Savitri-Sharin Clinic 95/2-3 Kochasarn Road (East side of the moat, almost to the southeast corner) Phone 053 275-330 Daily hours 09:00-12:00, 17:00-20:00; Closed Sunday evenings. English spoken. Personable husband and wife team, both are doctors. Highly recommended.
Baan Sabaii, 22 Chiang Saidai Road. A special AIDS hospital backed up by a Christian and Japanese societies (The head doctor is a Japanese woman, Aoki Emiko).
Chiangmai Ram Hospital, 8 Boonruangrit Road, Sripoom District (north-west corner of the moat), +66 53-224851 / +66 53-224861 (fax: +66 53-224880), . Offers state-of-the-art (but a bit pricey) medical care.
Malaria Centre, 18 Boonruangrit Road, T Suthep, A Muang +66 53-221529 / +66 53-894271. Chiang Mai city itself is considered low-risk, however malaria is endemic in the region and risk can be especially significant when trekking in the hills.
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, 110 Intawaroros Road, T.Sripoom, A.Muang Chiang Mai. A university-based hospital, leading medical tertiary-care for the North of Thailand.
Chiang Mai is situated at 300 meters above sea level in a large mountainous area. Located approximately 700km from Bangkok, Chiang Mai province is famed for its gloriously high mountain ranges, plentiful flora and fauna and crisp fresh weather. The province in Thailand is one of the country’s largest, covering 20,107 square kilometers.
The actual meaning of Chiang Mai itself is “new city” and it was founded as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom in 1296 by King Meng Rai. Chiang Mai not only acts as the capital of the kingdom, the province was established as the religious center of the north and so innumerable temples have been built.
The north of Thailand’s culture is Lanna in origin and the people are very proud of their northern roots. The region is home to distinctly different food, music, arts, way of life and even language. Chiang Mai is also a melting pot of hill tribes and their own unique cultures.
Maintaining their traditional life-styles, the seven major hill-tribes of the Karen, Yao, Meo, Lisaw, Lawa, Lahu and Akha, live in relative isolation independent from Thai society. All of them, in their villages anyway, still wear their unique dresses, speak their own dialect and eat their own food.
Tai Yai, Burmese in origin, harvest rice, farm, raise cattle and trade. Their craftsmanship lies in weaving, pottery, wood carving and bronze ware.
Akha have the largest population of any hill tribe in the region. Originating from Tibet and Southern China, they dwell on high grounds around 1,200 meters above sea-level. Within their villages they build a Spirit Gateway to protect them from evil spirits.
Lahu are also from the Yunnese area and live in high areas. They are known as hunters and planters.
Karen live in various areas of the region which have valleys and riverbanks.
Hmong from southern China are located on high land. They raise livestock and grow rice, corn, tobacco and cabbage. They are also known for their embroidery and silver.
Tai Lue live in dwellings of usually only a single room wooden house built on high poles. They are skilled in weaving.
Lisaw from southern China and Tibet are renowned for their colorful dress and also build their dwellings on high poles. They harvest rice and corn and their men are skilled in hunting.
Yao reside along mountain sides and grow corn and other crops. They are skilled blacksmiths, silversmiths and embroiders.
Chiang Mai province is renowned as one of the world’s top centers for the cottage industry. The area is a haven for traditional handicrafts made by craftsmen using skills which have been down through countless generations. They include: silverware, lacquerware, celadon pottery, silk and cotton, hand-painted paper umbrellas and more. For those interested they will have a fantastic time shopping.
The best time of the year to see Chiang Mai is from November to April where the weather is super-fresh and crispy and all the province’s renowned flowers are out in full bloom. In fact, in the mountainous areas temperatures can dip down to freezing point. It doesn’t snow, but sleet is known to drop at times. One of the best times to visit Chiang Mai during this period is at Songkran (Thai New Year) as the town is synonymous with Songkran tradition, color and fun. During the hot season March to May temperatures especially in the city are high, going up to the high 30s. The rainy season in north is from June to October and trekking is not advised due to the chances of storms, winds and rains. From May to October there is a lot of rain but since the climate is tropical, the rain falls in quick heavy but short downpours.
From Bangkok drive on Highway No.1 (Phahonyothin) to Highway No.32 passing the provinces of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, and Nakhon Sawan, then take Highway No. 117 to Phitsanulok and drive on to Highway No. 11 to Lampang, Lamphun and Chiang Mai. The route is 695km.
From Bangkok drive to Nakhon Sawan and then take Highway No. 1 passing Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, Lampang, and Chiang Mai. This route is 696km.
The 10-hour journey from Bangkok can be made on air-conditioned buses start from the Northern Bus Terminal, contact Tel. 0 2936 2852, 0 2576 5599 or  for more information. Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station, Tel: 0 5324 1449, 0 5324 2664
The private coaches to Chiang Mai served daily such as Tanchit Tour 0 2936 3210-4, Cherdchai Tour 0 2936 1099, Chaiyasit Tour 0 2936 3553, NakhonChai Air 0 2936 3355, 0 2936 0800, Wiriya Tour 0 2936 2827, New Wiriya Tour 0 2936 2205, Sombut Tour 0 2 936 2495-9, Rungprasert Tour 0 2936-3638, Siam First Tour 0 2936 1120, Indra Tour 0 2936 2492-3, 0 2656 3451-3
There are services from Chaing Mai’s Chang Phueak Bus Terminal to various districts in Chiang Mai. Buses ply along the northern route (Highway No. 107) passing through Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Chiang Dao, Chaiprakan, Fang and Mae Ai. Some buses continue to Tha Ton. Local city buses ply between Chiang Mai and Lamphun on Highway No. 106. Chang Phuak Bus Station Tel: 0 5321 1586.
The State Railways of Thailand operates daily services from Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong). Trains leave for Chiang Mai daily from 08.00-22.00 hrs. For more information, contact Tel. 1690, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or . Chiang Mai Railway Station, Tel. 0 5324 2094.
For relative short distance tourists can take a rickshaw (samlor). Short rides within the city cost between 20 and 30 baht. Longer rides may cost as much as 50 baht.
Tuk-tuks (three-wheeled motorized rickshaws) are also popular for short and quick journeys. Fares must be bargained in advance.
The most common means of transport is a seelor (literally “four wheel”) or songthaew. They all are red-coloured and look like pick-up trucks but with a roof over the back. They pick up as many passengers as they can and drop them off as the drivers reach their destinations. To go by songthaew, simply tell the driver your destination. Fares range from 20-30 baht according to the distance.
Motorbikes can be hired in the city but it is advised to be extremely careful when hiring a motorbike and only use a reputable agency as some of the smaller ones have been known to scam tourists.
Cars can be rented from trust-worthy companies such as AVIS, Budget and Hertz. For those traveling only short distances, they can rent bicycles downtown.
Outside of the city, tourists can travel around the province by non-air-conditioned buses. In some of the more remote areas, travel is done by songthaew. When going to visit hill tribes, there may be no other means of getting there besides on foot.
