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Thailand elephant ride experience & Tourist industrial

Thailand elephant and tourist industrial

              Thailand elephant are aised to work and as a sideline to serve tourists for rides in the rain forest to take them around National Parks. Ethnic villagers keep these elephants to conduct their different types of rites. Elephant riding has become an integral part of tour business in Thailand. Well-trained elephants can be ridden through local villages and surrounding forests. You can book an elephant for half hour walk around the tourist destination, or you can book a three or five day trek through the jungle. You can see how the trainers bath their elephants, and watch elephant skill shows such as kicking a soccer ball, dancing, playing music instruments and even painting.

 

Thailand elephant ride experience can be taken in the following cities and national parks

The most well known national park in Thailand is Khao Yai. Khao Yai enjoys the mountainous terrain surrounding the northeast plateau forming the central plain of Thailand. This is park for nature lovers with abundant wildlife, refreshing waterfalls and overall serenity.

 

Kanchanaburi

which is slightly closer than Khao Yai is approximately 130 kilometers west of Bangkok. The two rivers from maenam Mae Klong resulting in some of Thailand’s most impressive waterfalls and wildlife which thrive upon the rivers. The bridge over the river kwai built by World War II prisoners is situated here.

 

Chiang Mai

is Thailand’s second largest city is known for its cultural significance and is home to around 1100 temples and arts and crafts centers. It is a home of some of Thailand’s largest mountains. Historical links can be traced back to the ancient Silk Road when the city served as a hub for the exchange of handcrafted goods, umbrellas, jewelry and woodcarving.

 

Pattaya

is 170 km south of Bangkok. Pattaya makes is an excellent choice who have limited time to enjoy Thailand beaches. It is a town famous amongst sailors for rest and relaxation.

Hua Hin

is a beach town famous especially for weekend getaways. Located in the northern area of Kra Isthmus, Hua Hin is an easy 260 km southwest of Bangkok.

 

Phuket 

is famous for the various beaches and islands. Mountains and beaches of the island make Phuket one of Thailand’s most desirable vacation destinations. Other exotic islands can be traveled through phuket.

 

Ko Samui

 

is probably the most famous island for anyone interested in rock climbing. The island is a paradise for rock climbers. This is the third largest island with its beautiful beaches, scenic attractions, and hilltop views.

Surin : Home of elephant trainer:

 

Do you know most of elephant trainer are from Surin Province, Northeast of Thailand? But most of them have moved and lived in tourist town above. Around in the middle of November of each year, elephant and trainer will gathering have the big festival of elephant show in Surin Province.

Heaven on Earth for Tropical Thai Fruit

Hey there all the fruit lover! Did you know that Thailand is heaven on earth for Tropical fruits?. Apart from the price that is very affordable there are multiple of fruits that are very special here such as numerous types of Bananas, Durian (king of fruit), Jackfruit, Mangosteen(Queen of fruit), Mango- keaw saway, Longan, Rambutan , Langsat, Pomelo, Custard apple, Rose Apple, and Guava.

mixed fruit

Famous Thai Fruit

Some of you may wonder how is it looking like? Or what does it taste like? here are several fruits that we will talk about today and please don’t forget to go try it! .

Durian (ทุเรียน)

 

Also known as “The king of fruit”. It has a large size and its weight is about 2-5 kg. The color of durian is greenish brown skin and golden yellow flesh. The taste is sweet, but some people don’t like it smell. Its nutrition is high in energy, protein and various minerals. But be careful if you eat durian too much in summer, because it will make you hotter inside than usual.

Durian

In Thailand there are various types of durian such as Chani (ชะนี), Kan Yao (ก้านยาว), Kradum Thong (กระดุมทอง) and Mon Thong (หมอนทอง). You can also make cakes, ice-cream and many Thai-desserts from Durian.

It is available all year round, but the peak period is April-August.

Durian

Mangosteen – (Mang Khud มังคุด)

It is round in shape with a 2-3 inch radius, it’s also known as “The queen of fruit”. Once opened, be careful of the mangosteen’s purple rind, which is liable to stain, but enjoy its scrumptious white segments. But don’t forget the big pit in the centre which you will find it very bitter. The taste of the fruit is sweet and sour.

mango steanMangosteen’s are in season from June to November.

mango stean

Rambutan – (Ngo เงาะ)

Some of my clients called rambutan a red hairy monster. Outside of the rambutan is red with soft green spikes. It is very easy to open with a knife or your finger. Omit the pit, but enjoy the translucent fruit. The taste is sweet and the texture is firm.

Rambutan comes into season in June to October. At the end of the season, you will be able to try a smaller size that is grown from the southern district – Na Sarn (เงาะนาสาร). Ngo Na Sarn has a wonderful taste– I can eat a ton of it all day long!

ramboran

Longan – (Lamyai ลำใย)

 

Longan is grown in the abundance in the North of Thailand, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai. It is a brown color with a thin shell that cracks easily. A black round pit is inside. Eat the transparent part. The taste is sweet and has a juicy texture.longan

Season : June – September

Famous type : Lamyai Seechompoo (ลำใยสีชมพู) , Lamyai Edoor (ลำใยอีดอ)

Mango – (Mamoung keaw saway)

 

There are many types of Mango in Thailand. The taste varies from sour, mild, sweet and sweet and sour. Each species can be consumed either ripe or raw. The one I like is ripe keaw saway. The texture is crispy and crunchy with a sweet and sour taste. These green mangos are often dipped in chili spices. At first, most foreigners find the sauce quite strange but once it grows on you, you may become addicted!

  • The season is from March to June.

Famous dish is sticky rice and mango (ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง)

mango sticky rice

Jackfruit (Ka-Noon)

The jackfruit tree is important for Thai people because they believe that it is an auspicious tree. Many people plant it in their houses in order to advance and bring good things to their lives. Even though jackfruit has a little vitamin and mineral, but it has a lot of fibers. Jackfruit can be transformed into various types such as preserved in syrup, boil in syrup, crisp jackfruit, ice cream and more. It is available all year round.

 All year round fruit

Famous dish : Lodchaong katisod (หลอดช่องกะทิสด) , or eat with coconut ice cream

Jack fruit

Banana (Kluay กล้วย)

There are twenty different types of banana in Thailand the differences are its size. People in Thailand use bananas when cooking food and many desserts such as roast banana, fried banana, boil it with coconut cream, sugar and salt also known as Kluay Buad Shee (กล้วยบวชชี) and more. It can be available all year round and its cost is very cheap.

All year round fruit

banana

Custard apple (Noi-Na หน่อยหน่า)

 

In Thailand we call “Noi-Na” it is known as “sugar apple”. Its white, fragrant and sweet flesh is covered with greenish skin. This fruit is easy to eat, just separate with your hand and use a spoon when you would like to eat its flesh. Noi-Na can also be made as an ice cream which is delicious.

It can be found from June-September.

apple custard

Pomelo – (Som O ส้มโอ)

 

An oversized grapefruit, often with delicate pink segments. The difference between grapefruit in pomelo is that one can eat pomelo plain. Many people who hate grapefruit actually love pomelo. It tastes sweet and sour.

It can be found all year round.

pamelo

Coconut (Ma Prao มะพร้าว)

 

Is in round shape, not easy to crack, but once you can open it you’ll find a true paradise. The white flesh is soft and firm but it tastes lightly sweet same with its water so sweet and super refreshing. Coconut has many usage ranging from food to cosmetic for example, coconut cake, drinks and coconut ice cream.

coconut juice

coconut jouice

Langsat (ลางสาด)

 

Is in round shape and kind of look like tiny potatoes. It is covered by thin yellow and brownish skin. The flesh is transparent it tastes sweet, sour and juicy but again be careful of the seeds it can taste a little bit bitter. It can be found all year round.

Guava (Farang ฝรั่ง)

Thai guava is generally a size of a tennis ball (maybe a little bit bigger) and it’s covered by green skin. The flesh is white with yellow seeds it tastes mildly sweet and crunchy. It is also very good for your health because it has Vitamin C and Potassium.

*fun fact, in Thailand we also call foreigner “Farang” so if someone call you that don’t worry, you didn’t look like a guava it just a name for foreigners.

Gauva

Rose Apple – (Chompoo ชมพู่)


It may look like a pear, but smaller and has a shiny skin comes in green and red color. When you cut it open you won’t find any seeds, but cottony fluff instead so you have to scoop that out. The texture is firm, you can eat it skin and stuff the taste is sweet and refreshing.

rose apple

Tips from LJ Biz

The weather in Thailand is so damn hot right? So on the way, if you need something to freshen up your day or to refresh yourself, we would like to recommend “Fruits Cart”.

Fruit Cart

Here you can find it in almost every corner of Bangkok. There’s a multiple choice of fresh fruits for you to choose from, but what makes it special is “Chili Dipping Sauce” yeah, you heard it right dipping sauce for fruits.

I know it sounds weird, but come on, just once in a life time I suggest you should experience this!. Fruit card serve in every corner of Bangkok, You can find this from morning till lunch time. Various kind of Thai fruit is ready for you to pick and enjoy it.

Another tips, if you are fruit lover, travel to Thailand during June- August is highly recommend.  You will find that so many Thai fruit available, or you could also visit the place sightseeing and tell your agent that you need to experience Thai fruit.

Thai fruit

Best Thai food review, Superb Authentic Taste of Thai food and dessert

Best Thai food: Taste of Thai cuisine and dessert

What is so special about Best Thai food?

Thai food is known for its balance of many flavors in one dish: spicy, sweet, sour, salty and bitter. It is an art of cooking that creates harmony among a variety of flavors. The true art form of Thai food also involves the delicate carving of fruits and vegetables. By satisfying sight and taste, the creativity makes Thai food an experience unlike any other dining experience.

How many types of Best Thai food are there?

Thai food can be separated into two categories.

First, Royal Thai food is the best. The food is used to cook in the royal court to serve the king and royal family members. It’s made from expensive ingredients, ornately prepared anddecorated. As one can imagine by the name, Royal Thai cuisine is the crème de le crème, the best of the best, of both presentation and flavor.

Khao Chae – Means rice soaked in cool water. This menu is special because it’s served at summer time, so when you eat it you’ll feel fresh!

Kratong Thong – crispy rice flour cups filled with a blend of shrimp, pork, peas, carrots, corn kernels and seasoned with traditional Thai herbs.

Chor Muang ( flower shaped chicken dumpling ) – A violet dumpling stuffed and caramelized peanut

Maing cam Thai SnackMiang Kham (Leaf Wrapped Bites )– A traditional Thai snack food that translates as “many things in one bite” because Miang Kham has many ingredients, both fresh and dry, that will be put in the leaf.

Second, is local food which is separated by region. Thai people in each area have their own favorite tastes of their foods.

  • Kon Isarn :: People in the northeast region of Thailand like to eat spicy and salty dishes.
  • Kon Pak Klang :: People in the central region like sweet and mild tasting.
  • Kon Nua :: People in the northern part of Thailand love mild but slightly spicy.
  • Kon Tai :: Southern region, are the only people who eat really spicy food.

Examples of food

Tom Yum Kong – Thai spicy and sour soup with prawns

Pad kra prow kai – Stir fry chicken with basil

Pad Thai – rice noodle stir-fry with a choice of meat, peanut and spring onions

 

Kang Kai – spicy red chili paste stir fried with coconut milk and chicken

Northern Thai Cuisine

Som tum – green papaya salad with tomato, garlic, long bean and peanuts

Sai Krok Isaan – The Isan sausage brings a unique sour taste brought about by the fermenting of pork and sticky rice

Lap moo – spicy chili with minced pork and mint

Northern Thai cuisine

Nam prig nom kap cap moo: spicy green chili paste with deep fried pork skin

Sai Oua – Northern Thai Sausage

Khao Soi Curry – coconut based curry served over soft egg noodles and topped with crisp egg noodles.

Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiao – fresh rice noodles and “Nam Ngiao” – spicy tomato infused broth

Southern Thai cuisine

Kua Gling – Thai dry curry (lemongrass, garlic, shallots, gingers, galangal, kaffir lime skin and dry chilies)

Pad storw kong – Storw stir-fry with shrimp

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Gaeng Tai Pla – Fermented fish’s stomach curry, is one of the region’s most famous dishes

Is Thai food similar to other Asian cuisines?

There are some Thai dishes that are similar to Chinese food, Indian food, Malaysian food, and Vietnamese food. Laos and Cambodian foods are the closest to Thai cuisines.

Rice is a staple component of Thai cuisine, as is of most South-East Asian cuisines. The highly prized jasmine rice is indigenous to Thailand.

How do Thais eat?

Thai food is a sharing meal. Everyone at the table or on the floor share all the dishes, it is similar to a set menu but shared by everyone. The dishes are portioned off onto individual plates; most dishes are eaten with rice to soften the flavor, particularly spicy dishes. In most informal settings, no serving spoons are used.

Each individual uses his/her own spoon to take food from the communal dishes. With the exception of noodle soups, Thai food is generally eaten with a fork and a spoon, rather than with chopsticks. The fork, held in the left hand, is used to shovel food into the spoon.

You can find out more about how to eat spicy Thai food in the travel trips section.

Best Thai food & Thai dessert

Most of Thai desserts are sweet and similar in most regions of Thailand. Many recipes include coconut milk, so people who are dieting should be aware of this.

A few desserts include

Khao Niew Mamuang – Sticky rice with mango

Khao Niew Toorien – Durian and Sweet Sticky Rice with Sweet Coconut Milk

Kluai Buat Chi – Banana cooked in coconut milk

Bua Loy Phuak – Taro balls in coconut milk.

Khao Tom Mud – Sticky Rice with Banana

Khao Niew Sang Kaya -Sticky Rice with Custard

Tong Yip – (Flower Egg Yolk Tart) Made from egg yolk, sugar, and flower water boiled in sugar syrup and formed into a flower like shapes.

Tong Yord – (Round Egg Yolk Tart) Made from egg yolk, sugar, and flower water boiled in sugar syrup and formed into round balls.

Foi Thong – (Shredded Egg Yolk Tart) Made from egg yolks and sugar boiled in sweet syrup and then formed into hair like shapes.

Foreigners may also find the use of corn, beans, water chestnuts and other ingredients atypical in western desserts surprising

but don’t be afraid!

Things to do in Vientiane , Laos capital

Long History of Vientiane

Vientiane or Wiang-chan is the capital and largest city of Laos, situated on the banks of the Mekong River near the border of Thailand. Vientiane became the capital in 1563. During French rule, Vientiane was the administrative capital. Due to economic growth in recent times, it has now become the economic center of Laos. The estimated population of the city is around 754,000 in 2009.

