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Traveling to Northern Frontiers
Northern Thailand (Eastern Reaches)
Trip NF: January 4 to 21, 2020 (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: This trip is scheduled for January 4 through 21, 2020. It is waiting list only – contact us to be added.

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Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat Tai Yuan Tinjok Fabric Temple Mural in Nan Fern Salad Making SaltMae Fah Luang Garden

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In January 2020, 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.

For this trip, preference is given to: 1) people who have traveled to Northern Thailand with Kasma before; 2) people who have visited Northern Thailand on their own.

A large part of this trip is visiting temples. You pretty much have to enjoy temples to completely enjoy this trip.

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. We'll also come across lovely textiles.

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.

Check out the Northern Frontiers trip itinerary.

Fern SaladKasma will no longer restrict the trip to people who have traveled with her before (as we’ve done in the past); however, preference will be given to: 1) people who have traveled on Trip B to Northern Thailand with Kasma before; 2) people who have spent some time on their own before in other parts of Northern Thailand. Because this will most likely be the last time we’ll offer this trip, preference will be given to people who have not been on this trip before; repeaters will be put on a waiting list. Because of limited room availability, single supplements may not be available.

If you've never been to Thailand before and/or are interested in food, we recommend you go on Kasma's Trip B as that trip offers a much greater diversity in Thai cultural history and culinary experiences since it traverses two 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 or 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 Albums of the Northern Frontiers Trip

Here are 3 photo albums of Kasma's 2018 Northern Frontiers Trip found at Google Photos.

In Google Photos it's best to view photos individually (rather than slide show mode) by clicking on the first image and advancing to the next pictures yourself by clidking on the forward arrow. This way you can view all the pictures after they have been fully loaded and come into focus. It will also allow you to read the narratives at your own pace.

to get the captions, you need to either click on the “i” at the top right of the page, or the “More” at the bottom center. You may have better luck viewing the albums in Opera or Firefox rather than Safari.

Here's another of Kasma's Google Photo albums on places we visit on this trip here.

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 NF   |   Trip So

Trip Itineraries:   Trip B   |   Trip NF   |   Trip So

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

Blogs on Trips:   Trip B, Part 1 & Trip B, Part 2   

Trip Photos

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Onsite Photos:

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

Applies to all trips: Food Sampling   |   Thai Markets

Offsite Photos:Kasma's albums in Google Photos:.

Google Photos - Trip B: 2017 B-1 | 2017 B-2 | 2017 B-3  ||   2015 B-1 | 2015 B-2 | 2015 Videos
Google Photos - Trip B: 2013 B-1 | 2013 B-2 ||   2012 B-1 | 2012 B-2 | 2012 B-3   || 2011 B-1 | 2011 B-2   

Google Photos- Trip NF: 2018 NF-1  | 2018 NF-2  | 2018 NF-3  | Northern Frontiers

Google Photos - Trip So: 2018 So-1 | 2018 So-2  |  2018 So-3  |  2016 So-1 | 2016 So-2
Google Photos - Trip So: 2015 So-1 | 2015 So-2  |  2015 So-3  |  2015 Videos
Google Photos - Trip So: 2013 So-1 | 2013 So-2   ||   2012 So-1 | 2012 So-2 | 2012 So-3
Google Photos - Trip So: 2010 So-1 | 2010 So-2 | 2010 So-3   ||   2008 C

Snorkel Trip So:   Snorkel 2018-1   | Snorkel 2018-2   | Snorkel 2010-11   | Snorkel 2009   | Snorkel 2007


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