We are running an online TV channel to explore and uncover places in northern Thailand. CMET (Chiang Mai Experience Tour) aims to take you on a rough tour in order to give you clearer pictures about Chiang Mai and Connected areas of northern Thailand.
CMET CHANNEL: MARKET, ARTISANS & LOCAL WISDOM
CMET CHANNEL: CHIANG MAI FAMOUS TEMPLES
CMET CHANNEL: LOY KRATHONG OUTSIDE CHIANG MAI CITY
CMET CHANNEL: THE HIDDEN GEM OF MAE SARIANG
CMET CHANNEL: THE SPIRIT OF SUTHEP MOUNTAIN
Hope these will help you make decision in traveling to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
This would have to be one of the weirdest feelings I have ever experienced! Shaun and I chose to have a foot spa - and I dont mean your usual foot spa - try having fish nibble at your feet for about half an hour! For the first 5 mins, your will be squirming in your chair but after awhile you just get use to it. They cleanse your feet by eating all the bad bacteria around your feet and toes. Give it a try it really does make a difference!
Throughout Asia the centuries-old tradition of domesticating and tending to elephants created a lifelong career for people known as mahouts. Mahouts train and work one-on-one with an elephant for decades, creating a unique bond. While in the Chiang Mai area take advantage of the opportunity to be a mahout for a day (or more) and be paired with an elephant while you learn basic commands to communicate, get to scrub them down (not really as gross as it first sounds), and even have a chance for a short ride behind those elephant ears.
Prices range from 2400 baht for joining group events up to 8900 baht for a personal private lesson.
This was not a known problem when we were there but in reviewing their website for this review, I did read that they have recently had some problems with scam offers where you pay someone for an reservation encounter at Baan Chang but then the people whom you paid do not show up for your appointment. Be confident that you are dealing with a bona fide agent before letting go of your baht.
I run out of Idea why from no where I saw a unique British Colonial Style Building in the heart of old Chiang Mai Town. Other than this building there are a few old building with different architecture that still exist.
This is an enchanting 'festival of light' where the sins of the past year are washed down the river by floating small kratongs (banana leaf bouquets with lighted candles and incense) down the river, or by launching "khoms" (glowing paper balloons) into the night sky. The sight of hundreds of these dotted about the sky and waterways adds magic to this charming and peaceful celebration. Loi Kratong Festival 2013: November 28th to 30th. Loi Kratong Festival 2013: November 18th to 20th.
Mozaka is Chiang Mai's first Ceramics Art Cafe. You can drop in to choose your own 'Bisque' (unpainted ceramics item), choose your paints and relax in the Ceramics Workshop to paint your item! All items are then glazed and fired in the Kiln, ready for collection a few days later. The Cafe offers speciality coffees, paninis, baguettes, wraps, toasters and freshly baked cakes. They offer Children's Birthday Parties, Ladies Nights and Mother & Baby mornings. I attended their 'Pre-Opening' event, and I was really impressed with their services. The selection of 'Bisque' is huge! I went with my 2 children, and they selected a Dolphin and a Teddy Bear figure to paint, while I went for a teapot. It was a lot of fun being able to sit down with the kids and do something creative. The food was good too, I opted for a Ham and Tomato Panini which was served with Crisps, Side Salad and Homemade Coleslaw (highly recommend!). This was a one off trial to generate interest, but I will certainly be returning when they officially open in June. They also offer Children's parties etc, which was not relevant to me as a tourist, however I have already booked myself and mum onto the Ladies Evening when they open as we are in Chiang Mai until July. Wine, Buffet and Painting!
Although not really my thing my wife persuaded me to take a trip to one of the many orchid farms around Chiang Mai, and i found it quite interesting. They showed you how to start growing orchids, we could even by starter kits along with instructions and and medicines to encourage them to grow (350 baht i think). There was orchid jewellery on sale , sprayed with silver or gold. there was a buffet meal on offer, but the whole place was very commercial and set up for the hoards of tourists
We reluctantly signed up for the trip to the elephant camp and were picked up early from our guest house, arriving an hour or so later at the camp. Included in the price was a ride downriver on a bamboo raft, which was enjoyable despite a hundred other tourists doing the same thing. Next we were treated to elephants dancing, playing football and even painting. Most people around me really enjoyed it but i was disgusted how humans forcibly taught elephants to perform for us and i regretted booking the trip. Next was a ride on an elephant along with the hundred other tourists again, then an exciting ride on a cart driven by two oxen.They try to get the tourists to buy the paintings, and to top it all there was a western vet involved with this particular elephant camp, who promoted the place, ---she should know better. Forget this trip !!!! Elephants belong in the jungle!!!
