First off, I have used a lot of the great information on this board for planning my upcoming trip to Thailand in September. So thanks to everyone for all the great info.
My question is this. My wife and are planning to spend 3-4 days in Chiang Mai primarily because we hear eveyone say that Chiang Mai is definitely worth the stop. That being said, the common things that I hear being recommended are Hill Tribe Treks, Cooking Classes, and Shopping. I am wondering if there are any other things we should look into while in Chiang Mai?
Thanks in adavance for your help.
#1 John1811 has been a member since 12/8/2006. Posts: 3
Here's my "essential Chiang Mai" list. Others can no doubt add their favorites:
- taking the overnight sleeper train either to/from Chiang Mai
- visiting the three temples of Wat U-mong, Wat Singh, and Doi Suthep
- enjoying a walk along the moat
- getting lost in the traditional Thai market on Moon Muang Rd Soi 6
- tasting the curry at Aroon Rai restaurant (profiled in Travelfish)
- getting a massage (try the massage for the blind!)
- a trip through the Night Bazaar, or even better, the Sunday Market
- if you have time, an out-of-town overnight trip to Chiang Dao
Chiang Mai is one of my favorite places in the world. It's the perfect mix of authentic Thailand and traveller-friendly restaurants and services. We spent 10 days there on our recent trip, and it wasn't enough. I hope you enjoy your time there too. Regards.
Totally agree with Exacto's comments regarding Chiang Mai. I spent 10 days there in 2002 and intend to spend at least another 10 days this visit.(would love to stay longer ... I think this is one of those places you could stay in for months.
#3 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270
For Exavto & Marian,
We are planning to stay only 2 to 3 days (probably too short) with our 17 year old son. My question is where did you stay in Chiang Mai?
#4 mbeck has been a member since 6/8/2006. Posts: 1
My wife and I stayed at the CM Blue House on Moon Muang Road Soi 6. We were impressed with the clean and comfortable room we got for our 250 baht per night for a double room. I don't know what level of accomodation you prefer (backpacker, flashpacker, midrange, etc.), but I'd call CM Blue House flashpacker style at backpacker prices. CM Blue is listed here on the site. Have a look and see what you think.
If you get there and they are full (it is difficult to reserve in advance last time I checked), don't worry, as there are several other good choices in the nearby area.
Two to three days is still enough time to hit many of the essential Chiang Mai attractions and have a very good time. I hope you enjoy your visit. Cheers.
Sorry can't remember the place I stayed at in 2002 ... it wasn't that memorable.
If you want triple rooms (we do because we're travelling with our 16 yr daughter) here are a few options ... triples aren't that easy to find. - Awana Sleep and Swim, Gap's House, Jonadda GH, Lai Thai GH, Parami GH (looks great on website), People Place.
If you want 2 rooms print out the free travelfish eguide for Chiang Mai, gives you plenty of options and they're rated out of 10. Have a fantastic time
#6 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270
You can prebook rooms at CM Blue House now. We have just booked a room with kingsized bed and a single bed for our 13yo son, and it cost 400baht - with tv and fridge. Bargain!! You can contact them via a form thru this website and they are really quick to reply!
Any other "essential Chiang Mai" suggestions?
#8 John1811 has been a member since 12/8/2006. Posts: 3