Chiang Dao Travel Guide

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  • Long Necked Woman - At Work
    Long Necked Woman - At Work
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    Long Neck Karen Woman
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Chiang Dao Things to Do

  • Catholic Church Overlooks The Village

    The Long Necked Women have accepted the Catholic Religion and at the top of the hill overlooking the village is a Catholic Church.

  • Gardens & Vegetables

    Walking past some of the buildings there were some nice gardens,some unusual plants I have never seen before.Behind the houses were paddocks used for growing vegetables, rice and corn. The lettuce patch appeared to be well grown.

  • Men At Work - Not The Australian Band!

    The only man I saw on Display, in fact I think it was the only resident man I saw in the village.Enjoying his music, we only stopped long enough to take a photo.

  • Dehusking Rice - Old Style

    Upon entry to the Village there are an assortment of displays by the respective Hill Tribes. The displays were always attend by the women, it appears that work is their traditional responsibility.I stopped for a few minutes to watch this very old lady dehusking rice the traditional way. A hard job and I would think best done by a man

  • Guided Tour

    Our Guided Tour included pick up in an airconditioned van, commentary from a local guide who could speak good English, tour through other tribes sharing the community with the Long Neched People.Cost was approximately eight hundred Baht per person including the 500 baht per person entrance.Hotel reception booked this afternoon tour .If you were in...

  • Chance To Take an Elephant Ride

    As we were leaving the Long Neck Womens' village, only a few hundred metres from the village we walked in front of an elephant. The elephant tried to follow us as he thought we were going to give him food.This area would be excellent for elephant rides as we watched as the elephant walk along the track up the hillside. Great fun for tourists.

  • The Neck rings - Very Heavy

    There are some Neck Rings available to try. What a surprise, the weight is heavy and I would hate to have them around my neck longer than the minute it took the Guide to take the photo.

  • Rice Paddies

    When we visited the rice paddies seemed to be suffering from a lack of water. We had been in Thailand rural districts for 10 days and they all looked parched. Our visit to the Golden Triangle revealed the Mekong River at its lowest level for decades.Many locals said the low level was not caused through the recent dry weather, but through the dams...

  • Walk The Surrounding Forest

    The landscape surrounding the village is attractive hills covered with lush vegetation. An ideal place for treking and enjoying the natural beauty of the area. You never know what you might find.When we visited mid March 2010 the air was smokey. We were informed that during March there is a 3 week burnoff period.We did not have time to trek the...

  • Housing Looks Good

    Generally the housing looked good with most homes incorporating a shop front. There were several homes set back 20 or 30 metres from the road which did not present as good as those on the " Tourist Strip". I would thing these houses were most likely for people involved in agricultural activities.

  • Long Neck Women - At Work

    The first Long Necked Woman we saw as we entered her village was an attractive lady , very polite and willing to talk. Our guide informed us that she was wearing 27 neck rings. These rings are fitted over the years and are a considerable weight. In fact I tried some on and they are extremely heavy.The neck is stretched through the number of rings...

  • History At Baan Tong Luang - Long Neck...

    The Baan Tong Luang project commenced in 2005 and as a tourist I do not know if it is a success. Certainly it looks good from a tourist point of view with large numbers of tourists visiting daily and generating good revenues for the Long Necked Karen people.I would think success should be guaged in what is the outcome for these people. Will they...

  • Baan Tong Luang - Village Of Long Neck...

    This village was established in 2005 to house the "Hill Tribe" people in an Eco-Agricultural project. These people had crossed the border into the Chiang Rai district many years earlier. They had not been accepted as Thai citizens and are treated as refugees.The village contains 5 or 6 tribes but our visit was to see the Long Necked Karen...

  • Chiang Dao Caves

    The Chiang Dao cave complex is set inside Thailand's 3rd highest mountain (2275m), Doi Chiang Dao. The caves extend over 12km into the mountain. Now it was over 10 years ago that we visited this cave system and I whilst Thailand is considerably more visited now, I really don't think an awful lot would have changed much here.The Chiang Dao cave...

  • The Best Time to Visit Chiang Dao

    Approx one hour north of Chiang Mai, lies the beautiful verdent green mounatain area of Chiang Dao. The best time to visit this place is during the months of Dec to Mar. while the rest of asia lies drenched in monsoon rains, this place is dry and cool at an agreeable temp of 20-25.

