CHIANG MAI

CHIANG MAI

Experience the merging of the past into the present in Chiang Mai where locals are proud of the city’s 700-year history. Its rich traditional heritage and unique culture is a perfect foundation for the development of the city. Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to find in the heart of the city centuries-old chedis and temples next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. The original city layout still exists as a neat square surrounded by a moat with vestiges of the fortified wall and its four main gates offering prime access to the old town.

For years, tourists have mistaken Chiang Mai as the northern junction and the base from which they can explore other provinces. The phrase a day in Chiang Mai is enough to see things around was common. Today, tourists are surprised by the fact that there is always something new to discover Chiang Mai. Intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes coupled with breathtaking scenery makes Chiang Mai one of Asia’s most attractive tourist destinations. Two weeks in Chiang Mai may not be long enough for serious travelers.

The old city of Chiang Mai with its fascinating indigenous cultural identity such as diverse dialects, cuisine, architecture, traditional values, festivals, handicrafts and classical dances is a prime location in its own right. In addition, the presence of hill tribes and their wealth of unique cultures enhance Chiang Mai’s distinctive diversity.

City & Temple

The idea of this trip is to visit Chiang Mai most sacred temples, drive around the Old City to see city’s moats and ruined city’s walls

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

which was built in 1383. It is located 15 kms from the city and 3,500 feet above sea level. See the marvellous golden pagoda, which contains the holy relics of Lord Buddha. Enjoy the panoramic view of Chiang Mai City and Ping valley from the summit of Doi Suthep. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep can be approached on foot by climbing 306 steep stairs, flanked by tremendous mythical Nagas, which symbolizes humanity’s progress from earth to nirvana

Chedi Luang Temple

where the great chedi which was built at the end of 14th century is located. Even though it was destroyed in an earthquake in 1545, it was to remain the tallest structure in Chiang Mai till today.

Wat Chiang Man

Begun in 1306, Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai. It enshrines the Crystal Buddha, one of the greatest treasures in Thailand, and other important Buddha images. Wat Chiang Man was founded in 1306 by King Mengrai, who lived in the temple while overseeing construction of the new capital of Lanna kingdom. According to a stone inscription near the door of the bot, Chiang Man was restored in 1471, 1558, 1571, and 1581.

Wat Chiang Man

Begun in 1306, Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai. It enshrines the Crystal Buddha, one of the greatest treasures in Thailand, and other important Buddha images. Wat Chiang Man was founded in 1306 by King Mengrai, who lived in the temple while overseeing construction of the new capital of Lanna kingdom. According to a stone inscription near the door of the bot, Chiang Man was restored in 1471, 1558, 1571, and 1581.

Activities , Nature & Culture

ART IN PARADISE CHIANG MAI

Art in Paradise : the first 3-dimension Illusion Art Museum in Chiang Mai Province was established by Mr. Jang Kyu Suk, South Korean artist who has created and collected artwork pieces from over 10 professional prize-award South Korean artists. They all apply Illusion Art which is the eye-deceiving illustration technique. Therefore, the spectators can feel and participate with artwork pieces as it is called “Interactive Art”. The realistic will make you feel you are a part of the “Realistic Art” masterpieces. Inside, the museum is divided into 8 different distinguished categories as followed: AQUA zone where you can discover the underwater world, ZOO zone, DINOSAUR zone full of Jurassic creatures, SURREALISM zone, CLASSIC zone where you can be world renown artists, LANNA zone of precious culture, THAI zone where you can enjoy Thai traditional plays and EGYPTIAN zone which allow you to explore the mysterious land. You can take photos in any places with any styles you want.

BAN HMONG (MEO) MAE SA MAI

The village Ban Hmong (Meo) Mae Sa Mai is situated in Pong Yang subdistrict, Mae Rim district, just 35 kilometers away from Chiang Mai downtown or approximately an hour’s drive. Take Mae Rim – Samoeng route and make a left turn at KM 12, then proceed for 7 kilometers. Due to the steep gravel road, 4-wheel drive vehicles are required to get an access to the village. Yet parts of the trail need skirting around the hilly terrain. If tranquility and fresh clean air are what you are looking for, the village is just perfect. Some houses are made of wood, while others are made of concrete. Mae Sa Mai is a large community comprising 2 Hmong tribes, namely Hmoong Njua and Hmong Daw. Their lifestyle is somewhat similar, but they are different from each other in terms of occupation, religion, costume, culture and beliefs.

