Doi Suthep Su Thep Chiang Mai Thailand
This is one destination in Thailand which you cannot miss!! From Night Safaris to Tribal villages to beautiful Monasteries to Elephant farms - Chiang Mai has a variety to offer. It is a beautiful city surrounded by mountains and a river flowing amidst with swanky restaurants and cafes built around.Day 1:My visit to Thailand could not have started at a better place than the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, the most famous of all Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai. It is a 45 min drive from the city up the hill on a winding road. Climb the steps or you can take the elevator after paying a small fee. Enjoy the folk dance performance by small children and walk around the compound to see the smaller installations.The city view during the sunset from the temple is the highlight. The temple is adorned with a golden plated Chedi (stupa) containing holy Buddha relic, making it an important pilgrimage destination for the Buddhists from all over the world.Kantoke dinner and folk dance in Chiang Mai's premiere Kantoke venue (Khum Kantoke) is a unique way to experience the traditions of Northern Thailand. Sample northern delights as Thai pork curry, Thai fried chicken, fried cabbage, Thai sticky rice and fried bananas to name but a few.Take a walk in the famous Night Bazaar and do some shopping of local items. It is a very lively night market even during the late hours with beautiful spas and great music.Day 2:Make a full day tour to Chiang Rai Province and The Golden Triangle, meeting point of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Take the first stop at the Maekhajan hot springs - a good spot to take a morning cup of coffee before heading up towards the stunning Wat Rong Khun, often named as 'The White Temple' due do its dazzling white colour inlaid with mirrored glass. This is a gorgeous temple and a must visit in Chiang Rai. It was quite amazing to look at the women wearing heavy neckpieces (as heavy as 3kg) in the Karen Long Neck Tribal village. It is a symbol of beauty and since childhood they start wearing them.The Golden Triangle is quite an epic viewpoint considering the history attached to it. You stop by the roadside & look at the triangle formed by the convergence of the Maesai & Mekong River & the borders of Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia & Thailand. China is only 270km upriver! Nearby are the ruins (14th century) of Wat Phra That Pu Khao, which added to the sense of history in this place. The main attraction, however, is the Opium Museum which houses a fascinating collection of opium paraphernalia & a good history of the trade & wars. Well worth a visit.Day 3:On last day, go ahead and spend the day in proximity with nature. Numerous elephant farms, located at outskirt of the city, offer great entertainment and fun. Well trained elephants demonstrate their skill at painting, soccer and other games. You can them take ride on elephant through beautiful lushgreen forest and flowing stream. Plug in Ox cart ride in between and you will be wading through the forest and local hutments. Complete your visit with bamboo rafting after sumptuous lunch at the farm.You may head towards Tiger Kingdom next. It is an enthralling experience to be with a roaring tiger in the same frame! The white tigers were a treat to watch. This is a lifetime experience for us. Conclude the day with stopover at beautiful orchids and butterflies farm. Spend the evening leisurely on a café around the river flowing through the city and soothing Thai massage.Bon Voyage!!!
Chiang Mai Thailand
This is a beautiful hill station right at north of Thailand. We were the only 4 Indians in that place for 3 days. It has got beautiful attractions - a national park, one of the world's most maintained caves, and a lovely elephant park! Would you know that there are places in Thailand too, where you can be amidst clouds?
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Ratchaworawihan Su Thep Chiang Mai Thailand
Reach for the Spirit at the 700 year old Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
The Night Market ถนน ช้างคลาน Chiang Mai Thailand
From clothes to bags to custom made phone covers, wallets and diaries to temporary tattoos, yummy street food to jewelry and tones of souvenirs, there is absolutely nothing a travel shopaholic wouldn’t find here. The Night Market is a long stretch of little shops that are open almost throughout the night swarming with people busy bargaining their way out of everything. Lively music, lights and a happy aura around it will make you fall in love with the whole concept.
Khaomao-Khaofang Restaurant ChiangMai ข้าวเม่า-ข้าวฟ่าง ป่าในจินตนาการ@เชียงใหม่ ตำบล หนองควาย เชียงใหม่ ประเทศไทย
Imagined on the lines of a rain forest, the restaurant provides a unique experience of dining in the wild. With a lake, tress and a wooden table making for a perfect starter, the meal just keeps getting interesting with its Asian flavour infused menu.
Chiang Mai Zoo Panda House Su Thep Chiang Mai Thailand
Zoo: Since I don't have plans to visit China; i thought why not. Well actually there are loaned Pandas by China to Thais in CM. Perfect, so i clubbed my Suthep visit with the CM Zoo. The panda cave requires a separate paid entry. The zoo’s definitely got more birds than an average zoo. Take the shuttle cause this zoo is real big to walk on and catch the animal talent show!
