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The term Lanna is often used to describe Northern Thai cultures and traditions, and represents the Kingdom covering the North of Thailand. Lanna literally translate to "a million rice fields", which goes someway to describing the beautiful landscape that you will see if you have the chance to make the life changing visit.
What provinces make up Lanna?
The main provinces that make up Northern Thailand are it's capital Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Nan, Phrae, Mae Hong Son and Phayao. The north has been fairly well preserved, keeping the natural forests thriving. You will find many soothing rivers, striking waterfalls, and breathtaking mountains dotted around the provinces.
Tell us more...
The majority of our projects are in Chiang Mai, and we currently have one in Chiang Rai. Chiang Mai is the largest city in the North of Thailand and home to many tourists looking for trekking tours and elephant rides. There is much to do in Chiang Mai city, with many restaurants to try local Thai food, different markets for shopping, and stunning sites to see. Move Lanna is based in Phrao, a small district in Chiang Mai, surrounded by rice fields and hidden gems. Chiang Rai is the northern most province and home to few toursit attractions such as the Golden Triangle and White Temple. A smaller city but equally inviting, with weekend walking street markets and friendly locals.
Northern Thailand is home to interesting and colourful ethnic minorties, known as hill tribes. They are mostly rural and poor, and so welcome economic opportunities through tourism.
They include but are not limited to Karen, Akha, Lahu, Hmong, Lisu, Mien, and Padaung. Many have preserved their traditional ways, which makes them a fascinating study of culture. Each hill tribe has its own customs, language, and dress. Their dress is what makes them stand out, with the colourful and intricate designs.
Some of the schools where we send volunteers to, have children from many different hill tribes, and so they learn Thai at school.
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