Wat Suan Dok (วัดสวนดอก) is on Suthep Road. The temple was built in 14th century Lanna Thai monarch’s pleasure gardens and is a favourite spot for photographers, particularly for striking sunset. Several of the white chedis contain ashes of Chiang Mai’s former royal family. The 500-year-old bronze Buddha image in a secondary chapel is one of Thailand’s largest metal images.
Wat Prasat (วัดปราสาท), located on Inthawarorot Road near Wat Phra Sing. The temple houses traditional Lanna architecture chapel, the chapel roof is decorated in colourful glasses and wooden craved lions. Wat Prasat houses one of the rare Lanna arts’ Buddha image.
Sao Inthakin or Sao Lak Mueang (เสาอินทขิลหรือเสาหลักเมือง), the city pillar was built when the founder of Chiang Mai, King Mengrai governed the city in 1296. It is in front of Wat Chedi Luang and enshrined in a small Thai chapel. The pillar is made of log and kept underground. The Sao Inthakin or city pillar celebration is held annually in May.
Wat Phan Tao (วัดพันเตา), located on Phra Pok Klao Road beside Wat Chedi Luang. The temple was a throne hall for King Mahotara Prateth, thus the peacock shaped doors were built. It is believed that peacock is a symbol of king.
Wat Ku Tao (วัดกู่เต้า), it was formerly called Wat Veru Vanaram. The temple is in Tambon Sri Phum near Chiang Mai Stadium. It is noteworthy for an unusual watermelon shaped pagoda, thus giving such name by the locals. An exact period of its establishment is somewhat unknown, but from a legend, the Ku Tao chedi contains ashes of Prince Saravadee, the son of King Bureng Nong who ruled Chiang Mai from 1579 to 1607.
Wat Saen Fang (วัดแสนฝาง) is on Tha Phae Road. This is the old temple, built in the Burmese architecture. The residence of the abbot dating from more than 100 years is an interesting attraction in the temple compound. King Intavitchayanontha, the seventh king who governed Chiang Mai commanded to destroy the residence of Phra Chao Gavirorossurivongs (Chao Chevit Ao), the sixth ruler of Chiang Mai.1877, later his former residence was rebuilt in this temple. The celebration was held in 1878.
Wat Buppharam (วัดบุพพาราม), located on Tha Phae Road. The interesting attractions include the Burmese architectural chedi, the local style woodcarving in some part of the main chapel and viharn.
Wiang Kum Kam (เวียงกุมกาม) is an ancient city that was built in the reign of King Mengrai in 1286. The city was surrounded by ditches in every corner and they were used as reservoirs. From the discoveries, there are 20 ancient remains in and around Wiang Kum Kam include buildings and temples of Wat Chedi Liam, Wat Chang Kham, Wat Noi, Wat Pu Pia, Wat Ku Khao, Wat E Kang, Wat Hua Nong, and Wat Pu Song. The remains are dating from 21st –22nd Buddhist centuries.
Presently, Wiang Kum Kam is in the southeast of Chiang Mai, between Km.3-4 along Chiang Mai-Lamphun route, Tambon Wang Tan, Saraphi district. It is situated near the east of the Mae Ping River.
Getting there by taking the road at Nong Hoi Police box to the Ko Klang Pa Kluai intersection and en route to Chedi Liam Police box.
Wat Chedi Liam or Chedi Ku Kham (วัดเจดีย์เหลี่ยม หรือ เจดีย์กู่คำ) was built in 1288 in the reign of King Mengrai after he had authorised an administrative responsibility of Lamphun town to his minister, Aey Fah. King Mengrai established a town in the northeast of Chiang Mai for 5 years and then resettled a town near the Mae Ping River in 1277 and renamed it “Wiang Kum Kam”. In 1287, the stupa of Wat Jamthewi, Lamphun was rebuilt in Wiang Kum Kam for the locals to worship.
After that for hundreds years, the temple was left abandoned. In 1908, a Burmese tycoon renovated it, thus the temple has influences of Burmese architecture instead of its former Khmer style. Only some parts were rebuilt in Khmer architecture.
Wat Chedi Chet Yot (วัดเจดีย์เจ็ดยอด) or Wat Photaram Mahaviharn, located on the Super Highway (Chiang Mai-Lampang), 4km from Chiang Mai town. It is one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai and was recently renovated. The interesting attraction of this temple is the seven tapering finial stupa, which is supported by lovely divine sculptures at its base. The most interesting is the stupa possesses architecture of the Phuttakaya stupa in India. Besides, the stupa contains ashes of King Tilokkarat, Mengrai Dynasty, who built this temple. It is a worth to visit.
Chiang Mai National Museum (พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติเชียงใหม่) is on the Chiang Mai-Lampang Super Highway near Wat Chet Yot. The distinctive building was built in modern Lanna Thai architecture and features northern arts and culture. The area is peaceful and refreshing. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 09.00-16.00 hrs. and closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and the national holidays. Contact Tel: 0 5322 1308 for more information.
Kad Suan Kaeo Art & Cultural Centre (ศูนย์ศิลปะการแสดงกาดสวนแก้ว), located in Kad Suan Kaeo Shopping Mall. As the name indicates, it is a centre of art and cultural performances. The Kad Suan Kaeo theatre is equipped with advanced technology where numerous Thai and foreign shows are performed. For more information, contact Tel: 0 5322 4333 ext. Kad Silpa.
SBUN-NGA Textile Museum at the old Chiang Mai Cultural Center 185/20 Wua Lai Road, Mueang. There are more than a thousand ancient and rare textiles revealing the elaborate weaving skills of both local and royal ancestors in Southeast Asia. Open daily (Except Wednesday) from 10.30 a.m.-06.30 p.m. Tel: 0 5320 0655, 0 1883 6713
Huai Kaeo Arboretum (สวนรุกขชาติห้วยแก้ว) is next to Chiang Mai University. The attractively landscaped garden contains many kinds of tropical trees and lovely flowers. It is best for recreation, exercise, and plants study.
Chiang Mai Zoo (สวนสัตว์เชียงใหม่) is located next to Huai Kaeo Arboretum. It is a well-managed large zoo, which occupies the lower forested slopes of Doi Suthep Mountain. The zoo contains more than 200 types of Asian and African mammals and birds. It is open everyday from 08.00 to 19.00 hrs. Admission fee for adult is 100 baht, and children fee is 20 baht. Restaurants and a camping site are available. For advance booking contact Tel: 0 5322 1179, 0 5322 2283.
Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติดอยสุเทพ-ปุย), the superb landscaped national park covers an area of 262 square kilometres of Amphoe Mae Rim, Amphoe Hang Dong, and Amphoe Mueang. The park consists of verdant forests and mountain ranges. Major mountains include Doi Suthep, Doi Buak Ha, and Doi Pui. This is a main source of tributaries and streams in Chiang Mai. Sacred places, religious attractions and historical sites are located in the park complex. To get to the park office, drive from Chiang Mai town for 5km on the Huai Kaeo-Chiang Mai University-Chiang Mai Zoo route to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep en route to the intersection on the right, the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park road sign will be seen.