Where is Vientiane?

The capital of Laos is on the bank of the Mekong river in the central of the country and close to northern part of Isan, north east region of Thailand.

Elevation 174 m over sea level
Time Zone BMT
Longitude 102.600000
Latitude 17.966670

Vientiane is very near Nongkai, Thailand border.  It takes less than 1 hour to get to the capital of Laos. Visitors who come to Thailand before can go access Vientiane in various ways, such as by  bus, train and flight. The direct flight by Bangkok airways is a convenience which is around 200-250 USD for round trip ticket by estimate. But if you fly to Udorn thani. It will be much cheaper, but it will take around 2 hours by bus on the ground.

Highlight of Vientiane

Vientiane is a city steeped in legend and history. The city is the home of the great gilded stupa, Pha That Luang, a national symbol of Laos. The streets are lined with trees, French colonial buildings, street markets, Buddhist temples, and noodle shops. Get up early and make a stop at Talet Sao, the morning market, for a glimpse into local life. Shop anything produce from textiles to jewelry, you’ll also find a rich selection of international cuisine, most pointedly French.

Patuxai  Arch , Victory Monument

Take a stroll to the Victory Monument (or Patuxai), Laos’ answer to the Arc de Triumph. It’s quite stunning from far sight and worth a look. It was built to celebrate the independent of the Laos republic from France. Get there early if you want some photos without a crowd of other visitors. You can also climb up for a bird eyes’ view of the city.

Location : city center of Vientiane

Admission fee : No

Open : Daily 24 hours

Beautiful Golden Stupa, Phra That Luang

The main architectures are reflecting to Laos culture. This is the most important monument and national symbolic which was built in 3Th century. Later, it was a reconstruction by the French in 1930s. The goal guilt stupa is contained the breastbone of the lord Buddha, which brought from India. The stupa is a big temple which is on the bank of the Mekong River.

Note : Every year in November on the 15th Full Moon day of the 11th Lunar month, there is a week long festival at the temple. 

Address : Vientiane, Laos

Admission fee : 10,000 Kip / person

Open : Daily

 

 

Wat Si Saket, the oldest monastery

Check out a peaceful Wat Si Saket, a must-see temple and Vientiane’s oldest surviving monastery. It features more than 6,000 Buddha images. This is the only temple that has not been destroyed by during the war with Siam Kingdom. The gallery of the temple is very nice which has small Buddha statues keep in the cabinet.

This temple was once housed the Emerald Buddha which kept in Hor Phrakeaw (หอพระแก้ว).

Address :  Ave Lane Xang, Vientiane, Laos

Admission fee : 5,000  Kip

Open : Daily

Buddha park Vientiane

Buddha Park (Xiang Khouan) and beautiful garden

Just outside the city is a Buddha Park, the garden scattered with over 200 cement sculptures depicting the gods and monsters of Buddhist and Hindu myth which has various Gods and mythical creatures stature.

The park was built by Luang pu Bounleun Sulilat in 1958 which later on moving to Thailand.

Address : Thadeua Village , 25 kms away from Vietntiane

Admission fee : 5,000 Kip / person , camera fee 3,000  Kip

Open : Daily 08.00-16.30

Laos National  Museum

Learn the history of Laos in the old day and during the French colonization time. See the antique which is a national heritage which reflex the culture, art and believe.

Address : Thadeua Village , 25 kms away from Vientiane

Admission fee :10,000  Kip per person , Camera 15,000 Kip / person

Open : Daily 08.00-12.00 and 13.00-16.00

Evening leisure and chill out along the river at Vientiane night market

After you’ve done the round of temples, the best thing to do here has always been to wandering down to the riverside, relax with a cold Beer Lao (The Lao national beer) and watch the sun set over the Mekong River.

Simply walking around the city is a great way to experience the city. Good opportunities for eating, shopping and drinking. The city is small enough to cover a lot of ground on foot.

Compared to other bustling capitals in Southeast Asian countries, Vientiane’s delightfully relaxing atmosphere makes it feel like the small town where it is.

Spend a few days visiting its unusual sights, sampling its excellent food and enjoying Beer Lao at sunset by the river, and you’ll soon feel at home here.

Where to go in Cambodia? Top highlight

Major Travel Destinations

Phnompenh

A Buddhist shrine in the 14th century, Cambodia’s capital in the 15th and the French colonial center in the 19th, Phnom Penh’s heritage is rich and varied. Today visitors find a bustling, multicultural city at the confluence of the historic Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac Rivers. Phnom Penh has many places of exceptional interest for those with time enough to appreciate the city’s attractions. Visit the Silver Pagoda of the Royal Palace, the National Museum of Arts has paintings, artifacts and sculpture dating back centuries and Wat Phnom, the temple from which the city takes its name, is a fascinating starting point for the discovery of the city’s past.

It is best to travel to major sightseeing for at least 1-2 day. Travel by car from Phnompenh to Siem Reap, it take 4-5 hours drive. One the way, you should stop at spider market. And another highlight is Buddha Cave.

Simereap (Angkor Wat)

Siem Reap is the center of Angkor. It is here where the ancient people of Khmer constructed one of the greatest monuments, Angkor Wat. But it is not just the temples that make this town attractive. Visit the Tonle Sap lake with its floating villages, where you can explore the traditional Khmer way of life or the national park of Preak Tuol where you can find unique birds. A one day excursion takes you to Phnom Kulen, where on weekends hundreds of Khmers pilgrim to a temple on the mountain top. This world heritage site, visitors should spend around 2-4 days to go to Khmers sanctuary, floating market and museum.

Siem Reap is about 300 km from Phnom Penh.

 Sihanoukville

(230 km from Phnom Penh)

The only deep-sea port in Cambodia is in Sihanoukville. The town was constructed by the French as a present for the King. With its sandy beaches it is the perfect place for swimming, scuba diving or just for taking a sunbath. Take a boat to visit one of the many island nearby. Hotels and restaurants serve fresh seafood.

Minor Travel Destinations in Cambodia

Banteay Meanchey

One of the Cambodia’s newest provinces, formed during 1980s, Banteay Meanchey is considered a well off province, thanks to the border shared with Thailand. The niche is found at Poipet, a town treated as the Las Vegas of Cambodia. There has been an increasing number of casinos in Poipet while gambling is prohibited in Thailand, which makes this bordering zone a lively pass-by. Taking tourism into account, the most popular site would be Banteay Chhmar, a massive temple built by the greatest king Jayavarman VII. It will be the right place to explore for any traveler whose interest is more than what Siem Reap offers.

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Battambang

Battambang is a province of Cambodia that is nestled in the northwest of the country and bordered with Thailand. Known as the largest rice-producing province, its economy lies heavily on the agricultural industry. Once there, you will have chance to explore the Anorian temples nearby the town where serves as a nice base during your visiting. There are varieties of appealing sites ranging from magnificent temples to waterfalls. If to specify the most popular place of Battambang, it would be nationally agreed to opt Kamping Poy Lake, a perfect swimming spot hosting countless locals every weekend.

 

Kandal

Almost completely surrounding what is national capital city of Phnom Penh, Kandal covers the land area of 3,568 km2, with the population density of 301.3 inha./ km2. Sharing the long border with Phnom Penh, Kandal easily wins the most day trips from travelers due to its many convenient accessible tourist destinations ranging from the historical scene to the beautifully shaped landscape of mountainous area. Some attractions worth mentioning includes Phnom Udong, Kean Svay resort, Phnom Prasit, and so on.

Kep

Kep is one of the four cities of Cambodia. The economy is quite strong thanks to the fresh seafood available at the sea making Kep an active trading town. Unfortunately, should you seek the “sand, sea, sun” there might be a little disappointment as its beaches are less enjoyable with mangrove and black rock rather than white-sand beach. A short boat ride to the breathtaking Rabbit Island, however, would pay well. Rabbit Island is currently under the development project owing to the combination of its white sandy beach with shallow water and the resource of varied fish, plant and coral, which all make ecology research possible.

Koh Kong

Koh Kong is most likely known to travelers either coming from or going to Thailand by land. The province is located in the southwest corner of the country and bordered by Thailand to the west, Pursat to the north, Komong Speu to the east, and Kampot and Sihanouk Ville to the southeast. What is unique about this province is the fact that its populated number has increased continually over the last few decades. This facility no doubts results from migrants attracted from other parts of the country who choose to lay their lives on this busily booming frontier zone. Though it rightly remains a transit stop, the vast availability of its tourist appeal such as the amazing beaches, waterfalls, and striking landscape are likely to turn Koh Kong a tourist destination.

Komong Spue

Sharing a long border with Kandal, Kompong Spue is approximately 40 km southeast away from Phnom Penh. The province’s economy is quite good including the tourism field. The main attraction is Ampe Phnom, a natural and cultural site of the province. Once there, visitors will have chance to swim in the stream and enjoy the relaxing lunch on the cottages above the stream. But, attention, do not ever leave any belongings unattended as you will risk your valuables against the inhuman thieves (monkey) who usually claim down from the trees to take things away.

Kom Pong Cham

(123 km from Phnom Penh)

The city Kompong Cham is the second largest in Cambodia. The city has a warm French colonial atmosphere. This is why Kompong Cham was once called “The city of gardens”. Visit the port and some wats such as Wat Nokhor from the 13th century.

Kompong Chhnang

Kompong Chhang covers the land area of 5,521 km2 with some 418,000 inhabitants. It is considered one of the provinces with fewest tourist attractions. Kompong Chhnang, as its name suggests is famous of its unique symbol of claypots (Chhnang in Khmer) largely produced by the locals and sold throughout Cambodia. The province sometimes makes a day-trip destination to travelers due to short distance from the capital city. Surrounded by water for most of the time, the town is home to many floating villages along the river as well as some tremendously ruined temples. Given that, a boat trip is the most convenient means to snap all those all.

Kompong Thom

This province is very large in size with some 13,814 km2 making it the second biggest province of Cambodia. It is known as the historical and cultural site to explore with the presence of the pre-Ankorian temples. One of all to get mentioned is the 7th-century Sambor Prei Kuk, which is considered the most impressive archeological site after Ankor Siem Reap. Another popular scene is Phnom Son Tuk Resort, the most sacred mountain of the region. Phnom Son Tuk is located on top of the mountain; in other words, you have 980 stairs to claim. There is a big worship hall that is made of stone with red-tile roofed and decorated by the genius Khmer architectural style with many statues of Buddhist surrounding.

Kompot

About 150 kilometers away from the capital of Phnom Penh, Kompot is considered one of the winning tourist destinations of Cambodia. This quiet town is most famous for many features, one of which is the reputable produce of the best pepper in the country. Another contribution is the fact that the seafood there (imported from the nearby Kep town) is fresh, plentiful and delicious; the bottom line is it is cheap. Besides, this beach town is also known to possess tourist charming places like Bokor National Park, one of the country’s most preserved area, the scenic two-tier waterfall of Popokvil Falls and the popular bathing spot of Tek Chhouu Falls, not to mention many unspoilt islands and the beach resort of Kep that is only miles away to visit.

Kratie

The most remarkable thing about Kratie is the fact that it is the only place in Cambodia allowing us to witness the freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. Kratie is approximately 315km far from Phnom Penh and seems to straddle on the half way between Phnom Penh and Rattanakiri, which makes a good base to visit the remote eastern Rattanakiri. Kratie residents, not much different from other Cambodians, are mostly living on substantial farming and fishing Despite the unpleasant road to Kratie, it is still worth a visit, again, thanks to the natural resource of the uncommonly freshwater dolphins.

Mondulkiri

Mondulkiri is an eastern province of Cambodia, bordered by Ratanakiri to the north, Vietnam to the east and southeast, Kratie to the southwest and west, and shares a very small border with Stung Treng to the north. It is the most remote and sparely populated province with the total inhabitants of some 36000, and 80 percent of which is made of ten different tribal minorities, with the majority of Phnong. A base at the provincial capital of Sen Monorom is recommended during your visit in Mondulkiri as there are easy accesses to restaurants and guest houses. The province’s appeal lies on the perfect weather and the stunning view of long grassy hills, dense forests, wildlife and majestic waterfalls, which all help earn Mondulkiri the candidate ship of Cambodia’s eco-tourism.

Oddar Meanchey

Oddar Meanchey is definitely the newest province of Cambodia’s; it gains little concern from the government though. Only few attractions are available in this remote province; therefore, not many visitors come to this town besides some determined souls who is curious to witness the former Khmer Rough town of Anlong Veng. Once being the Khmer Rough strongholds, Anlong Veng was home to the most notorious leaders of the Dark Period such as Pol Pot, (died in 1988, ) Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan, and Ta Mok(died in Calemet hospital in 2006). Anlong Veng is now a 100 percent safe place to visit with spectaular view of dense forest, especially some area around the ride of Chuor Phnom Dang Rek.

Pailin

Pailin is the smallest city among the Cambodia’s 4 cities. Following the footprint of Poipet, Pailin is home to though not as many as in Poipet some casinos that are enjoying fruits of profit, most of which is from Thai gamblers. There are also attractive places to visit in this lively tiny city, and the best example is Phnom Khieu Waterfall. Stretching along the lower reaches of Chuor Phnom Kravanh, this swimming hole is about 20 km away from the town to the southwest. The site may promise to make the city worth visiting.

Phnom Chisor

(57 km from Phnom Penh)

Visit the temple Suryagiri constructed by Suriavarman I. in the 11th century. Great view over the country side from the top of this hill. Situated in the province of Takeo.

Phnomd & Angkor borei

(79 km from Phnom Penh)

The temple of Phnom Da (mid 6th century) was the last religious center of the Kingdom of Funan (Baphuon). Another very interesting temple just beside Phnom Da is Asram Maharosei an Indian-style laterite temple. There is a museum in Angkor Borei, showing objects of the Baphuon period. To get there, the visitors enjoy a boat ride along an old water channel from the 6th century.

