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Chiang Mai - Worth a visit????

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1. Posted by chrisavfc (Full Member 104 posts) 10y

Hi all

4 weeks till i go round the world!!!! were flying into singapore then out from bangkok 3 weeks later.
Is it worth trying to squeeze in a visit to Chiang Mai, ive heard good things about it but it is quite a way out of the way.

any info would help!! also anything to do in chiang mai?

thanks

chris

2. Posted by tsubaki (Budding Member 36 posts) 10y

Hi Chris
I was in Chaing Mai a couple of months ago. It's quite a buzzing place really, though obviously nothing like BKK.There's quite a lot you can do. A fair few bars etc and a couple of clubs, cabaret and girly bars, depending on what's your thing. Good night market. You can take classes in thai cooking, massage, yoga etc (definitely recommend the cooking courses) and loads of treks in the area which include a night or two in tribal huts, elephant rides, bamboo rafting. It's fun but hardly a realistic representation of traditional thai hill tribes! If you don't want to go on the usual organised touristy stuff find yourself a private guide to take you out to pai and the surrounding area.

Have fun on your travels Chris

Ali

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 10y

I agree with the last post, if you want to see hill tribes then organised tours are a waste of time.I went to 3 villages where the local 'tribes' where all wearing football shirts etc and you could have been in any village in SE Asia, the other village had a few huts with girls from the Karen (or Long Neck) tribe doing their weaving. We were also shown the 'Long Eared' tribe, which was one old lady with big ears. I nearly caused a mutiny by pointing out to our guide that 1 person didn't make a tribe!

If you're in Vietnam then Sapa is a much better place to visit than Chang Mai (but no elephant rides).

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1654 posts) 10y

Quoting chrisavfc

Hi all

4 weeks till i go round the world!!!! were flying into singapore then out from bangkok 3 weeks later.
Is it worth trying to squeeze in a visit to Chiang Mai, ive heard good things about it but it is quite a way out of the way.

any info would help!! also anything to do in chiang mai?

thanks

chris

Chianmai seems to appeal to more women than men. There are lots of inexpensive tours available that will take you to the villages and Golden Triangle area. Compare prices of several travel agencies if you have any interest in organized tours - prices will vary.

You can find many cheap hotels and restaurants. There is a night market that is pretty popular with tourists. I stayed in the Montri Hotel a couple of times, it's near the Thapae Gate. There is a new "street market" at the Thapae Gate now.