Attractions in the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
Huai Kaeo Waterfall (น้ำตกห้วยแก้ว) is located 6km from Chiang Mai town. The 10-metre cascade provides a delightful ambiance of scenic views and various plants.
Khru Ba Siwichai Monument (อนุสาวรีย์ครูบาศรีวิชัย) is situated at the foot of Doi Suthep Mountain. The monument honours the devoted Buddhist monk whose followers built the first 10km road to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in 1935.
Bhubing Palace (พระตำหนักภูพิงค์ราชนิเวศน์) is on the same road, 4km beyond Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, on Doi Buak Ha. The royal winter palace was built in 1961. The palace is also the royal guesthouse for prominent State visitors from abroad. The lavishly landscaped gardens and grounds are open to the general public everyday from 08.30 -16.30 hrs. Tickets are sold until 15.30 hrs. The palace is closed when the Royal Family is in residence, January to early March.
Doi Pui Tribal Village (หมู่บ้านชาวเขาเผ่าม้ง) is a Hmong tribal village some 3km on an asphalt road from Phu Phing Palace. The village presents the typical lifestyle of the Hmong as well as a scenic view of Doi Inthanon, the highest peak of Thailand. The trip takes only an hour from Chiang Mai town and the village is easily accessible.
Chiang Mai Night Safari (เชียงใหม่ ไนท์ ซาฟารี) is in Doi Suthep - Doi Pui National Park, Tambon Mae Hia and Tambon Suthep, Amphoe Mueang and Tambon Nong Khwai, Amphoe Hang Dong, covering an overall area of approximately 819 rai. This is an abundant night safari. Visitors can see various kinds of animals such as elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, Asiatic black bears, tigers, hyenas, crocodiles, etc. by open-air tram. There is also a trekking route to see the wild animals surrounded by a beautiful atmosphere on the lake’s bank that is full of various trees.
To get there: It is 10km from Chiang Mai. Go along Huai Kaeo Road, turn left into Highway No. 121 toward Amphoe Hang Dong for around 10km, then turn right and continue for
2km. Operation hours: day time from Mon.-Fri. between 13.00-16.00 hrs. and Sat.-Sun. between 10.00-16.00 hrs., night time daily between 18.00-24.00 hrs. Tickets for adults are 500 baht and 300 baht for children. For more information, please contact Tel: 0 5399 9050, 0 5399 9000 or .
Chiang Mai Cultural Centre (ศูนย์วัฒนธรรมเชียงใหม่) at the beginning of Chiang Mai-Hang Dong road has an excellent collection of Lanna Thai art, and displays of traditional northern culture. A spectacular folk dance is performed while the typical northern dinner “Khan Tok” is served. The Khan Tok comprises Kaeng Hang Le, a gingery pork curry; the chilli-tomato-minced pork dip called Nam Phrik Ong; and the crunchy pieces of pork scratching, or Kaep Mu, for dipping into the rich gravy. Enjoyable tribal shows of Karen, Hmong, Lahu, Akha, Mien and Lisu are performed after dinner from 19.00 - 22.00 hrs. For more information, contact Tel: 0 5327 4540, 0 5327 5097or 
Wiang Tha Kan (เวียงท่ากาน) is an ancient city wall dated back to the Hariphunchai period, built before the advent of King Mengrai. During excavations, sandstone and earthen Buddha images including earthen amulets, brown jars with bones and Chinese porcelains from the Yuan Dynasty (1280-1368) were found in the area of Tha Kan village. The best preserved of the ruins are the pagoda and the foundations of the viharn, constructed from bricks and laterite. Wiang Tha Kan is located about 34km to the south of Chiang Mai along Highway No.108.
Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong (วัดพระธาตุศรีจอมทอง) is 58km from the town in Chom Thong district and dated from the mid-1400s. The temple houses a collection of bronze Buddha images, and the secondary chapel contains a holy Buddha relic.
Wat Phra That Doi Noi (วัดพระธาตุดอยน้อย) is in Tambon Doi Lo, Amphoe Chom Thong along Highway No.108 between Km. 43 - 44. The temple was built by Queen Jamathewi in 658 AD. During excavations, numerous marble Buddha images, Buddha image containers, and a chapel were discovered. The hilltop temple allows visitors to glance the scenic beauty of the Mae Ping River and surrounding hills and valleys. The temple is approachable on foot by climbing 241 steps.
Doi Inthanon National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติดอยอินทนนท์) is Thailand’s highest mountain, 2,599 metres above sea level. Doi Inthanon is a part of the Himalayas, which ranges across Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, and ends at Northern Thailand. Complex mountain ranges and a mild climate characterise an area with a moist and dense summit forest. Doi Inthanon is very intersting for ornithologists. Summit forest is the source of important tributaries of the Mae Ping River. Meo and Karen hilltribes inhabit the park.
Visiting Doi Inthanon is possible throughout the year. The best period for viewing waterfalls is May through November. The best period for viewing wild flowers is December through February. The best period for ornithologists is November through March.
Getting There: Travel 58km west of Chiang Mai via Highway No. 107 to Chom Thong, then turn right into Highway No. 1009 and continue a further distance of 48km along Highway No. 1009 to the summit. A good asphalt road takes visitors up but is rather steep, thus the vehicle must be in a good condition. Visitors could pay for the entrance fee at Km. 8.
Doi Inthanon can be reached by a local truck (Song Thaeo) from Phra That Chom Thong or Mae Klang Waterfall. The Song Thaeo runs to Doi Inthanon National Park Office (Km. 31) and neighbouring villages. The fare costs 20 baht each. A chartered Song Thaeo costing around 800 baht can make stops at other attractions around the area.
Accommodation, restaurants, and camping sites are available at the park headquarters at Km. 31. Tel: 0 5335 5728, Bangkok Tel: 0 2562 0760 or 
Attractions in Doi Inthanon National Park
Namtok Mae Ya (น้ำตกแม่ยะ) 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 like drapes. The well-managed waterfall is teeming with verdant forests and is best for recreation. It is located 1km from Highway No. 1009 junction, turn left for 14km and then take a 200-metre walk.
Namtok Mae Klang (น้ำตกแม่กลาง) is a 100-metre one-level waterfall located 8km from Highway No. 1009 junction and turn left onto an asphalt road for 500 metres.
Tham Bori Chinda (ถ้ำบริจินดา) is a large cave located near Namtok Mae Klang at Km. 8.5 of Highway No. 1009. The road sign to Tham Bori Chinda will be seen at the junction on the right. The deep cave has stalactite and stalagmite formations, Buddha images and a rocky stream. The surface of the water glitters like diamonds flake when light reflects the stream. Sunlight in the cave allows visitors to see the entire cave.
The Tourist Centre (ศูนย์บริการนักท่องเที่ยว) at Km. 9 has exhibits on nature and animals that inhabit the area.
