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Chiang Mai is a city located in the Northern area of Thailand capital city and here still maintains its religious and historical charm thanks to the presence of many historical buildings. It takes you around one hour journey by plane from Bangkok to Chiang Mai or about 8 hours by bus. There are over 300 temples that reflect the glory of the ancient Lanna kingdom. When you are in Chiang Mai, you can see a temple, to the point that people are looking at them that they don’t even notice their presence anymore. Moreover, the city is well arranged with many trees planted along the road and it has some artificial rivers. Since its own features of the beauty, the government intentionally prepares Chiang Mai for tourism purpose. So it’s a really good idea for you to enjoy discovering Chiang Mai-the land of golden Buddha one day. And here are some the most interesting places, where we’ll discover their beauty together now! Let’s visit Chiang Mai with:  Indochina holidays

Pra MA Ha Tat Noppamethanedon and Pra MA Ha Tat Nopphonphusiri in Chiang Mai

Pra MA Ha Tat Noppamethanedon and Pra MA Ha Tat Nopphonphusiri in Chiang Mai- source: internet

Wat Chedi Luang

This is very well-known in Chiang Mai and it’s right in the heart of the Old Town. Getting from Ratchadamnoen Road, at first you will find out the main temple and the chedi behind it. The chedi was built in the 14th century but only finished until 10 years later. It was 82m high and also was the biggest building of the Lanna Kingdom. In 1468, the temple was the house of the Emerald Buddha’s famous statue, considered as one of the holiest Buddhist images.

As amazing as the chedi is the main temple: when you walk into, you will be welcomed by an explosion of colors. The red carpet drives your sight to the end point, where there are three big golden statues. The columns along the nave are brilliantly decorated with golden motif and on the sides there are the curved seats used by local monks. One of the most attractive things in this temple are the colorful prayer flags hanging from the top, which are giving more brightness to the whole space.

Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai- source: internet

Wat Buppharam

Buppharam is one of the most different looking temples that you can travel in Chiang Mai when you are travelling to the golden land of Budhha. The architecture of the temple is completely different from the other temples and other ones in Thailand. The structure of main temple was first built in 1497 and in 1561, when the northern part of Thailand was occupied by the Burmese. This temple has a cross one with a sort of tower in the middle, but normally Thai ones often have a rectangular shape. Here you will be attracted by the main temple, which is widely decorated and is two stories high, both inside and outside, with golden carvings and images of Buddha.

Wat Buppharam temple in Chiang Mai

Wat Buppharam temple in Chiang Mai- source: internet

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a solemn Theravada wat in Chiang Mai Province. The temple is often alluded to as “Doi Suthep”, which is actually the name of the mountain where it’s located. In fact that Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a sacred site to many Thai people. The temple is really religiously beautiful and magnificent. The temple is 15 kilometers from the city of Chiang Mai. So, from the temple, you can have impressive views of Chiang Mai in freedom. When you are planning to travel to Chiang Mai, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep should be in the top privilege list of places you like to come and discover.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep- source: internet

Wat Ket Karam

This temple was established some five hundred and eighty two years ago. Until today it has gone through some name changes. The first one of the temple was Wat Sa Gate named for the Chiang Mai Royal Families ceremonial structure which the Royal family used to wash their hair at. Then it was changed because it was the same name as another temple down south. And now it is called Wat Ket Karam or “Wat Gate” by farang spelling. Because of its unique and diverse cultures, Chiang Mai has become such a special and warm place to live or travel to. One of the features of this temple is that some how the blend and mix different special designs from Europe, Chinese with Central Thai Features. These has made this place a truly special place for travelers who like to discover something new special.

Wat Ket Karam in Chiang Mai

Wat Ket Karam in Chiang Mai- source: internet

Besides these places, there are some another good ones highly to recommend for you such as elephant training camp, orchid ark, Thai silk, waterfalls and many more.

When traveling to Chiang Mai -the land of golden Buddha, where has interesting places to travel as mentioned above, you will never regret about the journey you made. Here you have a good chance to relax, to have an interesting experiences in peaceful Buddha atmosphere, to discover and enlarge your mind about the history.

