Our #Thailand #ChiangMai travel (Part 6 #ChiangMaiNightlige) 2018
Compared to the thumping and thriving nightlife in Bangkok, Chiang Mai at night is sleepy and reserved. Even still, you’ll still find plenty of appropriate places to enjoy a good night out. The Old City is home to the majority of guest houses, coffee shops and bars. If you want to experience the excitement of Chiang Mai night, you can go to the local bar for a drink, dance and live band or visit the local night market.
You just want to end your day with a drinks, Chiang Mai Old City has a wide variety of different venues which easily reached on foot. Around the east side of the Old City for bars that mostly cater the backpacking crowd, from open outdoor seating to twinkling lights with the hip hop places all you can find at here Whatever you want to be drinking or dancing, it was no be problem. Normally, you won`t see a group of local Thailand drinks at here.
We choice a pub which can view night view of Ping River name as Black
You also can walk through Chiang Mai night bazaar and Warorot Market is one of the night markets since open every day. Or you also can walk around the Chiang Mai city for felling the different between day and night.
Just not far outside of the old city, the Ping River is an entirely different vibe. Although the area is just outside of the tourist zone, the bars are mostly frequented by local residents and expats. You’ll find a mix of restaurant and bar situated side by side along the banks of the rivers. People listen to live music have a drink and have a delicious dishes.
In Chiang Mai, for the most part, live music venues have the monopoly. We go into one of the mix bar and restaurant name as BLACK. It was a wonderful restaurant to see a more local side of life and some of the foreigner. With a massive menu it was including Thai, Japan and International dishes. It also serve of drink for cocktails,🍸🍸🍸 imported wine🍷🍷🍷and beers, local Thai Beer. 🍻🍻🍻It also provides non-alcohol beverages you can choose for order soft drink and juice. It also offers a hallmark of any Chiang Mai visit which is the live band entertain with classic blues, jazz and rock tune.
View of the river, with the relaxed atmosphere and the pleasant beat make us laid-back evening.
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Our #Thailand #ChiangMai Trip (Part 5 – #ThamChiangDaoCaves)
When mention in Caves of adventures, darkness and curiosity will appear in the minds of many of us. For our continue trip, we will go a caves which is natural and hidden in the Chiang Dao.
Chiang Dao lies above the Menam Ping gorge on the green slopes of Doi Chiang Dao Mountain. The name means “City of Stars”, limestone peaks reaching a height of 2,186 m (7,174 ft) make Chiang Dao is the third highest mountain in Thailand.
Hahaha, For this time it got public transport go to Chiang Dao. From Chiang Mai you can go to Chang Phueak bus station, it has the public bus go to Chiang Dao. It gets two types of public transport; there are air conditioned mini vans and orange buses without air conditioned that make the trip daily with every 30 minutes. You can hire a taxi from one of the travel agencies in Chiang Mai or same as us rent a motorcycle or car.
From Chiang Mai driving less than 75 kilometers, Chiang Doi is set amid bucolic mountain scenery. First, just head North from Chiang Mai towards Fang. Although on the way, driving on the wide of the asphalt road but the road is curved on the 25km from the distance of Chiang Dai. NOTE: You must be carefully because the road is very curved especially driving the motorcycle plus strong wind. Once you’re alongside the looming cliffs of Chiang Dao Mountain, you’ll see the signs for the Tham Chiang Dao cave. Go on up the road and you’ll see the cave entrance.
Wherein there is a unique water flow from inside the cave it is out of the cave. This happens for years until the water flow becomes a pond, a habitat of various fish. The Chiang Dao Caves complex itself is supposed to consist of over 100 caves which extend for some 10-12 kilometers inside the mountain range but there are only five main caves which are currently open to the public.
We are delight for adventure in the ancient cave with beautiful stalagmite and the stalactite. There are actually two routes to explore in the cave. Paid 40 Baht for the first route entrance fees is illuminated by electric lights and easy to walk path about 200m. Just walk inside the entrance, we are view the Buddhist statuary and you will find a natural skylight. After pass the Buddhist statuary, continues walk with the colorful lights we are clearly see plenty of stalactites and stalagmites.
