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ASEAN destination: Chiang Mai - Thailand

ASEAN destination: Chiang Mai - Thailand

Thailand’s second largest city is a melting pot of culture and tradition, religion and food, nature and adventure.

Sightseeing:

Royal Flora Ratchapruek. Eighty hectares of landscaped gardens opened to the public in 2006 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne. The park is named after Thailand’s national flower Ratchapruek (cassia fistula or golden shower tree). The park is divided into different areas representing different countries through flowers and other historical or cultural symbols of the country represented.

Doi Inthanon. This national park is 2,500 meters above sea level and home to several majestic waterfalls that are easily accessible. Reach the summit of Doi Inthanon and see panoramic views of the city. Hiking, trekking, wall climbing, cave visiting, and bird watching are some of the other activities to be enjoyed.

Sankampaeng Hot Springs

A 40-minute drive away from the city of Chiang Mai, Sankampaeng Hot Springs is a truly relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Though the place does not offer any five-star luxury, it is a great venue for picnics with the scenic mountain landscape in the background while soaking at the natural hot water stream.

Do Not Miss:
Sunday Walking Street Market. A good place to shop for handmade arts and crafts from hill tribes. The night market is larger in area than the Saturday market (locally known as Wualai Market). Starting from Tha Pae Gate and extends more than a km down to Ratchadamnoen Road.

 
GETTING THERE

By Air – Daily flights from Vientiane
By Bus – Daily from Nongkhai (Thailand) to Chiang Mai

 
DINING

Ohkajhu Organic Farm & Resturant - The newest trend in the city when it comes to healthy eating. Enjoy an all-organic meal, meat or full vegan, from a wide seletion of dishes and beverages in a cool and relaxing ambience.

 
SLEEPING

Vanilla Place. A boutique guesthouse located at the heart of Chiang Mai with 15 beautifully decorated, teak furnished rooms that offer the convenience and comfort of one’s own home. A 5-minute walk from the night market and close to Anusarn Market and historical Ta Pae Gate. www.vanillaplace-chiangmai.com

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