Having visited Chiang Mai many times over the last 30 years, and seen everything, done everything and tasted everything, we decided to splurge out and take a trip to the FLIGHT OF THE GIBBON. So we approached several tour operators and managed to find one who would give us each a 300 baht discount from the 3000 baht price. The mini-bus picked us up early next morning and took us 70 or 80 kms north to the mountains (very pleasant scenery) where we met the two Thais who would be our guides and instructors for the day. First they gave us safety instructions before we slipped on our harnesses and safety helmet, then into the jungle for the first zip-line. I was very nervous at first but soon overcame this and enjoyed zipping through the jungle on 25 zip-lines or more. There was also a couple of trees where we asailed down but the real fun was with the two instructors who were so friendly, helpful, talkative, plenty of jokes too. The whole course took just under 3 hours, then we were treated to a wonderful lunch while musicians played local music nearby. Afterwards there was a trip to a waterfall, 7 stages actually, then back to your hotel by around 5pm. Although it was a little expensive we certainly though it was well worth it,and we would be quite prepared to do it again.You can book directly from their office on the east side of Tha Pae Gate or try your luck at the tout agencies.
Get up early and take a stroll to the flower market around 8 am, and you will see a wonderful selection of flowers with colours you never saw before ( it seems to me that some of them are colour sprayed). It is located by the river opposite Wararot market.
April 11-15, 2003
at Wat Phrasingh Woramahawiharn Temple
Devout Buddhists visit the temple for merit-making and to listen to sermons.
As a gesture of reverence, lustral water is poured on monks and sacred Buddha images, and donations are made to the temple.
Enjoy Folk games and entertainment, traditional Thai sports and traditional Thai cultural performances held within the temple ground.
April 12-15, 2003
at Wat Chet Yod Temple
Enjoy a Northern Contest.
And on April 16, 2003
Traditional 'Dum hua' ceremony to pay respects to the elders.
Religious ceremonies on April 15, 2003 :
A procession proceeds along Tha Phae Road on its way to pay respects to the governor of Chiang Mai and seek his blessing.
This is traditionally done by pouring lustral water on the respected person's hands, a custom known as 'dum hua'.
MAI KHAM BHO PROCESSION FESTIVAL
Amphoe Chom Thong, Chiang Mai
The Bho Tree is closely associated with the Buddhist religion.
Mai Khan Bho which literally means the wooden support for the tree in the temple courtyards are used by the devotees who believe that the support will bring them longevity and prosperity.
The Mai Kham Bho wooden support is prepared on April 13 and 14, an activity that is accompanied by cultural performances. On April 15, a procession is held as the Mai Kham Bho is transported to the temples.
6 Apr 2003
Fantastic! absolutely loved it every meter of this ride :) we did a private ride since we had a 8 year old with us, 25km around villages and it was easy! go for it!
highly recommended, you visit a lot of places, your guide will explain you some details and it is really interesting. Kid enjoyed a lot. We took early morning tour and thank god as it wasn;t as hot.
You visit temples, local small family bakery (yammy) , sweet factory, school, orphanage, see local life on the way, and more!!
Selling eco-friendly garments and textiles with fair trade ethics, Studio Naenna has a solid reputation for exceptional, high quality pieces. Educational programs are offered at the main weaving studio and gallery exhibition space. I recommend an Indigo-dye or shibori class. Support weavers and the local environment. Purchasing an affordable and exquisite gift for yourself or a friend never felt so good!
Raining a lot in the last few weeks and have been feeling blue and the need to get out of my guest house. I went looking for a yoga class at a small local yoga studio I was recommended called the Wild Rose Yoga Studio. I had some trouble finding it behind the old Chiang Mai Gate market but in the end it was exactly what I needed. The class was strong and almost half of the students in class were actually visiting or local yoga teachers. I instantly connected with a few people and we walked next door to the Chiang Mai Gate market for dinner. I plan to visit again before I leave for Krabi and highly recommend it to anyone looking for yoga in Chiang Mai.
We did the Chiang Mai Treasures 3 day cycling excursion with our tour guide Fokke.
Everything on this trip was excellent, from the start to the end.
The bikes are al new and in very good shape, the idyllic situated resorts are very nice and the food was fantastic.
Since our guide used to be a chef he knew exactly what to order so that even our children (10 & 11) liked al the Thai food he gave to them.
The tour is very relaxed and also flat, even our children had no problems with the 45 km biking per day.
If you want to see a lot of local culture and beautiful nature you have to make this trip.
For us it was a unforgetable experience that will be in our minds forever.
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