Chao Phraya Express Boat unveils air-conditioned boats, new route to ancient city of Ayutthaya
The Chao Phraya Express Boat Co.,Ltd. unveiled four double deck
air-conditioned boats to upgrade its service for commuters,
connecting elevated trains and subways.
The catamaran or “Riva Express” is designed by
Australian experts. The new design reduces wave-making, impacts on
environment and save energy. The diesel-powered vessel has a seating
They will serve commuters from Nonthaburi pier
to Bang Pho pier and Rajinee pier and Sathorn pier, linking MRT and
BTS stations. The new boats will be operational on April 1.
There is air conditioning on board on the lower
deck. The open-air upper deck allows passengers to enjoy
sightseeing along the river. The boat operator plans to extend the
service route to the ancient city of Ayutthaya.
The boats are fitted with CCTV surveillance
cameras for safety of passengers. The holders of Rabbit cards for
the Skytrain will be able to use their cards to pay for the boat
Trang - Fine Dining, Fun Dive, and Fascinating Discover!
Phuket and Krabi, Trang is not a main tourist destination. Even
though, the coastal town is colorful and rich of local touches.
Trang downtown area
offers a variety of different local delicacies. The town is famous
for roasted pork, which is rather sweet but also fragrant with
spice. Dim Sum is a dish you should try out. By taking a Seat at one
of the many Din Sum restaurants, your table will be filled up by the
waiter with various dim sums for you to choose.
On the Andaman
Coast, Trang’s sea is stunning with an impressive seascape of azure
water dotted with small Islands at the horizon. It is praised as one
of the most romantic sea in Thailand.
Hat Jaomai National
Park is made up from unspoiled coastlines and lovely Islands. The
small island of Koh Kradan is a perfect hidden gem for lazy days on
the Beach under swaying palm leaves and warm Sea breeze. Get a bike
and scoot around and explore the scenery of Koh Sukon, which is
blanketed with lush rubber plantations, interrupted with a number of
neglected beaches and fisher villages.
Do not miss to take
a short dive to explore Morakot Cave at Koh Mook. It is an Adventure
to dive through the darkness of the cave. On the other side of the
tunnel you will find a hidden beach which is beautiful enough to
stop your breath for a few seconds.
How to get there: Trang is 520 miles south of Bangkok via highway 4.
Many local airlines operator regular flights between Bangkok and
Phuket – Sea, Sand, Sun, and Ancient town
What comes into the mind
of travelers when we talk about Sea, sun and sand? Phuket must
definitely be one of the answers. A number of exciting activities can be
found on this Island. In the early days of regional maritime trade, the
cape of Phuket was locally referred to as Jung Ceylon, while locals
called it Thalang, which evolved to be the name of the main town to the
north of the island. As the perfect stopover sheltering traders from
monsoons, Jung Ceylon welcomed merchants from India, Persia, Arabia,
Burma, China, and also Siam. During the 16th century, the island was a
popular trading port for tin. In 1785, Thalang town was surrounded by
Burmese troops who invaded the coastal area. It was under the leadership
of Chan, the widow of the governor, and her sister, Muk, who united the
local residents and successfully fought and drove the invaders out of
Phuket. It took over 30 days for the defending troops of Phuket, under
the command of Chan and Muk, to claim their victory.
As a result of such
heroic deeds, noble titles were granted to Chan and Muk as Thao
ThepKasattri and Thao Sri Soonthorn, respectively. They are still highly
respected by Phuket residents even today. When the city was in a
peaceful state, the development of mining was so unprecedented. Chinese
businessmen and miners later migrated to Phuket and soon enjoy thriving
wealth. The island's long History has shaped the Phuket of the present
with its diverse ethnic groups, Culture, architectural influence, and
fine cuisine. These attributes have made Phuket a complete tourist
destination that offers a lot more beyond its natural heritage of sea,
sand, forest, and world-renowned diving sites. Sino-Portuguese
architecture casts its spell delighting travelers to the city, while
Phuket style of hospitality has never failed to impress visitors from
all walks of life.
Phuket province is located in Southern Thailand. It
is the biggest island of Thailand and sits on the Andaman Sea. The
nearest province to the north is Phang-nga and the nearest provinces to
the east are Phang-nga and Krabi.
Phuket has a large Chinese influence, so you will
see many Chinese shrines and Chinese Restaurants around the city. A
Chinese Vegetarian Festival is held there every year. While the Chinese
community is quite big, there are many other ethnicities bringing all
their traditions and festivals from all over the world to Phuket.
Being a big island, Phuket is surrounded by many
magnificent Beaches such as Rawai, Patong, Karon, Kamala, Kata Yai, Kata
Noi, and Mai Khao. Laem Phromthep Viewpoint is said to feature the most
beautiful sunsets in Thailand.
It isn’t all just beaches though, there is also
fantastic classical architecture such as the Goom Restaurant. That and
the very welcome atmosphere and the famous Phuket nightlife, you can see
why the island is a hotspot for tourists in Thailand.
Visiting Phuket is easy as there are many travel
• The beaches of the south coast are typically
crowded, while the north is far more tranquil.
• All the major beaches (such as Patong beach, Kata
beach, Karon Beach, Nai Han beach, Mai Khao beach, Nai Yang beach) offer
instruction and equipment for diving, snorkeling, wind surfing and
sailing. Don't forget to notice red flag! before swim.
Explore Khon Kaen – export city of Indo-China Region
Khon Kaen is one of the large major
provinces in Northeastern Thailand. The province has an airport with
several direct flights from Bangkok and a vast variety of accommodations
is available for different need and budget. With these well-developed
infrastructure and facilities, KhonKaen has been promoted to be one of
the major tourist cities of Thailand.
Khon Kaen is divided into 20 districts and 5 minor
districts; MueangKhonKaen, Ban Fang, Phra Yuen, NongRuea, Chum Phae, Si
Chomphu, Nam Phong, Ubolratana, Kranuan, Ban Phai, PueaiNoi, Phon,
WaengYai, WaengNoi, Nong Song Hong, PhuWiang, Mancha Khiri, Chonnabot,
Khao Suan Kwang, PhuPha Man. Minor districts include Sam Sung, Khok Pho
Chai, Nong Na Kham, Ban Haet, amd Non Sila
KhonKaen is the commercial and political center of
Northeastern Thailand and is well known for the high-quality silk that
is produced in the province. Located in the heart of Isan, Thailand’s
northeast region, KhonKaen has been one of the fastest growing areas in
Thailand. The Thai government nominated KhonKaen as the export center
for trade throughout the Indo-China Region and both Laos and Vietnam
have consulates in KhonKaen to process visa applications. KhonKaen also
contains the largest university in the northeast, KhonKaen University, a
major center of education and technology.
Historically, KhonKaen is quite a new town,
established a little over two centuries ago during the reign of King
Rama I. But prehistorically, this town on the plateau has been home to
various Cultures as well as other fascinating creatures, heretofore
unknown to the modern world. Artifacts have proven that millions of
years ago the area was occupied by gigantic dinosaurs, several of which
were endemic to the region. People in various cultures later occupied
the plateau for thousands of years until the Ancient Khmer Empire
expanded its presence into the area in the 12th century and ruled it for
some time. The ancient cultures, traditions, and historical sites in
this area have all contributed to shaping the people and culture of
A major source of local wisdom regarding the
production of silk is in AmphoeChonnabot, where excellent Mudmee Silk is
delicately woven by hand using a special tie-dye technique, and KhonKaen
features both creature comfort, in the form of fine eateries and swanky
hotels, and beautiful nature, including a variety of animal parks and a
number of spectacular national parks.
KhonKaen is the commercial and political center of
Northeastern Thailand, featuring a number of upscale restaurants and
hotels, the largest university in the North East, and a busy airport.
In addition to containing some fascinating
historical and Archaeological sites, KhonKaen is also an excellent place
to watch the production of Mudmee Silk or participate in outdoor
activities within one of its several animal reserves or national parks.
Ubon Ratchathani - the Grand Canyon of Thailand
Ubon Ratchathani is a large province in
the Northeast of Thailand, dating back to more than 200 years old. Ubon
Ratchathani has many interesting and beautiful places to visit such as Pha
Taem National Park, which is famous for its prehistoric rock paintings, Sam
Pan Boak or the Grand Canyon of Thailand, Huai Sai Yai Waterfall, one of the
most beautiful waterfalls of Northeastern Thailand, Kaeng Saphuee Public
park, Wat Tham Khuha Sawan, and Wat Phrathat Nong Bua.
For those who are enthusiastic about local festivals,
the Candle Festival on Khao Phansa Day is the most important event of the
province, in which huge and elaborately carved candles are paraded
throughout the city.
Popular souvenirs from Ubon Ratchathani include
hand-woven cotton cloth, loincloth, silk cloth, folk pattern pillows, and
brass wares. For food lovers, white pork sausage, Thai sweet sausage, and
northeastern-style fermented sausage are the must try.
Located on the banks of the Mun River, Ubon Ratchathani
is a large, provincial capital city whose History dates back around two
centuries, officially in 1780 when King Taksin the Great appointed the
region’s first ruler and awarded the city its name. The city was governed by
four semi-autonomous rulers until 1882 when it was appointed a governor as
part of the Kingdom Siam.
Located in the lower region of Northeastern Thailand,
629 kilometers from Bangkok, Ubon Ratchathani province features plateaus and
mountain ranges with the Mun River running through the middle. Sandstone
cliffs along the Mekong River serve as a natural border between Thailand and
Laos. This region, where Ubon Ratchathani borders both Cambodia and Laos and
the Mekong flows into Cambodia has been coined “the Emerald Triangle” in
recognition of its magnificent green landscapes. Adding to Ubon
Ratchathani’s natural appeal, Phu Chong Nayoi and Pha Taem national parks
are two of Isan’s most unspoiled and unvisited natural preserves.
Ubon Ratchathani province features plateaus and
mountain ranges with the Mun River running through the middle. The region
where Ubon Ratchathani borders both Cambodia and Laos has been coined “the
Emerald Triangle” in recognition of its magnificent green landscapes. Adding
to Ubon Ratchathani’s natural appeal, Phu Chong Nayoi and Pha Taem National
Parks are two of Isan’s most unspoiled and unvisited natural preserves. Ubon
Ratchathani, the north-east's largest city, is also a wonderful place to
witness the annual candle festival, a charming Buddhist celebration.
Doi Inthanon National Park - Chiang Mai
(TAT) This national Park which
covers an area of 1,005 square kilometers is located on Doi Inthanon,
Thailand’s highest mountain which is 2,565 meters above Sea level.
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- 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. Namtok Mae Klang is a 100-metre
one-level waterfall located 8 kilometres from Highway No. 1009 junction
and turn left onto an asphalt road for 500 metres. And Tham Bori Chinda-
a large cave located near Namtok Mae Klang, featuring dramatic
stalactite and stalagmite formations. Opening hours 05:00 – 18:00.
Address: Chom Thong, Chiang Mai province.
Tourists are out and about in Bangkok as usual amid ongoing measures for coronavirus prevention
Thailand’s tourism and travel
activities go on as usual.
Bangkok– The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like
to share photos showing tourists out and about enjoying travel
experiences in Bangkok. This is amid the ongoing measures by Thai
authorities and the private sector on the 2019 novel coronavirus
(2019-nCoV) acute respiratory disease control.
TAT would like to reiterate that:
Thailand has effective health surveillance systems
for disease control.
The Thai public and private sectors across the
nation have stepped up hygiene measures.
Thailand’s tourism and travel activities go on as
Reminders: Local and international tourists are
advised to adhere to everyday hygienic habits: avoid eating uncooked
food; use serving spoons and wash your hands.
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All photos were taken on 10 February, 2020, by the
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Join Makha Bucha Day celebration in Kalasin (Feb 1 – 10)
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting local and international
tourists to join one of the world’s most unique MakhaBucha Day celebrations
in the province of Kalasin in Thailand’s Northeastern region or Isan.
This year, the event runs from 1-10 February.
MakhaBucha Day is the anniversary of a special event
that took place nine months after Buddha achieved enlightenment. In modern
times and based on the Buddhist lunar calendar, the day falls on the full
moon day of the 3rdlunar month (February).
