Northern Thailand Things to Do

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Northern Thailand Things to Do

  • The Karen Long Neck Hilltribe Settlement

    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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  • Piece of Pai Boutique

    Pai Things to Do

    I went to Pai, and was so surprised about everything...and I mean everything. The nature blows you away, the color ful hill tribes. BUT what really blew me away, was finding a shop like Piece of Pai boutique, tucked away in the mountains. The dresses they have is made from varanasi Raw silk, and pure silk, the designers from Israel and the UK and...

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  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep - Buddhist...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Directly on the other side of the complex from the Naga Stairs is the Temple Museum. It is small and quite cluttered with many relics and old Buddha statues. It is worth a walk through and it is free as the sign on the chair states.

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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

    Some people limit themselves just to watch the performance of the trained elephants. I think it's wrong. This ride was different of all the other that I made with animals, due to a well chosen trail, allowing us to understand how does the animal deal with slopes, mud, and all the obstacles that start worrying us about safety, and finally make...

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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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  • Zoo

    3 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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  • 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

    Acharn Mun Bhuridatto was a monk born in 1870. He was famous in Thailand for establishing the Thai Forest Tradition which is a tradition of Buddhist monasticism where monks inhabit remote forest dwellings for meditation. In 1929, he was appointed the Abbot of Chedi Luang. He only served one year when he abruptly after his superior died. He spent...

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  • Bo Sang Umbrella Village

    4 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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  • Excursions

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    It was easy to see the effort being made by Thai authorities to open the touristic resources to tribal people from inland. We saw the mixture between authentic tribal life, and serial production of touristy bauble. Being a peaceful country, I expected a stronger activity close to the borders of the countries after a long war. That absence shows...

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  • Wood Carving

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    About a 30-45 minute drive outside Chiang Mai is Baan Tawai Village which is known for hand-made Thai crafts. More specifically it is a great place to purchase wood carved panels if you are in the market. They mostly depict a Buddhist figure or scene. The carving range from panels to Buddha heads all carved from wood. The ones carved from Teak wood...

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  • Markets

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Anusarn is definitely the place to go for shopping and night market experience. Just one block next from Kalare Night Bazaar. It is much bigger and has so much more to offer. Many stalls with everything from souvenirs to everyday household needs. There are many food venders as well. I was here on my last day and did not have time to check every...

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  • Doi Inthanon

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    This is a place well worth a visit when you are in Chiang Mai. It is easily done in a day trip. It is the highest mountain in Thailand,at 2565 metres (8415 feet), Mid-day temperatures hover about 10 to 12 degrees Celsius during the day (there is a thermometer at the top). To get there, you can either drive yourself, join an organised minibus tour,...

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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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  • Butterfly and Orchid Farm

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Wat Phra Sing - Buddhist Temple

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    This temple is the second most important temple in Chiang Mai behind Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. There are three main buildings within the compound. The first temple here was built in 1345. But in 1367 an important Buddha statue called Phra Buddha Singh was enshrined and this is where the temple gets it's name. The three main buildings within the...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Wat Chiang Man - Buddhist Temple

    4.5 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Wat Bupparam - Buddhist Temple

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    This is a larger Wat located on Tha Phae Rd. Constructed in 1497, much of the temple has modern renovations. It is said this temple is where Chiang Mai was liberated from 200 years of Burmese control. Very open and more ornate than other Wat's in the area.

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  • Dokmai Garden

    4.5 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Snake Farm

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    It is hard to imagine snakes being mistreated like this. After all, they are not difficult to take care of. But this place blew my mind in the worst possible way. The snake show was one thing: loud, obnoxious and absolutely disturbing. The guys throw the snakes around like they are pieces of rope. They extract the venom with so much force that all...

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  • Wat Phan Tao - Buddhist Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Chiang Mai Things to Do

    Another small temple but of special significance. This is one of the few temples in Chiang Mai made completely of Teak Wood panels and is still standing. The difference from the other Wat's is almost immediate, especially when you you step inside the temple. Large teak columns support the roof. It is also not as ornate as many of the other temples...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • National Museum

    3 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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  • 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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  • HILL TRIBE VILLAGES, ---REMEMBER THESE...

    No visit to Thailand is complete without a trek to a hill tribe village which can ether be done on a tour or alone on a motorbike, but it is the custom to ask someone in the village if you can enter. The mountains of Northern Thailand have been home to many hill tribes who emigrated there around 100 years ago. However the tourist trade is changing...

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  • HILL TRIBES

    Many people go on a trek in Northern Thailand to see the hill tribes but it is possible to explore yourself by motorbike or just wander off the main roads. There are at least 10 different hill tribes in Northern Thailand, many of which are divided in to sub groups. The Karen are the largest group followed by the Hmong, Lahu, Akha, Mien, Lisu, Lawa,...

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  • DON'T MISS THE MEKONG

    The river stretches 4,300 kms from a little spring in Tibet to the mighty estuary in Vietnam passing through China, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam and if you are in Thailand you should allocate a few days to stay in a place by this mighty river, the 12th longest in the world. I suggets That Phanom or Ban Kang in Isan, Nong Lhai, Sri...

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