Chiang Mai Zoo Huai Kaeo Road Chiang Mai Thailand
No I wasn't referring to Backpackers. Chiang Mai Zoo is a hillside town for African, Asian and Australian animals. I was delighted at how well looked after they seem, despite some small enclosures for reptiles and one maddened-looking Asian black bear so clearly bored of his enclosure. And compared to Tiger Kingdom, where big cats are drugged for a tourist's opportunity at getting close to a top predator for a fucked up cuddle. The pandas being the star attraction were in their own area to draw in more money . As you can guess, the breeding programme wasn't going well and neither panda, showed a hint of interest in anything but sleeping in their bamboo decorated enclosures. Still it was a treat for me to see one in (huge) flesh and I was impressed at the modernity of how to keep such large and dangerous animals in humane but safe areas by using the well known trench system instead of caging up in serious amounts of chicken wire (ahem, London zoo).
Wat Chiang Man Si Phum Chiang Mai Thailand
It is a city of Wats or Buddhist temples and there are over 300s of them scattered all over the place. The most famous one, which is also closely associated with the city founder King Mangrai is Doi Suthep, which sits loftily on the mountain named after the wat.
Chiang Mai Tubing & Beach Club Office 1 Chiang Mai Thailand
The beaches here are completely unlike typical Thai beaches and that was a relief!
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Shopping Centre Chang Khlan Chiang Mai Thailand
The night market is very vibrant and filled with cultural souvenirs .. Unique and colourful Bo San umbrellas, Khantok dinners, Loy Krathon festivities, Flower Festival and crazy Songkran celebrations mark typical Chiang Mai culture and it has been voted among the 25 best destinations in the world.
Wat Phra Singh Si Phum Chiang Mai Thailand
As Chiang Mai’s most revered temple, visitors flock to Wat Phra Singh to take in it’s Lanna art, architecture and resident Phra Singh Buddha (and therein lies the origins of it’s name). Wat Phra Singh, whose main entrance is guarded by lions, sits in the old city centre of Chiang Mai at the end of the main street (Rachadamnoen Road) and was built in 1345. The Phra Singh Buddha, also known as the Lion Buddha, is housed in a small chapel at the back of the temple grounds. The building is beautiful with its three-tiered roof and carved gables. The inside is just as amazing with gold-pattern stenciling (called lai·krahm) and extensive murals. Purchase incense and flowers to donate during your visit and you may receive a blessing from a senior Monk. The grounds also feature the main chedi with a unique octagonal shape along with a learning center for boys and young men to study to become Novice Monks. Under the shade of red umbrellas, a street market lines the walkway to the rear of the property and offers clothing, trinkets and food. The absolute best bowl of Khao Soi noodles can be had here for just 40 Thai Baht (about $1.30 USD).
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan Si Phum Chiang Mai Thailand
Also known as the Temple of the Big Stupa, this amazing ruined temple in the heart of Chiang Mai dates back to the 14th or 15th century. King Saen Muang Ma (r.1385-1401) began construction on Wat Chedi Luang in 1391 to hold the ashes of his father, Ku Na. Then, it was then given the great honor of housing the Emerald Buddha, the holiest religious object in Thailand (which is now kept in Wat Phra Kaew at the Grand Palace in Bangkok). The temple continued to grow to a height of 280 ft until 1545 when a severe earthquake toppled part of the great spire. Even then, it remained the tallest structure in Chiang Mai until modern times. The ruined brick chedi of Wat Chedi Luang now rises an impressive 60m in height and is still home to many Buddha Shrines. Although partly ruined, each of it’s four sides are guarded by stone nagas (mythical snakes) and elephants stand guard midway up the platform. This “Royal Pagoda” is currently being renovated and the work completed thus far is stunning. Be sure to take a walk around the entire structure as there is more to be seen on the back side, including donation boxes and bells for each Zodiac animal. According to ancient local belief when people die their spirit will stay in the chedi of their Zodiac animal sign. Although each sign has an official temple in Thailand, these donation bins allow visitors to pay homage to their sign without having to travel to their specific temple (which may be some distance away from Chiang Mai). Next to the chedi sits a large assembly hall with round columns holding up a red ceiling above a Buddha known as Phra Chao Attarot. Dating back to the late 14th century, this large standing Buddha sits high above the crowd in the back of the hall. The entire area in front is a mesmerizing array of Zodiac banners purchased and placed by the faithful in hopes of bringing merit to themselves and their family. Outside to the left, visitors have the opportunity to leave a donation in turn for writing on a tile that will be placed on the roof of the structure. On the other side of the chedi is another pavilion housing a reclining Buddha statue. Don’t miss the large Dipterocarp tree (gum tree) that by lore protects the temple and the city of Chiang Mai in the southeast corner. Legend has it that if the tree is to fall, a catastrophe will soon follow. Also standing guard is the ‘Spirit of the City’ pillar, enshrined next to the tree in a cross shaped building.
Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center Chiang Mai Thailand
The old city was completely walled once and suroounded by a moat. Parts of it can still be seen and are well preserved