Thai Buddhists celebrate MakhaBucha by beginning the
day (like most days) by offering food to monks in the morning. Thai people
also prepare food to deliver to monks at the temples, or to visit temples to
hear Buddhist sermons in the afternoon. In the evening, temples will hold a
flower and candle procession. Devoted Thai Buddhists walk in a clockwise
direction making three circuits to remind themselves of the Buddha and his
In Kalasin, one of the province’s unique MakhaBucha Day
celebrations is held annually at the ancient PhrathatYakhu in Kamalasai
district. PhrathatYakhu, an octagonal-shaped stupa built from bricks, is the
largest chedi in the province’s ancient town of Fa Daet Song Yang. It is
surrounded by boundary markers carved with bas reliefs of the Buddha’s
story. Local people believe that it stores the bones of a respected senior
monk. Given the stupa’s unique history, many sacred rituals and ceremonies
are held here.
This year, among the highlights of the 10-day
MakhaBucha Day celebration at PhrathatYakhu are a spectacular procession and
display of over 1,000 traditional Isan flags
along with the ritual paying respect to the stupa that includes a
traditional dance to worship the stupa by 2,563 dancers, a light-and-sound
show, the lighting of 10,000 candles, and the night procession to pay
respect to the Buddha, and the PrathatYakhu Mini Marathon.
The opening ceremony takes place on 1 February, from
16.00 Hrs., with the mass traditional dance by 2,563 dancers taking place
after 17.00 Hrs. The light-and-sound show on the history of the Fa Daet Song
Yang ancient town is scheduled at 18.00 Hrs. followed by the candle
procession. In the morning, there is also a mass merit-making ceremony in
the ancient Fa Daet Song Yang style, at 06.00 Hrs.
From 1-10 February, from 09.00 Hrs. onwards, daily
activities include traditional Isan flag
workshops, ancient market fair, exhibitions of the Fa Daet Song Yang ancient
town, the story of ‘thung’, and
displays of 18 ancient houses from 18 districts across Kalasin. A daily
traditional dance to worship the stupa by 100 dancers is at 17.00 Hrs. and
local folk dances at 18.30 Hrs.
On 8 February, at 19.00 Hrs. there will be the lighting
of 10,000 candles and the candle procession.
The PrathatYakhu Mini Marathon takes place on 2
February, at 06.00 Hrs.
Similan -a paradise for divers around the world
(TAT) If talking about
travelling to Thailand’s Andaman Sea, it is undeniable that "Similan" is
the dream destination of many travelers which is full of natural beauty,
breeze, bright sky, clear sea with the most stunning view that can
conquer the hearts of people worldwide.
Similan National Park located in Koh Phra Thong
Sub-district, KhuraBuri District, Phang Nga (the national park office is
located in Lam Kaen Sub-district, Thai Mueang District) covers an area
of 80,000 rai or 128 square kilometers. The term "Similan" in the Malay
language means nine Islands.
Similan Islands are small group islands in the
Andaman Sea which are regarded as charming islands on both land and
underwater. There are many beautiful coral reefs and unique fish such as
whales, dolphins, Moray eels that can be seen while diving in either
deep or shallow sea.
Similan Islands consist of 9 islands arranged from
north to south:
Hu Yong Island or Koh 1 is an island in the south
of the Similan Islands.
Koh Pa Yang or Koh 2, on the east side of the
island for a deep-diving point.
Pa Yan Island or Koh 3 is a small island with an
underwater rock formation called the shark ridge.
Koh Miang, or Koh 4, is home to the Similan Islands
Marine National Park, with accommodation and freshwater sources.
Koh 5 is a small island. On the east of the island
Payu Island or Koh 6, on the east side of the
island with coral reefs suitable for diving.
Pusa Island or Koh 7
Similan Island or Koh 8 is the largest island with
a sailboat rock as the viewpoint of the island.
Ba-Ngu Island or Island 9 is the northernmost
island. Coral reefs are around the island for diving.
At present, there is an additional TachaiIsland
which is also under the responsibility of the Similan Islands Marine
Recommended activities are Similan Islands
sightseeing, visit the sailboat rock, deep diving, and shallow diving
activities, watching the large rock formations that occur naturally.
The most pleasant months to visit are from November
to April. Please note that from May 1 to October 31 of each year, the
Similan Islands will be closed to preserve nature so you cannot travel
in this period.
Travelling from Bangkok to Similan by car takes
about 4-6 hours.
Travelling by bus takes about 12 hours to transport
from Mo Chit or Southern Bus Terminal to Phuket.