Ban Hmong (Meo) Mae Sa Mai is not only one of the Royal Project Development Centers, but also Chiang Mai’s agro-tourism and learning center. Visitors can observe the villagers’ lifestyle, tradition and culture, as well as the way they earn a living. The locals have carried on their ancestral wisdom of weaving cloth from Cannabis fibers for generations, and they always dress in bright and colorful costumes and accessories. Tourists may have an opportunity to enjoy watching their indigenous performances in special occasions, such as Hmong New Year in early January.

 

BAN TAWAI – THE VILLAGE OF HANDICRAFT

Awarded OTOP tourism village of Thailand, this handicraft village is one of the major cultural attractions of Chiang Mai. Best known for its high quality at bargained price of wide variety of wooden, bronzeware, silverware handicraft and hand woven textile, the village is just an hour from Chiang Mai city.

BHUBING RAJANIVES PALACE

Bhubing Rajanives Palace is a beautiful and famous tourist attraction located on Buak Ha Mountain, Suthep sub-district, Mueang district, Chiang Mai province. It was built by the order of King Rama V in 1961 to be used as a residence when he came to stay in Chiang Mai. It was also used to receive royal guests at different occasions. The climate here is cool throughout the year. It is surrounded by charming topography among mild fog in contrast with winter flowers well-arranged along the sidewalks leading to the palace. The internal area comprises Phrueksa Wisuitthikhun Palace, a two-storey building with a ground floor on the hillside; Siri Song Bhubing Palace that used eucalyptus wood for constructing a log cabin; and a two-storey applied Thai style guest house that was used as a residence of royal guests and senior civil servants accompanying the king. In the palace compound, there is a large reservoir with scenic and fresh landscape as well as a fountain to provide freshness. In addition, natural green fern garden aged 600-100 years exists together with a building decorated with flower gardens that are suitable for those who adore fragrant and refreshing flowers and love taking photos. While walking, the tourists can experience a wide variety of roses. If they do not want to walk, they can take a trolley car with a service fee of 300 baht per car (maximum three people). Through the passage, shops providing food or snack are available. In case of impolite dressing eg, shorts, clothes rental is available inside.

BUATONG WATERFALL AND JEDSEE FOUNTAIN FOREST PARK

Buatong Waterfall and Jedsee Fountain Forest Park is one of the famous and attractive tourist destinations in Chiang Mai Province. The park is situated in Mae Taeng National Forest Reserve, village no. 8, Mae Ho Phra sub-district, Mae Taeng district, Chiang Mai Province.

The landscape of Buatong Waterfall and Jedsee Fountain Forest Park is mountain alternating with valley and brook. It is located on a height of around 400-900 meters above mean sea level. Around Buatong Waterfall and Jedsee Fountain are a plain and a pan-shaped valley. The forest is abundant, cool, and pleasant. Since a lot of large trees grow densely, the forest can be both rain forest and mixed forest with many view points. The most important brook is Huai Mae Pon.

Buatong Waterfall and Jedsee Fountain Forest Park is located in Mae Taeng National Forest Reserve in village no. 8, Mae Ho Phra sub-district, Mae Taeng district, Chiang Mai Province. It has an area of 9,375 rai. The Royal Forest Department announced the establishment of Buatong Waterfall and Jedsee Fountain Forest Park on September 10, 1994. The park shares its borders with Mae Taeng National Forest Reserve in the North, Khun Mae Kuang Forest and San Sai Forest in the South, Mae Ho Phra Forest Plantation no. 2518 (The Forest Plantation by the Forest Industry Organization) in the East, and San Sai- Mae Taeng Forest in the West.

CHIANG DAO ELEPHANT TRAINING CENTER

Founded in 1969, Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center is one of the first elephant camps in Chiang Mai. Offering the most beautiful natural setting, the center is surrounded by small hills, natural forest and the Ping River where all 32 elephants feel like home.

Wanna see how these talented elephant being trained? You can participate in 2 of the one-hour elephant training session everyday at 9 AM or 10 AM. Or enjoy a two-hour elephant riding program with the basic how to friendly train, bathe, and feed them at 10 AM or 2 PM.

Immerse yourself in the traditional yet simple lifestyle at the eco-tourism homestay where the companionship of men and elephants has been established over centuries.

Every year on April 16, the centre organizes traditional Dam Hua, traditional Lanna rite of showing respect to elders on the Thai New Year. The elephants will also participate on this day to be thanked, apologized, and given respect for the past year of obedience and friendship.