Namtok Wachirathan (น้ำตกวชิรธาร) is a large waterfall which plummets over the edge of a high cliff into a deep pool below. When there is a large amount of water, there are large splashes in the basin, creating a cool and refreshing environment. The delightful ambience can be felt by walking on a slippery bridge that leads to the waterfall. To get there, turn right off Highway No.1009 at Km. 21, then follow the signpost to the waterfall a further 350 metres on foot. At Km.20 a new road is built to reduce the walk to the waterfall.
Namtok Siriphum (น้ำตกสิริภูมิ) 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 2km and is approachable only on foot from the base of the waterfall.
Doi Inthanon Royal Project (โครงการหลวงดอยอินทนนท์) 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 Phumisiri (พระมหาธาตุนภเมทนีดลและพระมหาธาตุนภพลภูมิสิริ), twin pagodas located at Km. 41.5, were built to commemorate the fifth cycle birthdays of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. Both pagodas share the similar bases as well as a two-level walking path that surrounds them. The pagodas enshrine Lord Buddha’s ashes and Buddha images, and overlook the magnificent scenery of Doi Inthanon.
Doi Inthanon Peak (ยอดดอยอินทนนท์) has a cool climate all year round. The Air Force Radar Station and King Inthawichayanon’s stupa located on the mountaintop. King 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.
The Tourist Information Centre, near the top of Doi Inthanon, exhibits a chronological background of the mountain, including its geography, biology, forests, and animals.
Namtok Mae Pan (น้ำตกแม่ปาน) 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 (น้ำตกห้วยทรายเหลือง) is beyond Namtok Mae Pan, about 21km 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.
Natural Study trek on Doi Inthanon
Kiu Mae Pan (กิ่วแม่ปาน) starts from Km. 42. This short trail, winding through pristine forest for about 2.5km, 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 (อ่างกาหลวง) 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 birdwatching. Walking trails range from 1 to 8km. 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.
Birdwatching on Doi Inthanon Inthanon Birdwatching Information Centre (Uncle Daeng’s Shop) is located at Km. 31. This is a bird information exchange centre among birdwatchers, 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 Birdwatching Diary, bird sketches by various bird watching experts, birdwatching trails, bird pictures, and slides.
Winter is the best time for birdwatching 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.
Traditional Cotton Woven Village (หมู่บ้านทอผ้าซิ่นตีนจก) is located 3km from Mae Chaem District Office in Tambon Tha Pha. The weaving of northern unique style Sarong is made in this tambon. Around 150 households produce this distinctive cotton. Nowadays, the unique weaving style fabric is in a great demand because of its striking colour and indigenous style. It can be purchased at a low cost for a token of souvenir.
Getting There: Take Chom Thong – Mae Chaem line local truck (Song Thaeo) from Amphoe Chom Thong Market at Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong and terminates at Mae Chaem Hospital. Operating time: 09.00-17.00 hrs. The fare is around 45 Baht. Take a chartered van or Songthaew to the village about 100 Baht.
Wat Phutha Oen (วัดพุทธเอิ้น) is in Tambon Chang Khoeng, Amphoe Mae Chaem. According to a legend, this temple was built in an early Ratanakosin period or dating from more than 200 years. One of the most interesting historical attractions in this temple compound is the Water Chapel. The Chapel is surrounded by water battlement instead of the ordinary cement battlements. The viharn is located behind this water chapel and houses artistic mural painting, but its colour has been faded over time.
Ban Rai Phai Ngam (บ้านไร่ไผ่งาม) is renowned for its high quality traditional cotton woven. The village is located between km.69 to 70 along Chiang Mai-Hot route, turn left for 1km to the village. The bamboo shadow along the entrance to this village makes pleasant environment. Presently, villagers who were trained on the natural dyed cotton by the late National Artist, Pa (Aunt) Sang Da Bansit exhibit their artistic cotton woven at her house, which is located beside Mae Ping River. The house has been transformed to a museum show traditional local life style including the works of the founder. For more information, contact Tel: 0 5336 1231, Fax: 0 5336 1230 and Mueang office Tel: 0 5327 3625.
Op Luang National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติออบหลวง) is an amazing natural attraction comprising both splendid natural charms as well as mysterious scenery. A zigzagging river flows in front of a picturesque gorge. The area is a high, steep cliff with a narrow passage, creating strong currents and powerful echoes. An area in the north of this stream is teeming with various kinds of plants that provide a pleasant ambience all year round. Magnificent views of Op Luang National Park can be seen from the bridge that links with the gorge. An interesting prehistoric archaeological site is also located in the park.
Getting There: The Op Luang National Park is located 105km from Chiang Mai town along Highway No. 108 (Chiang Mai-Hot-Mae Sariang). The road stretches alongside the Mae Chaem River and zigzags along mountain ranges. Blue buses originate from the Hot-Mae Sariang roundabout. There are 3 lines of buses: Hot-Mae Sariang, Hot-Mae Chaem, Hot-Omkoi. All of them stop at Op Luang National Park.
Bo Kaeo Botanic Research Station (สถานีทดลองปลูกพรรณไม้บ่อแก้ว) is a station that plants pine and eucalyptus on an area of 828 acres. It has a cool and moist climate throughout the year.
Mae Tho National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติแม่โถ) is 160km from Chiang Mai town. Drive along the Hot-Mae Sariang road and en route to Mae Tho for 16km at Km. 55, drive onto asphalt and unpaved roads which are steep and curved. Only vehicles in good condition are recommended. The Mae Tho National Park Office overlooks Karen highland paddy fields that resemble a flowing stream. The picturesque green paddy fields are most splendid in the rainy season. On a clear day, the peak of Doi Inthanon can be seen from here. The area is cool and foggy in the morning throughout the year. Camping and trekking are also possible.
Doi Tao Lake (ทะเลสาบดอยเต่า) is located 133km from Chiang Mai town along the Chiang Mai-Hot-Doi Tao route. The large reservoir with lush green trees is situated beyond the Bhumibol Dam in Tak province. It was used for agriculture and fishery irrigation. This great body of water offers many recreational opportunities during the rainy and cool seasons, from July to December. Rafting lodge prices range from 1,000 to 1,500 baht. Cruise services to Bhumibol Dam are available during this period.
Hang Dong-Samoeng Route (Highway No. 1269 off Highway No.108)
Huai Phak Phai Royal Project (โครงการหลวงห้วยผักไผ่) is at Ban Mae Ha, Tambon Ban Pong, Amphoe Hang Dong along the Samoeng-Hang Dong route. It is some 300 metres from Km. 17. From Chiang Mai, it can be reached via 2 routes: Chiang Mai-Mae Rim-Samoeng-Hang Dong route which is 32km and Chiang Mai-Hang Dong-Samoeng route that is 43km. The project is responsible for collecting, researching, and breeding roses. One of the highlighted attractions in this project is the Royal Rose Garden, which covers an area of 8.4 acres. Roses have been planted along mountain ranges. This is where various kinds of roses are found. The best time to visit is from October to February.
A number of pretty resorts that are decorated with highland flowers are located along the route to Huai Phak Phai Royal Project and are open to the public for camping. Accommodation is available at Krisada Doi and Uttayarn Lanna Resort. See the attached sheet for more information.