From Phuket, there are tours and various ports
providing services for tourists to travel to various islands of Andaman
including the Similan Islands.
Travelling by plane takes about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Since there is no airport in Phang Nga, flight from Bangkok must fly to
Phuket Airport, which is a nearby province.
From Phuket to Similan Islands: Tourists can buy
tour packages from tour companies that offer a variety of services such
as tours departing from PatongBeach Pier taking about 2 and a half
Tourist boat from Patong Beach Pier travels 3
hours. Tourists can contact the travel agencies in Phuket for more
Buffalo Bay - Hidden Haven in Andaman Sea
(TAT) The vast Beach with
lagoon-like water is simply beautiful and unspoiled. Nothing much goes
on the beach. There are just sun, very white sand, nice scenery and its
laid back atmosphere. During the high tide, warm and clear water is very
inviting. When low tide, long beach appears and allows Sea lovers to
take a long stroll.
Buffalo Bay is a pristine beach of Koh Phayam in
Ranongprovince. Just discovered few years ago, the Island is a real gems
of the south. The island is very peaceful, unspoiled and safe. Some says
it is like Thailand in the 70s.
On the island, tourists can freely get around to
enjoy the azure sea, kayak to explore mangrove forest, or spend lazy
after noon in the warm water. After the spectacular Sunset, the beach is
blanketed with quietness and darkness, and the deep starry nights
Besides a retreat for human, the unspoiled beach is
a haven for hornbills as well. Amazingly, it is quite common to see the
rare birds here, whoosing and hopping around under shades of palms.
Such simple joys are the real charm of Koh Phayam.
The easy vibe and wider choice of accommodations, restaurants and
transports, make it a desirable haven for those who look for a real
How to get there : Koh Phayam is a 12 miles Boat
ride from Ranong Town. Speedboats depart from Ranong's Koh Phayam pier
to Koh Phayam up to nine times daily.
The Gulf of Thailand – Koh Mak, Trat
(TAT) If you are looking for a laid-back and
peaceful place to spend a weekend getaway or even a bit longer, Koh Mak
is one of the first destinations come to mind. This tropical paradise,
Koh Mak, is a small Island of Tratprovince in the east of the Gulf of
Thailand, has its name after the Area nut (mak).
The island became known in a tourism market in 1974
when the bungalows were built on the east of the island and soon the
infrastructure was established. In 1987 the first resorts were built and
the island finally made their way into the tourism industry.
Koh Mak is, about 40 kilometers from the mainland
and since the island is privately owned, most water activities are
regulated so that it is not overrun by noise pollution; however, there
are still some activities that you can enjoy. Since it is quite isolated
about 23 kilometers from the bigger island, Koh Chang, it is perfect for
lounging, best waters for swimming or just simply indulging a beautiful
Sunset. If you want a little bit more of Adventure, ride a motorcycle to
one of those rubber tree plantations and try firsthand experience of
collecting rubber. You can also learn traditional Thai cooking. The
classes are fun and flexible at your choice.
Public transportation to Koh Mak is limited to a
slow wooden Boat depart from AoNid Pier which takes about three hours,
and is scheduled only on Thursday and Saturday and returns to the
mainland on Monday and Friday. The best way to go and come back is with
the locals who are out and about getting their supplies.
Rayong -Island Hopping Getaway
(TAT) Just a short
Boat ride away from Rayong’s coast is islets which simply impress
visitors with turquoise colour water and beautiful reefs. Hopping among
these Islands and spend a few pampered nights in stylish resorts can be
your great holiday.
For a short getaway among turquoise colour water
and easy Beaches, Rayong’s Koh Samet is among the easiest choice to make
your plan comes true. Koh Samet houses a number of accommodations in
wide range and facilities to pamper your stay. Its easy beaches and
spectacular sights keep visitors linger longer and longer, always. Rent
a motorbike to scoot around and explore the beach, riding waves on a
jetski, getting relaxing massages, or spend a modest nightlife on the
beach, you can have them here.
From Koh Samet, you can make a day out to explore
the adjacent Koh Kudi and the nearby islands. The crystal clear water
offers excellent diving opportunity among splendid marine life including
batfish, reef fishes, black coral and Sea fan. Climb the view point
If you want to stay among untouched wilderness and
spend very peaceful days on the beach, Koh Talu is the place to be. The
island is unique with a big hole on the rock at the northern end of the
island, hence the name. Three bays with pristine beaches and stunning
clear water will easily lure you.