CHIANG MAI ROYAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER (KHUN WANG)

Chiang Mai Royal Agricultural Research Center (Khun Wang) was established after His Majesty the King had visited Baan Khun Wang in 1980, and had observed that the land had been growing opium extensively. Therefore, the King assigned the Garden Plant Division, Thailand Department of Agriculture to demonstrate and breed crops on the area for supporting and passing on the technology know-how to highland farmers. This is to encourage them to do the plantation instead of growing opium.

This research center is surrounded by Inthanon Mountain ranges, 16 kilometers away from the main road. As a result, personal vehicles are recommended, or tourists can take a local taxi bus from the trailhead as well. The center sets itself on the area of 450 rais, consist of a variety of winter fruits, such as chinese pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, and strawberries. Visitors can pick them freshly from the tree for tasting. Moreover, in winter, especially in the mid of January to February, the hill will be covered with a blanket of pink Wild Himalayan Cherry flowers (Hill Sakura), giving a splendid picturesque sight to the visitors. Furthermore, those bird watchers shouldn’t miss this place, since Inthanon mountain is home to various species of birds.

Apart from the activities mentioned above, tourist can also go sightseeing along the demonstration plant beds. The center guides will take you along the touring route. For transportation, the pick-up truck, 4 wheelers, and bicycles are needed. Notably, the site has many interesting spots that the travellers shouldn’t miss, for example, winter plant beds, coffee beds, coffee hulling manufactories, demonstration beds of Macadamia which originated in Australia. Visitors can pick and taste the sweet and richly scented Macadamia nuts fresh, or try those salted nuts. Besides, the center is also doing the nut extraction experiment for making cosmetics as well.

DOI ANG KHANG NATIONAL PARK

Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station is a demonstration site for planting and researching flowering plants, temperate fruit trees, vegetables and other crop under the patronage of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Bonsai Garden is located in front of the station. The garden comprises temperate and winter plants of Thailand and overseas, all of which are decorated, cut and planted with the Bonsai technique. Touring around Bonsai garden, visitors can also see herbal plantations. The best time to visit is from November to January.

Mu Ban Khum is a village located near the Royal Agricultural Station. It is a small community comprising people of various races such as Burmese, Hwa, and Thai Yai. They settled in the area and run souvenir shops and restaurants.

Kiu Lom Viewpoint is a scenic spot to watch sunrise and sunset including a sea of clouds. It overlooks the delightful ambience of the mountains. On a clear day, the Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station can be seen from here.

Mu Ban No Lae is on the Thai-Burmese border. The people of No Lae migrated from Myanmar about 15 years ago. They speak their own language and are Buddhists. On every Buddhist day, they stay home to practice the Buddhist precepts. No Lae village offers a magnificent view of natural scenery of the Thai-Burmese border.

Mu Ban Khop Dong is home to Musoes. The tribe believe in ghosts and spirits and still hold on to simple ways of life. The Royal Project has supported this village in promoting agriculture and handicrafts. The Young Local Guide project is underway to guide visitors on the local lifestyle and beliefs, as well as to create a non-migration awareness in local youths.

Mu Ban Luang comprises of Yunnan Chinese who migrated here during World War II. They earn a living from agriculture.

Activities on Doi Ang Khang are varied. Presently, Ang Khang Natural Resort offers the following activities:

– Natural Study Trek, a 2-kilometre trek showing small but beautiful waterfalls and Rhododendron.

– Mountain biking: Ban Khum-

– No Lae, Ban Luang-Ban Pha Daeng.

– Birdwatching – More than 1,000 species of birds can be seen. The best spots are Mae Phoe forest station and around Ang Khang Natural Resort.

– Mule riding – This is best done by sitting facing sideways because the wide saddle will not allow a horseback-riding style. Booking must be done at least one day in advance with the resort as mules are normally used to carry agricultural produces.

