Archive for the 'Chiang Mai' Category

Sep 24 2011

Chiang Mai half marathon

Published by under Sights & activities

Just like to draw your attention to the Chiang Mai half-marathon (well, it’s 10kms) and 5km fun walk — for the less energetic — which is taking place on November 13 to raise awareness of NGO BABSEA-CLE or Bridges Across Borders South East Asia Community Legal Education (no wonder they abbreviated it). The organisation aims … read the full post

Aug 31 2011

Chiang Mai: Consulates and visas

Published by under Visas

Due to Chiang Mai’s location and its role as the kingdom’s second city visitors often expect more substantial consular presences in Chiang Mai than there actually are. Yes, it’s close to Burma and Laos, for example, but neither have consulates here. And while it’s nowhere near it, Austria has a consulate — but, say, Switzerland … read the full post

Jul 19 2011

Chiang Mai’s Old City and Cambodia’s Angkor Thom

Published by under Wats

I had a mate from Siem Reap visit me in Chiang Mai recently. He’s a guide, so knows Angkor Thom, Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom and so on inside out . His first comment on arriving was, “Oh, it’s got a city wall… and a moat, and it’s square shaped is it?!” “Well, yes,” I said. … read the full post

Jul 15 2011

Lanna style in North Thailand

Published by under Accommodation

Looking around Chiang Mai’s accommodation offerings it’s clear that for anywhere with pretensions above standard Thai hotel style or backpacker guesthouse chic then Lanna style is flavour of the month — or decade. But what is it? Good question. Historically and culturally Lanna refers to the northern Thai kingdom, founded in Chiang Saen but for … read the full post

Jun 21 2011

Common snakes of downtown Chiang Mai

Published by under Health & safety

We’ll begin with a warning — not about snakes, as the majority of those are pretty harmless, but about our identification abilities. Not being a qualified herpetologist (we ahem looked that up on Google), it’s often very difficult to identify our wriggly friends who tend to vary considerably in colour and markings from region to … read the full post

May 24 2011

The yetis of Northern Thailand

Published by under Sights & activities

Any self-respecting country laying claim to ‘wilderness areas’ has to have them! Reports of large ape-like creatures emanate from remote mountain and forest areas of every continent bar Antarctica: the Sasquatch or Bigfoot of Canada and the United States, the yetis of Siberia, yowies of Australia and abominable snowmen of Tibet — and Southeast Asia, … read the full post

May 06 2011

The ‘Ghost Lake’ of Mae Rim

Published by under Health & safety

Now we’re not adding this to the Chiang Mai see and do section — nor even suggesting this for “hikes and walks” or “entertainment”. This is, frankly, just a boring-looking pond surrounded by some comatose anglers. But the pond does have an interesting story behind it. “Lake” is a bit over the top to describe … read the full post

Apr 15 2011

Visiting Chiang Mai prison

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Well correctly speaking, (and we need to be correct here), we’re talking about the Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution. The governors of the women’s section of Chiang Mai prison, located in the heart of the old city, have instigated some extremely enlightened, and truly praiseworthy schemes over recent years and we reckon a visit to the … read the full post

Mar 25 2011

What is a good time to visit Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand?

Published by under Weather

When should I visit northern Thailand and Chiang Mai is a very FAQ; there are pros and cons for each period of the year but before we go into that, let’s address a couple of common climate misconceptions, namely: 1. Chiang Mai and northern Thailand are cool (temperature-wise) and 2. The rainy season is a … read the full post

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