The far eastern end of Rayong’s sea is Mu Ko Mun,
or the Koh Mun Archipelago which comprises three islands. Besides the
neglected beaches, coral reefs, and easy atmosphere, Koh Mun Nai houses
a turtle conservation center established according to the royal
initiative of Queen Sirikit. The center comprises a museum, breeding
area and ponds for turtle in different ages.
Pack your bag, ride the boat and hit the beaches.
You will know that few days in Rayong too short.
How to get there: Ban Phe, where boats leave for
Rayong’s islands, is 125 miles east of Bangkok via highway 7. There are
accommodations on Koh Samet and Koh Talu.
Stylish Chiang Mai on Nimman
Nimmanhaeminda Road of Chiang Mai, and you will learn how chic the
You will miss something if skip the program to visit the road.
Nimmanhaeminda Road, or Nimman for short, is one of the liveliest pocket
of the city. Situated close to Chiang Mai University, it is densely
packed with a number of good shops and outlets that express the
creativity and hospitality of Chiang Mai.
Late afternoon seems to be the right time to roam the pocket, when
dwellers slowly wake up from the long night. There are a number of
interesting shops that impresses customer with their signature
If you want the real taste of Chiang Mai, “Tong TemToh” is the right
place to start. The
serves authentic Lanna cuisine. Mango Tango is the place for mango
lovers. It can amazingly find mangos to serve you all year round. Mango
Tango serves ice cream, pudding, smoothie, of course, everything has
mango ingredient. GuuFusion
Roti and Tea serves various kinds and flavors of roti as well as tea
that will keep you delighted all afternoon.
If you want to go deeper in tea, Tichaa is a special tea room you should
not miss. It simply fascinates you with fragrant tea and intricate art
of herbal infusion such as Northern Peak White Tea and Tranquil
Health lover should dart directly to "Salad Concept" which has very
fresh vegetables, various toppings, and dressing. Cold pressed juices,
fresh fruit smoothie and homemade bread will make you for it.
Besides the chic shops, the pockets houses a number of designed
like the Artel Nimman with its signature slider, Bed Addict Hostel x
Café for stylish backpackers and the boutique Hotel Yayee with very cozy
vibe and roof top bar to oversee the city.
to get there: Nimmanhaeminda Road is situation next to
Chiang Mai-Lampang Highway, very close to Chiang Mai University.
Chiang Mai’s lovely mountains
Dao, Mae Kampong and Inthanon are fascinating mountains out of Chiang
Mai City. Get a glimpse of the mountainous retreats may be the best dose
of nature to soak up your soul.
Some two hour’s drive north of Chiang Mai, Chiang Dao is an ideal
retreat away from the city. The district is nestled in a beautiful
mountainous area dominated by the country’s third highest mountain Doi
Luang Chiang Dao.
If you are looking for a bit more off the beaten track
this untouched destination is the place to be. From bird watching,
elephant riding to exciting
exploration, Chiang Dao offers plenty opportunities to explore.
East of Chiang Mai city is the luscious Mae On District. Up in the
of Mae Kampong showcases the easy lifestyle of Chiang Mai’s rural
residents. Mae Kampong make their living from making “Miang”, the
fermented tea leave that is part of Lanna lifestyle. Mountain breeze and
lush forest keep the wild Himalayan tea trees fertile and the peaceful
village cool all year round.
Spend a night in Mae Kampong, and learn about the magic Miang that give
life to the locals, and you will be fascinated with the life on the
If Mae Kampong is not cool enough, Doi Inthanon, the country’s highest
peak is probably the better choice. With the elevation of 2,565 metres
level, Doi Inthanon is embraced with cool breeze that allows hill tribe
farmers to grow temperate climate fruits, vegetables and
as part of the Royal Project.
As part of Himalayan Mountain Range, Doi inthanon is known for its
biodiversity and complex ecological system teeming with wildlife. Climb
to the viewpoint of Kiu Mae Pan or higher, you will be fascinated with
the scenery above the high altitude cloud.
Before going home a stroll in Chiang Mai Old Town may fulfill your trip.
