Guides when visiting Chiang Mai (Part 3)

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Known as one of the most impressive destinations in Thailand, Chiang Mai attracts a lot of tourists every year. Coming here, visitors have the opportunity to see and explore many interesting things that will be unforgettable experiences.

>> Guides when visiting Chiang Mai (Part 2)

Where to stay in Chiang Mai

Giant Guest House 1 & 2

–    Address: 24/1 Moon Muang (Giant 1) and 4 Rachamanka (Giant 2)

–    Phone number: 66.871.821.611

–   E-mail: giantguesthouse@gmail.com. The rooms are feature water heater, free Wifi, bicycle and water. You can book all services here, room rates are listed in front of the guest house.

–    The dorm room is about 100 bahts. The single room with a bathroom shared is about 180 bahts. The two-bed room is about 250 bahts. If you rent in a month, the price is about 3500 bahts for the single room.

Green Tulip Guest House

–    Address: 18 Samlan road

–   Phone number: 66.53.278.367

–   The guest house has a garden on the roof, internet service and large screen TV at the hall. The guest house is decorated with wood floor. The room price ranges from 250 bahts to 650 bahts. You can consult the room through website Agoda.

Hotel in Chiang Mai (via uhotelsresorts.com)

Experiences in Chiang Mai

You should spend two days to visit temples and waterfalls around Chiang Mai. One of the most attractive destinations that you should not miss in Chiang Mai is Wat Doi Su Thep. From there, you can see the whole view of Chiang Mai city. You can rent the motorbike to travel ( In Thailand, they drive on the left side and the way to Doi Su Thep is quite steep and winding). In addition, you can rent the tuk-tuk to travel.

In the third day, you should take an adventurous tour around Chiang Mai such asL rafting, bamboo, riding elephant, visiting Long neck people and Jungle flight.

You can book your tour through Hotel2Thailand. This is the prestigious website for the hotel room and tour. Most of the backpackers book here because it’s cheaper than buying in the Thai agency. The services are fast and have 24-hour online support.

Attractions that you should not miss in Chiang Mai

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

The temple is located on the slope of Mount Suthep at the height of 1,073 meters, about 18 kilometres from the city centre. Coming here, you will admire the large chedi which is gilded, and it can be seen from the city during the non-cloudy days. The temple was built in 1383 during the Lanna period. The path to the temple is 290 Naga steps. If you can not climb the stair, you can go by cable car for only 20 baht. You should come here by motorbike (pay attention when riding the mountain road).

Wat Chedi Luang Temple

The temple is located in the city of Prapokklao. The temple was originally built in 1401 on the orders of King Saeng Ma Muang. In 1454, the present king Tilo-Garaj extended the stupa to the height of 86 m. After the earthquake in 1545, the tower was in ruins until the years 1991-1992, when it was rebuilt at a cost of several million baht. The unique features of this temple are the unique architecture of the Lanna Dynasty and the arts (North Thai). Wat Chedi Luang is also known as one of the temples of the Emerald Buddha which is worshiped at Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok now. Opening hours: 8 am to 5 pm.

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (via asiagreentravel.com)

Mae Sa Elephant Camp

Mae Sa Elephant Camp is surrounded by lush forest, hidden in the picturesque valley. The camp is located about 30 km north of the city. Mae Sa is home to more than 70 domesticated elephants along with the masters. Every day, the elephants are got a bath and have fun in the river, fed and do a series of exercises. Coming here, you will have the opportunity to ride elephants around the camp, learn about the life of elephants, and enjoy the natural scenery. In addition, you can also take part in the basic training courses, which are only for those who go in-depth study. The course will teach you about animal biology, health and body language requirements, as well as instruction, painting, bathing, and elephant manipulation.

Chiang Mai Zoo

This is a large zoo closely managed, located on the forest Doi Suthep. The zoo is home to more than 200 species of mammals and birds from Asia and Africa. It is also home to two famous pandas, Lin Hui and Xuang Xuang, goodwill ambassadors from Thailand and the People’s Republic of China. Their son was named “Lin Ping”. Opening hours are from 8 am to 6 pm daily.

Karen Long neck Village and Chiang Dao

Coming to the North of Thailand, you should visit the village of the ancient people. There are 2 ways to reach them: visit Padung Village in Chiang Dao cave area, or on the way from Chiang Rai to Mae Sai.

The cave is located about 72km to the north of Chiang Mai. Boasting some of the most beautiful stalactites, Chiang Dao Cave stretches kilometres into the mountains. The accurate length is about 12 km. The cave is part of the Chiang Dao mountain range which is 2,100 meters high.

Padung Village, the village of the long-necked Karen

From Chiang Dao Cave you continue your journey up the mountain to visit the village of Padang where the ancient Karen people live. The women wore bronze bracelets around the neck, wrists and ankles as part of their culture. The visit will help you learn about ethnic minorities in the North Thai region. You can also buy some souvenir rings as an aid to the minority.

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