The second route is more adventurous and involved going into the deep dark caverns for a 725m trek. For second route you must hire a guide to take you through the cave as you won’t be able to go on your own and the cave is deep, dark and the caverns are so numerous and easy being lost in caves. You will find the guides and mostly women waiting for you in the entrance of cave. The cost is 200 Baht including hire a guide in a group and renting the old-fashioned kerosene lantern.
The guide can just speak limit English, she communicate with us by pointing out how some of the stalagmites and stalactites look like. Sometimes we have to admire the power of nature. After thousands of years, these stalagmites and stalactites have formed different shapes stun us by their natural beauty. Hey, everyone please guess, we take the photo with stalagmites look like what? That is baby elephant.
Inside of the curve, we also can view the hanging bats in certain areas and bugs too. The guided portion of the cave has a couple of tight squeezes that you may need to get down on your hands and knees for with once or twice and sometime we need to walk down a steep incline. The rocks on the ground can be slippery and you have to be mindful of your steps. It gives us feel like take a small adventure.
Inside the dark portion, the cave gives us feel hollow and cool. The guide will end up in the lit portion of the “first route”. For our opinion although we are first time go to deep cave, It wasn’t very hardest and we can walk in leisure. But for those who are too fat, we don’t know you can pass some narrow cave.
You can enjoy your food nearly of the carve either in the food stall or cafe restaurant. If you lucky, on the way go back to the Chiang Mai, on you left hand side stall have sell 6 coconut just only 100 Baht. Wow, very Cheap Price.
P/S; the caves are treated as sacred places, so wear decent clothes – no short sleeves, no miniskirts or shorts. If you happen to wear clothes inappropriate you can rent a scarf for 20 Baht
How to go:
First choice : You can same as us drive the motorcycle
Second choice:From the Chang Puak Bus Station, orange bus (non air-condition) cost 40 bath and run every 30 minutes. You can get on the bus on the Platform 4 and Chiang Dao is the first stop along a route that will continue to Fang and then end at Taton. So while you take the bus make sure ask the driver. For air conditioned mini vans is 150 bath for one way ticket and the vans leaves every hour. The location of mini vans is just a stone’s throw from the behind the bus station. The selling ticket agency is directly across from a cluster of white vans under the green awnings. All of the public transport would arrive at the orange Chiang Dao Bus Station.
Entry Fees: 40 Baht for the first route
: 200 Baht for the second route including hire a guide in a group and renting the old-fashioned kerosene lantern.
Our #Thailand – #ChiangMai Travel (Part 4 #Doi #Inthanon 2018)
After view the Mai Yai Waterfall, drive our motorcycle forward to the Doi Inthanon National Park which is under our planning for visit. Also known as “The Roof of Thailand”, Doi Inthanon not only is the highest mountain in Thailand and also is part of the Himalayan mountain range, rising 2,565 meters above sea level. It has lots of amazing variation in its lush geography and forest.
Doi Inthanon National Park was heavily involved in preserving Northern Thailand’s forests and it is home to rainforest, mixed forest, and pine forest. At the foot of mountain, we would pass the main entrance point to the national park, for foreign paid 300 baths for entries fees and 20 baht for motorcycle. NOTE: make sure keep your ticket because they would check on visitor center. The visitor center is less than 1 km further in to the park from this checkpoint. For our suggestion, you can fill full tank for your vehicle in the self-services petrol before go up to the mountain.
Cool weather is one of the main attractions. The park has high humidity and cold weather all year round. The average daily temperatures are normally around 10-12 °C at the higher elevations. The park’s protected status makes flora and fauna flourishes and it make the park is also one of top destination in the country for birders. With 383 avifauna species, it ranks second among Thailand’s national parks in number of bird species.
The summit of Doi Inthanon is also other attractions of the parks, great view for the summit and sunset. It must be visiting one of the many waterfalls in Doi Inthanon, except the Mai Ya Waterfall, it also have number of famous waterfalls such as Wachirathan, Mae Klang, Sirithan, Siribhume and Mae Pan Waterfalls. By driving up to the summit, you will see these waterfalls along the road.
If a hike is what you came to, it have several different type of trails in the Doi Inthanon mountain, you can enjoy for trek through the lush greens and onto picturesque mountain ridges for view the different beautiful of scenery.
One of the nature trail that we wish to go is Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail, approximately 2km, only hike it with local guide and the fee is 200 baths per group. It has a super scenic view that is view for the overall around two chedis. Sadly, is closed from June 1 to October 30 each year and we visit it is on the month of closing (July). 😥😥😥
We had continues to drive our motorcycles to our destination.🛵 🛵🛵That is two royal pagodas call Chedis. Their respective names are Naphamethinidon and Nophamethanidon in Thai; Two Chedis are on the main road 5 km south from the top of the main summit of Doi Inthanon.
Naphamethinidon, meaning ‘by the strength of the land and air’ was built in 1987 to honors 60th birthday anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Naphaphonphumisiri, meaning ‘being the strength of the air and the grace of the land’ was built in 1992 to honors 60th birthday anniversary of Queen Sirikit. In this beautiful and wide land plus around not have any high building, the two pagodas are even more prominent. The pagodas are surrounded by a beautiful garden.
Another attract point, Two Chedis is one of the good viewpoint for view the scenery and more popular for view of sunset. Unfortunately, on the time we tour there, the weather is bad, very foggy .Sad for not view the beautiful scenery and sunset. 😥😥😥
The top of the summit viewpoint which is distance 5km from the Chedis is the best view of the sunrise. Because of we arrived in evening plus weather is not good, we decided not driving forward it. The entry fee is 40 baths per person.
How to go there
To get to Doi Inthanon from Chiang Mai take route 108 towards Chomthong. Follow this road for 57 km (35 miles) and turn right onto route 1009 (Chomthong-Doi Inthanon Road). Follow this road for 31km (19 miles) and you will arrive at the entrance of the park (trip time approximately 90 minutes). Once in the park you can explore it on foot or in a vehicle.
Entry Fees: National park; for foreign paid 300 baht per person and 20 baht for motorcycle
Entry Fees: Two royal pagodas; 40 baht per person
P/S: For thought whose same as we tour in the bad weather or you like to visit all of the attraction. You can choose to stay overnight at Doi Inthanon, there are several options available; the Royal Park Service maintains camping site and bungalows on the park. You can go to Doi Inthanon Visitor Center is situated next to the headquarters at km 30.8 near the Ban Khun Klang village of Hmong (Meo) tribe; the camping area and bungalows are 500 meters from the headquarters area.
Our #Thailand #ChiangMai Travel (Part 3 #MaeYaWaterfall）
As I mentioned in the previous section (Pha Chor Canyon), because of their landscape position, with countless beauty mountains, many waterfalls occur in the Chiang Mai with a lot of perfect natural resources. This is answers the question of “Waterfalls are ones of the popular tourist attractions in Chiang Mai.” Don’t hesitate to prepare one sets of clothes for swimming and a camera to take nice photos.
Follow us; take an adventure for find one of the largest and most beautiful sticky waterfalls in Thailand. That is Mae Ya Waterfall located in Doi Inthanon National Park. Doi Inthanon National Park is the highest mountain in Thailand. Ranges of mountains of Doi Inthanon give birth to many tributaries of Ping River and formed many beautiful waterfalls with full of greenery. Now, you may be able to imagine Mae Ya Waterfall as picturesque and sticky waterfall.
By the way there is no public transport in exactly therefore you can same as us rent a motorcycle or car and travelling under your own steam. Of cause, you also can hire a taxi or from one of the travel agencies in Chiang Mai. If from Chiang Mai Old city, drive for following the Doi Inthanon .
Along the way, we drive on the asphalt road and no worry the broken road; while see the Mae Ya Waterfall signboard and take a turn on your left and moving forward, the road started to be a bit more pleasant. On the road, drive past to a few of locals village, rice fields and Orchard and we are admire these beautiful scenery. You would drive into village, don’t worry your direction is not wrong. NOTE: You can fill your vehicle tank in the village. It is about 14 km distance from the signboard to the Mae Ya Waterfall car park. The car park was decked out with a row of tented and markets.
Hear of the sound of water flows, we are very excited and walk faster with about 600 meter for reach the top part of Mae Ya waterfall. Mae Ya Waterfall is Doi Inthanon’s highest waterfall, cascading majestically down at least 30 tiers. The water flows gracefully over the 280m high cliff down to the Ping River. There are some spots of the cliff that tourists can walk into, walk close view many of the small streams flowing down and fall into waterfall.
At once, we are quiet appreciate, frequent and impressive waterfall. Not only the beautiful sight of natural creature, Mae Ya Waterfall also located amid the shady and cool forest settings. Besides that, you will see many small of animals around too such as butterfly and bird etc.