Visit beautiful Buddhist temples and learn about Lanna tradition at
Lanna Folk Life
Chiang Mai, you will find out that exploring the
4 days may be just a swift.
to get there: Chiang Mai is 427 miles north of
via AH2 Highway. Many airlines operates daily flights between two
Tasty delicacies at Chiang Mai Night Market
(TAT) On Sunday
afternoons, Chiang Mai Old City turns chaotic when roads are occupied
and transformed into a food haven. Happy eaters overwhelm the streets,
hunting for tasty treasures. But roaming without any plan may make you
get full before meeting delicious stuff. This is a map to yummy
treasures of Chiang Mai Sunday Market.
Pa Nguay Spicy Mango Salad: do not waste your time with the others “Yum”
stalls, just dart to Pa Nguay. Take a queue card, and you will learn how
popular Pa Nguay is. Her spicy mango salad comes with crispy fishes,
roasted peanuts, and herbs. It gives full flavors of sweetness,
sourness, and a bit saltiness, just add chili to add spiciness as you
like it. Get a bite of her salad can, you will realize that the quality
food at a reasonable price does exist in Chiang Mai.
Lung Krerk Crispy Wonton: the legendary crispy wonton of Chiang Mai is
actually situated on a tiny cart which this uncle pushed around the
city. Lung Krerk just deep fries the extremely delicious wontons. The
fried wontons come in different kinds of stuff, quail’s egg, sausage,
chicken’s tendon, pork ball. Soaked up with special dipping, the simply
fried wontons turn into a miracle snack all of a sudden. It is priced
just 5 baht per stick.
Tiny ice cream cone: You will love it at the first sight. The small
scoops of ice cream in pastel colors on top cute little cornets are very
unique sweet from Chiang Mai before spreading out to other places. Cones
are placed on a paper plate, for the ease of holding and enjoyment. A
set of five cones is 20 baht. Its stall is located close to U Chiang Mai
Khai Pam: omelet in the banana-leaf plate is actually available
throughout the northern region. But this Khai Pam outlet offers food
with various toppings such as ant’s eggs, shiitake mushroom, or crab
Chiang Mai Juices: located opposite to Wat Chai Phrakiat, the stall
offers various fruit and herbal juices in the price range between 10 and
15 baht only. Steps away locates another "Yum" shop, which makes quite
an excellent spicy salad as well.
A rough guideline to these yummy treasures may enable you to enjoy
exploring the bustling market a bit more.
to get there: Chiang Mai Sunday Market or
Walking Street starts from 5pm onward. On Ratchadamnoen Road,
it runs from Tha Pae Gate into the heart of Chiang Mai Old City.
A vivid night out in Chiang Mai
When the darkness is about to
is cooled down by the evening breeze. The city turns lively again.
Sometimes, it is more comfortable for an easy night out.
In the old quarter, Wat Phra Sing and Wat Chedi Luang are lighted up and
allow their sacred architectures to glow out of the dark deep blue sky.
You will see the ancient
which differ from during the day time. Wat Umong, known for its tunnels
under the temple complex, will be covered by a magical atmosphere during
twilight. If you go a little further to the adjacent Doi Suthep, you
will certainly be amazed by the magnificent view of Chiang Mai at night
with fewer tourists.
While making your way through the darkness, you may find many food
stalls come to life. An array of local cuisines can be found across
Chiang Mai; however, traditional northern-style dinner or Khan Toke may
be a more impressive option. The Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center offers
the culturally rich Khan Toke dinner with traditional dances and
Anyway, there’s always room for
Take Chang Moi Road, which leads to KadLuang or Warorot Market and you
will find yourself on the road of yummy sweet dishes. Ua Chang Seng
offers the best KanomKhai and a wide selection of Hopia. Sundae Ice
Cream in Ton Lam Yai Market offers Ruammit - chilled sweet coconut milk
and tapioca noodle, with jackfruit and tiny boba. At KadLuang, a stall
under the stairs provides a great selection of traditional
with a premium deliciousness.
How to get there: Chiang Mai is located 428 miles north of
Many airlines operate flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. For more
information, call TAT Chiang Mai Office at 053-248-604.
