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Chao Phraya Express Boat unveils air-conditioned boats, new route to ancient city of Ayutthaya

BANGKOK (TNA) 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 capacity of 2000 people.

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 fare.  (TNA)

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Trang - Fine Dining, Fun Dive, and Fascinating Discover!

ICompared with 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 Trang.

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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 options.

Key Tips

• 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.

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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 KhonKaen.

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.

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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.

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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.  

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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 usual.

Reminders: Local and international tourists are advised to adhere to everyday hygienic habits: avoid eating uncooked food; use serving spoons and wash your hands.

Useful contacts:

Department of Disease Control Call Centre 1422

TAT Contact Centre 1672

Tourist Police 1155

All photos were taken on 10 February, 2020, by the TAT Newsroom team.

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Join Makha Bucha Day celebration in Kalasin (Feb 1 – 10)

Bangkok– The 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 teachings.

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 or ‘thung’, 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. 

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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 4

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 National Park.

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 hours.

Tourist boat from Patong Beach Pier travels 3 hours. Tourists can contact the travel agencies in Phuket for more detail. 


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 eventually.

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 peaceful retreat.

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

Stroll the Nimmanhaeminda Road of Chiang Mai, and you will learn how chic the enclave is. 

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 products. 

If you want the real taste of Chiang Mai, “Tong TemToh” is the right place to start. The Restaurant 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 mountain Oolong Tea. 

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 hotels 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. 

 How to get there: Nimmanhaeminda Road is situation next to Chiang Mai-Lampang Highway, very close to Chiang Mai University.


Chiang Mai’s lovely mountains

(TAT) Chiang 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 Adventure, this untouched destination is the place to be. From bird watching, Trekking, elephant riding to exciting Cave exploration, Chiang Dao offers plenty opportunities to explore. 

East of Chiang Mai city is the luscious Mae On District. Up in the mountain, the Village 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 mountain. 

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 above Sea level, Doi Inthanon is embraced with cool breeze that allows hill tribe farmers to grow temperate climate fruits, vegetables and Flowers 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 museum Chiang Mai, you will find out that exploring the province, 4 days may be just a swift. 

How to get there: Chiang Mai is 427 miles north of Bangkok via AH2 Highway. Many airlines operates daily flights between two cities.


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 hotel

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 stick. 

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. 

How to get there: Chiang Mai Sunday Market or Chiang Mai 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 fall, bustling Chiang Mai is cooled down by the evening breeze.  The city turns lively again. Sometimes, it is more comfortable for an easy night out. 

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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 Temples, 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 performances. 

Anyway, there’s always room for dessert. 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 Thai dessert with a premium deliciousness. 

How to get there: Chiang Mai is located 428 miles north of Bangkok. 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

(TAT) Chiang Maiprovince is in Northern Thailand. 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 villages, and botanical gardens attracts millions of tourists to Chiang Mai every year. You can also enjoy a Zoo and Aquarium, a nocturnal zoo, and classic Northern Thai temples and architecture which are a Fusion of Lanna, Mon, and Burmese styles.

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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 Tak Province, with tourist attractions like Bhumibol Dam, Sam 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 History. It was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Nowadays it is a very modern city, similar to Bangkok.

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 Sukhothai 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 Historical and modern Thai Culture 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 Trekking and Rafting 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 including mountains, waterfalls, and Rivers. 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.
 


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