Duration : 4 days
Starting from : Queen Sirikit's Botanical Garden
Ending at : Meo Tribal Village
Duration : First time travelers, Adventure, Woman
Four day exploration of ‘the Rose of the North’ including unforgettable experiences at the umbrella village, several national parks, a hot spring, the night bazaar, exotic hill tribes, and an elephant training center!
Day 1 : Chiang-mai
Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens
The garden was opened in 1992 and covers a large area that incorporates many vegetation types, including some rare species. Moreover, the mountain location makes it an enjoyable escape for everyone, particularly nature enthusiasts.
Chiang Dao Cave
This area is very popular with Thais who, at present, outnumber foreigners by ten to one. Chiang Dao Mountain and cave provides some of Thailand 's most beautiful scenery. The sacred caves are filled with Buddha images belonging to Wat Tham Chiang Dao.
If you wish to venture deeper, you should be accompanied by a guide and an oil lantern where you will be charge about THB80 for a 40-minute tour.
Bo Sang Umbrella Village
For more than 200 years, almost everyone in the small village of Bo Sang has been earning a living from the umbrella trade, silk and cotton umbrellas and paper parasols.
You can watch the umbrellas being made, then choose one from the variety of beautiful and colorful designs to take home as a souvenir.
There is also an annual fair, held each January on the main street, which features an umbrella procession, beauty contests, exhibitions and the selling of umbrellas and other handicrafts.
You can visit it daily dawn to dusk and is situated at Charoen Muang Road (Road 1006), Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand .
Day 2 : Chiang-mai
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
This famous and important temple founded since 1383 enjoys a prominent position in Chiang Mai, overlooking the city from its mountainside perch. It sits about 3,520 feet above sea level and is accessible via a steep naga staircase comprising around 300 steps.
The temple has a huge golden chedi (spire), within which lie some holy Buddha relics that attract devotees from the world over. To reach the temple itself requires a climb up a naga staircase of 309 steps. For the faint of heart, there's also a funicular cable-car to the top which has just been re-built after several fatal crashes. The fare for the new improved funicular is 20 Baht per person.
The chedi is in a small courtyard at the very peak of the mountain. The courtyard building sits on a larger plaza containing several buildings as well as a lookout point from which you can see, weather permitting, all of Chiang Mai and the surrounding plain.
Wat Chiang Man
The temple, founded by King Mengrai in 1296, is Chiang Mai's oldest and in fact was constructed concurrently with the old city. The large viharn features massive teak columns and lavish royal red-and-gold wall paintings. The smaller viharn to the right contains the famous crystal Buddha, Phra Setangamani, thought to originate from Lopburi about 1,800 years ago.
It is located at Ratchaphakhinai Road , Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand and opened daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Doi Inthanon National Park
The park is 1,005 square kilometer located south of Chiang Mai City and is, in parts, mountainous and wild. Species which are not found anywhere else in Thailand can be found here. Doi Inthanon being the Thailand 's tallest mountain standing at 2,565 meters, it offers one of the best places in Thailand for bird watching.
On higher ground, one can see wild orchids growing. Trekking tours can be arranged through many agencies in Chiang Mai. It is opened 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Sunday. The charge for foreigners is THB200 and Thai is THB20.
Day 3 : Chiang-mai
San Kamphaeng Hot Springs
Over here, you can find a quiet and scenic 40-acre park, beautifully landscaped containing a range of flowers. On the premises, you can find a restaurant, ice-cream stand, mineral baths, a camping area and many picnic spots.
Perhaps the most interesting feature here is the hot spring. The water comes from a deep source and is 100 degrees at the surface. The entrance fee is THB20 each.
The visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday. It is located at 23 kilometers (14 miles) from San Kampaeng town, Chiang Mai 50130 Thailand .
Mae Sa Elephant Training Center
The majestic elephants in one of Thailand 's best elephant camps along the Mae Sa Valley. Over here, you can get the chance to watch these mammoth creatures play football, among other tricks everyday with the fees of THB80.
You can also get the opportunity to ride an elephant from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the local countryside, feed them with bananas and sugarcane, and take plenty of photographs. Also within the camp you will find an elephant nursery and a rafting center (open 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. daily).
Though the main Night Bazaar is located in a rather drab three-storey building, this shoppers' paradise also sprawls along the entire Chang Klan Road . The street stalls sell a variety of items, including fine Thai silk, antiques, silver, clothing, handicrafts, CDs, videos, perfumes and watches. However, you should be careful of many imitation branded goods.
It is opened from 6 p.m. until midnight from Monday to Sunday. It is located at 104-1 Chang Klan Road , Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand .
Day 4 : Chiang-mai
Chiang Mai Zoo
The Chiang Mai Zoo has more than 6,000 animals in an environment comprising two waterfalls, reservoirs, an open park, camping spots and animal breeding areas. Among its recent arrivals are 10 penguins, the first ever in Thailand ; gibbons, which are bred successfully; and Chayo, the baby elephant, born at the time of the Leonid meteor shower, who became the symbol of the Bangkok Asian Games. The entrance fee for adult is THB40 and for child is THB20.
Meo Tribal Village
The Meo or Hmong tribal people live in homes that are constructed with the floor slightly raised for storing food supplies or keeping animals beneath.
The Meo people are intelligent, independent and very patient. Usually clad in blue, black and red tribal costumes, they are fond of wearing silver ornaments, especially during ceremonies.
It is situated near Doi Pui, Suthep Mountain Route , Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand .