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“Roots of Asia - Ecotourism”
Review of Chiang Mai

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1 review
2 helpful votes
“Roots of Asia - Ecotourism”
Reviewed 30 June 2010

I joined a tour in January with my sisters.
We had a very good time. I had been to thailand before so I knew what to expect , it was my sisters first time and they loved the tour. We really got to know very special places, untouched villagelife. No shoppingtour, no commissions. That's what we like. The highlight of the trip was definately the sunflower lodge, where we had the homestay. . It is set in beautiful nature and noi, the lady that runs the lodge made the best food! There is even a treehouse in the garden
We will recommend this tour to all our friends


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Sunshine Beach, Australia
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31 reviews
21 helpful votes
“hiring a car”
Reviewed 25 June 2010

hi all,
just a note to be a little weary of the car hire company in chang mai. i asked to hire a car from the hotel, that was ok the chap bought the car to the hotel. the rate in the book was 999baht, fully insured. that was fine. the chap arrives with the car, 999baht thankyou, ok. do you want to waive the1000 baht excess, cost 200b, ok whats 200. 1200 baht. so i hand over the money, you have not given me enough, claims the chap. why not? 300baht more for me to deliver the car to the hotel, oh, where does it say that in the pamphlet? 300baht more. ok now we are getting a little weary. where are you dropping the car off? i say back at the hotel. that will be 500baht more for me to pick the car up. so the guy got nothing, suffice to say. i don't care about the money so much, it's just if you advertise 999baht for a car hire, don't try and con me out of another 1000. so if you want to hire a car in chang mai, check out the total price before you sign anything.

1 Thank cchPhuket
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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91 reviews
80 helpful votes
“In the lap of Nature and History”
Reviewed 14 June 2010

Most tourists who come to Thailand prefer to stop at Bangkok or move south towards the beaches Pattaya or Phuket. We decided upon travelling up north into the mountains to the second biggest city of Thailand – Chang Mai. There are several budget airlines that fly up North. We journeyed on One to Go, a friendly and punctually airline, for the one hour flight up north. Bangkok’s domestic terminal, Don Mueang is up north and taxi drivers charge Bhat 300 from the city to reach you there. This domestic terminal is relatively less crowded than our domestic terminals. Baggage handling and checking into the airline was prompt. The women who frisk you are both friendly and pleasant.
After an hour in the sky, we landed at Chang Mai international airport. The city is small; we reached the city centre in 15 minutes. We had made pre-reserved booking at Lai Thai guest house in the heart of the city. Since this is a tourist city, there is a variety of accommodation from Baht 100 to 35,000. Thus there are cheap guest houses to seven star comforts catering to all types of tourists.

Established in 1839, by King Mengrai, Chang Mai, today is the second largest city in Thailand. It has its own dialect, culture and style of living different from Bangkok. Originally called Wananakon – city of natural beauty, is a small yet charming district, surrounded by the northern hills. Our first evening was to sample some of the unique northern culture. For Baht 300, we had a van come to pick and drop us at the old Chang Mai cultural centre for a Khantoke dinner. The word Khantoke originally meant the tray on which the various dishes were served. Khantoke was made from bamboo strips and woven with rattan. We sat on the floor around a stage and was served on a little tray the typical northern dishes. Khantoke consists of fried chicken, much like Kentucky fried, Burmese pork curry, a lighter version of the sorpotel, fried cabbage, deep fried pork skin made into balls, served with tomato chilli paste, and fried bananas. There were two types of rice, the normal white rice and the sticky rice, that is preferred in this part of Asia. As we ate, we were entertained with a variety of traditional dances. The fingernail dance where the dancers float around displaying their long fingernails was exquisite and graceful, while the sword dance, where a man moves around with 12 swords was a show on the martial arts of the region. Most dancers wore their traditional colourful costumes, singing in their traditional languages. At one of the dances, audience participation was encouraged, when the graceful girls lead some of the visitors onstage to join them. It was indeed a wonderful show of traditional culture and cuisine.
Sightseeing in Chang Mai
Chang Mai being a small town, the easiest way around is on foot. There are Buddhist temples at every corner. Pagodas are either in white or gold, spotlessly clean and generally deserted, since there are no fixed times or rituals in Buddhism. But the locals are religious by nature and begin the day by worshiping their family idols.

Other Activities
Chang Mai is a happening place. Many tourist rent bicycles and motor bikes to drive around town. There are bars and pubs where one can swill beer, listen to some good music or chat up Thai girls who congregate at these joints. For those who like adventure, there are some hiking trails and mountain safaris. There is a National Park where you can ride and elephant and go around to look at animals in a zoo.
Chang Mail is indeed a region of nature. Just outside the town you are in the mountains with natural forests. For those who wish to move away from the bustle of Bangkok, this region is a haven of relaxation!

2 Thank VoyageurIndien
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McLean, VA
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112 reviews
52 helpful votes
“Songs of Memory - Music from the Golden Triangle”
Reviewed 25 May 2010

The Tamarind Village Hotel currently has on a photo exhibition by Victoria Vorreiter called Patterns, Passages and Prayers. We were fortunate enough to be in Chiang Mai to catch one of weekly gallery walks by Victoria. It was fascinating to hear of the music, costumes and traditions of the different tribes depicted in the photographs. We bought the book, "Songs of Memory" which will make a wonderful souvenir for us of this area. Future visitors to Chiang Mai can check the website www.tribalmusicasia.com to see what the current exhibition schedule is.
The hotel gift shop is also very nice and well worth checking out how they have used the traditional tribal fabrics in new ways, such as pillows and jackets.

Thank lovetotravelMcLeanVA
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San Francisco
Level Contributor
12 reviews
18 helpful votes
“Chiang Mai, Chiangri La”
Reviewed 16 May 2010

What a surprise this charming city in North Thailand is! Luxury hotels here top most hotels in the US for a fraction of the price. Despite the third world elements one would expect, the city is overall clean of air pollution and most establishments use a filtered water system. Food, temples, massage, and people are amazing. My girlfriend and I felt very safe. While things are comparatively cheap, it is easy to overpay since haggling is the norm. We got screwed on cabs until we figured out you just hire a driver and negotiate lump payments. Motorized rickshaws called tuk-tuks are a good way to go if you can live without air-conditioning. We hired a Mr. Moo who was wonderful, sweet and so fair--that we paid him more than he was asking which was still less than anyone else we met. (Mr. Moo's phone: [--]) Can't wait to go back, perhaps in a cooler season!

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