Preah Vihear

Bordered by Thailand, Preah Vihear remains underdeveloped owing to the poor infrastructure. This remote province is accessible by road only and either via Oddar Meanchey province from the west or via Kompong Thom from the south. Nevertheless, it is fortunate enough to be the heir of Prasat Preah Vihear, Koh Ker, and Preah Khan temple. Though the accessibility to the 3 sites is not convenient, there are great many of determined travelers visiting these Ankorian temples, especially Preah Vihear temple, which was recently designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

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Prey Veng

Covering the land area of 4,883 km², Prey Veng constitutes 2.70% of the total land area of Cambodia (181,035km2) It is 90 km separated between Phnom Penh and Prey Veng, and the best way to reach there is being on bus from the capital Central Market to Neak Luong and then after crossing on the ferry, taking a one-dollar-drive with a share taxi to the provincial town. Remember, Kampong Cham is a must-alternative pass by during the wet season as the road is usually accessible to only motorbikes. In spite of the shortage of tourist attractions, the province, wearing a historical look, deserves a stop thanks to the presence of the evidently ruined temple of Preah Vihear Chann at Ba Phnom, a religious site believed to have been the birthplace of Funan Khmer.

Pursat

Pursat would have been mentioned less without the tomb of a Khmer national hero Kleang Meung, who sacrificed his life and defeated the Thais in a battle in 1482. Pursat seems to have fewer resorts to describe than other provinces, we therefore hardly see the tourists besides those who stop for lunch and continue to Battambang. Most of the locals, same old story, basely live on farming and fishing, while some involve in manual work in marble carving what is uniquely present in Pursat.

Ratanakiri

Situated on the mountainous northeastern corner of Cambodia, Ratankiri Province is considered an eco-tourism capital of Cambodia due to its rich sources of jungle, wildlife, waterfalls, and spectacular scenery. The province is also home to some ethnic minority groups whose tribal lifestyle is somehow another attraction to foreign visitors. The most famous tourist site of the province is Yeak Laom volcanic lake, a perfect bathing spot that is renowned for its exceptionally clear water, hosting tens of thousands of tourists every year despite the 586 kilometers of dreadful road from Phnom Penh. The provincial capital of Ratanakiri is Banlung City where restaurants, markets, and hotels are available.

Stung Treng

This is one of the most isolated provinces of Cambodia with some 415km distant from Phnom Penh. There are some 25,000 inhabitants in Stung Treng most of which are farmer. And the majority of the locals take the advantages from the Tonle Sap Lake to enjoy the stable profitability of freshwater fish that leaves the province known as an active trading town. In spite of being less concerned about, Stung Treng offers some tourist sites such Thala Boravit, Ou Pong Moan, Koh Khsach Resort, and so on so forth.

 Svay Rieng

This seems to be the most inadequate province in terms of the poor infrastructure, infertile soil, and passive trading. Svay Rieng is also notoriously famous for the highest crime rates due to the scarcity of the daily income as most of the locals are basely living on farming and fishing. All in all, Svay Rieng, not surprisingly, is necessarily easy to get recognized as the poorest province of Cambodia. By the way, anywhere to visit? Yes, of course. Like other provinces, Svay Rieng is worth a visit thanks to the spectacular view of the country shaped by the landscape of complex forest.

Takeo

Takeo is best described as the oldest province rich in tourist destinations, and specifically in historic of the era of Anachak Phnom and Chenla. Simply being close to the capital city of Phnom Penh, Takeo easily wins the most numbers of day trips. Not only is Takeo home to the legacy of the six ancient temples, but also home to some often-visited resorts such as Tonle Bati, Phnom Ta Mao(zoo, ) Chi So mountain, Neang Khmao Temple, and many more.

 

Things to do

Where to go and what to see in each destination

Things to do in Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son Thailand – “The City of Three Mists”

Location

Mae Hong Son is one of the northern provinces of Thailand. It is 924 kilometers from Bangkok.

Mae Hong Son is located on the border of Thailand close to Myanmar. It is called the “Switzerland of Thailand” and also “The City of Three Mists” because this town is covered with mist during all three seasons.

In the winter, there is the dewy mist; in the summer, the forest fire mist, and in the monsoon season, the rainy mist. This town always hides itself between mountains with forested slopes.

People and Charm

The province is charming and well known because of its scenery and culture. The elements of people’s lifestyles have changed a little.

People living in Mae Hong Son are the Shans, who live in the city, and the hill tribe people known as Karen, Lisu, Mhong, Lahu, and Lua, who live in remote villages on the top of the mountains. They have their own lifestyles, customs, traditions and many other things that are popular tourist attractions.

People live in the city has strong influent from Myanmar. They have a very different culture from the Northern Thailand. It is worth to visit.

Time to Travel to Mae Hong Son Thailand

The best time to visit Mae Hong Son is during the winter each year. It starts from October to February. We would like to recommend to avoid long weekend or Thai holiday such as new year. It will be over the crown. You may consider travel during mid or early September to October since the room are in low season rate. The weather is also nice due to late monsoon.

Best time to go :  October – February

Avoid : Thai weekend such as New year, Chinese New Year

How to get there?

Road Trip

If you do not mind curvy road, you could take a ride from Chiang mai which is taken around 4- 5 hours. It is a good idea to go by road since you can stop at Pai

Flight

There are no direct flight from Bangkok to Mae Hong Son.

In 2019 , the most updated information about fly to Mae Hone Son can be made via Chiang mia.

Bangkok airway

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BUS

Meanwhile, taking bus from Bangkok is possible for 15 hours.

Local bus from Chiang mai is around 6 hours

Highlight of Mae Hong Son Thailand

  • Pai , small town with many things to do such as trekking,waterfall
  • Exotic temple at Wat Doi kong moo
  • Plu klon (mud spa)
  • Nature , flower , picture spot
  • Rich and strong community base travelling

Culture & Historical Sites

Wat Phathat Doi Kong Moo (วัดพระธาตุดอยกองมู)

A former name of this temple is Wat Plai Don, A temple is on the mountain. You will enjoy viewing and landscape of Mae Hong Son, worth million baht and thousand smiles. Make a wish from Luang por than chai (main Buddha statue). Observing the temple which is very different from the temple in another part of Thailand since combine with Thai , Tai Yai (east of Myanmar), and Myanmar influence.

Highlight : Sunset view is nice and worth to wait for if time permit.

Location : Chong Kham, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000

Wat Doi Jong Klang and Wat Doi Jong Came (วัดจองกลาง วัดจองคำ)

This is two temples are located in the middle of the city which looks like this  are in the same temple. The temple is totally reflation of Thai Yai people. Wat Doi Jong came has the relic of the Buddha enshrine inside.

Highlight is pagoda in Mon style (Mon is minority group lived in central Myanmar)

Address : Chong Kham , Muend Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000

Admission fee : Free

Sutongpe bamboo bridge  (สะพานไม้ซุตองเป้)

During rice crop season (Jun-October by estimate), you will walk on the bridge which below is rice field in green or yellow color. Local people made this bridge as walk way for Buddhist monk to use for do daily activity. Every morning, the Buddhist monks will do arm bowl walk. It is around 06.00 and local people will wait day to offer food and flower.

Address : Pang Mu, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000

Admission fee : Free

Highlight : Early rise for offering food to the monks

Nature and Adventure

Tham Lod (ถ้ำน้ำลอด)

This is an unseen travel spot which recognized by Tourism Authority of Thailand. Visiting inside the cave can go with local guide on the riding of bamboo boat. Walking inside the cave with the lamp and enjoy the natural beauty of stalagmite and stalactite cave.

Open : 08.00-16.00

Admission fee : National park 200 , Bamboo rafting 550 THB/ 4 person

Plu Klon  (ภูโคลน) – MUD SPA surrounded by mountain

Mud spa village. Experiencing mud spa that found by accident. Mud and mineral water here has passed the high standard test from Thermalium Luxeuil Laboratorie in France. Pampering yourself with a high standard product with a very low price and bring back home for souvenir.

Address : Mok Cham Pae, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000

Fee : 900 THB

Tham Pla (ถ้ำปลา)

This is a part of national park a small place with nice grounds. Inside a hole, you can see many of very big and long fishes live inside. The hole connects to big cave inside. The fishes are in blue color and visitors allow to feed them.

Address : 70 Moo 1 Thampla – Pasua waterfall, T, Huaypa, P.Mae Hong Son

Tel 082-191-1746

Pang Oung (ปางอุ้ง)

This is a nature area with highland reservoir and pine tree surrounded. Morning mist rise from the water is very nice. The sight will be unforgettable. It was magnificent. Nature here is very beautiful and recognize for the Thai tourist as Thailand Switzerland.

Highlight : In January ,Cherry blossom trees is fully bloom . And some people call this as a camping paradise

AddressBan Rak Thai, Mok Cham Pae, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000 (very near Pai village)

Sai Ngam Hot Spring น้ำพุร้อนไทรงาม 

Enjoy the 3-teir natural warm water, which is shaded with natural trees. This hot spring is warm and proper for the body. It is not too hot or not too cold. The water ins in emerald green and surrounded by nature which is nice and relaxing to visit. Some believe it helps to heal Rheumatoid arthritis and Beriberi . Come and try Thai onsen.

Recommend : Arrive before 10 is less tourist.

Entrance Fee :  200 thb for National park fee + 20 THB  for hot spring

Address :   12 kms from Pai  , U-Mong, Mae Na Toeng, Pai District, Mae Hong Son 58130 ,

Toilet and changing room as well as vendors to buy snack are there.

Konglen Canyon at Pai (กองแลน ปายแคนย่อน)

Walking on the dangerous Pai canyon and memorial bridge is what people enjoy. It is not really big, but interesting trails to go see the sunset.   It is a big NOTE that there are no railing to hold. It is very dangerous and not safe.

Entrance fee : Free

Address  : T.Mae Hee , Pai District , Mae Hong Son

Tong Dok Bua Tong (ทุ่งดอกบัวตองที่ ดอยแม่อูคอ)

Another check in point that should not be miss of this province is flower blossom. This is tree marigold or Mexican sunflower which is the same family of Sun flowering which grow by Mexican praise. During November to December , this flower blossom is very nice .

Address :  Mae U Kho, Khun Yuam District, Mae Hong Son 58140

Mae Hong Son Day Trip

Mae Hong Son Package Tour

Community base tourism

Moo Ban Rak Thai (หมู่บ้านรักไทย)

After driving pass various dangerous curves, the village appears on the bank of the lake. A small village near the Myanmar border is resident of JEEN HOR (จียฮ่อ) which is Yunnan immigrants. They settle here long time ago, relate to KTM (Kuo Ming Tang). This place is like a little China. The people grow best tea so call Ulong. When you walk up to hill , you can see house made of dirt which is very different scenic of other area of Thailand.

Wake up in the morning, walking around village and sip a cup tea, which is simply and the best relaxing.

Address : Naam Rank Thai , A.Muang , Mae Hong Son

Baan Pang Pong บ้านผาบ่อง

The living area of Pakakayor and Tai Yai. Touch and feel the nature here by live within home stay. Eat as Tai Yai people. Making hat with your own hand . Walking to the landmark of Thai

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Address : Pang Mu, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000

Long Neck Village 

Former name  Baan Nam Piang Din (บ้านน้ำเพียงดิน) , Current Name , Baan Huay Poo Keang (บ้านห้วยปูแกง)

Baan Nam Piang Din is a home of long neck people. People must take long-tailed boat and connect with dirt road to get there. It is a nice trip to see the people way of living.

Take part in of home stay workshop by making your own bamboo cup, crave a kayon doll or make a brass bracelet and create to make scarf and headband.

Going there can be by car, motorbike or long-tail boat trip.

Address : Pha Bong, Mueung Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 5800

Admission fee : 500 THB/person

Baan Muang Pam (บ้านเมืองแพม)

This is a small village in Pangmapa surrounded by the mountain. Villager made their own house hold utensil such cap and food container. Take part in craft work such as your coffee mug from bamboo wood.

You would not appreciate your cloth and till you made it on your own at least one. It is a chance to create Karen fabric design. It will be a fabric that you will really pound .

Address :  Baan Muang Pam , Pangmapa, Mae Hong Son

Baan Jabo (ชุมชนบ้านจ่าโบ่)

A place that you really get close to hill tribe living (Lahu). You will eat with them, sleep in their house and talk to them in the evening while the sunset. Enjoy the gorgeous view that this small town can offer. Visitors will also know, see and enjoy a home cooking meal without using cooking gas, how is it like.

Do you know that Lahu also has a special amulet? They will also teach you how to make one of it.

Highlight : at the noodle shop very nice view point

Address :  Pang Mapha, Pang Mapha District, Mae Hong Son 58150

Market

Evening market in front of Wat Jongcam and Wat Jong Klang

It is a good time to buy savior such as scarf , bags, ornament , t-shot which including goods that made by hill tribe people . Eating and snacking there is also nice to do . Some tourist chose to release hot air balloon for wishing luck. Walk on the opposite site of the river

Address : Chong Kham, Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son 58000

Pai Walking Street

Handmade and carve work products are offered on the street of Pai. I am sure you can find good, and unique product here. It is also a fun place for listens to folk music or eating here.

Address : Pai city center

Mae Hong Son Day Trip

Mae Hong Son Package Tour

Chiang Mai shopping , An Insider’s guide to the best place

An Insider’s Guide to the Best Chiang Mai shopping

Chiang Mai is Thailand’s major center for quality handicrafts. The visitors need to visit the nearest city emporium or night market to purchase handicrafts. A major advantage of shopping in Chiang Mai is that the visitor may watch artisans working within the city and in several outlying villages.

It has several distinct shopping areas and shopping streets so let’s LJ Biz help you find the best shopping area in Chiang Mai!

Shopping in Chiangmai

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Chiang Mai shopping – Sankhampheang

Borsarng Umbrella & Sankampaeng Handicrafts, Chiang Mai. Products of umbrellas. Bosang and Sankamphaeng are among the old tourist spots of Chiang Mai which just 13 kms away from Chiang Mai city.

Borsang village is famous for umbrella which is made of mulberry tree, light fabric and cotton. The village is 500 meters away from the Chiang Mai-Sankampheang road Km 9. There is a center of umbrella shop where you can buy product, see the people making the umbrella. You can also pain umbrella in your favorite design.

Many good quality export silk shops such as Shinawatra, Julie ‘s farm, and Thai villagesale authentic silk product such as a table runner, bed sheet, pillow cover, appeal, silk under ware and silk souvenir which is uniquely designed and cannot be found in the night market.

Along the Bo Sang San Kamphaeng road, visitors can find in genuine cottage industries, parasols, good silk and cotton weaving, jewelry, woodcarving, silverware, Celadon, and lacquer ware is manufactured, and number among popular purchases.

Kad Dhara – Chiang Mai shopping

Kaad means market in Lanna language. Kaad Dhara is a part of the oriental Darathewi. Within the 1,500 square meters of its area and well decorated in traditional Lanna, Lan Chang (Laos), Mandalay (Burma) and Sipsongpanna (in the Southern of China) style. Kad Dhara is resort shopping village with a great atmosphere, just spend time to walk around, and snacking here is a good option for spending your time.

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Nimman hemin Road – Chiang Mai shopping & Eating

Nimmanhemin Road is the most famous and main destination shopping street of Chiang Mai. Many shops are all located within seconds of each other, near the junction of Nimmanhemin and Huai Kaew roads. Recommend a shop which is owned and run by famous designer and artist, Boutiques, Souvenir shops, Local Thai food, International restaurants, Night Clubs and many Café.

Baan tawai – Chiang Mai shopping

The Baan Tawai village was awarded the OTOP Tourism Village of Thailand specialize in wood carving. For a long time it became the center for various kinds of handicrafts and the largest handicraft village of Thailand. Ban-Tawai has also earned a world-wide reputation from its skills and craftsmanship for decades. Nowadays it continues to deliver only good-quality handmade merchandise.

Chiang Mai Shopping Mall

Kad Suan Kaew (Central) Classic Thai shopping mall

Kad Suan Kaew, commonly known as Central, is the old shopping centre in Chiang Mai. It is a huge and sometimes confusing, complex housing among others a hotel, mini bowling alley, a department store, supermarket, food court, restaurants and cinema.

Central Plaza Chiangmai Airport

Airport Plaza is located on the corner of Mahidol and Hang Dong Road, close to Chiang Mai airport. There are good parking facilities and a range of public transport options. Set over 4 floors in a giant L-shape, Airport Plaza offers a complete western style shopping experience.

Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center

This is an excellent place to enjoy with hill view of Chiang Mai while have dinner at top floor with many bars and restaurant. There’s lots of different types of stores, Souvenir shop, Handcraft, Boutique and more. It has C.A.M.P 24 hour cafe for students from the university, anyone who comes at late night.

Central Festival Chiang Mai

The biggest super modern shopping mall in Chiang Mai with facilities such as International Brands, Any kind of food or restaurants, the cinema quite big and much more. This is a convenient place to find things; it might be a good shopping area if you love to enjoy shopping. There are free shuttle services for 4 routes, including Night Market Road, Nimmanhaemin Road, Old City Road and Airport.

As you can see, there’s lots of shopping areas in Chiang Mai but these areas we recommend you is a must-stop shopping and dining area. And we’re sure, these areas will not disappoint you!

Wheret to eat in Chiang mai?

Things to do

Where to go and what to see in each destination

Things to do in Chang Mai at Night

Chiang mai night is young , What to do in Chiang mai at Night

Explore Chiang Mai night for fine dining, shopping at the night market, stall along walking street, with a multitude of products or visit night safari are night activities.

If you still have lots of energy. Read review on some activities and tour such as the Chiang Mai Tonight: shows and activity, Night Market, Chiang Mai nightlife, Night Clubs

So let’s check it out!

Activities and view point

Khan Tok Dinner Set

Most of the northern dishes can be sampled at a “Khan toke Dinner” in Chiang Mai. It is a perfect event where you can learn more about the traditional northern cuisine while enjoying traditional music and dance.

Khan Tok in the Northern dialect means a wooden tray used for carrying dishes. Round in shape, it is made of wood, varnished or lacquered with 5 or 6 short supporting legs.

Guests are invited to sit on the floor around a Khan Tok, a circular tray with Northern dishes on it. They can enjoy watching traditional northern dances as well as hill tribe culture shows while their meal is being served.

Go to Kantok at

Chiang mai cultural center , 100% Lanna cultural show

Benjarong Kantok , sit in an old house or an open air area .  But they offer non-folded legs seated too.

Koom Kantok , unlimited local food serve also Muslim food is served here.

Location :  Kantok at Chiang mai  Cultural Center , near Bualai Market, Benjarong kantok on the way to Ratchapuak road, Koom Kantok (near Big C)

Admission fee : 520- 1200 THB/person , 350 THB/person , 590 Thb/person

Open : around 18.30-21.30

The old cultural center

Kantoke set Menu at Bencharong Kantok

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The old cultural center

Bencharong Kantok

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Chiang Mai Night Safari

Only the third night safari in the world (Singapore and Guangxi, China also have them), Chiang Mai Night Safari has proven an immediate hit with visitors and locals alike. Officially opening 1st January 2006, the safari has been open to the public free of charge and countless visitors have been taking advantage with 40,000 people to date having visited the safari each night and numbers increasing at weekends – way, way over capacity!

The Safari offers a series of trails over three main zones. The Jaguar Trail offers visitors a walk of around 1,200 meters and is open during the day and at night. The Day Safari and Night Safari areas use rail cars to move visitors around. This is the ideal opportunity to observe wildlife at night.

Recommend to see night show

Location : 33 Moo 12 Nong Kwai, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 50230 Chiang mai

Open : Daily 11.00-22.00

Admission Fee : various price 100-800 THB/person

See Thai Boxing at C.M Entertainment Complex

This place has free show Muay Thai on stage. You can also shop around, enjoy your time at bar and see Cabaret Show too.

Opening Hours: 19:00 – 24:00

Location: Loi Kroh Road, on the way to Night Bazaar

Admission Fee : Free

View point of Doi Suthep after dark

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Doi Suthep is a mountain top temple which is highly recommended. Doi suthep temple allows you to stay at view point till sunset.

Opening Hours: 18.00-19:00

Location: Loi Kroh Road, on the way to Night Bazaar

Admission Fee : 50

Colorful night at Nawarat Bridge

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This iron bridge is for road and people to go across the ping river. At night, there is light decoration in various colors which is very nice after dark.

Opening Hours: 24 hrs

Location: Loi Kroh Road, on the way to Night Bazaar

Admission Fee : 50

Light and decoration at Wat Pha Singh

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Wat Phasing (Sign temple) located in the city center which has many architectures reflect Lanna (former name of Chiang mai) inspire. This temple enshrines the most secret Lanna Buddha so called Phra Singh

Location : Old city; 2 Samlarn Rd, Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50280

Open : Daily 08.00-17.00 : After 17.00 , visitor can not access inside of the building

Admission fee : free

Wat Pantao a special night during major Buddhist holiday

During main Buddhist holiday which calculate by lunar calendar which around February (Makabucha) , June (Visakabucha), Oct (Asalaha Bucha), and November (Loykratong). 4 times a year is a big celebrate that Buddhist monk, a novice monk and laymen come and pay with a very nice candle light decoration. Be part of the ceremony will be a great memory of your visiting to Chiang mai.

Location : Old city

Open : Daily 08.00-17.00 : After 17.00 , visitor can not access inside of the building

Admission fee : free

Night light at Wat Chedi Luang

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This temple build in 600 years ago by King Sean Muang Ma (Lanna King). There are many highlight in this temple. In the evening, the gigantic main building (Chedi) is decorated with nice a spotlight at night.

Location : 103 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200

Open : Daily  05.00-22.30

Admission fee : 40 THB/Adult

Roof Top Bar Dining and Drinking

Dining on the roof top bar at Sala Lanna Hotel

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The hotel is located on the bank of Ping river, Enjoy open air view of Chiang mai scenic town. Drink beer or wine by overlook the river view.

After dark you can so go to night pub and bar in the riverside area.

Location : Wat gate 49 , Chareanrat Road, Tambon Chang Moi, Mueang , Chiang mai

Open : 18.00-23.00

Fee : $$$

Xanadu Rooftop Pub & Restaurant

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An open air roof top that you can enjoy the view of the city and Suthep mountain.  This is a great choice of dinning place with a nice sunset view, and enjoyable service with live music. It is a nice place for family and friend to hang out.

Location : 54 Furama Huaykeaw Rd, Mueng Chiang mai District, Chiang mai

Open : Daily 18.00-23.00

Fee : $$

Chiang Mai Night for Shopping Night Market & Walk Around

 Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai 

The Night Bazaar, or Kad Luang (Royal Market) as it is known by locals, is one of Chiang Mai’s biggest draws. Located right in the centre of the city on the Ping River, it is easily accessible and if you are in Chiang Mai a visit is almost obligatory. The market attracts huge crowds every evening and it is a great place to pick up trinkets and gifts. Given the market’s close proximity to the companies that manufacture them, the price of local handicrafts is attractively cheap here.

Location : Chiang Mai city center

Open : Daily  17.00-24.00

Admission fee : No

Wualai Walking Street (Saturday Market) 

The Wualai has been so far known for good quality of silver and lacquer wares. On Saturday evenings, the open-air market will be set up in the famous handicraft area. Do not miss a chance to shop for authentic northern silver, lacquer wares and unique handicrafts. Within 1.1 kms long, tourists will enjoy the local foods and Thai traditional performances. The market starts from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Highlight : local food,  performance live brand of folk music , handicraft , portrait paint

Location : Chiang Mai city center

Open : Saturday 17.00-22.00

Admission fee : No

 Tha Pae Walking Street (Sunday Market)  

Starts from Tha Phae Gate through Ratchadamnoen Road every Sunday from 7 pm. until midnight. There are varying kinds of local products at a reasonable price along both sides of the street where Thai and foreign tourists are enjoying walking & shopping without exhaustion.

Location : Chiang Mai city center

Open : Sunday 17.00-24.00

Admission fee : No

Sankamphaeng Walking Street

Is a great place to view and purchase handicraft goods, foods, souvenirs, and enjoys the ancient San Kamphaeng music show. This walking-street takes place every Saturday from 3 to 10 pm.

The market is 35 kms , away from Chiang mai city which is why more local people than tourists. Snacking yummy local food is fun things to do here.

Location : 006, San Kamphaeng, San Kamphaeng District, Chiang Mai 50130

Open :  Saturday only 15.00-22.00

Admission fee : free

Kad Na Mor กาดหน้ามอ (Chiang Mai University night market) 

It is a lively place full of street food and fashionable girl stuff.  Around 5.30 pm. street vendors will start their store. Arrange the food that prepares from home to showcase. Set up the table and chair for their customers. The motor scooter will drive pass by till they find their regular merchant and will park and go find something for their dinner. Anyone who likes to try Thai street food, desert or love to shop, they have it all.

It is a popular place for young people to walk, talk ,drink and chill out.

Location : in front of Chiang mai university

Open :  Daily 17.00-22.00

Admission fee : Free

Kad Rincome (กาดรินคำ)

Located near Maya Shopping Mall, it’s well-known a place to find inexpensive items. Mainly products are men clothes or accessories e.g. shirts, jeans, sneakers, watches and more. But there is some girl’s clothing. It’s open daily from 4 to 10.30 pm

Location : city center near Maya Shopping Mall , 49/23 Huaykeaw Road

Open :  Daily 16.00-23.00

Admission fee : Free

Nimmanhaemin Road  (นิมมานเหมินท์)

A popular Chinese tourist attractions. Where you can walk around to shop, eat or hang out. It has Boutiques, Souvenir shops, Local Thai food, International restaurants, Night Clubs and many Café for you. And It’s easy to get around, we’re sure this place will not disappoint you!

One Nimman is a nice area which has a very special architectures and worth visit for shopping and take pictures.

Location : Nimmanhemin road

Open :   Daily 09.00-23.00

Admission fee :No

Chiang Mai Nightclub

The Chiang Mai nightlife is much tamer and quieter than Bangkok, but enjoyable all the same. People in this city like to enjoy themselves and are happy to party with the many foreigners visiting their town. In Chiang Mai there are plenty of relaxing bars, a couple of banging discos, red light Street with go-go bars, and a smattering of karaoke lounges.

Top nightclubs and party  in Chiang Mai

1. Warm Up Cafe
2. Infinity Club 
3. Zoe in Yellow , Good bar for vibes, drinks and dance which pack with people from around the world
4. Tawandang Mahason
5. The Terrace Discotheques 

6. Fabrique & Bar Rouge
7. Mandalay bar & Scratching
8. Roots Rock Reggae
9. Myst MAYA
10. HOBS ABOUT

11.Riverside Bar & Restaurant

12.The Good View , located on riverside

13.Northgate Jazz-Co-op for jazz music lover : address : 95/1-2 Si Phum Road

14 Chiang mai Pub Crawl ,  This is crazy place for party with drinking game. Ticket : 450 THB

15.Ram Bar  This is a small bar that offer over 150 different type of liquor and cabaret show.

After reading this, now you know where to go in Chiang Mai at night. There are more things to do than you’ve ever imagined.

So what do you wait for??

Let Chiang Mai complete your Thailand travel!

Please, feel free to let us know if you require any further information JJ

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Chiang Mai attractions , top things to do in Chiang mai

Alternative Attractions in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is very popular tourist destination for both foreign and Thai tourists. So Chiang Mai attractions have various kinds of option that one could enjoy during to visit. Things to do Chiang Mai start from simply culture, such as visit temple, talk to Buddhist monk to thrilling adventure such as mountain bike, riding on the neck of an elephant and canopy ride to view the jungle.Stay tuned on this page to check it out for Chiang Mai !

Temple & Palace 

  • Doi Suthep , Royal temple on the mountain top
  • Phuphing palace
  • Monk chats at Wat Umong or Wat Suan dok
  • Wat Phathat Chedi luang
  • Phathat doi cam, a mountain top temple which is perfect for evening trekking and sunset
  • Wat Phrasing, one the most charming Lanna architecture is here.
  • Wat Umong has a special design building which is tunnel connect which is temple for meditation practicing
  • Wat Chiang mai ,a temple with elephant statue
  • Wat Densalee srimuang kan (วัดบ้านเด่นสะหรีศรีเมืองแกน) at Mea tang district which has bountiful Lanna architecture inside
  • Wat Ton Kwen (วัดต้นเกว๋น)
  • Wat Lok Mo lee , temple with mixed culture of Thai and Burmese
  • Wat Sri supn or silver temple with beautiful hall and craft work
  • Veing Kum Kam

Market , Community & Recreation

  • Warirot Market, Kaad Luang , taste local food and find good souvenir
  • Borsang , umbrella and handicraft village
  • Muang Kon, a small village that you can bring you back to primitive life.
  • Baan Tong luang , Hill tribe village
  • Baan Mea Kampong , small village grows coffee and tea with offer cultural welcome such as baisri suakwan to welcome everyone
  • Wualai walking street during Saturday ,at 17.00-22.00 . shop an eat local product
  • Tha pea walking street on Sunday 17.00-23.00 , shop and eat local product
  • Baan pa pok peang (บ้าป่าปกเปียง) village with rice terrace

Top sightseeing for taking photos

  • Mea sa waterfall is a fantastic place for photos opportunities
  • Koon Chang kian during late December to early February is a time of prunus blossom (ดอกนางพญาเสือโคร่งที่ขุนช่างเคี่ยน) or visit Koon Wang the similar period (ขุนวาง)
  • Pachor , National wonder of the stone mountain in weird form
  • Hot spring at Sankampeang
  • Riding on a tricycle to old city
  • Hinoki Land , perfect place for taking photos with Japanese looks and feel
  • Klong kan Kang wat (โครงการข้างวัด) small project near wat Umpng which has home made food,  coffee shop and gallery . Every shop is in a wooden house
  • Wat Kate community (an old community which Chinese , western settle here in the old day)
  • Royal Park Rajapruek , beautiful botanical garden with over 1000 types of plantation
  • Canopy walk way at Sirikit botanic garden
  • Walk , shop , drink at Nimanhemin street

National Park, Waterfall and Hot spring

  • Doi Intranon , National park and trekking is combined with waterfall visit and hill tribe village
  • Mae sa waterfall is just 40 minute from the city and great place for hiking and swimming
  • Bua tong waterfall (น้ำตกบัวตองและน้ำพุ 7 สี) . This waterfall has water all year round
  • Doi Angkang , valley with vegetable and plantation
  • Pa dok Seaw waterfall (น้ำตกผาดอกเสี้ยว) 10 floors water fall inside Doi intranon
  • Oob luang National park (ออบหลวง) kayaking here
  • Doi Tao
  • Doi Pui
  • Hua Tung toa
  • Mea Jeam , small village with rice field, chill out on the bike, it has better gone to Mae Jaem

 

Farm

  • Plat the rice in Lampang

Museum , Art and Learning culture

  • Lanna art and cultural
  • Vieng kum kam museum
  • MAIIAM contemporary art museum

Evening Activities

  • Sunset and monk chanting at Doi Suthep
  • Phathat doi cam, perfect for evening trekking to hilltop and sunset
  • Tuk Tuk ride to old city , bridge and evening food

Food & Gourmet

  • Cooking Thai food
  • Nam Mea ook hua (eating on the natural spring )

Health , Relaxing , Body & mind

  • Relaxing at green bamboo massage , operate in cosy atmosphere but friendly service
  • Meditation at Wat Umong

Things to do outside Chiang mai for 1-3 days

  • Lamapang luang temple
  • Chiang rai visits white temple and golden triangle
  • Pai for tracking to villages and enjoy hot spring

Adventure and Fun

  • Grand Cayon Chiang mai , place to jump and swim
  • Zipline , canopy riding (jungle flight m, eagle camp, and many more,  including Pongyang Zipline and jungle coaster)

Volunteer

  • Lampang elephant conservation center

Romantic activities

  • Thai style and seafood serve at the Paak Dang
  • Find dine at Farang ses which serve France food which you can overlook rice field
  • Balloon riding and propose for marriage

Things to do with family , Amusement Park , Theme Park, Animal

  • Chiang mai night safari , the best evening show with animal
  • Chiang mai zoo, meet real live panda
  • Tiger Kingdom, take picture with tiger
  • Things to do with the elephant at Mea Sa elephant camp , Mea taman, Chiang doa, Mea wang
  • Elephant sanctuary and learning about elephant, Pattara farm

Social impact

  • Horse riding audio tour operated by Lampang pony foundation
  • Elephant Bathing program at the Lampang Elephant conservation center

The must-visit Chiang Mai attractions are

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep 

The temple is located on the Doi Suthep (Doi, meaning the mountain), is the most sacred temple is Chiang Mai with the history so there is one of the important temples in Chiang Mai. By visiting there you will see the golden pagoda which is contained part of the holy Buddha relic inside and one of the conspicuous there is the Naga Bridge over 100 steps. So can say that you are not arriving Chiang Mai without visit the Doi Suthep!

wat doi suthep chiang mai

Doi Inthanon National Park

Is the highest mountain in Thailand, rising 2,565 meters above sea level. The weather is cold all the year round and this is the best place to watch the sunrise. Doi Inthanon National Park has many attractions such as

Doi Inthanon National park

Ang Ka Luang Nature Trail

Is a broad walk surrounded by green forest about 300-400 meters. There are wild birds because Doi Inthanon is house of birds approximately 385 species. If you love nature you will enjoy with this place!

Trekking Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail

This is a fantastic place; you can walk through the rain forest with local tour guide (they do not speak English) to see the beautiful nature, rare plants, waterfall, and wildlife on the walkway for nearly 3km. The highlight of the trip is Red Rhododendron trees; it’s blooming from January-March so that’s the best time for trekking at Kew Mae Pan.

 

And you can spend time at the waterfalls

  • Mae Ya Waterfall
  • Mae Klang Waterfall
  • Wachirathan Falls
  • Siriphum Waterfall

The Elephant Camps & Sanctuaries :

If you love the animals, get the opportunity for exploring with the lovely big friend at the Elephant Camps & Sanctuaries, where you will discover the well trained elephant; Wonderful with the elephants’ skill “Elephant Painting“ and enjoy bathing the elephant.

There are many elephant camps & sanctuary in Chiang Mai such as Mae Sa elephant camp, Mae Taeng elephant camp,Chiang Dao elephant camp, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, etc. You can also enjoy with the River Rafting nearby the camp.

Chiang Mai Elephant camp

It has a lot of activities, such as

▶ Mahout Training 

– They will teach you about the basic importance of elephant care including….

– How to approach an elephant

– How to ride an elephant (But at the sanctuary, you can’t ride it.)

– How to bath an elephant

– How to feed an elephant

– Understand elephant body language

Elephant bath

One of highlights of the trip. After you know and can control, bath the elephants from Mahout, you’ll have so much fun playing with the elephant in the river. This is a really special experience and the must-visit in Chiang Mai.

Hill Tribe

One of the interesting and colorful lifestyle in Chiang Mai is ethnic minorities, known as the hill tribes. Over hundred years tribal peoples who migrated from Tibet or China for living in the Northern Thailand border and have their own life style. This charmer is attracting the tourists come to visit here.

maetaman hill tribe village

Mae Rim District

▶ Mon Cham 

– Located on the ridge area in the Mong Nong Hoi village. This is perfect view point of the mountains and the morning sea of mist. With great environment, lovely local people and the weather, here are cool all year round, but if you‘re hungry, don’t worry, there will be a local restaurant with souvenir shop for you.

▶ Eagle Track Zipline 

– Adventure in the jungle upper mountain, see a bird’s eye view, paddy view, waterfall. With a lot of activities of 3 packages, e.g. Abseiling, Kung Fu walk, Monkey Bridge, Zig-zag walk way, Hill tirbe ladder and much more from 35 platforms. If you need a wonderful experience we’re sure Eagle Track Zipline is a cool place to

Chiang mai eagle trek canopy_ride

Chiang Mai attractions : Museum

Famous museum and gallery Over the 700 years since King Meng Rai was founded Chiang Mai, the museums in Chiang Mai are the perfect educations destination.

The Chiang Mai National Museum

The main museum of Chiang Mai where you can learn the history of Lanna and Northern traditional, also ancient Buddha images. It is located beside the historical temple; Wat Jet Yod.

The Dara Pirom Palace Museum

Is a great heritage. The pavilion is Arts and Crafts style with a wide, long-eaved roof, which covers the attic with dormer windows. The front part is hipped gable, decorated with battens and fitted windows in the middle.

Baan Jang Nak ( บ้านจ๊างนัก)

This is a gallery display the work of Lanna artisan (local artisan) which expires in elephant wooden craving .

Museum of World Insects and Natural wonders (พิพิธภัณฑ์แมลง)

Collect different kinds of insects around the?? Countries such as butterfly, grasshopper and insects. There are also fossil remains of plants, animals, different types of beautiful stones accumulated. This museum highly concentrations in mosquito more than four hundred species which take more than forty years of research to collect the medical .

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

The gardens are very large, you need a half day to see everything. With a variety of plants, educate natural. You can easily spend walking around. It has a Canopy Walkway, the most popular spot for tourist to see the beautiful mountain view.

Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park

A must-see attraction in Mae Rim district, it’s an eco-friendly outdoor museum and park. With much more products made from elephants dungand this is a lovely lace to spend your time with your kids to making paper gifts or stationery!

Chiang Mai attractions : related to beliefs, shrine and old community

Kru Ba Srivichai

Monument or Kru Ba Srivichai Shrine: Kru Ba Srivichai shrine located on the way to Doi Suthep. The shrine was built to commemorate Kruba Srivichai, who saw the hardship of the climb and started to construct the motor road to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.You can stop for pay your respects and perhaps for a prayer.

Phra That or the Chedi in the northern style

Where is the holy Buddha relic contained. The northern people do not allow the woman to go inside Phra That area because Buddhists are believe that the women, who have the period are not clean enough to the holy area. Otherwise, it is easier to do not allow all women for this case. In Chiang Mai you can visit many Phra That such as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Phra That Sri Chomthong and Wat Phra That Doi Kham, etc.

Baan Tawai

or the village of handicraft is the renowned source of fine handicrafts of Chiang Mai. It has created numerous wood sculptures and wood carvings both for domestic sale and export with which Baan Tawai earned reputation as the village of woodcarving. Taking a trip to this busy and intriguing centre,30 minutes drive south of the city, is a rewarding half day shopping tour, enabling you to see the craftsmen at work and pick up the best prices for these charming items.

Bo Sang Handicraft center

It is known for its hand-made umbrellas and parasols which are brightly colored and often decorated with beautiful floral motifs painted in dazzling colors. The designs are very distinctive and are instantly recognizable.

Tiger Kingdom

Where you can walk next to the tiger and take a photo with them. Don’t worry the tigers are hand raised by their trainers since young, they’ll teach you “How to touch them” or “How to approach them” but they are still wild animal so you need to respect them.

Chiang Mai attractions : Activities

Beside for visiting the several attractions, you can also enjoy with numerous activities.

Like, shopping at the Walking Street night market Or Nimmanhaemin Road is the nightlife of Chiang Mai. It has many boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars.

And there are also numerous nightlife activities like; Khan Toke Dinner set at the traditional Lanna restaurant. Khan Toke, northern Thai traditional of eating with food being served in large platters at low tables while you sit on mats on the floor; enjoy shopping at the Walking Street market on Saturday and Sunday.

Chiang Mai attractions : Sightseeing close by Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai

Doi Tung

called the Switzerland of Thailand. Doi Tung is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Chiang Rai Province. Part of the attraction of this mountain-top is the drive up through forests and Shan, Akha and Lahu tribal villages. At the top of the mountain is the thousand years old temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Tung.

Lampang
Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

The old temple in Lampang province. It is the Phra That (Chedi in Lanna style) of the year of the ox. It is one of Thailand’s most beautiful temples. The finest ornamentation probably dates from the time of Princess Chama Devi (c. 650-700), supposedly the founder of this temple complex.

Mae Hong Sorn

Pai (it is better to stay overnight here)

Is a small laid-back valley between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son town, surrounded by steep mountains. Well-known among backpackers for its relaxed atmosphere, the town is full of cheap guest houses, souvenir shops and restaurants. In the proximity of the town are spas and elephant camps. Further outside of town, there are several waterfalls and a number of natural hot springs varying in temperature from 80 to 200 degrees Celsius. Some resorts tap the hot springs and feed hot water into private bungalows and public pools.

As you can see there’s many activities for you to do depending on your desire.

Don’t hesitate to choose this as your new destination.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand Land of beautiful Cultural of Lanna

Chiang mai, Thailand and its highlight

The city of Chiang Mai is over 700 years old. The city has a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist Wats (temples),36 Wats within the old city walls and many more in the surrounding countryside. Near the summit of Doi Suthep, a 5300 feet peak named after the hermit Sudeva who lived on the mountain’s slopes for many years is the 600 year old temples of WAT PHRATHAT DOI SUTHEP.

  • Old town and Temple
  • Mountain
  • Hill tribe , Elephant sanctuary , Trekking
  • Nice people and rich culture

History

About the founder and pre-Lanna history

Founded by King Meng Rai in 1296 the new capital of his thriving Kingdom known as Lanna (million rice fields). Previously, he had ruled from Chiang Saen, then an important trading town on the banks of the Mekong River, as well as at Fang and Chiang Rai. Later he moved south, eventually overrunning the older state of Haripunchai (presently known as Lamphun, 50kms to the south of Chiang Mai).

Where is Chiang mai old city ?

However, the first attempt to found a new city in the Ping valley was thwarted by the flooding of the river and the site was abandoned. Seven centuries later, these ruins to the southeast of the city were uncovered and today form an important tourist history attraction, known as Wiang Khum Kham , 8.5 kms from the current old city area.

The Founder of Chiang mai

King Mengrai was a powerful and successful ruler and Lanna prospered under his rule (1259 to 1317). He formed a great friendship with King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai and King Ngam Muang of Phayao, They decided to build the new city on a fertile plain between Doi Suthep Mountain and the bank of the Ping River. The new city was completed, surrounded by a moat and wall, in 1296. It was named Nopphaburi Si Nakhonping Chiangmai.

Chiang Mai Independence state and her ruler

Chiang Mai was the capital of Lanna Kingdom for a long time. It was attacked frequently and finally came under the control of Ayuthaya, then Burma. In 1774, King Taksin the Great of Thailand recovered it from the Burmese. Since then the Chiang Mai province has been a part of Thailand.

Big Event to celebrate Chiang mai

In 1992 the city proudly celebrated its 700 year anniversary and hosted the SEA Games in 1998. Even the financial crash of 1997 hasn’t stopped Chiang Mai from becoming a cosmopolitan centre in Thailand, attracting a sizeable ex-pat community and enough tourists to swell its population by up to a quarter each season. Despite all this, Chiang Mai retains its individual Lanna character and distinctive easy-going charm, making it unique among all Thai cities.

Geography

With an altitude of approximately 310 meters above sea level, is situated approximately 700 kilometers from Bangkok on the Mae Ping River basin.

Surrounded by high mountain ranges, the city covers and forests. These generally run in a north-south pattern through the province and give birth to several streams and tributaries (such as the Mae Jam, Mae Ngud, and Mae Klang) which in turn feed important rivers and irrigation canals (such as the Muang and Faay) which provide the water necessary for agriculture.

