Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
Charoenprathet Road 135/9, T. Changklan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand
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Flower at my Hotel
the 306 steps
Triple-bed room... sorry for the mess...
Palong - Big Earing
while we guys golf ,,my wife and daughter would like an elephant ride,, can anyone recommend one that includes rafting,, a day trip only. thank you arriving next week
RE: elephant trek
I have been on one of these trips both times I have visited Chaing Mai. There are various companies which run these tours and generally they include:
A hike to visit a hill tribe, an hr elephant ride, an hr bamboo rafting, lunch, hike to a waterfall and visiting another tribe - from what I can remember. They will pick you up at your hotel and drop you off at the end of the day.
Watch out how much you pay. If you buy from the hotel you are going to pay upwards of dbl the rate vs buying direct from the tour operator. From the hotel you could pay up to 1200-1400bht....from the operator down the street you'll pay as little as 600bht - what I paid both yrs.
An excellent day trip, just dont over pay.
AND make sure you choose the right tour....some just visit elephants, some go to the long neck tribe....but the one you want is exactly as Ive stated....trek to tribe, elephant, rafting, lunch, waterfall.....look around youll findthe tour no problem.
RE: RE: elephant trek
Thank u Andrew for ure prompt reply, exactly what i needed,, best wishes from Scotland
Travel Tips for Chiang Mai
Thai's New Year Song Kran Festival 4 (14 Apr)
APRIL 14 - WAN NAO OR WAN DA
On April 14, the position of the sun is mid-way between Pisces and Aries.
"Wan nao" or "Wan da" is a day of preparation as family members gather to help prepare offerings for the monks for the next morning.
The afternoon is spent carrying sand into the 'wats' or temples.
This is considered to be an auspicious day when everyone sports a happy face and avoids uttering words deemed inauspicious or bad-tempered.
Merit-making continues in the morning with offerings being made to Buddhist monks. The world-famous Songkran water-splashing festive fun takes place all day helping revellers to beat the summer heat. In the evening, sand is brought to the temples for the building of sand stupas which are then decorated with colourful flags and flowers. The practice reflects an ancient belief that when an individuals walks away from a temple, particles of sand from the temple grounds are inadvertently carried away on one's shoes or sandals. The building of sand stupas for the temple is seen to be a practical way of replacing the sand lost and a merit-making act through which blessings are earned.
How to Bargain at the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai.
When it comes to the open markets of Chiangmai, most newly arrived foreigners are steered directly either by guidebooks, travel agencies, hotel desk clerks and even tuk-tuk drivers to the Night Bazaar on Changklan Road between Tha Phae and Loi Kroh Roads. This sizeable market, with a gigantic, well-lit sign in English and surrounded by many familiar food chains of the west, is no doubt most oriented to foreign tourists. It's here where most western visitors get their first taste of a traditional Northern Thai shopping experience. Once amongst the tightly packed stalls, visitors very soon become acquainted with the bargaining game.
When it comes to bargaining there are a few things to remember. Asians do not like to lose face, which is very important, however they don’t want you to lose face either. Here is how to bargain so no-one loses face.
You first ask “How much” for an item. The vendor will come back with a price and you say “too much” and they will come back with a 20% lower price. You offer about 50% lower than the second price they gave you. They will smile and probably say nothing. This means they know what you are doing. After a few seconds they will come back with a price around 20% lower again. You then raise your price to 40% lower. They come back with maybe 25% lower. You go to 30% lower and hold. They will most likely sell it to you. This way you can get the item at the 50% discount you wanted but they do not lose face and neither do you.
Try to make purchases all from the same shop or vendor and you can get the price even lower. Do not pay for your items one at a time. Set your first purchase aside then bargain for a few more items. Put all your items together and ask “How much for all these?” When the salesperson gives you a price make an offer for 10% lower. If they say “no” start taking items off your pile and act like you just want to purchase just the first item you bargained for. Nine times out of ten they will say, “OK” to your 10% additional discount. There is everything available here including handicrafts and foodstuffs, clothing and shoes, jewelry, ceramic knick-knacks and more. Many of the tiems sold at shops inside the Night Bazaar building are of good quality and handmade.
The vendors on the street sell cheap copied products made in China or Burma and not true Thai handicrafts. One example is lacquerware. The high quality lacquerware houses of Chiang Mai today still apply at least seven coats of lacquer to each piece and allow approximately one week between coatings for drying. The lacquerware sold by vendors are very cheap and painted with sprayed on lacquerware paint. Remember you get what you pay for. If you want t-shirts, knock-off designer brands or imitation handicrafts the Night Bazaar vendors have what you need. For high quality handicrafts, textiles, shoes and clothing at great prices compared to prices in your home country go to the shops inside the Night Bazaar building.
There are several flights...
There are several flights daily from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, for only US$40 each way!! If you have more time, the overnight train is a great deal as well, and very cheap.
As in Bangkok, there are numerous TukTuks in Chiang Mai, but they are not as pushy here.
I rented a tiny motorscooter to get around town for only US$3 per day. A good deal.
You can also catch a Songthaew (see photo above.) They don't have set routes, just flag one down and tell them where you want to go. You will ride with others going in the same general direction. It's an example of Para-transit at it's finest.
"Khao Soi" Thai Noodle
Chiang Mai has its own style of street food, the most well known of which is khao soi. This dish is made with flat egg noodles, something like linguine, served in a hearty soup with either chicken or beef. A thick black chilli paste, lime, shallots and bean sprouts or some other vegetables are served with the dish to allow you to season it to your own taste.
The elephant camp is about 1.5 hours drive into the mountains, and features mostly "working elephants". You can take a 1-hour elephant ride, where a mahout (elephant trainer) will guide the elephant through a forest trail and river walk, while you are seated on a wooden seat strapped to the elephant's back.
It's a nice slow way of seeing the forest, and if you're lucky like us, the mahout may actually let you ride the elephant while he guides from the ground.
There are various rest stations along the trail, where you can buy combs of bananas or bundles of sugar cane for THB 20 (USD 0.60), as a treat for the elephant.
If you're not into elephant rides, you can also take a trip down the river on a bamboo raft. Think of it as a Thai gondola, except the guy doesn't sing. The river trip is also 1 hour long, and along the way, you can see lots of fruit trees, mountain scenery etc.
Nothing very scintillating, but good for a day excursion just to experience something different from city life.
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Address: Charoenprathet Road 135/9, T. Changklan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand