Northern Thailand Things to Do

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Northern Thailand Things to Do

  • Long Neck Women

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    I came here, wherever it was, as part of a long-necked tribe daytrip I did from Chiang Mai. We arrived after visiting an orchid farm and riding elephant at the Chok Chai Elephant Camp but things just seemed to be very touristy with lots of souvenir stalls selling tribal arts and crafts and jewellery items. The girls here come from several different...

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  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep - Buddhist...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    I am the one who was very tired with this temple,i need to climbed long and high stairs to reach my destination,lucky my mom don't have my any clumsy photo when i climbed up.Temple of the Wat Phra That Doi Surthep is most famous area in Chiang Mai,with this temple they have 309 stairs step up to the destination.Beside,they have a easier way to help...

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  • Jungle Trek

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    In all the touristic catalogs, Chiang Mai is advertised with waterfalls. Well, I don't know if we were taken to the best or not, but we were not impressed. It's only a healthy small walk in natural environment, which means a nice stop, but not a "must see"

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  • Elephant Ride

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    It's show business... but it's good. The performance at the training center (I don't know if it exists more than one) shows hard work and professionalism with the elephants. The show pleases adults and children. The final ride, though short and following a very beaten path, demonstrates well how securely the elephants deal with mud, even in steep...

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  • Massages

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    One of the highlights of our visit to Chiang Mai was our 2 day Thai massage course with miss Wanna . We actually found her through virtual tourist. We highly recommend her to everybody that wants to have a great thai massage course. We only folowed a 2 days massage course , but already feel like professionals. The book and her teaching were very...

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  • Cooking School

    5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    My wife and I had a great experience at a cooking school in Chiang Mai. They have local pick up at your hotel. We found too that it was better for us to deal directly with the owners of the places than with a ticket agent since they will send you where they will get the greatest % of what you pay. They can tell you directly about what they will do...

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  • Excursions

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    It's a strange but beautiful production - butterflies. As a matter of fact the "factory" is a tropical garden, recreating the natural condition for butterflies create and grow. Wonderful flowers, and the vivid colors of thousands of selected butterflies, are a very interesting sight.

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  • Maesa Elephant Camp and Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    We moved through the camp until we reached the main show ring. We were early and took the opportunity to find seating which did not have sun in out face. There were 5 or 6 elephants painting, it went for approximately 15 minutes and eventually we were able to obtain good photos. Amazing how these animals can be trained to paint, in fact the...

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  • Wat Chedi Luang - Buddhist Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    This Yang tree, inside the Wat Chedi Luang complex, was planted when Prince Kawila (1781-1815) abandoned the city of Pasang and re-established Chiang Mai in 1796. The plantation was believed to serve either as the "City Tree" marking the establishment of Chiang Mai or as a contemporary of the City Pillar which was relocated from Wat Sadue Muang to...

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  • Bo Sang Umbrella Village

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    A stop at the Bo Sang Umbrella Village, gives you a chance to see a lot of beautiful painted Umbrellas and also Fans. There is a huge array! When I was there, there wasn't anybody painting the Umbrellas, but they were painting some other things. This village has for more than 200 years, been earning a living from the umbrella trade, silk and...

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  • Palaces and Temples

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    This is the best decorated & designed Chinese Temple in Chiang Mai. Moreover there are interesting activities around this area, like the nightly market - this night market is not the same as other night markets, this market are frequent by locals and you can experience many of the local foods where you never find it in other night markets. If you...

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  • Markets

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Adding colour to the Night Bazaar and drawing a large following are the transvestites who parade around the Night Bazaar. Some are friendly, others put on a show, whilst others enjoy posing for a photo. Naturally, they expect a tip, and do not get caught snapping a quick photo without permission.

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  • Zoo

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    The Chiang Mai Zoo is located just on the edge of the city The zoo is situated on the side of a hill covering about 200 acres with quite a few steep climbs. From the entrance a long looping road takes you through the park. There are Trams that run the route and they cost an EXTRA 20 T/BAHT There is quite a good assortment of Animals. There are...

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  • Butterfly and Orchid Farm

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Part of our tour package, we were brought to the butterfly and Orchid Farm. Nothing much for the butterfly side, only spotted 1 caterpillar :( The orchid farm, at the same area was better. Smell the frangrance of the orchid flowers...

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  • Silk Factory

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    While hanging around where the silk market, wooden art and so on we found also interesting places of ceramic workshops and work of arts. The interesting is that you can also see how they make it before you decide what to buy.

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  • The Golden Triangle

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Thailand and China, particularly Yunnan province. These peoples are collectively known by the name "hilltribes" as they have all subsisted in the mountainous jungle for generations. However, beyond their characteristic montagnard lifestyle, it is difficult (and incorrect) to lump these people under a general heading. These peoples represent a...

