Thailand offers a unique topography and friendly atmosphere for travelers. From the famous islands to lesser known paradises further north, I was particularly impressed with the latter.
After spending four days in Chiang Mai, Thailand - located close to the Myanmar and Laos border in north Thailand - I left in awe of the temples, laid-back vibes and, most importantly, elephants.
To get there, the best mile redemptions for U.S. residents are to Bangkok using American or United (and their respective partners). 65,000 American or 80,000 United miles will get you a round-trip ticket in economy. 100,000 or 140,000, respectively, in business class. Expect $5 to $65 in booking fees.