 

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Colorful Bangkok

Colorful Bangkok

Great food, superb shopping and a vibrant culture make the Thai capital an ideal gateway for a journey to South-East Asia. Bangkok is a huge hub for Southeast Asia and is also an excellent place to kick off a trip. It’s a big bustling city and it’s best to see.

You could spend a lot more time exploring the city but I visited this capital many times before so 3 days in Bangkok is a good length of time for my visit. Each time I come  back I fall deeper and deeper in love with this amazing city.

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Beneath the dust and chaos, Bangkok is packed with things to do and places to see. From street-side restaurants with plastic chairs and road-side amulet stalls to top-notch restaurants and the world’s hippest rooftop bars. From exploring ancient temples to taking a  tuk-tuk tour through the Bangkok night. Bangkok has it all and there is never a dull moment when you hit the streets of this city.

Tuk Tuk is popular transportation in Bangkok

Tuk Tuk is popular transportation in Bangkok

Here is my sharing for 48 hours itinerary with the highlights of what to do in Bangkok.

Saturday: Temples and Historic Sites

Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) – Wat Pho (Gigantic reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun – Temple of the Dawn.

Buddhism is the national religion and is practised by nine out of 10 Thais, who pay their respects at shrines at all times of day. The former home of the monarch, the Grand Palace is located right beside the architectural wonder that is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. You must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Wear shirts with sleeves, long pants or skirts and shoes. So no tank tops! If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks, so no bare feet. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entry that provides clothes to cover you up properly. You must leave your passport or credit card as security. Shoes should be removed before entering the main chapel. Also, when sitting in front of a Buddha image, remember to tuck your feet behind you to avoid the very offensive pose of pointing your feet towards Buddha.

From Grand Palace, walk about 10 minutes to Wat Pho, the gigantic reclining Buddha is amazingly beautiful covered in gold leaf and mother-of-pearl ornaments inlaid in his feet. Wat Pho is also Thailand’s headquarter for the teaching of traditional Thai medicine and Thai massage. After this walk around Grand Palace and Wat Pho, nothing beats a relaxing head or foot massage.

Then it is time to cross the river, so jump on a cross-river ferry from No. 8 Tha Tien to Wat Arun pier. On your way to the Grand Palace and Wat PhraKaew you passed this temple with the ferry, so you already know that it is spectacular and atmospheric with its steep piers reaching up in the sky. It is at its most impressive after dark when it is lit up and looks a bit magical and like a fairytale. Unfortunately, it closes before nightfall. This is my favourite temple in Bangkok.

In the late afternoon, take a ride to the Asiatique-The Riverfront, a new shopping and entertainment venue on the Chao Phraya River. I love this place very much. You can go shopping, enjoy a cocktail to see sunset on the river bank or have a great dinner with live music.

Grand Palace in Bangkok

Grand Palace in Bangkok

Wat Pho

Wat Pho

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Wat Arun

Wat Arun

Sunset on the riverbank

Sunset on the riverbank

Asiatique Market & Shopping Mall

Asiatique Market & Shopping Mall

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  1. Sunday: Modern Bangkok and Weekend Shopping

After this delicious breakfast and it’s time to head on to the famous and vibrant China Town that is located by the river. Go for a walk through the narrow streets and beautiful buildings in China Town, shop Chinese green tea and other Chinese souvenirs, and just watch the life on the streets. (How to get there: It is best to take a taxi or tuk-tuk to China Town – Estimated time: 1-2 hour)

Next stop is Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok. It has reached a landmark status as a must-see place for my visit all the time. Chatuchak Weekend market is probably the biggest weekend market in the world. Here you will find just about anything you can imagine, both useful and not so useful stuff.

If you are not in Bangkok a Saturday or Sunday, it is time to experience the modern side of Bangkok and visit the Siam area to go shopping. Take the sky train to Siam station or Chit Lom station. Siam is a shopping bonanza and we love it. You can spend hours and hours exploring the four big shopping centers that are located next to each other in the Siam area: Central World (has an ice skating rink at ground floor), Siam Paragon (has South East Asia’s biggest aquarium, Siam Ocean World at base level and the Exotic Thai store on 4th floor – perfect for gifts and souvenirs), Siam Center, Siam Discovery (has Bangkok’s Madame Tussauds on 6th floor), MBK.

China Town in Bangkok

China Town in Bangkok

Siam Shopping Center

Siam Shopping Center

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Modern Bangkok

Modern Bangkok

Modern Bangkok

Modern Bangkok

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market

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There you go, this itinerary packed with what we consider it the “heart” of Bangkok. Two days is in our opinion not enough time to spend in this magnificent city. Four or five days are what I would recommend, then you have time to really enjoy yourself and your time in Bangkok and also have some time to relax.

Hope you enjoy this city as much as I do!

Photos credit by Lucas.

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Tipping in Thailand

Continuing our part “Tipping in Vietnam” – https://indochinavoyages.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/tipping-in-vietnam/, this writing will provide you some hints on tipping in Thailand as below:
Transfer from Airport or Train station to a near-by hotel
Car and mini- V an:
– tour guide = THB 100.- per vehicle
– driver = THB 50.- per vehicle
Micro- bus and Coach:
– tour guide = THB 200.- per vehicle
– driver = THB 100.- per vehicle
Transfer from Airport or Train station to a hotel further away (Pattaya, Hua Hin, Cha’am )
Car and mini- V an:
– tour guide = THB 200.- per vehicle
– driver = THB 100.- per vehicle
Micro- bus and Coach:
– tour guide = THB 400.- per vehicle
– driver = THB 200.- per vehicle
Half day sight-seeing tour
Car and mini- V an (1- 5 pax):
– tour guide = THB 100.- per pax
– driver = THB 30.- per pax
Micro- bus and Coach (>5 pax):
– tour guide = THB 50.- per pax
– driver = THB 20.- per pax
Full day sight-seeing tours
Car and mini- V an: (1- 5 pax):
– tour guide = THB 200.- per pax
– driver = THB 50.- per pax
Micro- bus and Coach(>5 pax):
– tour guide = THB 100.- per pax
– driver = THB 30.- per pax
Multi-day tours
Car and mini- V an: (1- 5 pax):
– tour guide = THB 100.- per pax/per day
– driver = THB 50.- per pax/ per day
Micro- bus and Coach (>5 pax):
– tour guide = THB 50.- per pax/ per day
– driver = THB 30.- per pax/ per day
Extra: to make the Group-journeys smooth and avoid losing time when all guests handle the tipping individually, our guide will propose to the guest to handle this for them. It includes services like tips to local boat staff, bus assistants, temple donations, local trekking guide, elephant mahout, etc. The Guide will explain this in detail in the Briefing and collect an amount per guest and keep administration which one of the guests will check and confirm at the end. We would suggest your Group-guests to prepare around Baht 70,- per tour- day/per person for this.

Enjoy your travel !

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Set in the mountain of the northern Thailand, Chiang Mai offers cool weather and natural beauty. Chiang Mai is surrounded by 13 national parks with diverse flora and fauna. Dozens of waterfalls, mysterious caves and old-growth forests draw nature lovers from around the world. Thailand’s “Rose of the North” is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions and welcoming hospitality.

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Although Chiang Mai is one of the biggest cities in Thailand, it has neither elevated roads, an MRT system nor skyscrapers and shopping malls. Visitors feel a sense of calm in this lush and peaceful city. Those who love flowers should visit Chiang Mai between November and February. During this season there are blooms everywhere, from wild flowers on the hills to gardens full of famous Thai orchids. Indochina tours Thailand

The Yi Peng Loy Krathong Lantern Festival

The Yi Peng Loy Krathong Lantern Festival

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The Yi Peng Loy Krathong Lantern is another famous cultural event in Chiang Mai. On a full moon night in November, thousands of lanterns are released into the sky. They resemble thousands of twinkling stars. People also place lanterns on the river to wish for luck and happiness at the festival. Chiang Mai is the only city in Thailand where people are allowed to light sky lanterns, thanks to its large open  spaces and lack of tall buildings.