Tribal Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์ชาวเขา) is in King Rama IX Lanna Garden on Chotana Road. This is an ethnology museum featuring the indigenous culture of 9 hill tribes including Karen (Kariang), Hmong (Meo), Mien (Yao), Lisu (Liso), Akha (Iko), Lahu (Musoe), Lau, Thin, and Khamu including the minority tribe of Malabri. Each tribe possesses unique identity and culture. The museum exhibits ways of life, culture, beliefs, and local wisdom of those tribes, which have been intellectually conveyed through artistic objects displayed in the museum. It is open daily to the public from 09.00 - 16.00 hrs. For more information, contact Tel: 0 5321 0872.
Mae Rim-Samoeng route (Highway No. 1096 off Highway No. 107)
Orchid and Butterfly Farms (สวนกล้วยไม้และสวนผีเสื้อ) are along the route. Visitors can enjoy exotic year-round blooms. These farms also have special butterfly enclosures where tropical species can be seen in a natural environment. Sai Nam Phung Farm, located 2km along the Mae Rim-Samoeng route, and turn left for 1km. For more information, contact Tel: 0 5329 7152, 0 5329 8771-2. Mountain Orchid is situated opposite Sai Nam Phung Farm, contact Tel: 0 5329 7343 for more information. Mae Ram Orchid is located around km. 5.5. For more information, contact Tel: 0 5329 8801-2.
Mae Sa Snake Farm (ฟาร์มงูแม่สา) is around Km. 3 along the Mae Rim-Samoeng route. It is home to various kinds of snakes of Thailand and conducts snake breeding. It features daily snake shows. Each show takes around 30 minutes. For more information, contact Tel: 0 5386 0719.
Mae Sa Waterfall (น้ำตกแม่สา) is at Km. 7, then take an access road on the left. The famous 8-tiered waterfall in Amphoe Mae Rim occupies a natural setting among towering trees, covered with a lovely breeze all year round. It is best for recreation for both the locals and visitors.
Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden (สวนพฤกษศาสตร์สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์) covers a mountainous area of 560 acres. It is located around Km. 12 along the Mae Rim-Samoeng route. This international botanical garden was established to honor Queen Sirikit in 1992. It has a fine collection of Thai and foreign plants. The garden is set up to exhibit plants according to species and climate. Visitors can drive around the area. Places to see include the Tourist Information Centre, the Thai Orchid Breeding Centre, Herbs Museum and Research Centre. The garden offers 3 walking trails:
Rock Garden-Thai Orchid Nursery, takes around 30-60 minutes on foot;
Arboreta (plant study trail), showing more than 10 species of plants including banana, palm, fern, and ginger. This trail takes around 45-60 minutes;
Climb takes around 1-2 hours to climb the mountain.
It is open daily to the public from 08.30 - 16.00 hrs. For more information, contact Tel: 0 5329 8171-5 ext. 4736, 4739 Fax: 0 5329 9754
Ban Hmong Mae Sa Mai (บ้านม้งแม่สาใหม่) is a Hmong village where unchanged traditions and ways of life can be seen. It can be reached by taking a left turn at Km.12 for 7km on a steep dirt road. Only four-wheel vehicles in good condition can make the trip.
Along the route, there are several pretty resorts decorated with flowers, which are open to visitors including Mae Sa Valley, Mae Sa Resort, which offers a 9-hole golf course, and Kangsadan Farm. See the attached sheet for accommodation.
Mae Malai-Pai route (Highway No. 1095 off Highway No. 107)
Pong Duat Pa Pae (โป่งเดือดป่าแป๋) is in Amphoe Mae Taeng, some 40km from Chiang Mai town. The hot spring spurts out steam 4 metres above ground and is situated amid a forest that has a strong sulphuric scent. To get there, drive on Mae Malai-Pai Road for 35km and then turn right for 6.5km onto an unpaved road.
Namtok Mok Fa (น้ำตกหมอกฟ้า) is a one-level cascade located on the Mae Malai-Pai road. Take a left turn at Km. 20 onto a dirt road for 2 kilometers. It is teeming with lush green trees and full of water all year round. The delightful ambience of the waterfall makes it an ideal place for recreation.
Huai Nam Dang National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติห้วยน้ำดัง) covers an area of 180 square kilometres of Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai and Amphoe Pai, Mae Hong Son. Most of the areas are ranged highlands. The mountain has a verdant forest, which is the source of tributaries and various streams. Attractions include:
Huai Nam Dang Viewpoint or Doi Kiu Lom (จุดชมวิวห้วยน้ำดัง หรือ ดอยกิ่วลม) overlooks Doi Chiang Dao and is a superb spot to see sunrise amid cloudy valleys in the early morning. To get there, drive along Mae Malai-Pai Road to between Km. 65-66, and then take a 6-kilometre access road to the park office.
Doi Chang Viewpoint (จุดชมวิวดอยช้าง) is located 20km beyond the Huai Nam Dang Viewpoint. Only a four-wheel vehicle can make the trip. The scenic views of natural mountain ranges and early morning sea of cloud can be seen from here.
Camping is possible, visitors must bring their own tents and food. For more information, Tel: 0 5347 1669. Nearby attractions in Mae Hong Son province such as Pong Nam Ron Tha Pai (hot spring) and Namtok Mae Yen (waterfall) are worth visiting.
King Naresuan Stupa (พระสถูปเจดีย์สมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราชานุสรณ์) is located at Mueang Ngai Village. The locals built the stupa to mark the stay of King Naresuan the Great before he led his troop to invade Angwa in Myanmar in 1604.
Amphoe Wiang Haeng (อำเภอเวียงแหง), a district that borders to Myanmar. The area is home to various groups of northern Thais including hilltribes, Shan (Thai Yai), and Haw. Each possesses indigenous traditional ways of life and is mainly engaged in farming. Villagers lead a simple life. It can be reached via a winding road that runs through various mountains. At present, an asphalt road is available as a means to open the district to the outside world.
Attractions in Amphoe Wiang Haeng are as followings:
Phra Borom That Saen Hai (พระบรมธาตุแสนไห) in Amphoe Wiang Haeng dates from the early Buddhist times and was renovated in 1914. The pagoda is an architectural blend of Myanmar and Lanna Thai styles. It is believed that King Naresuan rested here and built a pool at the foot of the hill for his troops.
Wat Fa Wiang In (วัดฟ้าเวียงอินทร์) is a temple of Shan architecture located in Ban Lak Taeng right on the Thai-Myanmar border. In the past, Khun Sa, a drug warlord, once governed the area, but after he surrendered to the Myanmar government, the temple was divided into 2 parts. A golden pagoda is on the Thai side, while the chapel’s red roof can be clearly seen on the Myanmar side.
Ban Piang Luang (บ้านเปียงหลวง), located on the Thai-Myanmar border, is a temporary checkpoint where border trading operated by people of the two nations can be seen. Villagers living in the area are of Haw and Shan descents. The Haw migrated from China during Chiang Kai Shek period. They still preserve their traditional lifestyle and study Chinese every evening with support from the Taiwanese government.
