Like their other publications on Africa, Europe and Latin America, Other Places Publishing uses former Peace Corps Volunteers to lead their team of writers. The concept is simple: former volunteers will know the culture and the country better than the normal travel writer, so why not employ that depth of cultural, linguistic and practical knowledge for a travel series. Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand is their first foray into Southeast Asia travel experience.
• Sights & Activities: From the elephant treks around Chiang Mai to the ancient ruins of Sukhothai Historical Park, the book provides everything one will need to experience the beauty of the North.• Volunteering: There are a lot of opportunities to give back, and in so many different ways. But I think this guidebook will tell you where, why — and most importantly — how to get involved.• Nightlife: The North offers travelers a night out that many thought only Bangkok could offer. There are some really cool spots to steal a cocktail, spend a relaxing evening, or party with the best of Thailand.• Guesthouses & Resorts: There is a vibrant scene to be discovered here with backpacker guesthouses and a world-class lineup of luxurious hotels and spas; all without breaking your budget.• Language: Thai is not an easy language to learn, but provided the essential everyday phrases and a few more slangy ones just for fun!