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Warorot Market (Kad Luang)

Situated approximately two minutes from the Chang Mai Night Bazaar and sitting beside the Ping River, Warorot Market is a daytime hub of Locals. It opens early in the morning and closes when dark. You can buy almost anything from here. This is basically a Local market where you get goods better than a tourist market at even cheaper prices.

Highlights: Everything is here, fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, bakery items, handicrafts, souvenirs, ceramics, clothes etc. Also, it is an amazing place to try on local snacks and sweets from the food stalls in this market. There are back and side streets around the Warorot market full of hill tribe and Northern Thai Handicraft products. Visiting this market is a must when you are at Chang Mai to witness local Thai shopping.

Location: Near the Chang Mai Night Bazaar, by river Ping.

Price: The experience is free. 
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Maesa Elephant Camp

If the love is for Asian elephants then the apt place to get close to them is the Maesa Elephant Camp. The camp is by far the largest one in assembly of domestic elephants in the Northern part of Thailand. It also showcases the most entertaining as well as educational elephant show which has managed to enlist itself in Guinness book of Records 2005. The camp houses nearly 80 elephants which were all employed in timber and logging industries but with modern process they are all now taken care of in these centres for conservation and training. Visitors can enjoy the location playing with the baby elephants, feeding and bathing them and also interacting with the same. The elephants draw excellent pictures which can be purchased here.



Location
: Tapae Road, North of Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Price: Entry: 200 Baht,

Elephant ride: 1200 Baht for 1 hour and 800 Baht for 30mins
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Saturday Walking street market

Based on the opposite side of Chiang Mai Gate, Wui Lai Market or Saturday Market is another popular market in Thailand. On every Saturday the 1 km stretch market area remains close to traffic so that visitors and locals can shuffle around various shops and purchase goods according to preference. There are plenty of shops in Saturday Market almost like Sunday Market on all goods but the silversmiths shops are the primary attraction here because of the silverware sculptures and goods available here. Apart from this one can find clothing, belts, lanterns, candles, perfume, shoes, street performers, food stalls, sketch artists, wood carvings and woodwork ornaments, housewares etc. Evening time remains entertained with local night show and puppet show.

 

Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 4pm to Midnight

Highlights: Thai Massage and 7 Eleven Supermarket.

Location: Wu Lai Road, Thailand
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Anusarn Night Market

Based near the bottom end of famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, this market is a pleasure to visit. Having its own charm this is equally popular as the famous Night Bazaar. During day time the vendors of the market are usually are not present though the eateries, bars and permanent shops remain open. The market starts in the evening and the key attraction of the market is the low cost delicious meals available here. Be it Asian, Seafood or Indian cuisine all remains available here. Another attraction is the open air Thai message which charges around 60 THB for ½ hour and 120 THB for 1 hour. Apart from this one can find shops of all kinds of goods that includes clothing, electronic items, gift items, accessories, shoes, music stores, and household items

 

Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 7pm to Midnight

Highlights: Fish Massage

Location: Chang Khlan Road, Thailand
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Chang Puak Gate Night Market

One of the most attractive markets Chang Puak Hate Night Market is quite famous among the tourists. For all those who love to walk around the streets and check out different shops this is the ideal location. With outstanding collection of various goods like clothing, perfume, , wood carvings and woodwork ornaments, shoes, street performers, belts, lanterns, candles, food stalls, sketch artists, house wares one can find it all here. It is quite crowded place and there are unique vendors who sells exclusive Thai foods which is quite delicious and mouth watering. Apart from this there are other stores of clothing, shoes, and accessories with reasonably good stock.



Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 4pm to Midnight

Highlights: Thai Massage

Location: Prathu Chand Puak, Thailand
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Chiang Dao Elephant Camp - Training Center

At Chiang Dao Elephant Camp - Training Center primary importance is given towards making the elephants feel comfortable in a natural environment. As a result the camp provides an experience to its visitors which combine both jungle activities and training schedules with a one to one interaction with a single elephant making the whole experience more interesting and absolutely unforgettable. There are about 32 elephants which provide excellent rides in the adjacent teak forest and the nearby Ping River. The highlight of the destination is watching the baby elephants get trained in the morning with lessons on how to walk, how to bath etc. Bamboo rafting sessions are also available here on the Ping River. A visit to hill tribe village is also organised.



Location
Chiang Mai-Fang Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Timing: Open daily from 7 am Price: Starting from 60 Baht.
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Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp

65km from Chiang Mai International Airport, the Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp is a ideal location to enjoy elephant trekking, pleasant stay, excellent meals and superb spa treatment. The arrangements are superb with 15 tents with white crisp bedding, copper tubs, and leather recliners setting the jungle safari mood. The brilliant ambience of the forested environment, the excellent elephant rides and superior Thai massage after a elephant rides along with excellent relaxation makes it a preferred destination in Thailand.



One can explore the flora and fauna, get up close with the elephants and enjoy a entertaining day with the luxury of a resort to stay. Riverside pool and river boat trips are some additional entertaining activities done here.

Location: 4 hours drive from Chiang Mai City.




















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Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp

To experience the best eco travel tour and immerse in the beauties of nature Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp is the best experience. One can spend the days, feeding, bathing, playing and taking care of the gentle giants. There is option for elephant ride which is equally interesting. The visitors of this camp need to accommodate in eco hut and enjoy the panoramic beauty of nature. Be it river rafting or swimming in the cool pools, enjoying the mountain sun or tasting the sweetest juicy fresh fruits, life here is simply entertaining.



