Liam's Suan Dok Mai

Faham, Faham Sanpeesuae, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai Zoo and Doi Suthep

by Fernandocramos

I will stay four days in Chiang Mai.
I would like to visit in one day, the temples inside Chiang Mai, the Zoo and Doi Suthep.
What should I do first ? The only reason to go to the Zoo is to see the Pandas.
What itinerary do you recomend ?
Thaks in advance

RE: Chiang Mai Zoo and Doi Suthep

by Dabchick

You pass the Zoo on the way to Doi Suthep so would probably be best to visit on the way, We went earlier this year well worth a visit.

RE: Chiang Mai Zoo and Doi Suthep

by DarkRay

I think the sequence for the Zoo and Doi Suthep is really up to you since they are really close by. When I was there last year, they just launched their Twilight Zoo, which is somewhat similar to Singapore's Night Safari. Not sure how the Twilight Zoo is as I did not go there (but I love love love our Night Safari)

For the temples inside Chiang Mai, there are literally a lot. I don't think you can cover all of them in one day. But Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the most important one.

As my tour guide told me last year, if you visit Chiang Mai without visiting Doi Suthep, then you had not visit Chiang Mai. And if you visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep without getting blessed by a monk there, then you had not been to the temple.

Just my 2 cents.... :-)

RE: RE: Chiang Mai Zoo and Doi Suthep

by vtveen

I would recommend to visit Doi Suthep first as early as possible to avoid the crowds of tourists and locals !! On your way back visit the Zoo and at last the temples in town. To be honest they are not spectacular (after visiting What Phrathat Doi Suthep and perhaps some temples in Bangkok). We did like most the old wooden Lanna temple Wat Pan Tao.

happy travels

RE: Chiang Mai Zoo and Doi Suthep

by sezabell

spend at least half a day at the zoo as its massive, its very impressive. and the pandas are very cute if not very lazy!!!

RE: Chiang Mai Zoo and Doi Suthep

by Fernandocramos

I read this:
" Hours: Zoo open from 08:00 to 18:00 Panda exhibit open at 09:00 and closes a little earlier"
what does it mean ? Will Pandas exibition finish around 17:00 ?!
Some people say its better visit Doi Suthep in the end of the afternoom and others dont. So I think its better visit Doi Suthep as soon as possible, then visit the Pandas and after this comeback to the city to visit the temples.
Do you agree ?
But, there is always a but, some people said that when Pandas are eating you cant see them. So, what time do they eat ?
Thanks again,

Travel Tips for Chiang Mai


by Fudge

The women sit by their stall making the ethnic cloths we saw them sewing. We were not sure if they were made to do this, as this was along the tourist route, or was this soemthing they did as a general daily activity.

buying silk

by call_me_rhia about night bazaar

The night bazzar, as I have already written in the nightlife tips, is a huge bazzar... outdoor and indoor. There's virtually hundred of stalls that sell just about anything you may want to buy. In my case it was silk.. wonderful, fantastic thai silk (that is not abandoned in a drawer because i dont know what to do with it) silk.. simple fabrics and clothes... most people will also taylor handmade clothes that suit your taste about 10-15 dollars for some nice piece of silk. about 20 for a custom-made silk dress ( i bought 2)

12 Seater Cessna-Great View

by traceyspacey

We decided to treat ourselves to a flight from Pai to Chang Mai on a 12 Seater Cessna prop plane. This is not for a nervous flyer. We had great views over Pai and Chang Mai. Our seats were directly behind the pilots. The flight took 25 minutes with a 20 minute checkin. You do feel like you are really flying. An experience that I won't forget in a hurry.

We flew with SGA who are associated with Nok air. Don't bother about booking through the website, it doesn't work and travel agents in Pai will charge you the same amount anyway. Costs 1450B a person one way.

Chiang Mai is foodies delight!

by Silvereye about Side Vendors

Chiang Mai, like many asian countries have a lot of hawker style or street food vendors. There are a tremendous amount of variety from the red and green curries, sticky rice, seafood, noodles, etc. You name it, they will have something similar. They even have fried insects and fried flowers if that takes your fancy. Street vendors can be found at anytime of the day so you will never go hungry. Although there is the notion that street food is not as clean because of being exposed to the elements sometimes, I found Chiang Mai's street food to be quite clean and very appetising. Its a great experience to sit out along the road and eat just like the locals and enjoy their company. I tried all sort of stuff - curries, salads, desserts etc. I do have to mention the flavoured rotis though....these are just devine....try the banana roti and milk roti, you'll love it!

Wat Suan Dok

by Linda_T

The group of small white chedi-like monuments next to Pra Borom Thart Chedi is the cemetery of the Lanna Royal family. Princess Dararassami, one of King Rama the fifth's consorts, wanted to have a place where the ashes of the Lanna Royal family members could be kept in the same area. She finally chose Wat Suan Dok for this purpose and the monuments were established in B.E. 2452 (1909AD). The ashes of Lanna Royal family and relatives, including the Princess' ashes, are housed in each monument.


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