If you choose to be involved with drugs in Thailand, you will end up in a Thai prison. Period. I guess this is better than the alternative in Malaysia: DEATH
While you are in Chiang Mai, you may want to go to the prison and visit `Tourist Prisoners.` Whether you condone or support what they`ve done, they would love to talk to you and hear about things on the outside. Bring shorts or t-shirts for them if possible. They will usually want cigarettes, but, well, I don`t smoke....
Seeing the gates
In 1797, brick walls and gates were built to surround Chiang Mai and protect from Burmese invaders. Today, not much is left of the walls and gates. The brick gates are still visible-but the brick walls have been taken apart as the city got larger. The bricks from the walls were used to pave the streets.
Walking around the old city's gates can be a nice walking tour. The loop is around 6 km. There are five gates:
Pratu Chang Pheuak (north)
Pratu Tha Phae (east)
Pratu Chiang Mai Night Market (south east)
Pratu Suan Prung (south west)
Pratu Suan Dok (west)
On sunday afternoons and evenings-Pratu Tha Phae is one of the backdrops for the sunday evening market. Many sellers set up their wares by the gate(this one reconstructed) and walls. Pratu Suan Prung is the most attractive of the gates. This gate was used to bring out the dead for cremation.
Unlike the tuktuks in Bangkok these mini trucks will take you any where in the centre of Chiang Mai for only 20B
I did see a lot of tourists going up to driver and getting a price! and WAY over charged.
All you have to do is tell the driver where you want to go and hope in the back and when you arrive just hand over 20B and walk away
Enjoy a traditional Khantoke Dinner, Part I
For an excellent Thai dinning experience, a traditional Lanna Khantoke dinner is a must. Many believe this north Thailand dinner with music and dance was invented for tourists, but the Khantoke dinner dates back many centuries. Locals celebrate festivals and holidays in their homes with the Khantoke dinner today.
Sitting down to a well-presented meal of good and delicious food is something most of us enjoy. Then there are those stand-up occasions where we mix and mingle with other guests and enjoy cocktails and finger foods. Finger foods? Eating with one's fingers? Considered as neither polite nor hygienic in some circles, eating with our fingers is as old as the human race. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it, as we all do it perhaps without thinking.
In Thailand, many people still eat with their fingers and this has nothing to do with social strata. It depends, rather, on the place, the occasion and the meal that is being served. A Thai hostess will follow a set etiquette when offering a meal that will be eaten with the fingers, and those eating will be polite and delicate as they partake of the meal.
Traditional Thai meals are rarely one plate experiences, so the Western concept of having meat, two veggies, and gravy all on one plate is alien to Thai dining. Likewise, the use of an array of cutlery seems to be overkill in Thai minds (most Thais settle for a fork and spoon when not using their fingers). Unless one is invited to a Thai home, the closest most visitors get to dining a la Lanna (northern Thai) is at a Kantoke dinner, so this is something you might like to try. Visitors who have been to a Thai dinner show in Bangkok usually decide to give Khantoke dinners a miss because they think the two are similar. The Khantoke Dinner Dance Show is much more enjoyable than other dinner shows because of the pervading informal atmosphere, really different style of cooking, and gentle slow-tempo dance entertainment.
Khantoke is a Lanna Thai tradition, not just something invented for tourists' amusement. Thai Lanna was a civilized Kingdom that existed in the area of present-day northern Thailand. King Mengrai was the king who founded the capital and the dynasty. He accomplished and contributed to the prosperity of the kingdom in several aspects, e.g. political science, Buddhist religion, art, and culture.
There are several traditions that eventually became northern heritage one of which is Khantoke. Even today, khantoke implies dinner or lunch offered by a host to guests at various ceremonies or parties, e.g. in the home – weddings, housewarmings, celebrations, novice ordinations, life extensions, or funerals. At the temple celebrations for buildings in a temple's compound, namely bhote, wiharn, sala; Grand Sermons annual festivals such as --- Khao Pansa, Og Pansa, Loy Krathong, and new year.
Trays, spatulas, big spoons, and food containers are the essential implements required for eating. Wood, bamboo, rattan, and coconut shell have been used as raw materials for making the food tray and container products. Coconut shells are used to make spatulas and big spoons. Bamboo is used to make dishes, bowls, boxes, trays, and so forth.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was built in 1383. To reach the top u need to climb up steep Naga Staircase which give and take i would say 300 steps all together and when u reached the top exhausted dont forget to
view of the Chiang Mai basin before descending.