We last visited central and northern Thailand in the early to
mid 1990s. Therefore, some of the following information might
be out of date.
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Doi Sutep located a few kilometers outside of Chiang Mai
My favorite place in Thailand and one of the few large town
I like anywhere in the world. Lots of fun things to do in and around
If you donít
do anything else youíve got to see Doi Suthep ... its a
market is still good but itís changing and not for the better.
However, you will find better values here than in Bangkok.
towns offer enough to keep you busy for weeks. Near Mae Rim you
will find Green Valley Golf Course, Elephant treks, Butterfly farms,
Snake shows and more.
There are lots of markets and good places to shop in and around
Chiang Mai. Plus several factories and large shops located just
out side if Chiang Mai (Silk clothing, umbrellas, leather goods,
ceramics, sa paper, and jewelry).
place to stay in Chiang Mai is Center Place Guest House. Itís
not fancy but clean and comfortable. The rooms are $6 per night
and include a queen size bed and a hot private bath. Center Place
Guest House, 17/2 Loi Kroa Road, Soi 1, Chiang Mai, 50000, Thailand.
Telephone: (053) 271169.
If you are
missing western style food try Frenze, you wonít be disappointed.
Bar Garden Ė FUN! Youíve gotta try it at least one night. Lots
of small bars surrounding a Thai boxing ring. You can play pool,
drink beer, eat some great food, and watch Thai kick boxing up
close. Admittedly these generally arenít top boxers but itís still
really just a fun environment.
way to get around is with a motorcycle. I also rent from the Queen
Bee the are very reputable and have good bikes. A little Honda
Dream 100cc will cost $6 per day with insurance. Queen Bee Car
Rental, C/O 5 Moonmuang Road, Chiang Mai, 50000, Thailand. Telephone:
(66-53) 275525, 278483.
Great place to people watch. Lots of comings and goings of
several hill tribes. This is a good place to enter Burma (Myamar)
a day but BE CAREFUL!
like the Mae Sai guest house. There are several other places with
very similar names. From the main road turn left just before the
bridge into Burma. Go to the end of the road and then continue
up the hill behind the buildings and then drop down to the entrance
of the Mae Sai guest House itís right on the river. Mae Sai Guest
House, 688 Wiengpangkam, Mae Sai, Thailand.
Unique little village. One of the best places for a trek
The best way to reach Mae Hong Son is to fly from Chiang Mai.
The fight takes 25 minutes and costs about $16 each way. Other
wise it will take 12 (plus) hours via any kind of land transportation
Go now itís changing fast! Really a nice village to visit a little
slower pace and Burmese style wats.
Hong Son you can take the long-tail boats up the river to the
refugee village of the Long-Neck Karen. Some people feel itís
a bit touristy but I donít. These are real people trying to live
their traditional life style the best way they can.
If you get
the chance to go in mid-November you will be treated to a very
spectacular site. The golden hills of sunflowers are wonderful.
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