DOI CHIANG DAO

Doi Luang Chiang Dao is categorized as Ratchaburi rock unit, caused from deposition of sea sediments, and limestone fossils. It is assumed that this area used to be the sea, where all animal carcasses, such as corals and shells were piled up here. Doi Luang Chiang Dao has no reservoirs, no any natural water resources. Its few soil surface, rare water, and cold weather make the hill the only place in Thailand that is home to semi-alpine plant, which are low shrubbery, and herbaceous plant. The trees that grow here are Himalayan plant mutated into local plant. Therefore, we can find many flowers and plants that only grow in this specific place, which are Kho Chiang Dao, Singto Chiang Dao, Singto Konta Khao, Singto Ta Daeng, Singto Leb Yieaw, Ua Pak Foi Chiang Dao, Ngu Kieaw Pak Muang, Rong Tao Nari Muang Karn, and Uang Nang Tien. Moreover, the hill is also the habitat of abundant unique beautiful plants, for example, Tien Nok Kaew (its flower resembles a parrot shape), Kho Chiang Dao or Palm Rak Mek (which can grow in limestone condition and around mountain slopes), Yuea Chong or Tien Mor Kha (which is the biggest plant in Tien species), Chompoo Pim Jai, and Kularb Luaey Chiang Dao or Sri Chantra. Additionally, Doi Luang Chiang Dao is also a habitat of rare wild animals that almost become extinct, such as Saming Chiang Dao butterflies, Bar-Tailed Pheasants, Long-tailed Goral (that the locals call Deva Horse), and common serows.

A tourist who wants to visit Doi Chiang Dao must acquire an approval letter from the Director of Wildlife Reserve Division, Royal Forest Department at least 2 weeks in advance before the visit. For more information, please contact 02 561 2947. Chiang Dao Wildlife Reserve Area is open every year for travelling only in 5 months from 1 November – 31 March. As a recommendation, to enjoy the atmosphere at Doi Luang Chiang Dao at its fullest without getting too exhausted, tourist should take at least 3 days 2 nights. A trip to the site starts at Chiang Dao cave, where visitors can find guides, porters, and taxi buses for dropping at the starting point. The taxi bus renting fee is about 900 baht, and 300 baht per one personal porter. There are no any tourist facilities on Chiang Dao Mountain. Visitors must prepare themselves their own sleeping bags, food, and water. To descend the mountain , tourists must take the trail near Ban Tham, which is located near Chiang Dao cave. The trail is rather steep, so it could shorten the distance down. However, It is quite difficult to climb up.

DOI FA HOM POK NATIONAL PARK

One of the finest National Parks in Chiang Mai, Doi Fa Hom Pok offers you a chance to discoer the natural beauty of its hot springs, waterfalls and caves.

Doi Intanon National Park – The Highest Peak of Thailand

Part of the Himalayan mountain range, Doi Inthanon is Thailand’s tallest peak at 2,565 metres above the sea level. Doi Inthanon National Park covers an area of 482.4 square kilometers in three districts of Chiang Mai province. Cool climate lovers should visit the park during December to February, which is winter and you also get a chance to see the blossom of Siamese sakura flowers all over the area.

Attractions in Doi Inthanon National Park include:

  • Namtok Mae Ya is one of the most beautiful cascades in Chiang Mai. Water flows from a 280-metre steep cliff onto different rock formations in a lower basin, creating a beautiful scene.
  • Tham Bori Chinda is a large cave located near Namtok Mae Klang, featuring dramatic stalactite and stalagmite formations.
  • Namtok Wachirathan is a large waterfall Namtok Siriphum is a splendid waterfall that falls from a steep cliff in two lines and can be seen en route to Doi Inthanon. The attractive waterfall is located at Km. 31 of Highway No. 1009, take a right turn for 2 kilometres and is approachable only on foot from the base of the waterfall.
  • Doi Inthanon Royal Project is in Khun Klang village close to the park headquarters. The project was initiated in 1979 to help the hill tribes to cultivate cash crops other than opium and train them on modern agricultural practices. Most produces are temperate zone plants. Flower plantations, a plant breeding research lab and flower plantations of hill tribes (Hmong) are open to visitors.
  • Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon and Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Bhumisiri, a twin pagodas located at Km. 41.5. They were built to commemorate the fifth cycle birthdays of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. Sitting on two nearby peaks, both pagodas share the similar sizes, design and color linked with a walking path. The pagodas enshrine Lord Buddha’s relics and beautiful Buddha images
  • Doi Inthanon Peak has a cool climate all year round. It is also the where King Inthawichayanon’s stupa is located. He was the last king of Chiang Mai. Inthawichayanon, the last king of Chiang Mai, was concerned about the importance of forests and wanted to preserve the forests for future generations. He was so familia with Doi Inthanon that he asked that part of his ashes be kept here.
  • Namtok Mae Pan is the longest waterfall in Chiang Mai, which flows from a 100-metre cliff. Its charm can be enjoyed by standing some distance from the falls. From afar, the white water and the green forests around the falls make a beautiful picture. From Km. 38 of Highway No. 1009, drive along the Doi Inthanon-Mae Chaem road (Highway No. 1192) for 6 kilometres and a sign to the waterfall will be seen, then drive on an unpaved road for 9 kilometres. The lovely waterfall can be reached by a ten-minute walk from a parking lot. In the rainy season, the road to Namtok Mae Phan is in a poor condition; only a four-wheel vehicle could make the journey.
  • Namtok Huai Sai Lueang is beyond Namtok Mae Pan, about 21 kilometres from Doi Inthanon-Mae Chaem Road. Turn left to an unpaved road where only a four-wheel vehicle could make a trip in the rainy season. The medium-size cascade has water all year round and flows from a cliff to each level.
  • Kiu Mae Pan starts from Km. 42. This short trail, winding through pristine forest for about 2.5 kilometres, a 3-hour walk, allows the hiker to experience the natural beauty of the forest at first hand. The Rhododendrons, commonly found in the Himalayas, are found along the trail and they are in full bloom during December-February.
  • Trekkers on this route should seek permission from the park headquarters at Km. 31 for safety reasons. A group of not more than 15 people is recommended. Food consumption is not allowed while trekking. This nature trail is closed for reforestation from June 1 to October 30 annually.
  • Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail was surveyed and designed by Mr. Michael MacMillan Walls, a Canadian volunteer biologist who devoted to his work and died from a heart attack on this mountain. This trail is 360 metres long, passing through wet and cold areas in a lush valley. Forest above 2,000 metres is covered with lichens and wild orchids. Indigenous plants that needs a high level of nutrition, organic deposits, and rare species of birds are seen along the trail.
  • There are more nature trails on Doi Inthanon, each providing different views of the diversity of plants, reforestation, the importance of tributaries, the origin of caves, hilltribe agriculture, and bird watching. Walking trails range from 1 to 8 kilometres. Each trip needs approval from the Chief of the National Park and a trekking leader is needed. The service is obtained at the Park Office at Km. 31.
  • Inthanon Bird Watching Information Centre (Uncle Daeng’s Shop) is located at Km. 31. This is a bird information exchange centre among bird watchers, nature students and the general public. The information details the habitat and food of birds and animals living on Doi Inthanon. The aim is to pass on this knowledge to the next generation. It also provides the Doi Inthanon Bird watching Diary, bird sketches by various bird watching experts, bird watching trails, bird pictures, and slides.
  • Winter is the best time for bird watching when indigenous and migrant birds are found including Eurasian Woodcock, White Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, Forest Wagtail, Chestnut Thrush, Scarlet Finch, Little Bunting, and Crested Bunting.

DOI SUTHEP-PUI NATIONAL PARK

A national park in Chiang which covers a 262-square-meter verdant forest and mountain ranges in three districts of Chiang Mai. Attractions in this national park include Huai Kaew Waterfall and Kru Ba Sri Wichai monument tribute to a Buddhist monk who successfully initiated the construction of a road to the peak of Doi Suthep, which was completed in 1935.. Among the major hills: Doi Suthep, Doi Buak Ha, and Doi Pui, Doi Suthep is perhaps the best known as its peak is the location of a sacred Wat Phra That Di Suthep and the golden pagoda that shrines against the sun.

DOI TAO LAKE

This pristine lake is located 133 kilometers away from Chiang Mai town on Chiang Mai-Hot-Doi Tao route. The lake offers selections of recreational opportunities such as rafting and cruising around for sightseeing towards Bhumibol Dam. There are choices of accommodations available, too.

DOI WIANG PHA NATIONAL PARK

oi Wiang Pha National Park is located in Chai Prakan Distict and Fang District, Chiang Mai with a total area of 583 square kilometres and the height of 1834 metres above sea level. Due to its biodiverse forests together with cold climate and amazing scenery, it is the right place for those who wish to learn about the natural world.

Most of the forest in the national park is hill evergreen forest and mixed deciduous forest. There are also dry evergreen forest, dry dipterocarp forest and pine forest. Additionally, Doi Wiang Pha Peak is where several rare plants are found. When cool season comes, all of the azaleas and the white roses will bloom simultaneously. The peak is also the habitat of different kinds of wild animals, most of which are small and medium-sized mammals, for example, squirrels, rabbits, wild boars, palm civets, barking deer, serows, Asian golden cats, porcupines, Asian black bears, etc. Apart from mammals, birds such as sunbirds, White-rumped Shamas, Asian barbets, woodpeckers and Scarlet Minivets are found within the area of Doi Wiang Pha.

