"Chiang Mai, the New City!" Chiang Mai by June.b

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai

Flew in to BKK on Aug. 14, 2008, stayed a couple of night to shop for clothings as I did not bring any, then flew in to Chiang Mai.

The airport was small so it was easy to find my way out, besides I only have a small luggage which I put inside the cabin's compartment. At the exit, I turned left and at the end of the building were taxis. Took a taxi to my accommodation near the Night Bazaar, transport fare was cheap.


Why Chiang Mai?

My only reason for coming to Chiang Mai is to take a massage course at Shivagakomarpaj - The Old Medicine School, why do I need to study thai massage? I still don’t know but I really want to learn it I guess.
Chiang Mai is a good place to visit in Thailand, it’s a gateway to many adventures nearby with so many mountains for trekking and jungles with elephant rides and rivers.

Chiang Mai itself is fascinating, less of the metropolitan atmosphere of Bangkok but that’s the charm of the place, a city that still has a lot of character and culture. It used to be the capital city of the Lanna Kingdom and remnants of the city walls and moats is a fixed witness around the old city. The city has about 300 Wats (Buddhist Temples), cultural centers and museums.

What else?

Chiang Mai has a lot to offer for visitors and one of it’s famous activity is the hilltribe trekking – interacting with the colourful indigeneous tribes people – experience the culture. Fascinating. The Elephant Nature Park is an hour drive from the city.

The city also boasts of couple of interesting night market (Saturday and Sunday night market), where they closed a traffic of a whole length of streets for merchants who sells their wares – from local produced native home furnishings and accessories to clothings and interesting curios to exotic food. Just being there is a cultural experience... and an enjoyable shopping experience.

There are 3 major festivals held each year – Songkran the traditional thai new year in mid April, prepare for the water fight, you can’t avoid or resist to get wet. Loi Kratong Festival where you’ll see the colours of the river with plenty of banana leaf filled with flowers floating on the river and local hot-air lanterns floating on air during November. And the flower festival in February.

  • Last visit to Chiang Mai: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated Oct 12, 2008
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  • dancinbudgie's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Great page...and thanks for the forum reply.

  • Apr 17, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Whatever you do stay away from the Home Place Hotel in Chiang Mai. The room was infested with mosquitoes. I slept under the sheet the whole night struggling to keep them from biting me.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Beautiful photos of Wat Suan Dok. It looks different to others I have seen.


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