Visakha Bucha Festival in Chiang Mai

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TRAVEL DATE: 31 May – 2 June 2015
DESTINATION: Chiang Mai Province
ACCOMMODATION: Shangri-La Hotel

At the end of May 2015, I flew THAI Smile to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. I went with the guys from iTravel Channel. The purpose of the trip was to cover the Wisakha Bucha Parade to the top of Doi Suthep, the most well-known temple in this province. Other highlights during the three day trip included, Art in Paradise, Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai Zoo and Night Safari, and Doi Inthanon. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click for the embedded tweets for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

The following map shows the places that we visited during the trip:

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.

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LIST OF PLACES WE VISITED:

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DESTINATION, GPS, PHOTO ALBUMS
Chiang Mai Airport,18.769353 98.965308,Photos | Aerials
Shangri-la Hotel,18.778499 98.999760,Photos | Aerials
Art in Paradise,18.776328 98.999622,Photos | Aerials
Wat Chedi Luang,18.787030 98.986472,Photos | Aerials
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep,18.804998 98.921546,Photos | Aerials
Tawa Bistro,18.786186 98.992863,Photos | Aerials
Chiang Mai Zoo,18.809910 98.947683,Photos | Aerials
Chiang Mai Night Safari,18.742940 98.920106,Photos | Aerials
Doi Inthanon,18.590522 98.485490,Photos | Aerials
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PHOTO ALBUM

Chiang Mai is about 700 kilometers north of Bangkok. Express and rapid trains operated by the State Railways of Thailand leave for Chiang Mai from Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station six times a day from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. The trip takes about 11-12 hours on an express train. The journey by bus takes approximately 10-12 hours, depending on traffic. Domestic airlines, including Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, and Nok Air, operate several flights daily between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

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