TRAVEL DATE: 12-13 December 2016 DESTINATION: Chiang Mai Province ACCOMMODATION: Dusit Princess Hotel Chiang Mai
Ever since the passing of King Bhumibol, there has been a renewed interest in the royal projects that he initiated around Thailand. Most of these were set up to help local local people to learn about sustainable farming and also to help them to sell their produce. Tourists can visit many of these projects. Some of them also offer homestay options. However, unless you have your own transport, many of them are not easy to reach. I also visited a few other notable attractions in Chiang Mai. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click to see the embedded tweets for Day 1 and Day 2.
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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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.