Hi guys! It has been a while!
Had the opportunity to visit Chiang Mai recently for 5D4N with one of my darling, and was glad that I visited. A city rich in culture, peaceful and not as commercialized as our all time favorite Bangkok city. Of course Chiang Mai is apparently not a popular choice among the younger ones and many people were surprised when I said I’m visiting.
Sharing here some places that you can consider visiting in future for your Chiang Mai trip!
Mae Khachan hot springs
Mae Khachan Hot Spring is located between Km. 64 – 65 at Tambol Mae Chedi Mai, Wiang Pa Pao District, Chiang Rai Province.. The hot spring is very popular among Thai people to stop on the way to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai.. There will be locals trying to sell eggs to the tourists to boil it in the hot springs. Beside that, soaking their legs in warm water are the popular activities to do as well.
Tourist can also enjoy shopping for local products like silvers and wood carvings.
Location: Km. 64 – 65, Tambol Mae Chedi Mai, Wiang Pa Pao District, Chiang Rai
Opening hours: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
No entrance fee
Wat Rong Khun – The White Temple
Wat Rong Khun, better known as “the White Temple” is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. The temple outside the town of Chiang Rai attracts a large number of visitors, both Thai and foreign, making it one of Chiang Rai’s most visited attractions.
Wat Rong Khun is a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.
A cheap entrance fee is required to visit the temple, and upon entrance, the guards will distribute plastic bags for all visitors to put their shoes in when they enter the temple interior.
Opening hours: 0800 – 1800
Entrance fee: 50THB
Dress code: No shorts or revealing clothings. If you do, you will be required to rent their shawl to cover up before entering the temple. The deposit for rental will be return to you after you return them the shawl!
Golden Triangle – The meeting of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand
The Golden Triangle designates the confluence of the Ruak River and the Mekong River, since the term has been appropriated by the Thai tourist industry to describe the nearby border tripoint of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. We took the long – tail motor boat on Mea Khong River & …
After about 30mins, here we are at Laos!
Before we arrive, we were excited by what the tour guide told us. that we would get to try out 9 different kinds of whisky at the market. & indeed we were very surprised by the whiskies that we saw:
Apparently these were the whiskies! The glass vats were said to be filled with whiskey, and different lifeless animal. The animal spirits supposedly infused the liquor and then those spirits were transferred to any brave sole who would take a drink. ‘Guys become strong, and ladies become beautiful’ was what the guide kept emphasizing.
We decided that facials would probably work better for us, and skipped the whiskies. ><
I think this market is pretty much set up for tourists, selling all kinds of products especially fake branded goods. We didn’t experience much of their local lifestyle there which was a bit disappointing. But nevertheless, been there done that!
Getting around: Boats can be hired to view scenery around the golden triangle from Sop Ruak along the Mekong River to Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong which takes around 40 minutes and one and a half hours respectively.
Mae Sai – The Northern most point of Thailand the Thai – Myanmar border
Mae Sai is the northernmost district of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand. The town of Mae Sai is a major border crossing between Thailand and Myanmar.
It’s really cool how the people from Thailand and Myanmar can just cross over to each other’s country conveniently across the road. The market is big as well, selling all kinds of products from food to housewares at cheap market price!
& here we see Myanmar! So near yet so far, because we can’t go over haha.
Karen Long Neck village
This is one of the reason why I wanted to visit Chiang Mai! I’ve seen the villages on travel programs and always thought it would be cool to visit them one day
The Karen are a tribal group who have historically lived in the hills on the Myanmar (formerly Burma) side of the Thai border. Best recognized for their elongated necks, the Karen women wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins. While the Karen men are mainly field workers and farmers, the women have a rich history of crafting from wood carving to weaving.
Overall the Long Neck Tribes live a rugged, tedious, and simple lifestyle, but the fruits of their labor are colorful and very lively.
The tradition of wearing the heavy brass rings can still be seen in the younger generations, and interestingly they have learned to ‘improvise’ while still upholding the tradition. According to the tour guide, the rings that the younger ones wear nowadays are detachable, like those clip on earrings etc. It becomes very convenient for them as such. PRETTY COOL I thought 😀
Location: Various village locations between Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle (Best seen with a tour group).
I will share more on the next post other places I’ve visited in Chiang Mai, after I go through the photos! 😀