Elephant trekking witg my family
I have many fond memories of our trip to Chiang Mai. We had a wonderful time on our elephant trek. Our giant "Chang" was a lovely animal and her handler was also very nice. He was kind enough to bring our son with him on the head of the elephant as we strolled along a jungle path.
Have been to Chiang Mai and back, I must say there were a lot of sporty stuff I wished I tried but didn't have the chance to. So here's a compilation of a couple of websites and their that might prove to be useful to other travellers. Have fun!
Asia active travel - Treking/Cycling Tours etc
All Terrain Vehicle Tour
Chiangmai's live music scene
Chiangmai has an exciting nightlife. Live music of all kinds can be found in the city, from classical Thai to jazz, rock, and country. Unlike most pubs in western countries, excellent food can be enjoyed as well.
Chiangmai is famous for its nightlife, as well as the charming city and beautiful surrounding countryside. There are discos, karaoke bars, and live music everywhere.
The area I like to go is along the east bank of the Mae Ping River on Charoenrat road.
This is the area famous for jazz, rock, pop, Thai and country and western live music, along with fabulous restaurants serving Thai, western, and Chinese food.
From the Narawatt Bridge the first place you will come to is The Chiangmai Riverside Restaurant, 9-11 Charoenrat Road, Everyone who has been to Chiangmai eats at least once here. There is a large menu of Thai and western food. If you want a good homemade hamburger, this is a good place to get one. The live music starts around 7pm with dinner music from the Eagles, Beatles, or soft jazz. Starting at 9pm, the music changes to more rock and pop songs. Full bar service serving wine, beer, and spirits are available. The Chiangmai Riverside restaurant gets very crowded, so get here early to get a table. If Thai food is more to your liking, no worries, just walk to the next restaurant only a few meters away to The Good View, 13 Charoenrat Road. Thai and western varieties of rock, jazz, pop and country music entertain in the evening. Their extensive menu offers more than 150 Thai, Chinese, and western dishes, including curries, noodles, rice, and pizza. Soft drinks and a full bar serving wine, beer, and spirits are available. Again, if you want a good, riverside-view table get there early.
Now you're full of excellent food and want to really rock, no problem, just continue walking down the street to La Brasserie 37 Charoenrat Road. This riverside venue is well known for nightly performances by a talented guitarist named Took and his band, who plays renditions of old Hendrix, Dylan, Marley, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and other favorites. Sit outside in the lush garden setting where acoustic guitar is played (7pm to midnight) or inside at the bar and catch the famous Took and Friends (11pm to 2am). There is also a good selection of cocktails and spirits. Not famous for food but the music is great.
Most bands in Chiangmai play at one venue for about an hour, and then move on to another restaurant or pub. Don’t be surprised if you see a band playing at the Chiangmai Riverside and, one hour later, at The Good View.
Dress code is not strict in Thailand however you should wear long pants or dress along with a nice blouse or shirt. When Thai people go out in the evening they do not wear T-shirts and/or shorts. If they feel you are not dressed properly you may get a table in a corner or next to the bathroom.
Thai & German Meals a Delight
We tried this restaurant as it had been recommended by friends who dined there several years ago. We ate there twice, both times lunch and found the food to be fine, the first time we ordered european food, the second Thai and with hindsight we should have stayed local. Some of our group liked it so much they ate there daily. I did not think it was that good,however It had a good range of local and international beers.
We walked past on several evenings and this large restaurant was completely full , even to late evening. They have entertainment in the evening , together with lights and the buz of a happy crowd it looked the place to be. I had Viena Snitchel but as it was made from pork I was a little disappointed as I am used to Veal snitchel.
With our tired bodies, body massages are a great way to unwind and relax. Since the parlour was just next to our guesthouse, there was simply no excuse not to indulge. Under the hands of qualified ladies, the massages were uplifting and gave us the 'sexual high'.
The hour-long massage was extremely relaxing that my friend and I had to come back for more. On our second visit, both of us were allocated to a private room. The low pricing was of course a bonus! Though other parlours are also offering relatively the same rates, this place is quiet and away from any crowds.
The service was the best. Will definitely return for more.