A major tourist attraction is, without doubt, the Doi Wiang Pha View Point, where visitors overlook fascinating landscapes with the sea of fog in the morning. Moreover, there are a number of waterfalls in the area of the national park and the most accessible one is Huai Sai Khao Waterfall. Located near the national park’s office, it is a small waterfall with a small lake where tourists can swim. In dry season, the waterfall has little water but is full of turbid water in May, when monsoon season often begins; the water, however, becomes clear after monsoon season. At the upper level of the waterfall is a basin full of sand from the erosion of sandstone in the upstream area. Furthermore, as a result of the humidity, mosses are found around the waterfall area.

EAGLE TRACK ZIPLINE

This is an adventure activity park set in the lush jungle in Mae Rim outside Chiang Mai town. The main idea in you are moving between treetops, on a zipline, through different stations. There are three levels of the game, ranging from Bronze that feature 19 platforms, Silver that feature 20 platforms and the most challenging Gold Package you will be moving on the zipline through 35 platforms. The Eagle Track Zipline is guaranteed with international safety standard while that also support the locals by working with and hiring staff from local Hmong and Karen communities.

HUAI NAM DANG NATIONAL PARK

The 180-square-kilometer national park in Mae Taeng district, blessed with mountainous terrains and verdant forest, is the favorite destination among cool-weather and photography lovers during the winter time. They rise to the top of Huai Nam Dang Viewpoint at Doi Kiew Lom to overlook a stunning scene when the peak of Doi Chiang Dao emerges from the sea of fog in the morningg hours. Nearby attractions include Pong Nam Ron Tha Pai (hot spring) and Namtok Mae Yen (waterfall), all located in Mae Hong Son. Camping is allowed but visitors must bring their own camping equipments and food.

Mae Chaem

The district of Mae Chaem was originally established as Mueang Chaem in 1908, and was renamed Chang Khoeng 1917 and again in 1956 as Mae Cham. Tourist activities in Mae Cham include relaxing at Thep Phanom Hot Spring and rafting in Mae Cham River and see Landscape rice field rice farms in pa pong pieng

MOK FA WATERFALL

A beautiful waterfall is part of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, surrounded by lush forest. It is located on the 20th kilometer of Mae Malai-Pai road. To get there, take a left turn at Km. 20 onto a dirt road and proceed for 2 kilometers. The waterfall, which is surrounded with lush green trees, is full of water all year round.

MON CHAM

Mon Cham is located on a hill ridge in the area of Mong Nong Hoi village, Mae Rim. It is 40 minutes far from the central of Chiang Mai. The area was previously a desolate forest and was named as Kiu Seau. Later, villagers came over the area and turned it into an Opium farm. But, finally, the Royal Project took over and changed the area into Nong Hoi Royal Project.

The weather up here in Mon Cham gets chilly all year around and you will get to wake up to an early morning fog. Besides, there are many view points up here where you can spot the spectacular view of green mountains. Also, on the top of the mountain on the east, there is a view point called ‘Mon Long’ which is a perfect spot for seeing the whole area of the Royal Project as well as the sea mist. If you turn around to the southern part of the area, you will see Mong Nong Hoi village and the development center of Royal Project which is surrounded by vegetable bed for the purpose of researching such as Artichokes, Lemon thyme, Mint, Camomile, Rosemary, Plum, Seedless Grapes, Strawberry, Red Olive, Tomato, Doi Kham. The best and perfect time to visit Mon Cham is from October to February. And, the proper way to travel to Mon Cham is travelling by car because the roads up to Mon Cham are lateritic soil trail.

ORCHID GARDEN AND BUTTERFLY FARM

Located near each other in Mae Rim district is a cluster of four orchid and butterfly farms offering you chances to witness the beauties of different types of orchids as well as colorful butterflies. Among the four, Sai Nam Phueng Farm is Chiang Mai’s largest orchid farm while the other three: Mae Rim Orchid, Suan Bua Mae Sa and Bai Orchid & Butterfly also offer different vibes and ambiences.