It is the country’s second largest province, share border with Myanmar on the north, Lamphun and Tak Provinces on the south, Chiang Rai, Lampang and Lamphun Provinces on the east and Mae Hong Son Province on the west. The terrain is mainly comprised of jungles and mountains, which are home to the hill tribes, wildlife and exotic flora, may be found in the national parks.

location of Chiang mai

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In addition, the province boasts flat, fertile valleys, which spread along the banks of the largest and most important river in Chiang Mai Mae Nam Ping (Ping River) which originates from the Chiang Dao mountain range.

Why visiting?

The astonishing beauty of the rain forest will be hard to find anywhere else. We recommend including this town into your tour of Thailand’s destinations. Your visit hear should consist of more than two days as there are some many attractions to see along with riding on elephant, bamboo rafting, enjoying the splendors of the local cuisine or street food, shopping at the night markets and local craft markets where you are sure to find a gift of beauty.

Best times to visit Chiang Mai and Chiang mai Thailand weather

Chiang mai has visited all year round. But the best time is a cool season during November to January by estimate.

October – February; the weather is perfect, it’s not too cold to explore Chiang Mai’s outdoor attractions such as Chiang Mai Trekking, Cycling Culture Trip, Elephant jungle trekking and much more.  Or CLICK HERE to see the list of impressive attractions which wait for your visit.

March – May; the summer period, at night, air can feel cool sometimes. But there are festivals, e.g. you can enjoy with the Songkran festival in April and it’s a popular destination for both foreign and Thai tourists. Or Inthakin city Pillar Festival and more

 June – September; the rainy season, the effects of the south-west monsoon. And it’s low season in northern Thailand. However, if you don’t like a busy town this is a good time to visit Chiang Mai.

Be caution of visit Chiang mai during late February to early march . From time to time that farmer do slash and burn, which make bad pollution.

Chiang Mai has various kinds of excursion that one could enjoy during to visit.

It is a wonderful place to spend your time peacefully.
And you can click here to view our excursion or tour packages; these tour packages include multiple destinations over a period of days.

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Insight information Phimai Historical Park , historical park made during Khmer empire

Should I visit this historical Park?

Before make a conclusion should I visit This park , we can give gather pictures , opinion and some video for you. Hope it’s helpful.

If you like culture, art, history and the non-touristy site…

We think the Phimai historical park is a good place to visit. The sanctuary landscape is very nice and clean. It is very pleasure visiting if you observe the place in evening or during cools season.

If you go to phimai before for continue for your trip to northeast Thailand such as go to Phanomrung , Surin or Khonkean . It is nice idea to add Phimai in your itinerary.

siwa dance in phimai sanctuary

But if you expect that this is like Angkor wat, don’t go to Phimai Sanctuary. Phimai sanctuary is much smaller than Angkor wat but there is some differences point that visitors enjoy to observe.

Phimai during pre-Thai historical period

Phimai city was an ancient city in ancient period , so called Tarawadi Kingdom  (before Khmer). It was a resident and ancient community in the old day. Later, Khmer empire had more influence over southeast Asia.  Khmer ruled many areas in northeast of Thailand now a day and build a Khmer sanctuary in various places. Phimai was one of sanctuary which built right in the city center, which was a very big sanctuary created by King Suriyaworaman I in 11th-12th century to warship Hindu Gods. Later on, it was change to Buddhist sanctuary by King Chaiworaman VII.

guardian in front entrance pf phimai sanctuary

Phimai Sanctuary Layout and Size

This Ancient city has a rectangular shape with 565 meters width and 1,030 meters in length. The is main building so called Prang. The Prang is surrounded by 2.35 meter width gallery. There are 4 entrance that can access the main prang (building). Various an original lintel and gable made by crafted stone which has fine detail of Hindu Gods story which is nice and keep in good condition.

landscape of phimai sanctury

Phimai Khmer sanctuary or Prasat Hin Phimai is made of white sandstone which is considered as one of the most beautiful places in Thailand by its proportion and scene.

entrance of phimai sanctuary

Renovation and preservation

The Sanctuary has been magnificently restored by ministry of fine Art  and coordination with France archeologist around 55 years (1964) ago by the France technique so called anastomosis. After renovating the art object that found in the sanctuary in Phimai and other sanctuary in northeast of Thailand are preserved as a National Phimai Historical Park.

Before renovation

Phimai sanctuaryPhimai sanctuary

After Renovation

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Season of travel

Cool season

The best time to visit is during November during the Loi Kratong festival to see lights and sound celebration, and long boat racing.

Location of Phimai city in Thailand,  Phumai Thailand map

 From the map , Phimai district is in Nakornratchasima province or Korat province.  It is 50 kilometers from Korat, but over 300 kms from Bangkok.

The ancient city of Phimai is very near Moon river which is a big river that connect to Mae Khong River before lead to the ocean.

Getting to Phimai

By bus

There are very often bus to Korat city center and continue to Phimai by local bus for 1 hour.

By drive

Drive to Phimai will take around 3.4-4 hours from Bangkok

Flight

Go to Buriram

Flight landed at Satook city and take around 1.3 hours by private taxi to Phimai

 

Open 06.00-18.00

 Phimai historical park entrance fee : 100 Thb/person

 

Phimai National museum

The location of the museum is not far from Phimai sanctuary. This is a well designed museum, which try to display art object as it was. They try to make it look like where this object will be kept in the real site.  Things that display here is including ornament made of bronze and stone, ancient skeleton, lintel, gable, stone crafted pillar , door gradient statue  , ancient clay and pottery, tools and equipment , Buddha statue, and divinity statue.

Open (close Monday ) : 09.00-16.00

Entrance fee :  100 THB/person

Tel 044-471-167

Phimai lintel

Phimai lintel

Phimai lintel

Phimai historical park , lintel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Khmer ruins in Thailand

Not far from Phimai

Phanomrung, in Burirum , Pink san stone sanctuary on the volcano

Muang tam sanctuary in Burirum

 Far from Phimai

 Prang samyod, Loburi

Prasart Muang Sing, Kanchanaburi

Prasart Sikhonraphum

Phrear vihear (in Surin Province , which on border Thai Cambodia, occasionally open from time to time)

Things to do in khao yai , photos theme park, wild life, animal , them café

Khao Yai National Park Nakhon Ratchasima,Thailand

Khao Yai is a national park full of jungle, wild animals & waterfalls. You can trek through the dense jungle and might get a chance to see wild animals and bird singing through the trekking route. There are many waterfalls in Khao Yai National Park area such as Haew Suwat Waterfall, Haew Narok Waterfall and Chet Sao Noi Waterfall.

Khao Yai National Park is the third largest in Thailand, which is established in 1962. Khao Yai is Thailand’s oldest and most reserved national parks. This 2,000 square kilometer biological wonderland contains more than 70 species of mammals including elephants, tigers, gibbons, leopards and Malaysian sun bears, as well as 320 different varieties of birds.

Khao Yai was declared a national heritage site by The Association of Southeast Asian Nations. In 2000, the Thai government launched the Khao Yai Conservation Project to help protect this area for the enjoyment of future generations.

When is Good to Visit?

Khao yai has three main seasons as another part of Thailand (Rainy: May –Oct, Cold: Nov – Feb, Hot: Mar-Apr). The average temperature is 23 degrees Celsius during the day which make it a pleasant place to visit, especially for Bangkok people who come to the park and nearby area for good Ozone.

Wild Life & Forest

Khao Yai is home to variety animals. Elephants, Tiger, gibbon, pig-tailed macaque and sambar deer are live here. Once in a while you may find them walk on the street. The park has a diverse plant community comprised of five main vegetation types. Snakes and lizards usually make their presence known by a rustle in the undergrowth as you are walking. If you see a snake, treat it as dangerous unless you know otherwise!! Geckos are frequently seen catching insects on building walls and ceilings. Cicadas never stop their scratchy hum. Look up and down and from side to side to spot the real movers and shakers in the forest – the insects and invertebrates.

Bird Watching

Khao Yai has various kinds of birds over 320 species. For starter person, it may hard to identify its type. Patience is needed, good binoculars and a bird guide help. Roadsides, the old golf course, grasslands and the watching towers are good places to start your observation. Hornbills are easy to spot and hear its loud sound. The Great Hornbill has a sound “gok gok” which usually seeing pairs or alone.

Now we’re gone show you MUST visit destination if you ever happen to be in Khao Yai.

Top 10 Attractions around Khao Yai

1. Palio Village 

An Italian-style building located near Khao Yai National Park . It has more than 100 stores and restaurant for you to shop and walk around. It is also good for those who love to take pictures because every corner of this place is incredibly beautiful.

Location: Thanarat Road, Mu Si, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, 30130

2. Farm Chokchai

This is a home to over 3,000 cows, sheep’s, rabbits, ostriches and horses. There are plenty of things for you to do and watch here such as bull show, gun spinning show, horse riding, ATVs and much more waiting for you to come and try!

Location: 159-160 Moo 2 Friendship Highway, Pak Chong

3. Scenical World

This is the new landmark of Khao Yai. The largest themed park and water park in the North East region of Thailand. This place is suitable for visitors of all ages, they have a plenty of activities for you to join like, Life Park, where you can enjoy the rides, or refresh yourself in Splash World and end your day at Greenery Park Mall.

Location: 188/1 Thanarat Road, Moo See, Pakchong, Nakhon Ratchasima

4. The Bonanza Exotic Zoo

This place contains over 50 types of exotic and awesome animals that come from all over the world. Apart from seeing it you can get to feed it too! Plus, the zoo itself is easy to explore and walk around.

Location: 236 Tanarat Road Tambon Khao Yai, Chang Wat, Phetchaburi

5. Midwinter Green

Getting a little hungry? We recommend you to stop at this place. This is a family friendly restaurant situated in one of the most romantic spots in Thailand featuring international and Thai cuisine with local and organic ingredients. At Midwinter Green, they offer farm to table dishes grown in their backyard. The bakery and pastry are made fresh every day from their own kitchen.

Location: 88/88 Moo 10, Thanarach Road, Nong Nam Daeng, Pak Chong

6. The Hobbit Resort (Baan Suan Noi Resort)

This is definitely a MUST visit place for “The Lord of The Ring” fans. Isn’t it your dream to live in a Hobbit house, put on fancy dress and pretending to be one of them? Each of the buildings is built and decorated according to the Hobbit culture in the film. It is suitable for anyone, you’ll find both convenience and cool activities to do while you stay here.

Location: 292 Moo 15 Tambon Lat Bua Sikhio, Nakhon Ratchasima 30340

7. Grand Monte Vineyard and Winery

Grand Monte is a winery that is popular because of its taste and breathtaking view of vineyards that covers the area of approximately 100 Rai. They have many species of grapes that you can eat it fresh or turn them in to the wines. Other than that, they also own a souvenir shop that sells various products from grapes such as wines, jam and other bakeries.

Location: 52 Moo 9 Phayayen, Pakchong, Nakornrachasima, Thailand 30320

Grand Monte , khaoyai

Grand Monte , khaoyai

8. Chocolate Factory

This is an Italian restaurant and chocolate shop decorated in a half of factory, but in “cozy modern” concept. The building made from glass, which open views to see all sides. It is a beautiful place to take your family or special person to enjoy the wonderful dinner in a wonderful night while admire the beautiful landscapes of Khao Yai. If you’re interested in making chocolate they also have Chocolate workshop every weekend, which date and time is set by the shop.

Location: Thanarat Rd. Khaoyai 352 Moo 2 Thanarat Rd. T. Musee Pakchong Nakhon Ratchasima 30130

9. Bats Cave of Khao Yai National Park (Tour)

What you will see here is a million of Bats leaving their cave to go and hunt, the cave is located up on the hillside. First, they come out a few at a time, but then quickly formed into a giant thick ribbon swirling around the sky. The tour usually starts one hour before sunset and only last for 30 minutes before its start to get dark.

10. The Bloom by TV Pool

The Bloom claimed to be the largest garden in Thailand with an area of over 100 acres. They have over 30 species of flowers, definitely a lovely destination for you to visit. This place contains a variety of beautiful and colorful blooming flowers waiting for you to come and take a cool picture with.

Location: 357 Moo 5 Tambon Prayayen Amphur Pakchong, Khao Yai National Park, Khao Yai, Thailand 30320

 Another famous attraction in Khao Yai:

    • Pete maze, There were many good photo spots within the maze

    • Panorama Farm, Quirky resort with mushroom-themed accommodations.

    • Khao Yai Speed kart, Enjoy the karts, the ATV’s, the Farm and our upside down coffee shop.
    • PB Valley Winery, Taste fresh from the vine visitors can sample the delicious food made from grapes.
    • Primo Piazza Khao Yai, The place was super cool and unique, you might be take many photos here

  • Suwan Farm Sweet Corn, The corn is wonderfully sweet and the drink is exceptional.
  • Pirom Café, Pirom Cafe looks like an old English garden straight out of a fairytale.
  • Chocolate Factory, Taste with several of Chocolate.


 

Khao Yai is perfect for anyone who wants to get away for good Ozone and to relax yourself from the busy world.

It’s a cool place to hang out with friends or family and for sure a romantic place for a couple, there are many activities for you to do. So what are you waiting for? Come experience this amazing Khao Yai now!

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Things to do in Ayutthaya , World Heritage

Ayutthaya Historical Park Thailand, The world heritage

by Eng

Ayutthaya is located 53 miles north of Bangkok. Ayutthaya was Thailand’s capital from 1350 to 1767 (417 years!!). Once a thriving international commercial center, but today only the ruins of this splendid city are to be seen. The ruins and temples are quite spectacular and some are still intact such as the bronze statues of Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and Wat Panancheng.

In 1767, the Ayutthaya kingdom fell to the Burmese. After this in 1782 the capital was moved to its present location in Bangkok. Ayutthaya history still unclear due to the chronicle record were destroyed during the war.

The evidence of the prosperity from the past is remain only ruins such as of Pagodas and Chedi, Prang all can still be seen when you drive through the city which become highlighted and bring many tourists to visit.

In 1991 Ayutthaya was declared as a World heritage site by UNESCO. Ayutthaya has formally been published in books such as, “1000 Places to See before You Die”. This is a province that by all means should not be overlooked during your Thailand travels.

Ayutthaya is a river island city, less than 12 square km. There are over 100 historical well preserved ruins and temples. With many of our tours you will be able to spend a day there to see a few different temples. But if there are no time restrictions on your trip, you should book an Ayutthaya travel package which lasts for 2 days, to admirer the full glory of Ayutthaya.