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  • Doi Inthanon

    4 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    This is not in the city and not even close, but this is the place you must go for a day trip or even more if you have the time. The Doi Inthanon National Park is a fantastic place to visit and see some of Thailand rural area. It is also the location of Thailand highest mountain over 2500 meter high.

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  • Hill Temple and Tribes

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Outside of Chiang Mai there are many ethnic hilltribes living in the surrounding areas. Many of these hilltribes are originally from China, Laos, Burma, Vietnam and North Thailand. There are the akha (ekaw), lisu (lisaw),karen (karing, yang), hmong (meo), and the lahu (mussar). The karen tribe is probably the most recognizable-since they have rings...

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  • Wood Carving

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    We found the Village of Wood Carving by accident; we were just out for a drive and came across it. A whole village of craftsmen, it was absolutely fantastic to see their way of living, their workshops and the studios which are located under their very basic houses. It certainly was worth the visit to see the carvers at work and the finished...

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  • Bamboo Rafting

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Bamboo rafting is not as easy as i thought, or maybe i'm just too lousy, enjoyed myself though, wet all over. So, the 1 day trip got us elephant ride, trek to waterfall, bamboo rafting, and visit to the Hmong and Karen tribe villages. Good way to spend a day, if you're a keen trekker, take up the 3 days package, basically similar, but more walking,...

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  • Wat Chiang Man - Buddhist Temple

    4 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Wat Chiang Man was built in 1297 CE as the first temple of Chiang Mai on the location of Wiang Nopburi, a fortified town of the Lawa people which had been used by King Mangrai as a camp during the construction of his new capital city Chiang Mai. Chedi Chang Lom - the 'Elephant Chedi' is the oldest, The square base supports a second level which has...

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  • Wat Bupparam - Buddhist Temple

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    This temple was founded by King Muang Kaew in 1497. The Burmese-style chedi was rebuilt in 1958, and there is a well nearby which supplies holy water for anointing the King. A small Lanna style viharn contains a large brick and stucco Buddha. Though over 300 years old, much that is seen today probably originates from a restoration at the end of the...

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  • Wat Phra Sing - Buddhist Temple

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Another Temple to visit if you aren't already "templed out!" At this one, you will find a chedi that was first built by King Pha Yu (1337-55) to house the bones of his father King Kam Fu (1328- 37). The recently restored Viharn Lai Kham is a Lanna style viharn and inside are some murals depicting earthy northern Thai scenes and the ways of the...

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  • Hot Springs

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    We hired a songthaw and tripped around for the day - one of the places we visited was the Sankhampeng hot springs. This place was a lovely little oasis, and obviously a popular gathering place for families and school groups, but no tourists! We were quite amused by the popular activity of buying a basket of eggs, suspending them in the hot water -...

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  • Wat Phan Tao - Buddhist Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    The name Wat Phan Tao means "MONASTERY OF A 1000 KILNS". The name is believed to refer to the casting of the numerous Buddha images for its even bigger neighbour, Wat Chedi Luang, located right next door. This Wat is different in that it has a ALL WOOD VIHARN. The viharn was originally the palace "gilded hall" of Chiang Mai's king, Chao Mahawong,...

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  • Wat Suan Dok - Buddhist Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    This temple is located on a main road that leads west from the old city. Constructed by King Ku Nu in 1383, the bot in this compound contains a huge 500-year-old bronze Buddha image which is surrounded by well-preserved murals depicting Buddha's life. A variety of Buddhist amulets are sold around the wihaan, which was built in 1932. However, the...

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  • Wat Umong

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    There are two temples in Chiang Mai which are called 'Umong'. This one is the one in the city. It is the Temple of the Great Monk's Cave, referring to the niche in the old brick chedi, where the monk used to meditate. Like many temples this one looks new, but its origins go back to 1367. The name "Maha Therachan" is said to have come from a...

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  • Mae Ping River

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    The Ping River is located about 1km east of the city walls. Along with the Nan River, it is one of the two main contributories of Chao Phraya River which flows through Bangkok. It originates at Doi Chiang Dao in Chiang Dao district, Chiang Mai Province. After passing Chiang Mai town, it flows through the provinces of Lamphun, Tak, and Kamphaeng...

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  • Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

    4 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    This international botanical garden extends over a mountainous area of 560 acres was established to honour Queen Sirikit in 1992. The garden has an excellent collection of Thai and foreign plants laid out according to species and climate. Some of the attractions are white flower collection, ornamental plants, climber trail, rock garden, Mae Sa Nol...

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  • Sankampaeng Hot Springs

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    The Sankhampang Hot Springs are about a 45 minute drive from Chiang Mai on Highway 1317. The drive there is lovely and very pretty with views of the mountains and rice paddy's. The roads are good and well sign posted so it is very easy to find. This place is so beautiful, everything is well maintained and we ended up spending a couple of hours...

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  • Snake Farm

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    After we finished looking at terrible show at snake farm, someone there recommended us going to monkey school where not so far, we felt like to check it out. There was a lot monkeys with chain at their neck, they said all them monkeys just new and young, they were in training period soon they can make a show. well school! Those monkey looked not...

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  • Dokmai Garden

    5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Dokmai Garden is the perfect escape for the discerning tourist who wishes to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Chiang Mai. It is just 25 minute drive from Central Chiang Mai, and yet it feels like you are a world away! The garden itself would be perfect for the avid gardener, or the curious new comer looking for some information on local...

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  • Tuk Tuk

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    A cheap way to see a lot of the wats without walking is to go by tuktuk. Three of us squeezed in the back of one and were given a terrific tour both in and outside the old city all for 30baht. We had a delightful driver who spoke great English and was in no great hurry. She took us to so many wats that I was losing track of where we had been....

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  • Three Kings Monument

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Three Kings Monument is located in the center of Chiang Mai, in the area where palaces used to stand. The sculpture of the three kings is a symbol of Chiang Mai. Before leaving the square, check out the nearby Chiang Mai City Art & Cultural Center.

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  • Flower Festival

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    ROYAL FLORA RATCHAPHRUEK 2006 International Horticultural Exposition for His Majesty the King. It is scheduled between 1st November, 2006 – 31st January, 2006 at the Royal Agriculture Center, Maehia Sub-district, Chiang Mai Province on the area of 470 rai. It is the exposition that gathers the best of wonders of varieties of plants in tropic zone...

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  • Cultural Center

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Despite its name the "Old Chiang Mai Cultural Centre", it has nothing to do with the history of Chiang Mai, being the brain-child of an enterprising businessman. It is a reconstruction of a hill-tribe village, members of various tribes (Karen, Lisu, Akha, Yao) living in traditional huts, wearing traditional dress and working with traditional tools....

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  • Monk Chat

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    While in Chiang Mai, take the unique opportunity to talk to a monk. Yes, monks are often keen to practice their English. Monk chat is free and is open Monday to Saturday from noon to 6:30. Its pretty easy to find as well, being right next to Wat Chedi Luang.

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  • Chiang Dao Cave

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    We travelled for almost 3 hours before we reached Chiang Dao Cave. Admission fee is 5 Baht per person. Spelunking is not that hard as the inside of the cave is already well-lighted. You can find many religious statues and sacred Buddha images inside the Cave. After our trek, we had a very good meal at Chiang Dao's Nest (nest@chiangdao.com)

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  • Tribal Museum

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Tribal Museum is an ethnology museum, located on Chotana Road, not so far from central of the city. It is in the area of King Rama IX Lanna Garden. The featuring inside are the indigenous culture of 9 hill tribes including Karen (Kariang), Hmong (Meo), Mien (Yao), Lisu (Liso), Akha (Iko), Lahu (Musoe), Lau,Thin and Khamu including the minority...

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  • National Museum

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    This temple is a unique and elegant temple located next door to the Chiang Mai National Museum, about 2km north-west of the old city, along the Superhighway. It was built in 1455 during the reign of King Tilokkarat, whose remains are in one of the temple's small chedis. In 1477, it hosted the eighth meeting of the World Buddhist Council, convened...

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  • City Walls

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Chiang Mai's historical centre lies within the walled city (City is chiang in the northern Thai dialect while 'mai' is new, hence Chiang Mai - "New City"). Sections of the wall dating to their restoration a few hundred years ago remain at the gates and corners, but of the rest only the moat remains. The old walled city is virtually square measuring...

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  • Wat Doi Kham - Buddhist Temple

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Doi Kham in Lanna word means golden mountain. This temple situated on top of the mountain near Ratchapruk Botanical Garden, same way to CM night safari. It's a good place to see beautiful view of Chiangmai City.

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  • Full day with elephants

    This is one of the main reasons I came to Chiang Mai and I was not disappointed. There are many tours and companies that do this sort of thing from Chiang Mai and the one I went with was chosen at random. But the only recommendation I can make is to make sure you book with a company that ensures proper treatment of elephants. It'll be small things...

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  • Long-Neck Kayan Women

    Long necks were considered to be a thing of beauty in traditional Karen culture. The girls started wearing brass rings on their necks at a very early age. It has now been shown that the rings do not lengthen the neck but in fact lower the shoulders. It is said that the original purpose of the rings was to protect the women from tiger attacks but...

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  • Long-Neck Kayan Girl

    As you climb up the hill at Huay Pu Keng, almost every house has handicrafts for sale. Some were quite good and reasonably priced. This young girl was minding the family table in front of the house. However, you could hear that she was getting tips from inside the house about how much to charge. It was March 2001 when I was there. She was tiny...

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