  • Wat Tham Pha Plong

    Wat Tham Pha Plong is at the end of the road that goes past the Chiang Dao caves, Malee's and Chiang Dao Nest. It is half way up the side of the mountain in a small cave surrounded by forest, with over 500 steps to the top. It has some great views, and due to it's location is completely peaceful. It is possible to do meditation here. Some of the...

  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary

    Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 1km away from Chiang Dao Cave and about 200 meters away from Chiang Dao Nest 1. Many tourists came here for trek and also bird-watching activity. Personally, i have try it but will do so if i have the chance to return to Chiang Dao again.

  • Chiang Dao Padi Fields

    Chiang Dao is a remote rural countryside. Most of the locals depends on farming to make a living. Therefore, padi fields and farms in a sight you will see most of the time if you are off the main road.

  • Chiang Dao War Museum

    Chiang Dao War Museum is a very small and dusty one too. Most tourists give this place a miss or do not notice its existence. This museum is located right at the front entrance of the Chiang Dao Cave. I mange to snap a picture from the window after brushing away the spider webs. The big canon, drum and gong were weapons that were once used in the...

  • Chiang Dao Cave - 2

    Chiang Dao Cave (Tham Chiang Dao). The best-known attraction here, offering 12 kilometers of stalactite-laden caves — although only five of the caverns are accessible to the public. Entry 20B. Cave guides with kerosene lamps is available at 100B.The most spectacular cave to be seen and one not to be missed.

  • Chiang Dao Cave - 1

    Chiang Dao Cave is the most spectacular cave in Thailand or maybe in South-East Asia. This cave is the creation by mother nature million of years ago. What is created million of years ago is the completed product now, a cave with many tunnels with some as deep as 12km. It is advisable to engage with a cave guide as its safer and with a guide, you...


Chiang Dao Restaurants

  • Great food and coffee

    Their Wiener Schnitzel ist to die for and is huge. They also serve free refills of their freshly ground, brewed coffee, which is a nice touch. (Coffee is only 40 Baht) Beer is cheap (Big beer Chang 40 Baht), the food is good and the people friendly. Great music as well.They also offer a 10% discount for members on food. Wiener...

  • Chiang Dao Nest 1

    Owner of Chiang Dao Nest is well trained chef from Europe. Here from breakfast until dinner, you'll enjoy the great taste western food. Fresh SaladNZ rib eye steakBacan wrapped tendorloin pork

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Chiang Dao Transportation

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    Road To C hiang Dao Nest 1 & 2

    by shane_02 Written Oct 22, 2005

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    The small road is a 2-way road for everyone going to Chiang Dao Nest 1 & Chiang Dao Nest 2. Coincidentally, this road is also the road leading to Chiand Dao Cave. Drive slowly and carefully as some parts of the road are not even.

    2-way Road Leading to Chiang Dao Nest 1 & 2
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Chiang Dao Local Customs

  • Rural Quirks

    In rural Thailand, many houses are built on poles in order that animals, creeping insects cannot enter inside. The typical house in the north is rather well walled in with less space for windows, and ample space for platform known in the northern dialect as "toen". A shelf for a row of earthenware water jars is to be found on one side of the house....

  • Quirks of Rural Houses in Thailand

    Rural Thai people think it is always safer to live close to a road and to have neighbours. This is due to the fear of robbers. Often a light is lit during all night to avoid dark areas around the house. A wall is also built around the house.

  • Rural Quirks - Village Cats

    Thai villagers have a keen sense of omens and feel that certain things found in nature are auspicious or ill-favored and this classification extends to village Siamese cats as well. Village cats are classified according to their characteristic markings. On this basis, some cats are thought to be auspicious animals and if well-cared for will bring...


Chiang Dao Off The Beaten Path

  • Chiang Dao Hot Spring

    Chiang Dao Hot Spring is located about 40km and about 35 minutes drive from Chiang Dao town. It is about 5km away from the Chiang Dao National Park Headquaters. This place offers natural hotspring, heat that is generated from the ground and naturally heat up the water. According to the Chinese, the water from the hotsrping is good for detoxication...

  • Srisungwan Waterfall

    Srisungwan Waterfall is not a very spectacular waterfall compared to Niagara Waterfall in Canada but it is pictureque enough to be taken by cameras.This waterfall is located at the Chiang Dao National Park Headquarters and within walking distance from the main carpark area. There is a signboard explaining the discovery of this waterfall and members...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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