Travel: Thailand - Chiangmai and Chiangrai

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Travel: Thailand - Chiangmai and Chiangrai

Postby IsaIvamum » Wed Apr 14, 2010 3:21 pm

Hi

I'm going to Chiangmai and Chiangrai end of the year... Staying at Holiday Inn, Chiangmai... Bring my children to the Golden Triangle and also visit their tribes (Long neck Woman)...

Anyone been to the place before , please share more? Any other interesting sightseeing? Heard that the weather is cold when end year...

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Postby nani » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:39 pm

Hi

Was there from 21-25 Dec, chrismas is boring there :(. We stayed in Amora Tapae, decent hotel.

Took the one day elephant safari tour with the bamboo raft, yeah is a good experience, love it.

Also, went for the one day Golden triangle tour with the long neck village, Be warn, this one is a verrryyyyyy long journey. Started at 8am and didn't get back till 9pm. Went on a mini-bus that takes about 15ppl. The driver was speeding all the way :pray: . Going up in the bright day light not so bad but coming back is dark at nite, quite scary especially speeding.

Overall, is a good experinece but not something that we'll go back again. The weather is not cool at all like what you most heard. We brought sweaters but never get to use it at all.

HTH.

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Postby minnie2004 » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:11 pm

I was back-packing there almost 20 years ago! I took an o/n coach from Bangkok. The air and weather were both very refreshing compared to Bangkok (it was during Chinese new year). There are a lot of nice temples there. Forgot the names but was most impressed by the one on the mountain where most statues are covered in golden foils.

I also did the rafting/elephant ride and enjoyed that very much too 8) . I did a lot of elephants rides subsequently (in other parts of Thailand and India) but nothing compared to the one in Chiangmai where the elephant had to climb very steep hills among thick bushes. It was amazing how the animal could balance itself on such a narrow and muddy track, while eating and passing motion at the same time along the way :shock: .

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Postby gayjoan » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:09 pm

hi hi

we was just up with my family including my girls, 7,6,1 at Chiangmai and Chiangrai 1 month ago. Peaceful and quiet. bad for the locals due to the drop in tourist. extremely delightful experience for visitors.

stayed at Chedi Hotel - great experience and convenience too!

we met a local Tu-tu uncle who speaks good english. He will drive you around town and outskirt. Excellent local induction! Very reasonable rate and flexible too!

Name: Neung
His contact: 083 567 4290
Email: neung_noen@yahoo.com

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Postby IsaIvamum » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:32 am

gayjoan wrote:hi hi

we was just up with my family including my girls, 7,6,1 at Chiangmai and Chiangrai 1 month ago. Peaceful and quiet. bad for the locals due to the drop in tourist. extremely delightful experience for visitors.

stayed at Chedi Hotel - great experience and convenience too!

we met a local Tu-tu uncle who speaks good english. He will drive you around town and outskirt. Excellent local induction! Very reasonable rate and flexible too!

Name: Neung
His contact: 083 567 4290
Email: neung_noen@yahoo.com


Hi Gayjoan

Wow!! Thanks for the info!! I will try to contact him. We will be going to Chiangmai and Chiangrai in November...

Where did he bring you to? Did you go to the tribe (to see long neck woman) ? What places you visited ? Please share more...

We will be staying at Holiday Inn Chiangmai..

Thanks

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Postby gayjoan » Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:08 am

We spent 2 half day mornings with him. He picked us around 930am and end about 230 pm.

On Day 1, he bought us to several factory outlets - i particular like the thai silk village. Designs are modern. He will bring us to their local restuarant for lunch. very afforable and nice!

On Day 2 which was a Sunday, I asked to go to their local markets. He took us to their local fruit market, kind of like wholesales. There was a Sunday market which opens about 12 nn. There was a JJ market for handicraft, thai painting etc. JJ opens around 4 in the evening. So we didnt had a chance to see the stuff.

We were there 6 days. Very relax! Went out on alternate or half days. We did go for 1 day trip to Chiangrai and quarter day to the elephant farm. The rest was just half days around town. You can also take a boat trip which will bring you to a herd farm.

My girls saw Long Neck ladies at one of the villages in Chiangrai. Free entrance for children. So my girls went in with the tour guide.

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Postby tankee » Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:45 am

frankly, Chiangmai and Chiangrai are places that never cross my mind as a holiday destination that young pre-schoolers and lower primary may enjoy.

Beside the elephant rides, what else did your children enjoyed there?

:D

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Postby gayjoan » Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:38 am

Honestly for yound children, anywhere for holiday is a great experience for them!!!

Besides the elephant ride, our hotel stay was a great experience. The food and service was fabulous. Its is a friendly town, away from the hustle of city life. It is easy place to move around with young children. There is also a major shopping centre like our Robinson.

For this trip, besides the elephants, we rode on ox cart, horse carriages, bamboo rift and boat rides.

All in all, its was great fun!!

My only regret probably is when I asked my kids what they liked or remembered about Chiangmai - both of them echoed its the swimming pool that they like most. sigh!!!

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Postby IsaIvamum » Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:13 pm

gayjoan wrote:Honestly for yound children, anywhere for holiday is a great experience for them!!!

Besides the elephant ride, our hotel stay was a great experience. The food and service was fabulous. Its is a friendly town, away from the hustle of city life. It is easy place to move around with young children. There is also a major shopping centre like our Robinson.

For this trip, besides the elephants, we rode on ox cart, horse carriages, bamboo rift and boat rides.

All in all, its was great fun!!

My only regret probably is when I asked my kids what they liked or remembered about Chiangmai - both of them echoed its the swimming pool that they like most. sigh!!!


Thanks for the info ! What is the whether like? I heard is cooling ...

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Re: Travel: Thailand - Chiangmai and Chiangrai

Postby yqyq » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:39 am

We just back from Chiangmai Chiangrai trip this week...quite exploring and eye opening for us...smtg different if compare to those urban countries..

We stay at Le-Meridien Chiangmai..a wonderful hotel with great staffs..and free 1 hr full body massage for all of us including my dd.

A must visit to Golden triangle and cruise Mekong river and elephant ride.

Weather = Singapore weather, so just bring light cloth

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