A long neck woman at the ethnic village in Chiang Mai

A long neck woman at the ethnic village in Chiang Mai

Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai

Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai

An old city with a long history, Chiang Mai is home to many fascinating sites. Thailand is known as the country of Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha). Visitors of all religions tour the city’s famous temples and pagodas to admire their architecture and sculptures. The first place to visit is Phrathat Doi Suthep pagoda, known for its unique architectural design. This 600 year old pagoda is located on the top of Mount Doi Suthep at 1,676 meters above the sea level. Phrathat Doi Suthep has housed a sacred relic of Lord Buddha in a gilded temple since the 14th century. Many sophisticated Buddha statues carved from green stone are covered in glittering gold.

Phrathat Doi Suthep pagoda

Phrathat Doi Suthep pagoda

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The best time to visit Doi Suthep pagoda is at sunrise or sunset when the site offers a scenic view of the whole city below

The best time to visit Doi Suthep pagoda is at sunrise or sunset when the site offers a scenic view of the whole city below

I like riding a bike up to the Doi Suthep pagoda

I like riding a bike up to the Doi Suthep pagoda

Visitors write their names on the tiny golden bells and hang them around the temple to wish for good luck. Every time the wind blows, the bells ring. Thai people believe that the Buddha hears this ringing and helps the wishes come true. The best time to visit Doi Suthep pagoda is at sunrise or sunset when the site offers a scenic view of the whole city below.

There are many beauty spots and festivals waiting to be discovered in Chiang Mai. This is a wonderful place to experience the traditional culture of the land of the Golden Buddha. I would not mind coming back here again. It’s one of my favorite destination.

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Celebrated as the traditional Thai New Year, Songkran is the longest holiday in Thailand and lasts from 13th April 2014 to 15th April 2015.

If you’re considering traveling to Thailand for Songkran (Thailand’s Water Fight Festival 2015) be prepared to get soaked having the time of your life in a fun and exciting water fight (all in good fun).

 

Today, we would like to introduce 5 major cities in Thailand to attend the Water Festival:

  1. Bangkok

As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok is one of the destinations can not miss the water festival. The festival will be taken place around the area of Banglamphu, especially Khao San Road, Phra Athit Road, Santhichai Prakan, Wisut Krasat and Rattanakosin Royal Square. By participating in the festival you remember to bring a bucket of water or water guns. In particular, you should keep the valued electronic equipment (cell phone, IPhone…) at your hotel. You only need to bring a little bit of money, put in waterproof bags and then soak up the vibrant atmosphere here.

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While a lot of the water will come from the usual water guns, hoses and buckets, wetting down passerby, there are party goer’s who will drive around with 44 gallon’s of water, catching everyone by surprise; it’s all in good fun and a fun way to cool off.

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  1. Chiang Mai

Being called “the rose of the north” of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a city famous for the Water Festival. Go to Chiang Mai, visitors can participate in the opening ceremony of the Songkran Festival with a parade around the city. Everyone is invited to take part in the parade by delicately and respectfully, pouring water over the legs and arms of the Buddha. One reason that Chiang Mai most likely commemorates Songkran more vigorously than other locations in Thailand is that a large number of people from Chiang Mai work in Bangkok and neighboring cities, so it gives them a chance to return home and celebrate with their families and friends.

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  1. Pattaya

Located at the terrain surrounding rice fields, Songkran festival is an occasion that people are praying rain for the upcoming season. There are many activities that take place as the parade, the special cultural events and of course the festival will end with a “water war”.

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songkran festival- source: internet

 

  1. Phuket

In addition to pouring water together, people in Phu Ket will visit their relatives and pray. Join the festival, visitors can join in the procession to bring Phra Buddha Phuttha Sihing along Patong Beach.

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  1. Khon Kaen

Located in the heart of Northeast Thailand, Khon Kaen is also organized many activities to celebrate the New Year as oxcart parade, throwing iron marble, food fairs, …

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Go to these destinations that will giving you plenty of chances to have a great time getting wet which is also said to bring you good luck throughout the upcoming next year.

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