I am planning for a short holiday about 5-6 days in december and chance upon Chiang Rai. Saw alot of interesting activities available ...especially the sakura season and sunflower blooming in dec/Jan. Am still more researching indepth on those activities from the FAQ:Top 30 (Thanks to compilation), however would like to clarify a few questions:
1) I am traveling with a 4 year old boy, will Chiang Rai be suitable? He is very out going, we love nature, flower field and hiking.
2) If I am planning to travel on first two weeks of Dec, would I be able to see the blooming of sakura and sunflower? I read that it is recommended to stay a night at Doi Mae Salong. Also I saw there could be tea and coffee plantation around the area?
3) I read thru the forum and saw people hiring car and keen to do it too. Since we are traveling with a tod we've been doing self drive when we holiday as it allow us to adjust to our own pace. Is it advisable? How is the traffic condition like? Is places of interest all easier located using GPS? And does the locals speak English readily incase we are lost?
Alternatively if we do a mix of private guide and self drive, what places would you recommend for self drive and what places would make better sense for guide?
4) Given the current political situation, is it still safe to visit? Any curfew imposed in Chaing Rai? Sorry for asking, just wanna to be sure since we are traveling with a tod.
TIA, any advice is greatly appreciated.