Chiang Mai is the gateway to the northern highlands of Thailand. Obviously, you can not compare the surroundings of the snow-covered mountains of Himalayas. However the hill tribes and pagodas built on top of the mountains generate a different sort of appeal. Just a few choose to head north when in Thailand. Especially if you are on a short journey. It is the go-to location in Thailand in the winter season months and throughout Loi Krathong.