Getting to Wiang Haeng: Drive on Highway No.107, take a left turn at Mueang Ngai to Highway No. 1322 for 72km or get on a Wiang Haeng-Piang Luang local truck (Song Thaeo) from Chiang Mai. The truck leaves Chang Phueak Road, Chaing Mai at 08.00, 12.00 and 15.00 hrs. and from Wiang Haeng Market at 07.00, 08.00, and 15.00 hrs. The trip takes 4 hours.
Si Lanna National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติศรีลานนา) is full of wildlife and verdant forests, which are the source of various tributaries of the Mae Ping River. The park covers a mountainous area of 260,800 acres in Phrao, Mae Taeng, and Chiang Dao districts. For more information, please call 0 2562 0760 or 
Attractions in Si Lanna National Park
Mon Hin Lai Waterfall (น้ำตกม่อนหินไหล), the 9-tiered waterfall is in Mae Ngat Forest, Amphoe Phrao. It is full of water all year round and falls straight down off a mountain. The unique cascade has many outstanding tiers. The top tier, in particular, is an ideal viewpoint to observe the splendid landscape of Phrao district . To get there, drive on the Chiang Mai-Phrao road for 85km, turn left for 4km onto a dirt road. Only four-wheel vehicles can make the trip.
Mae Ngat Sombun Chon Dam (เขื่อนแม่งัดสมบูรณ์ชล) is located at Km. 41 on the Chiang Mai-Fang route and then turn right for 11km. The area has a very scenic forest. Privately-run rafts and restaurants are available throughout the year.
Other interesting sites in the area include Huai Mae Rangong Waterfall, Huai Pa Phlu Waterfall, Pha Daeng Cave, and Doi Mae Wa Hang Natural Study Trail (it is located around 4km from the National Park office).
Getting to the park office: Drive along Highway No. 107 (Chiang Mai-Fang route), and then turn right to Sombun Chon Reservoir for 12km (on the way, there are stalls selling scented lime). No accommodation is available, but camping can be done at Huai Kum camping area, which is located near the So Ro 6 Conservation Unit, Huai Kum around Km. 260 along Chiang Mai-Fang route.
San Kamphaeng (สันกำแพง), located 13km east of Chiang Mai town, is famous for silk and a cotton-weaving village. Most of the visitors to Chiang Mai visit San Kamphaeng for souvenirs that are high quality but inexpensive. The village showcases a weaving factory as well as a weaving process. On the way from Chiang Mai to San Kamphaeng, there are factories and souvenir shops that sell woodcarving, silverware, earthenware, lacquerware, and cotton fabrics.
San Kamphaeng Hot Springs (บ่อน้ำพุร้อน) are located 36km from town admid natural surroundings of trees and verdant hills. The water has a high sulphur content and possesses curative and restorative properties. Accommodation, a swimming pool, dining facilities and segregated mineral water bathing rooms are available. Nearby is Roong Arun Hot Spring Resort which offers bungalows, mineral baths and a sumptupous park setting. Public transport operates from Chang Phuak bus terminal, get off at San Kamphaeng, and then ride a chartered local truck (Songthaew).
Chiang Mai has something to do to suit everyone’s taste. Activities on offer include: climbing, mountain biking, walking, trekking, shopping, bowling, tennis, golf, swimming, cooking courses, meditations, yoga, tai chi, kick boxing, adventure activities and running.
An elephant show is performed in the morning from 09.40 - 10.30 hrs. The show begins with elephants bathing to cool themselves then mahouts would place a log harness on their backs. Finally, elephants will demonstrate their formidable forestry skills. Elephant riding and rafting are the most enjoyable activities. Elephant shows are performed at the following places:
Tha Phae Ban Mae Taman (ท่าแพบ้านแม่ตะมาน) is along Highway No. 107 (Chiang Mai-Fang) for 43km, turn left for 7km. Contact Tel: 0 5329 7060 for more information.
Pang Chang Mae Taeng (ปางช้างแม่แตง) is on the same route to Tha Phae Mae Taman. It is 9km from the entrance and is opposite to Mae Taman temple. For more information, Tel: 0 5384 4818
Chiang Dao Elephant Training Centre (ศูนย์ฝึกช้างเชียงดาว) is around Km. 56. from Chiang Mai, it is on the right. The centre trains young elephants on forestry skills and is open to the public daily at 09.00 - 10.00 hrs. Contact Tel: 0 5329 8553, 0 5386 2037 for more information.
Pang Chang Mae Sa (ปางช้างแม่สา) is at Km. 10 of the Mae Rim-Samoeng route. Tel. 0 5329 7060.
Pang Chang Pong Yaeng (ปางช้างโป่งแยง) is located at Km. 18.5 of the Mae Rim-Samoeng route. Take the same route that leads to Kangsadan Farm.
This is a fun activity that provides both good health and a relaxed feeling. Mountain biking can be done on several routes in Chiang Mai including around the old city moats, Doi Suthep-Khun Chang Khian-Huai Tung Thao, Huai Nam Dang, Huai Nam Ru, and Mae Taeng. Contact Chiang Mai Green Tour, Tel. 0 5324 7374.
Homestay at Ban Mae Kampong
Ban Mae Kampong is some 50km east of Chiang Mai in Mae On district. The village is situated in a mountainous area with lush jungle surroundings. Visitors can experience real Thai village culture as well as enjoy several activities. Nearby attractions include beautiful waterfalls, a cotton weaving village and the Huai Hong Khrai Royal Agricultural Station. Reservation should be made through Mae Kampong Electricity Cooperative Royal Initiated Project Ltd., Tel: 0 5322 9526
A great many of the tourists visiting Chiang Mai make enquiries on hilltribe trekking. Of particular interest to most are the six major hilltribes which inhabit the Northern Highlands. The largest group is Karen, followed by the Meo, Lahu, Yao, Akha and Lisu. They share animism beliefs and honour numerous forest and guardian spirits. Each tribe has distinctive ceremonial attire, courtship rituals, games, dances, agricultural customs, languages or dialects, aesthetic values and hygienic habits.
Popular ‘Jungle Treks’, lasting from 2 to 7 days, take visitors through forested mountains and high valleys, and include visits to remote hilltribe settlements for overnight stays. The best guides are hilltribe youths who customarily speak English, Thai and at least three tribal dialects.
Treks commonly feature travel by foot, sometimes by boat, elephant-back, horse-back or jeep, frequently a combination of two or three modes of transportation. Three main trekking areas, in which there are many different routes, are as follows:
Chiang Mai – Mae Taeng Route usually includes a raft trip down the Mae Taeng River.
Chiang Mai – Mae Hong Son Route take adventures through spectacular mountain scenery where some roads are in good condition only during dry season.
Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai Route offers an extremely pleasant, but potentially with exciting long-tail boat ride on the Mae Kok River, all the way from Tha Ton to Chiang Rai.
The other major trekking areas in the North are Chiang Dao, Pai, Mae Chaem, Mae Chan, Ngao, Phrao, Wiang Pa Pao and Lampang.
Prospective trekkers are advised to shop around companies offering such tours for the best conditions. All treks must be registered with the Tourist Police. This is done for trekkers’ protection. Avoid companies that do not abide by this law. Visitors are welcome to enquire from the Tourist Police to confirm which tour companies have negative or bad reputations, or visit the TAT Chiang Mai office to obtain a list of registered travel agents. Tourist Police is located at km.75, Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road, Tel: 1155, 0 5324 8130 Fax: 0 5324 8974
Also, avoid narcotics, essentially everything from ‘soft drugs’ such as marijuana to ‘hard drugs’ such as opium and heroin both during travel and at hilltribe villages. There are severe penalties for such usage.
Valuables should be deposited in the safe of your hotel of guesthouse while you are trekking upcountry. Wear sensible clothing to protect your limbs and sleep under a mosquito net at night. Malaria is a real threat, and sensible precautions should be taken to avoid it.
Visitors should remember to
Respect hilltribe beliefs and religious symbols and structures.
Dress modestly. Hilltribe people are generally modest. Inappropriate attire may offend them.
Ask permission before photographing someone. Some villages do not permit photography.
Avoid trading western medicines and articles of clothing. Contributions to their welfare, items such as pens, paper, needles, thread, cloth and material used for embroidery are perfectly acceptable.
Trek prices are determined by the duration of the trip, transportation modes, meals available and the size of the trekking party. Check directly with the TAT Chiang Mai office for current information.
Bamboo Rafting-Whitewater Rafting
Bamboo Rafting along the Mae Taeng River (ล่องแพลำน้ำแม่แตง) is very popular because the river zigzags along the valleys. The river tide is not too rough and the surroundings on both sides are very admirable. The journey starts from Pong Dueat by trekking and spending a night at Ban Pa Khaolam, a Karen village. Then, rafting along the Mae Taeng River to Ban Sop Kai for approximately 3-4 hours. The most suitable period for rafting along the river is from the end of the rainy season to winter. There are many travel agents in Chiang Mai provide this service.
Whitewater Rafting along the Mae Taeng River (ล่องแก่งลำน้ำแม่แตง) can be divided into 3 parts. The first is from Ban Mueang Khong to Ban Pa Khaolam. This part is quite calm. The second is from Ban Pa Khaolam to Ban Sop Kai where there are a lot of rapids fun for whitewater rafting. The last part is from Ban Sop Kai to Mae Thaeng Elephant Camp where kayaking can be done. For information on shooting by kayak, contact Chiang Mai Adventure Co., Ltd., Tel: 0 5341 8534, 0 5341 8197-8 or E-mail: email@example.com
Bamboo Rafting along the Mae Chaem River (ล่องแพลำน้ำแม่แจ่ม) can be done throughout the year. During the rainy season, the tide is strong and murky, while during summer, the water is clear. Rafting can be done by both rubber dinghy and bamboo raft. The entire trip takes 2-3 hours.
Whitewater Rafting along the Mae Cham River(ล่องแก่งลำน้ำแม่แจ่ม) in Op Luang National Park. The difficulty of whitewater rafting here is from Level 3-4. During the season when the tide is high, it is not suggested to do whitewater rafting because the tide is too strong and may result in an accident.
Bamboo Rafting along the Kok River(ล่องแพแม่น้ำกก) is nowadays popular among both local and foreign tourists because they will have a chance to see the magnificent surroundings and lifestyle along both sides of the Kok River. Tourists who wish to do bamboo rafting can contact the travel agencies at Ban Tha Ton such as Tha Ton Tour, Tel: 0 5337 3143, Chao Phae (Thip Travel), Tel: 0 5345 9312
Curising along the Ping River
Maenam Ping is the main river in Chiang Mai. Tourist can witness the atmosphere of Chiang Mai, as well as the local lifestyle on both sides of the Ping River which take approximately 2 hours. Contact the Mae Ping River Cruise, Tel: 0 5327 4822.
Artificial Rock Climbling
Artificial Rock Climbing (ไต่หน้าผาจำลอง) can be practiced at the Peak Rock Climbing Plaza,situated on Chang Khlan Road, next to the Siam Commercial Bank, Tha Phae Branch. It is an artificial rock wall with a height of 15 metres and 8 metres wide. It is imported from France and meets world standards. A part of the plaza is also set as a department store and handicraft shops. For more information, please contact Tel: 0 5380 0567.
Spas in Chiang Mai offer luxurious treatment which suits every budget. The treatment includes both traditional remedies and modern techniques. Facilities at spas in Chiang Mai may also include a Jacuzzi and steam bath. The most popular and reasonable Spa in Chiang Mai is Oasis spa. Over the past few years this spa has become one of the leading spa in the city. The spa has three branches and usually opens from 10AM to 10PM.
Many Spas in Chiang Mai also offer traditional Thai healing arts as form of treatment. There is also alternative treatment such as Rishi. Some of the spas offer many detox programs and treatments including chi organ massage, karsai genital detox massage, deeper skin detox and herbal skin detox.
Jirung Health Resort and Spa (จีรัง เฮลท์ รีสอร์ท แอนด์ สปา) 99 Mu 7 Tambon Mae Rim Tai, Amphoe Mae Rim, Tel: 0 5386 1511-3 Fax: 0 5386 0322 Bangkok Tel: 0 2645 0300 Fax: 0 2645 0345 
The north of Thailand and especially Chiang Mai is famed for its colorful festivals They are:
Bo Sang Umbrella Festival (งานเทศกาลร่มบ่อสร้าง) is held in January at Bo Sang Handicraft Centre. The festival features paper products, paper parasols in particular, cultural shows, a parade showing traditional ways of life, and several contests.
Flower Festival (งานมหกรรมไม้ดอกไม้ประดับ) is held in February. The festival includes ornamental garden flower contests, floral floats parade in the morning and beauty pageants. The parade begins at Chiang Mai Railway Station and passes Nawarat Bridge and ends at Nong Buak Hat Park.
Songkran Festival (งานประเพณีสงกรานต์) is held annually from 13 to 15 April. The 13th of April is the Great Songkran day featuring the revered Phra Phutthasihing Buddha image parade around Chiang Mai town for bathing, sand pagoda forming, blessing of elders, and water splashing.
Doi Suthep Pilgrimage (งานประเพณีเดินขึ้นดอยสุเทพ) On the night of Visakha Bucha Day, worshippers gather to light candles and make the 7-kilometre pilgrimage up to the temple on Doi Suthep.
City Pillar Inthakin Festival (งานบูชาเสาอินทขิล) is held to invoke blessings of peace, happiness and prosperity for the city and its residents. Buddha images are paraded around the city. It is held at Wat Chedi Luang for 7 auspicious days and nights in the 7th lunar month.
Yi Peng Festival (งานประเพณียี่เป็ง) is held annually on Loi Krathong day (วันลอยกระทง). It is a very interesting event of Chiang Mai. The festival features the release of lanterns into the sky to worship the gods. There are also fireworks, lantern contests, and beauty pageants.
