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A September 2002 trip to Chiang Mai by tcguide

Chiang Mai from Above Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand More Photos
Quote: Our September 2002 Asia trip started in Chiang Mai, approximately 20 hours after we left San Francisco on a redeye flight at 1:30 AM Saturday September 14th. Chiang Mai was our first and most memorable stop.

Chiang Mai memories

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Overview

Chiang Mai from Above Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai is the main city of the north of Thailand, and it's famous for its thriving night market, traditional Thai handicrafts, hilltribe treks, elephant tours, and cooking schools. I really enjoyed Chiang Mai because I never felt that it was overrun by tourists. It was so easy to find places where one could enjoy a local food stand or a quiet temple without battling the crowds.We were fortunate enough to stay at a gorgeous world-class spa and resort called The Regent Chiang Mai, and for me that was one of the wonderful memories of Chiang Mai.We also enjoyed a fun and easy elephant jungle tour in Chiang Dao, a nearby city. There is so much history and diverse culture in Chiang Mai, with ...Read More

The Regent Chiang Mai Resort

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The Regent Chiang Mai Resort Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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We stayed at The Regent Chiang Mai resort and it felt like we were on our honeymoon because the place was so luxurious, elegant, and gorgeous. The Regent is actually built on a working rice farm, and our room and veranda overlooked real rice paddies. We visited during the rainy season and the daily rains made it an even more exotic and lush setting.The resort is designed in the airy and spiritual Lanna-style architecture of northern Thailand, and the rooms are designed to be spacious and simple, and the buildings are hidden behind trees and foliage. Some real artful thinking went into the design of this place. Each room is a remarkable 750 square feet! That's bigger than my NYC apartment! The ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2002

The Regent Chiang Mai Resort
Mai Rim-Samoeng Old Road, Mai Rim, 50180
Chiang Mai, Thailand
(66 53) 298-181

Anusam Outdoor Market

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Restaurant

Anusam Outdoor Market Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Our meals at the Anusam market were probably the most memorable meals we had in Chiang Mai. Our driver, Somporn, took us there one evening after shopping for handicrafts in the Sankampaeng district. He recommended this place as "where the local people eat noodles," and this really is where the local people eat dinner. It's a large open area square, with common chairs and tables set up in the middle, and food stalls lining the sides of the square. We enjoyed tasty and cheap dinners here on two warm late-summer evenings. This market is only a five minute walk from the main Night Bazaar area.You can get all the northern Thai specialties here and eat with the local Thai people. We especially enjoyed fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2002

Anusam Outdoor Market
Changklan Rg
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Gallery

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Restaurant | "The Gallery"

Gallery Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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The concierge at The Regent recommended The Gallery for our first dinner in Chiang Mai. It is located along the Ping River and the front of the restaurant is an art gallery. We had a nice Thai dinner, though I wouldn't say the food was fabulous. But the food was certainly tasty to our weary, jet-lagged taste buds. We were very happy to be in Chiang Mai and sitting down to enjoy some Thai food.I drank a coke, and had the spicy-sour Tom Yum soup and Thai chicken curry, and Ally had the Pad Thai noodle dish. We also tried a very tasty and crispy appetizer called Ta Bong, which is deep fried battered pumpkin. That was one of the more unique things I enjoyed in Thailand. It tasted a bit like acorn squas...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 11, 2002

Gallery
25-29 Charoenrat Road
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000
+66 53 248 601-2

Chiang Mai Night Market

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Attraction

Chiang Mai Night Market Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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The Chiang Mai Bazaar is one of the highlights of any trip to Chiang Mai, and is a paradise for bargain hunters, shoppers, and anyone looking for a deal on Thai handicrafts, spices, cheap T-shirts, and dozens of other items. You can find the Night Bazaar on Chang Klan and Loi Kroa roads, and you can't miss block after block of streets lined with open air stalls, and travelers and shoppers weaving their way from one stall to another.I have a decent memory of the two nights we spent at the night market, so I'll try to give you a detailed list, just to prove to you that even if you don't love shopping (like me), you will find something of interest!All Prices quoted in U.S. dollars:Thai s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2002

Chiang Mai Night Market
Thanon Chang Khlan
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Doi Suthep Temple)

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Attraction | "Wat Phra That Doi Suthep"

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Doi Suthep Temple) Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Doi Suthep is the cloud-shrouded mountain that dominates the western edge of the city, and Wat Phra is the holy Buddhist temple located at the peak of Doi Suthep. We visited the Wat Phra on a partly rainy morning before we left on our flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, and we were touched and amazed by the history and beauty of the North's most sacred site. To get to the temple, you take the steep but modern paved road up the Doi Suthep mountain. ("Doi" means mountain in Thai). We were spoiled and our driver Somporn drove us there, but there were many buses and motorbikes heading up the hill.The gateway to the temple is a steep and impressive 300 step stairway that takes 10 minutes to asce...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2002

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Doi Suthep Temple)

Chiang Mai, Thailand 50300

Green Valley International Resort and Country Club

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Attraction | "Chiang Mai Green Valley Country Club"

Green Valley International Resort and Country Club Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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I'm not a golf addict, nor am I an expert player, but for some reason I still lugged my golf clubs half way around the world from New York City to play golf in Chiang Mai.The Chiang Mai Green Valley golf course is located only 10 minutes away from the Regent Chiang Mai, and about 20 minutes away from the city. At about 1200 Baht ($30 US) for 18 holes, it's a great deal. The good news was the course wasn't too crowded, and I noticed several players playing as singles or twosomes. I'm glad they weren't too difficult with tee times.The golf experience in Asia is different from the U.S. because you're required to play with a caddie, who is a woman covered head to toe in the caddie uniform. They ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2002

Green Valley International Resort and Country Club
183/2 Chotana Road
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50180
+66 53 862 996

Sa Paper & Umbrella Handicraft Center

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Attraction | "Sa Paper & Umbrella Handicraft Center"

Sa Paper & Umbrella Handicraft Center Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai is famous for its handicrafts, and we found the Sa Paper and Umbrella Center to be a rich shopping center for all things made of decorative Sa Paper. "Sa Paper" is produced from the Sa plant, a type of mulberry tree. They have hundreds of different types of patterns and shades in the same distinctive faded and weathered texture. We (mostly Ally) bought everything from 3 feet long Sa paper sheets, photo albums, notebooks, a baby mobile for my brother's new baby, and other things. A Sa paper notebook costs about 3-4 bucks here, but they have such a unique, homemade feel that is perfect for a travel journal. You can find most of these items at the Chiang Mai night market, but you definitely...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 17, 2002

Sa Paper & Umbrella Handicraft Center
99/16 Baan Nongkong, Sankampaeng Rd.
Chiang Mai, Thailand