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Thailand's Northern Jewel

A January 2007 trip to Chiang Mai by smallplasticman

Mountain View Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand More Photos
Quote: What a wonderful contrast Chiang Mai was compared to Bangkok.

Thailand's Northern Jewel

Overview

Mountain View Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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What a pleasant relief it was to finally arrive in beautiful Chiang Mai after a nine-hour drive from Bangkok. Our party chartered a Toyota van from Bangkok for approximately 2,300 Baht a day. This included the driver, who was on-call to take you anywhere you asked to be taken. As we slept in a four-star hotel, he slept in the van. He did dine with us at three different places, but only when invited, and he did not eat much.The city welcomes you with its grand mountains, beautiful people, and cooler weather. Unlike Bangkok there are not street vendors at every turn. While it is true there are some near the temples and historic sites they are not everywhere like Bangkok. One vendor offered something...Read More

Chiang Mai Orchid

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Hotel

Chiang Mai Orchid Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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The Chiang Mai Orchid is centrally located in Meung, Chiang Mai and was a real treat for this frugal traveler. The cost to stay here varies from room to room, but even the lesser-priced rooms still offer the four-star treatment that one can expect from the Chiang Mai Orchid. The first thing I noticed was the small refrigerator stocked with a few beers and whisky. The prices were not ridiculous and were probably worth the extra couple Baht. The visitor could choose to not to use these items and take a short walk across the street to the 7-11, where Thai beer and whisky are also readily available for a few Baht less.The rooms are beautiful. The hardwood trim and style of the woodwork wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 22, 2007

Chiang Mai Orchid
23 Huay Kaew Road
Chiang Mai, Thailand
+66 (53) 22-2099

Royal Agricultural Research Centre

Attraction | "Royal Flora Ratchaphruck Exposition"

Royal Agricultural Research Centre Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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According to the Bangkok Post the Royal Agricultural Research Center’s Royal Flora, Ratchaphruck, and International Horticulture Exposition for His Majesty the King may not be a permanent fixture in Chiang Mai now that the exposition has ended. I hope this is not the case, as it was a nice attraction to visit while staying in Chiang Mai.The exhibit officially ran from November 1st, 2006 to January 31st, 2007, and I was lucky enough to be part of the hundreds of thousands who visited it. I do not know much about flora but was still impressed by all the beauty of the plants and the exhibitions. Of course, Thailand’s pavilion and their newly built temple on the grounds was one of the more beauti...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 22, 2007

Royal Agricultural Research Centre
Mae Win, Mae Wang
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Doi Suthep Temple)

Attraction | "Doi Suthep – Wat Prathat"

Mountain View Photo, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Aside from its stunning view of Chiang Mai, Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is a beautiful and revered site to visit. The admission is free for Thais and anyone who looks Thai, but there is a small mandatory donation of forty Baht per foreigner. There are two ways up to this famous temple after you have found your way up the mountainside: first way; climb the huge staircase to the top, second way; take the lift for a fee of twenty Baht per person. It was a long walk to the top, but it felt almost spiritual and invigorating to do it by my own means.The huge golden pagoda is stunning. It’s beauty and the feelings one gets as they take their walk around it and rings the bells around its gate are probably diff...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2007

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Doi Suthep Temple)

Chiang Mai, Thailand 50300