Evening Trip

Taking a trip by bike or in the evening is nice and cool weather. In 2019 , the city governor start to have light decoration that you can see ruins nicely after dark.

Things to do in Ayutthaya

Unseen Buddha head at Wat Mahatat

This is a spiritual center or Buddhist laymen . The structure of  the website is very old since it built by the third king of Ayutthaya. The top highlight of Ayutthaya is in here. That is the head of the Buddha statue, which were surrounded by the tree.

 

Wat Chai wattanaram

The temple outstanding on the riverside which has similarly to Angkor wat . The ruin compound very nice layout and highly recommend to visit.

Wat Pharasisanphet and royal palace

The temple with three of half bell shape pagodas which was once to organize royal ceremony.  It is located in the center of the Ayuttthaya river island which show the prosperity of the kingdom.

Wat Putthai sawan วัดพุทไธศวรรย์

Wat Phutthaisawan is a historic Thai Buddhist temple outside river island. But it is still can be considered as part of Ayutthaya Historical Park. It was over 666 years old when it was built. Most tour did not go there since it looks near the river but take a while to get there.

Wat Phanamg klong srabua วัดพระงามคลองาระบัว

One of ruins, temple build during early period of Ayutthaya kingdom. This is not far from the city and not been visiting much by the tourist.

Open 08.00-17.00

Wat Yai Chai Mongkon

This temple has reclining Buddha statue and the highest bell shape stupa

Wear Thai dress and take pictures

Just wear Thai dress which is very nice. The location is at Wat Chaiwattanaram.

wearing Thai dress in Wat Chai Wattanaram

Chao Samphraya museum

This is a perfect place to see the heritage of Ayutthaya such as a Buddha statue, jewelry and utensil. Spend time here at lease 1-2 hours to learn the history and see the best craft work in the ancient time,

Open : Tuesday – Sunday 09.00-16.30

Area city center

Thai Japanese museum

In the old day over thousand of Japanese live in Ayutthaya. The resident area was on the river. So Japanese government comes to renovate the place as study center.

Open 08.30-17.30

 

Japanese Settlement in Ayutthaya

This is educational center that visitor can learn about Japanese community who live here in Ayutthaya period. It is located in the old Japanese settlement. Inside , they have nice garden and two main building. It is highly recommend to see an educational video in each building provides plenty of context and further information about the village in several languages. You can learn about history and how rich of this kingdom which was an important port of call and one of the most famous trading city in Asia.

Ayutthaya study center (ศูนย์ศึกษาประวัติศาสตร์อยุธยา)

See the model and how the palace and palace look like in the pass was. You can also see the life style of the old way such as house, ritual , house and junk boat.

Address : Pratu Chai Sub-district, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13000

OPEN: Tuesday – Sunday 9.00 – 16.30

Riding along Ayutthaya

The Tuk Tuk ride is fun and tuk tuk here looks different from other place. Chose the colorful one you can take pictures which is very nice.

Riding the boat to see the sunset

Ayutthaya is river island. The boat trip can help you see life style of local people and enjoy the sunset/

Ayutthaya canal trip

Overnight cruise

Small teak wood boat service is another option of travelling to Ayutthaya. The trip is includes one night overnight near Bangpain Summer palace.

wat arun Mekhala cruise

Riding elephant to see ruin

At Elephant Kraar, you can take a ride of elephant and see the view of the ruins in different prospect.

Dining and Coffee

Sala Ayutthaya

It is small and luxury boutique hotel on the river that you can view Wat Phuthai sawan while dining lunch. And you can also get a very nice picture on the entrance, which high brick wall which is very unique.

Baan Kaonom บ้านข้าวหนม

This dessert shop is mixed of Thai traditional Thai dessert café.  The recommend dish is Kanom tuay ขนทถ้วย  Kanom chomunga ขนมช่อม่วง  ,  Kanomthongyod ขนมทองหยอด

Eating river prawn

A famous restaurant call tonnam river view is a place that everyone go to experience grilled river prawn. This local restaurant is on the way the way to Bangpanin.

Other recommend placeTalangkrang Or Tor Kor at koong puan preaw,  Ruan Thai Kung pao เรือนไทยกุ้งเผา , and Areraman Coffee

Bussaba Café

Small café opposite with Mahathat and also sell local product souvenir such as bag, doll and Shawn.

Open 09.00-18.00

Candy crap โรตีสายใหม   บังดิน

With special crap wrap with sweet candy, it was called roti sai mai. It is hard to stop eating it after try to first one.

Things to do outside of city

Bangpain and Wat niwesthamaprawat

The palace was built as Summer palace in Ayutthaya period. This place has been renovated again in 1900s by King Rama V. The palace compound consist of various type of European building, Thai style and Chinese building.

Close to the temple there are also Wat Niwat which has a main hall build in Gothic church style.

bangpain phathinang isawan tippayaart

Tung Bua Deang ทุ่งบัวแดง

 It is a small village which you can see the pond with red lotus blossom all over. Sure enough that you can get a very good photos.

Location Baan Klong sai

Ayothaya floating market

Floating market near the city with various kinds of food and goods. Souvenir shop and yummy meal.

Open daily

 

Talad Chado ตลาดลาดชะโด

100 years old market consists of a lot of oddly shop such as barber, Thai herbs and pharmacy , photo shop , Tailor shop and grocery shop.

Location : outside city at  Pak hai district. Tel  035-740-263-4

OPEN :  Weekend only 09.00-16.00

Talad Kong Kong ตลาดโก้งโค้ง

An old market in Thai style that you can enjoy Thai food, fruit and a good place to take pictures and get good photos for instragram.

Address  Baan Sangsom Moo 5 , Bangpain – Panancheang , T. Kanonluang, A.Bangpain, P. Ayutthaya

ที่อยู่ : บ้านแสงโสม หมู่ 5 ถนนบางปะอิน-วัดพนัญเชิง ตำบลขนอนหลวง อำเภอบางปะอิน จังหวัดอยุธยา

Open  :Thursday – Sunday  10.00-16.00 .

CALL  local governor  : องค์การบริหารส่วนจังหวัดพระนครศรีอยุธยา โทร.0-3579-6447

Talad Nam Krung sri , Krungsri floating market

Krung sri floating market is behind old city governor’s office which you can wear a Thai dress and take a time to shop and eat local product such as pad thai, sugar sap drink, grilled corn cop . More merchant and shopper come here during weekend.

Open ; Daily 09.00-20.00

My Personal experience with Ayutthaya trip

 School Trip to Ayutthaya Thailand Secondary school  

I remember my first visit to Ayutthaya. I was in secondary school. It was my school field trip. The picture of the big crown and market in front of the ruin sold roti samai (sugar thread wrap with a kind Indian pancake) and fish products are still fresh in my memory and it seems to be the only picture of Ayutthaya which I recall.

bangpain phathinang isawan tippayaartUniversity trip

When I was at university, my friends and I traveled to Ayutthaya. We decided to travel around by bicycle. We rode around Ayutthaya Wat Prasrisanphet bike from 8.00 a.m. till 3.30 p.m. I remember every place I visited and how hot the sun was, that it made my skin turn red. It took me 5 months to have my normal skin color back. I could not complain about it. This trip was more fun than the first trip. We saw a lot but did not really understand what we saw. We rode outside Ayutthaya Island to Portuguesa and the Japanese settlement. It was too far and unsafe to ride a bicycle on a hi-way, but I have learned from that experience not to do it again.

 Guide class trip     

I went to Ayutthaya with a historian (tour guide teacher) and my class mate. It was the first time that I did not just see the ruins but understood Ayutthaya history, culture and its importance to Thailand today. The trip was nice and even we needed to lecture during the tour.

Wat Chai Wattanaram

Ayutthaya trip by bus and return by Grand pearl Cruise

Lopburi Thailand, The Khmer and Pre history city of Ayutthaya

Lopburi Thailand is one of the oldest Khmer city before the Siam Kingdom was established. King  Narai second capital city of Ayutthaya Kingdom.

This small province is not a must visit place for tourist. However, due to period Thai soap opera , this small town becomes spotlight for Thai tourist .

This province  is just 139 Kilometers away from Bangkok and it is easily make one day trip. Let’s see what they have to offer.

Thailand historical site

Things to do in Lopburi, The Khmer and front history city of Ayutthaya

Things to do in Lopburi

Lopburi is one of the oldest Khmer city before the Siam Kingdom was established. In 1644, King Narai the great made this town his second capital city of Ayutthaya kingdom.

Lopburi is located 150 km north of Bangkok. It houses an interesting historical monuments and a national museum with lots of archaeological finds. The architectural style of Lop Buri in the reign of King Narai was half Thai and half western as can be seen from the Royal

Palace, the Royal Reception House, or Wang Narai.

Beside the city was well known as the former front city of Ayutthaya , ancient kingdom of Siam. This province also has so much to see and do.

Things to do in Lopburi related to temple, palace and monkey

King Narai the great statue

The Statue of King Narai the Great is situated at the entrance of the town. The former King of Ayutthaya who relocated his temporary administration to this town. During his rules period, there was so much going on. The palace was built. Then, the high ranking administrator moved here. In the old city, there was a ruin of former palace, temples and big house of nobility to visit.

Location  : Phaholyothin Raod, A. Muang, P.Lopburi

Location :  https://goo.gl/maps/kK9bx3GMaqsoFKCT9

 

The Statue of King Narai the Great is situated at the entrance of the town. The former King of Ayutthaya who relocated his temporary administration to this town. During his rules period, there was so much going on. The palace was built. Then, the high ranking administrator moved here. In the old city, there was a ruin of former palace, temples and big house of nobility to visit.

Location  : Phaholyothin Raod, A. Muang, P.Lopburi

Location :  https://goo.gl/maps/kK9bx3GMaqsoFKCT9

 

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The Three Pagoda  (พระปรางค์สามยอด)

Phra Prang Sam Yot once a Hindu Shrine is the landmark of Lopburi province. It was built in Bayon art design. The construction made from laterite and cover with lower base relief stucco.  This is pagoda build by King Chayaworaman VII , Khmer King, who expanded their power to the town of Lawo and Lopburi at the beginning of the 10th century and ruled over the area until when the Thais who migrated from the North fought against Khmer and declared the independence of the Thais.

There are so many monkeys running around as it near Salpakarn. Once you visit this place, mind your belonging.  You can also hire a monkey guard, he will protect you from aggrieve monkey and you pay him in a small fee.

The funniest part of this town held on the last Sunday of November every year, there is a monkey party which they bring a lot of food for them.

Open Daily 06:00-18:00

Location  : T. Tahin, A. Muang, P. Lopbori

GPS : 14.803035, 100.613993

 

Sarnphrakan  (ศาลพระกาฬ )

The octagonal design shrine built in the King Narai the Great. There is a place to enshrine of deity and resident of 300 wild monkeys inside. That is why this town was called Monkey town.

The Thai dancing performs regularly to warship to deity. Once they local people come to pray and make a wish. Later , their wish come true. They will came back there to offer Thai dance as a thank you with respectful. It is similar things you see in Erawan Shrine.

Occasionally, those monkeys go on the street and the three pagodas.

Open : 08:30-17:30

Location  : T. Tahin, A. Muang, P. Lopbori

GPS : 14.803035, 100.613993

 

Wat Prasrirattana Mahatat (วัดพระศรีรัตนมหาธาตุ)

This royal temple was built during the 1200s in the believe of Buddhism as an epicenter of the city. The main shrine was inspired by Cambodia designed.

The ancient design such as local base release stucco still can be seen here.

Open 08:300 – 16:00

Location : Soi Ratchadamnoen, T.Tahin , A. Muang, P. Lopbori

GPS : 14.798707, 100.613875

 

Narai Palace (พระราชวังนารายณ์ราชนิเวศน์ )

This palace was built by King Narai.  He would like to set this as another capital city. He also stayed here almost all years round which make this town prosperous during period of King Narai’s rule.

The palace was so nice in a layout which has Thai, Arab and western influence.

During the King Rama V( Bangkok King) , he arranges the restoration of this palace and built the new building in 1956.

Open  : Daily 07:30 – 17:00

Location  : Sorasak Road,  T. Thahin , A. Muang , Lopburi

GPS : 14.800019, 100.609808

 

Wichayen or Constantine Phaulkon House (บ้านหลวงรับราชฑูต บ้านวิชาเยนทร์)

Wichayen or Constantine Phaulkon was a nobility work for King Narai. He was a key man to help Ayutthaya establish relationship with France in the period of Louise VX.

The residence of Constantine is in Renaissance design. Even, it is a ruin, but still can see how magnificent it used to be.

Open : Daily  08:30-16:00

Location : T. Tahin, A. Muang , P. Lopburi

Location : 14.802994, 100.610356

Other things to do in Lopburi

Pasak Jolasid Dam (เขื่อนป่าสักชลสิทธิ์)

The dam was very wide and has a long road and railroad go through on the dam.  The dam is an earth-filled with an impervious core with 4,860 meter wide and 36.5 meters wide which the biggest reservoir in central of Thailand is.

This is one of the King Bhumibol project to support agriculture and hold the water and solve flood problem.

Open : Daily 

Location  T. Nongbua, A.Pattananikom , P. Lopburi

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Sun Flower Farm

The flower farm is just 14 kilometers away from town.

One of the most famous place is at Chai Chine Lea (ทุ่งทานตะวันเขาจีนแล).  It is a perfect place to take pictures and post in a nice scenic view. Fields of tall, bright, yellow flowers reach out to the backdrop of mountains is so wonderfully and unique.

You can go by train and rent moto bike or rent a car from Bangkok.

Open : November – February

Location :  T. Nikomsangtoneng P. Lopburi

Fee 20 THB

Check at TAT Lobpuri ททท.สำนักงานลพบุรี โทร. 036-770096-7

Rai Sapbrayoon (ไร่ทรัพย์ประยูร)

Another photo spot for the photo shoot is at Sapbrayoon farm. This is one of the biggest fern farms in the province and the woods through the cosmos flower.

Open :  Daily

Location : Near Chonlasit station

Flea market at Baan Kok Toom (ตลาดนัดชุมชนบ้านโคกตูม )

Visit local community at Baan Din Mod Deang (บ้านดินมดแดง) that make pottery to sale. This  small market has so much to offer and already open for 15 years. The merchants are retiree from 5 villages who has special recipe of home cook meal.  So meal is very nice to taste.

