Plaza Inn

40/1-2 Tai Wang Road, Chiang Mai, 50300, Thailand
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Tuk Tuk during hot season

by sallybce1

Would love to hire a Tuk Tuk for local tour of Chiang mai. Since we have no choice but to travel during the hot season...any suggestions. Do want to do a trek..any ideas how to travel during that time but without getting heat exhaustion. Any places to swim in the northern part...waterfall..should stay in accomodation with a/c or pool. Doesn't have to be expensive...just clean.


Re: Tuk Tuk during hot season

by JJfromNJ

Most of the guesthouses in CM have rooms with a/c, although the cleanliness varies. Just make sure you see the room first. Virtually any guesthouse or travel agent in the city can arrange a whole slew of activities, including jungle treks. The trek I did had a waterfall that we swam in as well as a white water rafting option. Keep in mind though that most of these treks are multi-day and the accommodation will be very basic, with no a/c. Just make sure you have a sufficient amount of water and you'll be fine. Additionally, I would suggest renting a motorbike and driving up to Pai. It's an incredibly friendly town and a beautiful 4 hour drive through the jungle. Damn, I wish I was there right now!!

Re: Tuk Tuk during hot season

by sallybce1

Thanks for the tips. Too scared to drive a motor bike. Any tips on which trek to take. Already stayed with the would like another choice. Is it really buggy in the Jungles?


Re: Tuk Tuk during hot season

by JJfromNJ

I don't really know the differences with the companies that run the treks. You might have to just spend an hour or so walking around to different travel agents and comparing them. Some have the rafting option, some have elephant riding, some have jungle survival courses, etc. Just shop around and ask questions :)

I used bug spray with Deet and I don't remember the bugs being a problem at all.

Travel Tips for Chiang Mai

Volunteer (3)

by SumTingWong

Volunteer work is helpful and rewarding. Please, be more than just a tourist and do some volunteer work. Chiang Mai Province is just the place. Many trekking companies offer volunteer opportunities while on treks. Spend an extra day in a minority village laying pipes or teaching at the school. It all helps the people and their lives, especially in these minority villages. I helped lay down pipes and build a water tank, as well as being volunteer English/Thai teacher. You can also volunteer in a Thai town outside of Chiang Mai. This is also an amazing experience because you get to experience the Thai people and children. You can also help by doing some labor volunteer work if you want to. Wats are almost always in need of some help and if you want to do an actual project there are companies that can help you too.

Thirsty for waterfalls?

by Fudge

Limestone covered the walkways of this waterfall. Unusual plants and flowers helped to scape the site. If you're into rainbows, you can experiment with your camera and try angles upon angles of capturing light rays from heaven's waters.

Riverside ... says it all really

by Tusitala about Riverside Bar and Restaurant

Riverside is a schizophrenic beast ... you can start with a most romantic quiet dinner at a riverside table, under dim lanterns, watching the boats idle by. A piano tinkles away in the background. Then an acoustic duo might serenade. Then the crowd starts to filter in, and all the tables get busier and noisier. Then, by the time dinner's over, you realise that the place is jam packed and the first of the live bands is cranking away inside by 9:30pm

Suddenly, it's sardine conditions, with a mixture of farangs and Thais squished into the narrow downstairs section, bopping away to usually great party bands till 1am nightly.

Downside, sometimes hard to get through the crowd to get a drink.

See also my tip on the Riverside's nightly Wine and Dine cruise. Smart casual is fine.

You Must Come Here

by Humbuggy about Gekko Garden

Food: Thai and Western. Very, very good and inexpensive
Ambience: Relaxed, chilled, no-hassle, no bar girls, great sports on TV, great music
Surroundings: Thai, Japanese, American elclectic mix. Lots of cool shade from plants
Atmosphere: Friendly, Great place for Families, Tourists, Locals, Everyone!
Drinks: A wide selection and amazingly cheap
Special: Yeah - a place to experience at least once, and if you are lucky - elephants visit in the evening. Favourite Dish: There are so many good ones here, both Western and Thai, but I think my personal favourite is the Spicy Papaya Salad - so very very good. Combined with sundried pork or beef, it makes a really great meal. I haven't had a bad meal here, and I've eaten quite a few. The menu is very easy to order from with really great photographs of each dish. You won't be disappointed!

Amazing Animals

by Cyd777

Mae Sa Elephant Farm. I didn't think I was going to ride the Elephants until I saw how docile these amazing creatures are. Much smaller than the African Elephant, but just as impressive. Ride with confidence. It was a joy.


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