HUB53-Chiang Mai House
53 Chonprathan Rd., Muang, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand
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Spirit House where the City Pillar is located
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Hi, I've make booking at the Tawan Court for my stay in Dec. Would appreciate if anyone could comment or share experience on this hotel. Thank you.
RE: Tawan Court
Hi, I stayed at the Tawan Court this past Sept. It is in a nice area that is very nice. It is a three story hotel that I would come back to and stay again. We stayed on the first level and our room overlooked the front as you walked into the place. The small resturant that is out front has a very nice breakfast. As well as walking distance to the night Bazar, I would recommend one of the spas near there for a foot massage, we went to the one about 2 blocks from the hotel on the way to the Bazar. You can check their photos out of the hotel on their website. Oh I about forgot they have covered parking in the basement! If you want to know more let me know! Guess you will be going to the flower festival while you are there, something to see!
Travel Tips for Chiang Mai
Thai's New Year Song Kran Festival 2
The meaningful aspects of Songkran are varied and culturally rich.
The first Cultural Value is "Thanksgiving" - The demonstration of gratitude and an expression of thanks to individuals who have have "done good" or shown goodwill and are worthy of respect and recognition such as the bathing of Buddha statues with lustral water, and the pouring of lustral water over elders and respected individuals conveys this and other outward demonstration of respect.
The Second Cultural Value is Loyalty to Ancestors.
This is achieved through merit-making.
The Third Cultural Value focuses on the an individual's sense of awareness of his/her responsibilities towards the family and home.
It is demonstrated via the traditional custom of "spring cleaning".
The Fourth Value addresses the Value of Religion and highlights the well- defined roles and responsibilities of the "temples and monasteries" on the one hand and the community served by the religious institution.
The Fifth Value is "Acts of kindness and generosity" towards others or Doing good for others" by the preparation, exchange and sharing of food and desserts by members of the community and the sprinkling of water on each other.
The Sixth Value is the Spirit of Co-Operation through the enthusiastic participation of individuals of demonstrated through the enthusiastic participation of individuals of the community in Songkran festivities, sharing in the fun, spreading happiness and goodwill to all.
The morning of Songkran Day begins with merit-making according to local customs and traditions.
Younger folks make their way to show their respect and seek the blessings of elders and individuals of seniority by making offerings.
The ritual which accompanies this show of respect.
Outdoor and indoor market near river
This market is located north of Nawarat Bridge and west of the Ping River between Thapae Roads and Chang Moi Road. This sprawling outdoor market is where the locals shop, and is well worth a visit for those who enjoy shopping for fabrics, clothes, herbs and spices and hard to find items. There's also an indoor clothing and food market.
Getting Around by Tuk Tuk
There are no regular "taxis" in Chiang Mai and in their place, are the tuk tuk. They are very abundant in the city and getting one is really easy at any time of the day.
While I would certainly avoid tuk tuk in Bangkok due to the very dubious reputation many of their drivers had garnered over there, I had a lot of fun taking tuk tuk all over town (and out of it) in Chiang Mai.
Although the main town of Chiang Mai is relatively small and you can certainly get around on foot easily, it can get tedious and honestly boring, if you are staying in the same area for a few days.
This is where the LPG powered tuk tuk comes in. For me, prices start from 50 baht (just over US$1), which takes you from one part of the town to any other part in it. Subject to traffic conditions, these rides do not usually take more than 5 minutes. Of course, if you have awesome bargaining power, you may get a lower rate. But 50 baht is a standard quoted by most drivers and I find it to be reasonable. Regardless, just remember to agree on the fare first before getting on one.
For further areas like the airport, the rate goes up to 80 baht (about US$2) and more. I even paid one 400 baht (about US$10) for a return trip to take my buddy and me to the San Kamphaeng Hot Springs, East of Chiang Mai Town.
However, do note that there is a limit to where the tuk tuk can take you to and I believe that limit is probably about 70km. This is just based on my observation because my tuk tuk driver refueled just before leaving for the hot springs which are 35km away from town, and had to refuel again when we came back.
Green curry is always my fvourite Thai dish. Normally, Southern Thai curry put a lot of coconut milk, while Northern Thai curry don't, so it will be more red and spicy. So, this green curry I ordered is not prepared in Ching Mai style. A little disappointed but the dish still yummy, so, okay lar.
Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son, Thailand's northern border city, hiding itself in between the towering mountains with densely forested slopes, stretching to the Burmese border. Mae hong son is known for its charm of scenery and culture. The people of Mae Hong Son consists of the Shans who live in the city and the hilltribe people who live in remote villages on mountain tops where elements of lifestyle have changed little in hundreds of years. The city is covered with the mist all year long. Mae Hong son gains its nickname of "the City of Three Mists" from the fact that it has dewy mist in the winter, forest fire mist in the summer and rainy mist in the rainy season.
Then continue to "long-neck" or "giraffe tribe”. But the women who wear these brass rings on their neck belong to a sub-group of the Karen known as the Padaung. There are other sub-groups who do not and never have practiced this custom. A further myth is that these rings act to elongate the wearer's neck. Any chiropractor or orthopedic surgeon will tell you that this would lead to paralysis or death. In fact the appearance of a longer neck is a visual illusion. The weight of the rings pushes down the collar bone, as well as the upper ribs, to such an angle that the collar bone actually appears to be a part of the neck!
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