Elephant experience here can be either enjoyed with a single elephant or with shared elephant. With friendly staff and excellent trainers the experience is a pleasant one guaranteed.

Location: Mae Win, Mae Wang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

What You Should Know More About Chiang Mai

  • About the Destination

    North Capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a holiday escape from the rapid pace of life of its southern competitor. Despite the perennial arrival of trains and planes swamped with tourists, this erstwhile seat of the Lanna Kingdom is acquiescently lax and soothing. After touring the chaotic Bangkok, this can be an ideal tourist place to relax, rejuvenate and recharge your batteries with leisurely wandering and scrumptious food. For those, who do not wish to partake in the myriad of activities on offer, simply stroll around the backstreets and discover for yourself a city that is still predominantly Thai in its very form, attitude, ambience and other relevant aspects.    

    Nuzzled amongst the thick foothills, Chiang Mai is way older than you perceive it to be. In the medieval salad days of the city, almost everything found here (except the Buddhist temples and monasteries) was made of teak extracted from the rainforest that lie in its close proximity. The monasteries here still remain centered on the ancient brick chedi or stupas that are found in a striking range of styles and shapes. Keeping pace with the modernity, the gaps between them have been well filled with the resorts, Thai stays and the traveler hotels.  Irrespective of this, the historic center of Chiang Mai still remains fiercely residential which looks more like a sleepy country town than being just a bustling capital.

    Enveloping the ancient Chiang Mai, a sprawling modern city has emerged. It is encompassed by a web of super highways. However, if you drive in a straight line irrespective of the direction, you’ll find yourself amidst the dense green countryside of the Thailand. A short ride by a chartered rot daang or even a motorcycle will transport you amidst the bubbling hot springs, pristine rainforest reserves, peaceful country villages, churning waterfalls, serene forests along with an array of adventure camps, souvenir shopping markets and elephant sanctuaries.  


  • Travel Advice

    • Learn few words from the local language prevalent here. This will not only be helpful in communicating with the locals here but will also make them feel that you are taking an interest in their culture.

    • Don’t wear skimpy or revealing clothes when you are at a religious place. Of course, you must avoid wearing them otherwise too but do not compromise on the decorum at the religious places.

    • Don’t take pictures where it is not allowed.

    • Don’t involve yourself in any practice that may not be pleasing or is against the law.

    • Filming without permissions is prohibited.

    • Avoid entertaining the guides way beyond necessary.

    • Do not trust anyone with your cash or valuables.

    • Do not get in a taxi without negotiating on the fare. Taxi drivers here have a tendancy to over charge you. So, type your location on the internet and get an idea of basic taxi fare before getting in the vehicle.

    • Don’t leave your important documents or valuables in the hotel.

    • Make sure you do not flash cash or valuables in public places.

    • Avoid carrying too much cash when you go to a crowded place.

    • Don’t indulge in drugs of any form. Keep yourself away from drug dealers. If you do suspect anyone to be harmful, get away from the site or call the cops.

    • Don’t let any one mislead you.

    • Avoid eating at unhygienic stalls.

  • Drinking Laws

    The legal drinking age for drinking in Chiang Mai is 20 years. However, you may have to display your ID proof before purchasing alcohol here.


  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Wat Chedi Luang

    Wat Chedi Luang is a Buddhist temple right at the center of the city. Originally when it was built, it was made up of three different temples but currently it's just one. The history of this temple goes back to the 14th century and the locales are filled with picturesque sights.

    Elephant Nature Park

    Thailand is famous for its elephants and your tour to Chiang Mai will be incomplete without visiting the Elephant National Park. It acts as both, a sanctuary as well as a rescue center for elephants in Thailand. There are separate branches of the park in different places like Suri and Cambodia. The future plans also include opening a new branch in Phuket which shall give the park more exposure as it is a famous tourist place.

    Wat Chiang Man

    Wat Chiang Man is another popular tourist place in Thailand, it is a Buddhist temple inside the city walls of Chiang Mai. The spot is so famous because it was the first temple of the city and is closely related to the sentiments of the locals here.

    Chiang Mai zoo

    The Chiang Mai zoo which takes the name of the city is the oldest and the first commercial zoo of Chiang Mai. Surprisingly, rhinos in Thailand can be spotted only in this very zoo. You must definitely include it in your places to see list when you visit Thailand. The zoo is also home to rare animals like Koalas, Penguins and much more.

    Wat Suan Dorg

    The name of this Buddhist temple translates to a flower garden temple. When you see the beautiful architecture of the temple, you would agree with its name. A large bell in the temple is made in a Sri Lankan style and tourists love to capture it in pictures.


  • What will you like there?

    Hiking

    The Doi Suthep mountain in Thailand is located in this city and is the perfect place for activities like hiking. The views are surreal and you will have a great time just walking around the place. For hiking, you would need to make pre-arrangements and if you have some friends along, it will be a fun and adventurous experience.

    Night Safari

    Night Safari is a concept that you won't find easily in many places of the world. However, a nocturnal zoo is located in the city where you can go and have a nice time. Along with basic sightseeing, most tourists visit this place for its peculiarity. You will be astonished to know that the zoo is the second night safari in the world, the first one is at Singapore.

    Museums

    The museums in Chiang Mai are a lovely place to know more about the cultural heritage of the location. The National Museum located in the city is huge and there are various artifacts and items along with highlights in both, Thai as well as English. The museums in the city receive a huge footfall of tourists almost during all the months in the year.


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