RATCHAPHRUEK GARDEN

Royal Park Rajapruek was previously named as International Exposition for His Majesty the King; Royal Flora Rajapruek. It was built in the purpose of commemorating the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Accession to the throne on June 9, 2006 as well as celebrating His Majesty’s 80th Birthday Anniversary on December 5, 2007. It is one of the most popular agro-tourism places of Chiang Mai and is counted as the center of Agricultural research. You will discover countless number of plants and varied kinds of agricultural exposition which would be advantageous to visitors at any age. Also, it is reckoned as a meeting point for agriculturist and those who are into agriculture and cultivation.

It has been said that the landscape architecture of the park is gorgeous and very delicate. Thus, Ho Kham Luang Royal Pavilion and other architectural style buildings here can prove that the saying is totally true. The exposition is divided distinctly into zones which make it easier for visitors to wander around the park and learn from everything you see since the very first step of yours here as there is a 250 million years old pine tree maintained at the entrance. There are several kinds of garden here as follows:

  • Thai Tropical Garden is the area which showcases the diversity of Thai tropical plants. The whole areas is inside the greenhouse and represents a handful type of desert plants, herbs as well as Thai traditional houses and nursery plant pot.
  • Gardens for the King is the area where both Thai government and private sectors present their garden arrangements that followed and made use of His Majesty’s theory on managing agriculture and gardening. Besides, another feature is an international garden zone which presented by 33 participating nations.

In addition, Royal Park Rajapruek will open Memorial hall of Thai plants only in winter as well as the flora festival which you should not miss as it is only held during December to February.

Besides, the outdoor areas, such as the auspicious tree zone, the lotus garden, and such, are also fascinating and can very well catch your attention.

QUEEN SIRIKIT BOTANICAL GARDEN

Thailand’s very first botanic garden is now major travel destination in Mae Rim district covering a mountainous area of 560 acres and displays a vast collection of plants from different climates around the world. Established in 1992 to honor HM Queen Sirikit, the garden features several highlights including a Rainforest Glasshouse where you get to walk amid abundant kinds of plants from all tropical forests in Asia. There are a number of walking trails provided but also feel free to walk around and enjoy the lush green without any orders.

The Grand Canyon, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s “Grand Canyon”. New attraction place in Chiang Mai. It’s actually an abandoned soil mine which later became a pond. Swimming is prohibited here because the water here is quite deep.

Elephant Safari

One of the best ways to explore Thailand’s natural wonders and be with nature is by elephants! Take a trip to touch the really vast and dense jungle atmosphere.

Karen Villag

Among the unspoiled nature. The hilltribes live in harmony. Visit the village of Long Neck Karen or Padong, the beauty of women is their long neck. Also visit Lahu Shi Balah or yellow Lahu, women of this tribe have large ear loops.

Chiangrai Day Tour

Experience the long-tail boat trip to view the splendor of mighty Mae Khong River and make a stop at Don Sao Village, Laos. Then cross the Sai River into Tha Chilek Town, Myanmar border and witness local Burmese life in nearby village.

Chiangmai Zoo

Chiang Mai Zoo is better than many zoos in the region when it comes to animal welfare, and the setting, sprawled across the forested slopes of Doi Suthep, is gorgeous. As well as animals from across the globe, including penguins in their own refrigerated ice-house, the zoo has several special exhibits requiring separate admission, including an impressive aquarium the panda house (adult/child and the snow domewhere locals come for their first taste of the cold stuff.

Tiger Kingdom

The Tiger Kingdom is another great combination of tourism with wildlife preservation. The proceeds from tourist visits to the Tiger Kingdom are mainly directed to investments in captive breeding of tigers.The Tiger Kingdom aims to increase the tiger population through captive breeding. These tigers, however, are not prepared to inhabit the wild and therefore, are faded to remain in captive from birth to death, which, given the current situation, it’s understood to be better than no tigers at all.

Chiangmai Night Safari

Fantastic trip to visit the first night safari in Thailand, Chiang Mai Night Safari was established after Singapore Night Safari and China Night Safari Guangzhou. Chiang Mai Night Safari is 2 times larger than Singapore Night Safari and it is considered to be the most beautiful night safari in the world. If you are looking for a place to visit, a place to hang out at night amidst the real natural environment where you can relax and learn ecosystem, wildlife and natural resources not only in terms of quantity but also quality, Chiang Mai Night Safari is the best answer for you.

SRI LANNA NATIONAL PARK

Si Lanna National Park is the eighth largest national park in Thailand, covering an area of 1,406 square meters which is home to wildlife animals, lush forests, and headwater sources. The park covers a mountainous area of 260,800 acres in Phrao, Mae Taeng, and Chiang Dao districts.

Si Lanna National Park features attractions such as Mon Hin Lai Waterfall, the 9-tiered waterfall in Mae Ngat Forest, Mae Ngat Sombun Chon Dam famous for rafting activity, Huai Mae Rangong and Huai Pa Phlu Waterfalls, Pha Daeng Cave, and Doi Mae Wa Hang natural study trail. No accommodation available but camping is permitted.

Yipeng Festival, Chiang Mai

Yipeng Festival is more of a tradition in Northern Thailand, and takes place the night before the Loi Krathong celebration. Yipeng Festival is characterised by releasing Lanna-style paper lanterns into the sky. The purpose of the display is to show respect to Buddha, as well as to attach good luck wishes and prayers to the lantern. Lanterns are released all over Chiang Mai on the days leading up to and on the day of the festival – and thousands of lanterns all aglow in the sky at once is a sight not to be missed!

Dinning Experience

Khantoke Dinner & Northern Folk Show

Enjoy Khantoke dinner, which is the traditional northern Thai (Lanna) form of dining. While guest enjoy the meal there are usually performances of traditional northern Thai (Lanna) dances and music.

Dinner Cruise along Mae Ping River

This is the time to discover how beauty of Chiang Mai by night along the river; It is a delicious Thai dinner while you slowly explore the riverside in the evening and after dark hours.

SHOPPING TIME

Being Thailand’s main handicraft centre, Chiang Mai is encircled by factories and workshops where you can watch crafts people at work before buying or even learning the craft yourself. These are generally frequented by wholesale buyers.

On a regular shopping level experiences come in a series of shapes and sizes. The city is home to over ten shopping malls, at least 15 markets and laden with boutiques and gallery style stores selling art, antiques and handicrafts. The Nimmanheimin Road offers a compact and thorough shopping experience with the items on offer of consistently good value and a broad range of aesthetic appeals.

San Kampaeng Home Industries and Handicraft Center

San Kamphaeng is a village in Chiang Mai, located 13 kilometres east of Chiang Mai town, best known for its Lanna-style silk and cotton products. A visit to San Kamphang lets you explore an array of beautiful handmade textiles, as well as woodcrafts, play pottery and silverware, which are perfect as souvenirs. The village also demonstrates a weaving process that requires several steps before it becomes finished products.

Warorote Market

The biggest local Market in Chiang Mai which sells everything from clothes and textiles to fruits, herbs, flowers, vegetables, insects and even fireworks.

Night Bazaar

Chiang Mai’s night bazaar has fast become one of the Cities most exciting tourist attraction must-do’s, you can expect to find the usual Thai souvenirs and crafts that one would come to expect from the likes of JJ Market in Bangkok, what sets the Chiang Mai night markets apart is the level of authenticity that can be found in some of the smaller stalls along the busy streets, you will come across hand made garments, original artworks, carvings and other ethnic and cultural items.

Chiangmai Walking Street

Wualai Walking Street (Saturday Market): Best known for its high quality authentic northern silver and lacquer wares, unique handicraft, Thai local food, and traditional performance, Wualai Walking Street is one of the most popular shopping destination in Chiang Mai. Come here to shop till you drop from 4 PM to 10 PM.

  • Tha Pae Walking Street (Sunday Market): Every Sunday from 7 PM until midnight, from Tha Pae Gate runs along the length of Ratchdamnoen Road is the famous Sunday Tha Pae Walking Street. Best known for its showcase of the northern craftsmanship product, Tha Pae Walking Street is a perfect place for souvenir shopping at a reasonable price.
  • Ton Kong Market (Saturday Market): This Saturday morning market is located in Sansai-Tonkok community in Tambon Fa Ham of Chiang Mai city. Best known for fresh organic vegetable, flower, and decorative plants, Ton Kong Market also presents the quail farming techniques, vegetable cultivation, and cultural performance. Observe the lifestyle of communities on a boat trip along Ping River.
  • Handicrafts Walking Street (Saturday Market): Best known for handicrafts, foods, souvenir, and the ancient San Kampaeng music show, Handicrafts Walking Street is situated in San Kampaeng, the hub for delicated handicraft of Chiang Mai. Let the shopping begin from 3 PM to 10 PM.