Opening Hour: 08.00am – 04.30pm
Entry Fees:200 bath（For foreign)
How to go:🚗🚕🛵🏍
The waterfall is located in Jom Thong District.
Just drive along the Highway No 108(Chiang Mai-Hod). Keep going for about 60 kilometer. Then you will see a crossroad with the same ascent to Doi Inthanon. That’s it. Turn your wheel to the right side and drive into the Highway No.1009. Keep going for 1 kilometer. Then turn left and keep driving for another 14 kilometer. From that point, you have to walk by yourself to reach the waterfall.
P/S: Although Mae Ya waterfall have provide forest nursery careful for our safety, because the water of waterfall is very rapid, so please take care of your own safety.
Our #Thailand #ChiangMai Trip 2018 (Part 2 #PhaChorCanyon)
Because of geographical situation, Chiang Mai is a land has countless beauty mountains and colorful hill tribes, attracts those delight for adventures come to find a trekking adventure. To be Solo Travel, we also would not forget to take an adventures trip. Last year, we came to Chiang Mai, we choose the water-park Grand Canyon.
For this trip, we look for an unusual and extraordinary rock Canyon, a natural phenomenon of eroded soil pillars. That is Pha Chor Canyon, the Ping River brought a special gifts to us a hundred or a thousand years ago. Pha Chor Canyon, is located at Mae Wang National park, very recently established park.
Sadly😥😥😥, there is no public transport to the park itself. You can hire a taxi 🚖 🚖🚖from one of the travel agencies in Chiang Mai. You also can same as us rent a motorcycle🛵 🛵🛵or car 🚘🚘🚘and come a relaxing travel under yourself driving. You no need worry the road is broken and dusty. Along the way, we drive on the asphalt road; it is straight and a little Mountain road. These are not having the petrol station around the Canyon, about 10km from the distance of Canyon. NOTE: make sure your vehicle is a full tank.
Mae Wang National Park also provide the camping space for those who’s like to stay at this beautiful and natural scenery. After past the Mae Wang National Park, drive into narrow mountain asphalt road, when you see the signboard of the picture Pha Chor Canyon make sure turn left👈👈, drive a short distance we are arrived the Canyon car park.
Once parked Pha Chor View Point in front of us, a canopy of forest and covers a big area. There’s a cafe and a brand new and clean washroom nearly here. You can have a drink and eat before you make the round trip. We spend a bit of time to view the beautiful and peaceful panoramic scene. However, don’t make mistakes; this is not our final destination.
We walk alongside the walking trail, the majority of the path is deciduous forest and with the poor sandy soils and rugged terrain of gullies much is still untouched. It is perfectly marked with some data boards you’ll find out about crops/trees within the area. Although it is small paths, but this path is not as hard as our imagined, it can be said that you can easy for walk along this path. Don’t worry about get lost, because there have clear indicator.
We are lucky for view the beautiful butterfly fly in front of us. Take a photo, befriend with them. After walk into a few of stairs, finally we reach the view point of Pha Chor Canyon.
Nature is magic, around the large and primeval forest with rich in green tropical; in front of our eyes are 30 meter high of Pha Chor Pillars. A hundred or a thousand years ago this area was a part of the Ping River until the river changed its flow direction to another path and that made this area lift to high hill. Through erosion the high hill formed into a cliff. The view of the deep and rugged of the cliffs and soil pillars with made a perfect contrast to the blue skies. The high cliff that has a structure likes a huge monolithic wall.
Thank for the forest nursery help me to take the photo with my sister. You can return the way you came or keep going in the loop. For we, walk around the loop, extremely narrow path .This scenery is totally different from our way path. Walk down to another long series of path, takes you on a loop through the eroded rock beds and go back to the car park.
Address：Santi Suk, Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai 50160, Thailand
ตำบล สันติสุข อำเภอ ดอยหล่อ เชียงใหม่ 50160 ( Mae Wang National Park)
Opening Hour: 08.30am – 04.30pm.
Entrance fee: 100 bath(For foreign ) and plus 20 bath for our motorcycle parking
How to go: From Chiang Mai Old city take the road via Road 108 is about 53.0 km around 1 hour 17 min. From the Chiang Mai City, we drive our motorcycle; take highway no.108 (Chiang Mai – Hod) for about 21 kilometers. REMEMBER: make sure following the signboard Mae Wang National park. Turn right to Mae Wang district along rural highway no.12039 and no.10240 (Mae Win – Bo Kaew) on the road, for about 36 kilometers arriving at Mae Wang National Park.