Chiang Mai is the center of quality handicrafts. Visitors need merely visit the nearest city emporium or night market to purchase an extraordinary variety of antiques, silver jewelry, and embroidery, Thai silks and cottons, basketry, celadon, silverware, furniture, lacquerware, woodcarvings and parasols.
Major Chiang Mai products include:
Cottons & Silks - First-class Chiang Mai cottons and silks are of incomparable quality. Cottons and silks have innumerable fashion and furnishing applications. The largest possible selection is available in San Kamphaeng.
Umbrellas/ Parasols - These are inextricably associated with Bo Sang where villagers have been engaged in their manufacture for at least 200 years. All materials, silks, cottons, Sa paper (manufactured from the bark of the mulberry tree) and bamboo are produced or found locally. Visitors to Bo Sang will see literally hundreds of designs and sizes ranging from the miniature to the gigantic.
Basketry products such as lamps, baskets, and Saggs
Thai Cloth - Nong Arb Chang Village is a famous producer of handmade cotton with pongee dye. Kao Mai Lanna Resort with its uniqueness of turning the tobacco furnace into a resort and restaurant. Baan Rai Pai Ngam is a village producing the high- quality and the most popular old style handmade cotton in the province.
Silverware - The finest Thai silverware is exquisite, and is made in Chiang Mai, where certain families have practised their art for several generations. Traditional skills and a guaranteed content of at least 92.5% pure silver invest bowls, receptacles and decorative items with authentic value. Silver shops are concentrated on Wua Lai Road, where silverware artisans and their families live.
Lacquerware - Striking black and gold designs give lacquerware its visual appeal and sheen. This decorative are enhances items made of wood, bamboo, metal, paper and baked clay, in the form of receptacles, ornaments and various souvenirs.
Furniture/ Woodcarving - Chiang Mai’s Ban Thawai village in Hang Dong district, is a major centre of furniture making. Major woods and materials include teak, rosewood and rattan. Items may be unadorned or, especially with teak and rosewood, carved in traditional or modern designs. Woodcarving is a traditional northern Thai art featured in numerous temples. In recent years, woodcarving has increasingly embellished furniture, gracing screens, chairs, tables, beds, figurines, carved elephant indeed anything bearing a wooden surface large enough to be carved.
Hilltribe Products - These include silver ornaments, such as bracelets, necklace, pendants and pipes of intricate design, and embroidered items including tunics, jackets, bags, purses, caps and dress lengths.
Gold Plated Orchids & Butterflies - Orchids and butterflies are preserved and plated with 24-carat gold to create unusual gift items such as necklace pendants, hairpins and earrings.
Pottery - Chiang Mai is the major centre of Thailand’s pottery industry. Prized items include high-fired celadon which is produced in many forms, including dinner sets, lamp bases and decorative items.
Sa (Mulberry) Paper Products - Sa products that come in different, distinctive designs include cards, notebooks, stationery, boxes, bags, photo frames, lanterns, gift wrapping paper, etc.
The Industry Promotion Centre in the North has carried on promotion for the village where villager themselves have inherited their cottage industry for decades. The following names are village (Mu Ban) that carry their fame on particular products:
Mu Ban Si Pan Khrua (หมู่บ้านศรีปันครัว) is famous for bamboo works and lacquerware. The village is in Tambon Tha Sala, Amphoe Mueang.
Mu Ban Wua Lai (หมู่บ้านวัวลาย) is famous for silverware and lacquerware. It is in Tambon Hai Ya, Amphoe Mueang.
Mu Ban Mueang Kung (หมู่บ้านเหมืองกุง) is famous for earthenware. It is in Tambon Nong Khwai, Amphoe Hang Dong.
Mu Ban Roi Chan (หมู่บ้านร้อยจันทร์) is famous for basketry. It is in Tambon Nong Khwai, Amphoe Hang Dong.
Mu Ban Thawai (หมู่บ้านถวาย) is famous for antique imitation, woodcarving. It is in Tambon Khun Khong, Amphoe Hang Dong.
Mu Ban Kuan Thahan Kaeo (หมู่บ้านกวนทหารแก้ว) is famous for earthenware. It is in Tambon Thahan Kaeo, Amphoe Hang Dong.
Mu Ban Nong Ap Chang (หมู่บ้านหนองอาบช้าง) is famous for handmade natural dye cotton. It is in Tambon Sop Tia, Amphoe Chom Thong.
Mu Ban Don Kaeo (หมู่บ้านดอนแก้ว) is famous for basket weaving. It is in Tambon Don Kaeo, Amphoe Saraphi.
Mu Ban Pa Bong (หมู่บ้านป่าบง) is famous for woven products. It is in Tambon Pha Bong, Amphoe Saraphi.
Mu Ban Ton Pao (หมู่บ้านต้นเปา) is famous for Sa paper products. It is in Tambon Ton Pao, Amphoe San Kamphaeng.
Mu Ban Bo Sang (หมู่บ้านบ่อสร้าง) is famous for umbrellas, fans and woodcarving.
Mu Ban Ton Phueng (หมู่บ้านต้นผึ้ง) is famous for umbrella making and woodcarving. It is in Tambon Ton Pao, Amphoe San Kamphaeng.
In Chiang Mai there is plenty of reason to stay a while and learn some things.
Thai Boxing has turned itself into a global phenomenal success and what better place to learn this national sport than in Thailand. The Muay Thai Sangha is an equally serious outfit which follows a long tradition of Muay Thai training and teaches a deeply traditional approach to the art, including history, philosophy and various styles. A well-known place to learn is the Lanna Muay Thai Camp.
Thai Cooking courses in Chiang Mai are the country’s most famous where wanna-be Thai cuisine chefs can learn to cook up all their favourite dishes such as tom yum kung, sweet green curry and chicken with cashew nuts. The first school to open there was the prestigious Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School which is located near the Tapae Gate. They can be found at Mun Mueang Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai 50180 and Air’s Thai Culinary Kitchen 9/1 Nongprateep Road, Tambon Nong Pa Khrung, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 Tel : +66 (0)81 993 6564 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Website :  Tel : +66 (0)53 249326 Fax : +66 (0)53 249328
Other schools include:
Baan Thai (email@example.com
Gap’s Thai Culinary Art (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Siam Thai Cookery School and Thai Chocolate
Four Seasons Cooking School
Thai language can be learned at several tutorial schools in town.
Thai massage should only be taught by serious practitioners so make sure that the masseuse has only the correct experience and credentials. Advised places to learn Thai massage is at:
The Old Medicine Hospital 238/8 Wualai Rd. (across old Chiang Mai Cultural Center) (053) 201663, 275085
Baan Nit near the northeastern corner of the Moat
Lek Chaiya on Ratchadamnoen Rd
International Training Massage (email@example.com)
Meditation has grown immensely popular the world over and quiet Chiang Mai is an excellent location to learn and practice this ancient practice. Places to learn are at:
Wat Rampoeng is at the foot of Doi Suthep: (053) 278620