Chiang Mai - an ultimate Thailand d holidayplace for both backpackers and luxury tourists
is in Northern
The Chiang Mai weather is always cooler than the rest of the country, with
an average temperature of 25°C throughout the year. The city has plethora of
things to see and things to do. The beauty of the mountains, hill tribe
gardens attracts millions of tourists to Chiang Mai every year. You can also
a nocturnal zoo, and classic Northern Thai temples and architecture which
Lanna, Mon, and Burmese styles.
The north of Chiang Mai borders the Shan state of
Myanmar. Cross-border trade is allowed at Kew Pha Wok checkpoint in Amphoe
Chiang Dao and Ban Lak Taeng checkpoint in AmphoeWiangHaeng, so both are
tourist sites and places for cultural exchanges between two nations.
The south is next to AmphoeSam
Ngao, Amphoe Mae Ramad, and AmphoeTha
Song Yang of
Province, with tourist attractions like Bhumibol
Ngao Cliff, Mae Kasa Waterfall, and Thee Mo Bo Waterfall.
The east is next to Amphoe Mae Fah Luang, AmphoeMueangChiang
Rai, Amphoe Mae Suai, and AmphoeWiang Pa Pao of Chiang Rai
Province, Amphoe Mueang Pan and Amphoe Mueang Lampang of Lampang Province,
and Amphoe Ban Thi, Amphoe Mueang Lamphun, Amphoe Pa Sang, AmphoeWiangNong
Long, Amphoe Ban Hong, and Amphoe Li of Lamphun Province.
The west is next to Amphoe Pai, Amphoe Mueang Mae Hong
Son, AmphoeKhunYuam, Amphoe Mae La Noi, Amphoe Mae Sariang, and Amphoe Sob
Moei of Mae Hong Son Province. Most popular places are Amphoe Pai, Pang Oung,
and Doi Mae U-kho.
Chiang Mai has a long
It was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Nowadays it is a very modern
city, similar to
Chiang Mai literally means “new city” and has retained
the name despite celebrating its 700th anniversary in 1996. King Meng Rai
the Great founded the city as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom on Thursday,
April 12, 1296 around the same time as the establishment of the
Kingdom. King Meng Rai even conferred with his friends, King Ramkhamhaeng of
Sukhothai and King Ngam Muang of Phayao before choosing the site where the
capital of the Lanna Kingdom was to be founded. Henceforth, Chiang Mai not
only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, it was also
to be the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand. King Meng Rai himself was
a very religious leader who even founded many of the city’s temples that
remain important to this day.
Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where
it is possible to experience both
and modern Thai
coexisting side by side: the city features centuries-old pagodas and temples
next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. This dichotomy is
best appreciated within the moat-encircled old city, which retains much of
the fortified wall that once protected the city center as well as the four
main gates that provided access to the former Lanna capital city. Strangely,
for many years, tourists had mistaken Chiang Mai simply as the base from
which they could plan
trips to hill tribe villages and explore other provinces. Once in Chiang
Mai, however, tourists are surprised by the fact that there are so many
things to discover other than its beautiful and historic temples. Intriguing
diversity among ethnic tribes, a number of elephant camps, many cooking and
massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicrafts
workshops, various cultural performances, and breathtaking scenery make
Chiang Mai one of Asia’s most attractive tourist destinations. The phrase "a
day in Chiang Mai is enough to see things around town" was once a common
expression. Today, two weeks in Chiang Mai may not be long enough for
travelers to experience all that Chiang Mai has to offer.
The old city of Chiang Mai is a showcase of the north’s
fascinating indigenous cultural identity that includes diverse dialects, a
delectable cuisine, distinctive architecture, traditional values, lively
festivals, numerous handicrafts workshops, northern style massage, and
classical dances. Chiang Mai is also blessed with pristine natural resources
The presence of numerous hill tribes that feature a wealth of unique
cultures enhances Chiang Mai’s distinctive diversity. Hill tribe trekking
often combined with river rafting and elephant riding has always been one of
Chiang Mai’s greatest tourist attractions. Nowadays there are innumerable
activities and attractions both in the city and the surrounding province,
including massage instruction and golf. Moreover, visitors can visit
workshops where they can learn about the production of silk or silver, and
purchase memorable, hand-crafted souvenirs. With such a diverse range of
attractions and an equally grand selection of dining and accommodation
options, Chiang Mai is a place where both backpackers and luxury tourists
can enjoy the ultimate Thailand holiday.