*REMEMBER：If you want find at GPS must type MAE WANG NATIONAL PARK or PHAN CHOR TOURIST ATRACTION is MAE WANG NATIONAL PARK! MAE WANG NATIONAL PARK! MAE WANG NATIONAL PARK! It is because if you type Phar Chor Canyon sometime GPS no show this location.
P/S: It is recommended to arrange this trip in the morning because it will be very hot in the afternoon.
Search on the website, we find a secret art garden in the Old City Chiang Mai, located behind Chiang Mai Gate. Following with GPS, go into the narrow road on the South side of the Old City.
In front of eyes is a sculpture art of terra-cotta exterior with surrounding by a high brick wall. As our opinion, it looks like a historical sites or temple. In fact, it is a terra-cotta Clay Studio Cafe in the Garden called Baan Phor Liang Meun.
A Sunny day 🌝
In the Old City Chiang Mai, although you can breaths of fresh air, but as a heart of city it also having a lot of building, this is a wonderful tropical garden to give us a cool place. Beautiful green oasis with tall trees and exotic plants, featuring Cobblestone paths, moss covered statues, it make a garden look like a small jungle. Don’t worry about the mosquito, the garden having drop mosquito repellent incense.
Baan Phor Liang Meun, one of the city’s art production centers. The garden same as showroom and studio while exhibition a terra-cotta reproductions of many different type of sculptures with all kind from small to life-sized statues to large. The sculptors use their talent and skill to reproduce antiques classic artworks. It you like their artworks, you can buy it. Hundreds and hundreds of ancient masterpieces terra- cotta sculptures are dispersed around the ground, made us wrong impression with living in the ancients times.
We are order delicacy dishes and a cup of coffee with sit on the garden full of greeneries. Surrounded by artistic pottery sculptures, listen to the birds chirping and see the squirrel on the tree, sitting on the tranquil environment. It also is one type of the enjoying travel journeys for spending leisurely time.
Business Hour : 8.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m / Daily
Thailand – Chiang Mai (Introduction)
Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand’s largest city, was a former capital of the Kingdom of Lanna. A sprawling modern city has grown up around ancient Chiang Mai, ringed by a tangle of superhighways. Chiang Mai is our second time to visit. This city is rich in culture, arts, traditional handicrafts and cuisine.
A city invites us to discover that is still firmly Thai in its atmosphere and attitude. It also is having beauty of the mountains, hill tribe villages and botanical gardens. This is also a city of laid-back place to relax and plethora of things to see and do.
They have a lot of choose of transport for getting around Chiang Mai, depending on your budget and the destination you would like to visit. These transport including Songthaew, Tuk Tuk, Taxi, Grab, Thai’s Tricycle. You can be crossed on foot especially in the old town, it also better for rent a bicycle. Of cause you also can follow the tour, transport services or rent motorbike and car. Now, have another new public transport that is the air-con bus for getting around the Chiang Mai. All are easy found and are cheap.
In Old town Chiang Mai, either you can relax sit in a cafe restaurant for the whole days or energetic for travel from temple to Museum. It also is a paradise for shoppers such as you can find the reasonable price of cosmetic shop. Chiang Mai Old town: a great place to pick up some amazing jewellery. We are jump into a NOVA jewelry collection, created with an in-house studio and designer team in Chiang Mai. The materials used are of premium quality and will not fade with use.
You also can walk around Lao Zhou Alley, Kuangmane Road which is combined Traditional cloth market, Hmong Market and Warorot market. For those who like Thailand and hill tribe culture, here you can easy find many of these especially goods.
You also can same as us, walk into narrow road for view other scenic view, its indeed part of the fun and a joy. No worry, this is safety. In narrow road, we can easy find different design of construction. We also find a temple with 150bth cheaper price of massage.
Look we find a manufacturing made local Chiang Mai bakery, it open a small shop for our public. In the shop, we buy some of those local Chiang Mai bakeries and this bakery is one of the favorite souvenirs in Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai Airport is one of the place have sell this souvenirs). Do you think is these enough, sure these is not enough……..