trip NE & NE Fabrics

Applies to all trips: Food Sampling   |   Thai Markets

Kasma's Google+ Photos: Offsite. Scroll to find relevant albums or use these links.

Google+ - Trip B: 2015 B-1 | 2015 B-2 | 2015 Videos  ||   2013 B-1 | 2013 B-2
Google+ - Trip B: 2012 B-1 | 2012 B-2 | 2012 B-3   || 2011 B-1 | 2011 B-2   ||   2010 B-1 | 2010 B-2

Google+ - Trip So: 2016 So-1 | 2016 So-2   ||   2015 So-1 | 2015 So-2  |  2015 So-3  |  2015 Videos ||
Google+ - Trip So: 2013 So-1 | 2013 So-2   ||   2012 So-1 | 2012 So-2 | 2012 So-3 ||
Google+ - Trip So: 2010 So-1 | 2010 So-2 | 2010 So-3   ||   2008 C

Snorkel Trip So:   Snorkel 2010-11   | Snorkel 2009   | Snorkel 2007

Google+ - Trip NE: 2011 NE-1 | 2011 NE-2 | 2011 NE-3   ||   2009 NE-1 | 2009 NE-2

Google+- Trip NF: Northern Frontiers


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