Recommend meal

  • Khaolam Maproaw On, Home cook Thai sticky rice in coconut shell.
  • Koakraib Pak mor

 

There was a lot of merchant came for shopping and take a photos at three tunnels cover the road.

This is the only community that visitor can stay overnight at earth house.

Facebook ตลาดนัดชุมชนบ้านดินมดแดง

Emerald Spring Pool at Boonamduad (บ่อน้ำเดือด)

Spring pool with a nice weather in emerald color. The water is crystal clear till seeing white sand on the bottom. Surrounded area was nice and clean.

Note : not allow to swim

Open : Daily

Location : Wat Bornamduad , T.Namsood, A.Panatsikom , P.Lopburi just 25 kilometer from

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Wang Kaan Luang waterfall (น้ำตกวังก้านเหลือง)

A medium size waterfall with water flow all year round which has water from the earth.  It best to visit during Monson season.

There is a lime stone with slider which visitor can walk up and down while the water flow.

Bring your swimming wear if you like to swim. By the ways, during weekend . It is quite busy.

Special things here is wheel chair friendly.

Open :  Daily

Location : T.Tadindam, A. Chaibadan P. Lopburi

Sukhothai; The Dawn of Happiness

Sukhothai; The Dawn of Happiness

Sukhothai brief but brilliant hundred and fifty years (1238-1376), the walled city of Sukhothai presided as the capital of Thailand. Now an impressive assembly of elegant ruins, Muang Kao, (Old city),58km northwest of Phitsanulok, has been designated the Sukhothai historical park.
Sukhothai night

Most travelers’ stay in “New” city, a modern market town 12km to the east, which has good travel links between the old city it also is the best place to connect with the long-distance buses. UNESCO declared Sukhothai as the World heritage. For the three nights around the Loy Krathong festival in November, a son et lumière show is held at Old Sukhothai.Buddha

Highlights in Sukothai

Sukhothai Old City

This is a UNESCO World Heritage site full of history and nearly 200 temples that were excavation and part of them are reconstructed. It will bring you back in time to the Thailand’s early capital. Also, there’s information boards and information center in English outside every building so this is very convenient for you.Sukhothai 2

Wat MahaThat

This is one of the oldest and most important temples in Thailand. The temple is surrounded by 185 chedis, six wiharns of varying size, a bot, and eleven salas. The towering main chedi at the center of the site is most impressive one.wat mahatat

Sukhothai Historical Park

A very pleasant place to visit and tour around, it is home to many superbly decorated temples with lovely scenic greenery. It has been untouched by civilization for many hundreds of years. This should be your first choice when you want to take a break from the city life of Bangkok.Historical Park

Sangkhalok Museum

The private museum that collects different types of porcelain that produced during the Sukhothai kingdom including Sangkalok porcelains. You will walk through beautiful ancient porcelains and potteries that were made in different styles.Sangkhalok Musuem

Ramkhamhaeng Museum

Open in 1964, this museum contains a numerous of antiques from Sukothai Kingdom. The museum presents a good overview of the development of the Sukhothai style from the era of Khmer influence to the rise in popularity of the Ayutthaya style.King Ramkhamhaeng National Museum

There’s a lot more for you to explore around this old beautiful city but these are only the main attractions that you cannot miss!

After going around the town for a while starting to get a little bit hungry right? Don’t worry I have a suggestion for you!

Must Try Dish That You Cannot Miss!

Sukhothai Rice Noodles (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวสุโขทัย)

Rice noodles in yummy soup topped with sliced pork or ground pork, green beans, small pieces of salted turnip and ground peanuts are the main ingredients. They also put fish sauce and ground chili in it. The taste is based on sweet and mellow but you can smell a little hint of lime. It is popular served in two types dry or with soup; this is something you cannot miss if you come here!Sukhothai noodles

Cool Events and Festivals in Sukhothai

Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival On Loy Krathong day

People will launch their krathong on a river and making a wish, also we do this to pay our respect to the water spirits. Here in Sukhothai they provide many activities in this festival such as “Greeting of the Dawn of Happiness” ceremony Light and sound presentation at Wat Mahathat and some other cultural performances that reflect the traditions of Sukhothai.Sukhothai Festival

Sukhothai is a place full of history and fascinating temples that are waiting for you to come and navigate around.
This beautiful city won’t take much time to explore around but I’m pretty sure you’ll end up loving it like I did
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Things to do in Nan , more than mountain and rice field

Nan: Charming Town in the North of Thailand

Nan, History

Nan is one of Northern Thailand’s most peaceful provinces. The town is cradled in a lush valley far away from Chiang Mai around 320kms at the east (4 Hours’ drive), near the north-eastern bordered by Laos. The sleepy town was the center of an independent little kingdom and has a long history related to neighboring kingdoms such as Laos, Sukhothai, Lanna. The evidences are shown by some ancient sites in Nan nowadays.

What people generally think of Nan?

Rice field and mountain backdrop  is in every where

Nan

Cr Sangthong resort

Nature

This province features 6 national parks, including the stunning Doi Phukha National Park, which contains mountains nearly 2,000 m high. The rich natural beauty of this town makes it an ideal destination for trekkNan mountaining if you really want a unique experience, as the remote and untouched. You will find that it’s home to the rarely seen of many hill tribes like, Thai Lu, Htin and Khamu hill tribes.

Nan also offers nature trekking and tours of 3-4 days, including elephant riding and whitewater rafting in the most recommended  wildest rivers in Thailand which adventure lovers would love it!.

City

In the center city it has a relaxed charm, typically unhurried town with empty streets, an interesting history, some impressive temples, and a good museum. With a prime location in the hills on the border with Laos.

Temples and Cultural

Phrathat Chae Haeng

There are several well-known temples worth visiting, but the one that you must visit is “Phrathat Chae Haeng” is a 600-year-old community situated three kilometers from the city and was built in the Sukhothai period, decorated in Lanna and Thai Lu style.

Phathat cheaheang

Nan National Museum (พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติน่าน)

Worth a quick stop is the Nan National Museum. The building is a combination between European style in the age of King Rama V and the native arts of Nan. It was originally used as the royal pavilion, but now this place has turned into the museum. The museum is divided into two floors. The first floor shows the living of tribes in Nan including important festivals. The second floor is a display of antiques that was found in Nan dated from the pre-historic age.

Nan museum

Wat Phumin (วัดภูมินทร์)

Near the museum, Wat Phumin is located in Phumin Village and has beautifully-carved wood doors facing four directions. Inside, there is the most famous mural painting in the province. It is one of a-must-to-see, the painting of a couple, showing the best handiwork of age-old painting. Other paintings display the way of life and culture of the past.

Wat Suan Tan วัดเสือเต้น)

Wat Suan Tan is also known as “The temple of the sugar palm grove” is a 14th Century temple in Nan with a large Sukhothai style Chedi which features a 4.11-metre high bronze Buddha.

Wat Phrathatkhaonoi (วัดพระธาตุเขาน้อย)

The temple is located in the Nan city center on the mountain that you can see views of Nan city. The walking Buddha statue facing to the town is the highlight of this temple. They’re also the Lanna pagoda which to  the top cover with the real goal. This is the best place to see Sunrise and Sunset. 

Noble house , Hong Chao Fong Came (โฮงเจ้าฟองคำ)

This teak wood house age over 200 years, which belong to Chao fong come , Nan royal family bloodline. This house has 4 building connect with wooden platform which has area of kitchen, bedroom, and lobby. The ground floor is an open space which dedicates for traditional cotton weave.

Rangsikasem building (ตึกรังสีเกษม)

Rangsikasem building is a colonial building inside Rasikasem School. It was built by missionary as part of catholic school. The founder is including  led by Dr. Samuel C Peoples, MD, Prof. Dr. Huge Taylor, Prof. Marion B Palmer and Miss Lucy Starling. It was completed in 1916. Now, it is functional for event ground such as wedding, meeting, and special event of the city.

Hor sil Rim nan (หอสิลป์ริมน่าน)

This is a private museum by Nan artist, Mr. Winai Prabripoo. He gathers his work and other artist such as painting, sculpture and statue in big and nice landscape surround by nature.

art in nan

nan famous paiting

Wat Phuket in Pua district (วัดภูเก็ต)

Ket is a name of a village and Phu is hilly. Therefore, the temple is on the hill and you can view the city beautifully. It has nothing to do with the Phuket province in the south of Thailand.

Wat Phathat Pensakat ( Pua district)

There is a small temple with a pagoda architecture style. This temple is a spiritual center.

Wat Baan Ton Leang (วัดบ้านต้นเหลง)

In 2009 , the main chapel of this temple is listed in preserving places of Thai art and architecture association. The building is a little dark, but visitors can see the Buddha statue face clearly. The layout of the building is in Lanna architecture with three tier roof level similar to Thai lua or Sipsongpanna (Southern Chinese).

Market

Kat Laeng

If you have time, don’t miss “Kat laeng” an evening market on the banks of Nan River. Highlights include traditional Thai handicrafts, souvenirs, and various types of other products at bargain prices.

ToobnaThai Lua (ตูปนาไทลื้อ) in Pua district

Small little market with a lot of rice field is in Pua district and in front of wat Pukhet. Walking on bamboo bridge, feeding fish, take a picture and sip a coffee and observe local market.

Interesting sightseeing

Tobacco Curing house (สถานีโรงบ่มใบยาสูบ บ้านสบกอน)

Tobacco curing house build in 1950. Tobacco us one of the main income for people of northern Thailand over  70 years. This special building is for preserving tobacco leaves. Now , it was no longer use for the industry, but become highlight that tourist come to take pictures.

Nan, tobacco house

Nan, tobacco house

Pua district

There  are so many village , craft work , small temple and rice field café here.

Doi Phuka mountain  (ดอยภูคา)

If you enjoy nature, mountain and beautiful view, this is a nice place to visit. It is perfect for watching sunrise or sunset.

Doi Samear dao in Srinan National park (ดอยเสมอดาว อุทยานศรีน่าน )

Those who love the mist and mountain, Doi Samear Dao is a nice place to see nice view of nature.

Saodin nanoi Kok Sua (เสาดินนาน้อย คอกเสือ)

National wonder create a wired. It was assumed that this area was once ocean and the mountain is from mud collect from time to time and estimate age over 10,000-30,000 years.

Boor Krau (อ.บ่อเกลือ)

A small district is well known for making salt. Many houses have their own small factory product salt. It has been a source of salt mine since ancient time. The village is in the middle of a mountain and have small stream pass through. During the cool season, it was nice to stroll to visit the village and meet the villagers and observe the way they work.

 

Wang Silaleang (ศิลาแลง)

This is another national wonder in Pua province. It is a small stream in the mountain which has a very interesting look . Some Thai people said this is the Grand Canyon Thailand.

Location : Baan Hua Nam , T.Silaleang, A. Pua , P. Nan

nan , silaleang

nan , silaleang

nan , silaleang

nan , silaleang

VDO with extra ordinary view

When is good time to visit?

In Nan, the wet season start from June to October and is overcast so it’s kind of hard to do sightseeing or trekking. perhaps, it’s gonna rain and you’ll get all wet.

But it is the perfect time for jungle trekking and white water rafting.

Summer season will start from March to May with clear blue sky and an average temperature is around 35 °C.

The cool season in Nan last for 3 months, from November to January and the average temperature is below 30 °C. Many people visit the province in October and November for the Traditional Boat Race. The city comes alive with the celebrations. See the elaborately decorated boats which are made from large logs.

riding tricycle in Nan

Nan is a good town for anyone who loves the nature and non-busy city life.

Here you can spend your day going to the temples, trekking in the nature or even chill at some cool café shop and just enjoy the moment.

This charming sleepy town is waiting for you to come and have a good time, trust me it won’t disappoint you J

Kanchanaburi things to do more than the Bridge on the River Kwai

When is Good time to Visit Kanchanaburi ?

Kanchanaburi province can be visited around the year, but there are three seasons. The summer season starts from February till May. The rainy season starts from the end of June till October and the winter season from November till January. The ideal months for visiting Kanchanaburi start from November cause is when the monsoon rains finish so it’ll be easy for you to go around for sightseeing.

Kanchanaburi & Bridge on the River Kwai City

Kanchanaburi province is fascinating, nostalgic and memorable place, only a 130 km west of Bangkok. The province itself is an agricultural area, with sugar cane, rice paddies and pineapple plantations all parts of the landscape, which is quite stunning other than that the city is the site of the famous Hollywood movie; the Bridge on the River Kwai.

Kanchanaburi shares a border with Myanmar. Most of the west of the province line with the mountains makes this province one of the most beautiful provinces in Thailand with its varied landscaped profuse with hills, jungles and waterfalls.

Kanchanaburi to Bangkok

Kanchanaburi is not far from Bangkok. It is just 130 kilometers from Bangkok. Travel to the west of Bangkok will takes just 2 hours. Day tour will start from 07.00 or 06.00 a.m. However, to visit Kanchanaburi for several days too.

Listing of activities

Temple & Palace , cultural site

  • Wat Tham Sua, the sacred gold gilded Buddha Images, which has a very interesting architecture which surround by mountain and rice field.
  • Prasart Muang Singh, Khmer heritage sanctuary, which were use as Hindo Gods
  • Bridge Over the River Kwai , the historical bridge builds during WWII by prisoners of war
  • Riding scenic train , pass the historical bridge , cassava farm and villages
  • Visit Don rak war cemetery which over 6,982 solider killed in the war
  • Wat Wangwiwekaram , going to the temple which is the dam which is a breathtaking views

Museum, Art and learning culture

  • Hellfire Pass is an area that Death railways cut the mountain by prisoners of war with hard work cause of death and illness of them. Now turn to be a museum and education center of violent history during WWII.
  • Kra Sae Cave , meditation place which was once used as storage and hospital of the prisoner of war
  • Lawa Cave, a large cave on the bank of river Kwai yai which as several chamber and numerous stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Thai-Burmese rail way museum, learn the history related to WW II
  • JEATH museum , see the picture, equipment and walk in the bamboo house which similar to prisoner of war live their life

Top sightseeing for taking picture

  • Giant tree Kanchanaburi , the most biggest rainforest tree to take a picture with
  • Malika 112 , turn the clock back for 150 years Thailand town , dress in traditional Thai custom and take a photo there.
  • Mena Café , small café in the middle of rice field , near the big Buddha statue at  Wat Tham Sua
  • Rak Kanna (รักษ์คันนา) coffee and noodle shop close to Wat Tham sua
  • U&ME café , café with a lot of the photos corner located in Phanomthuan district

Market, Community & Recreation

  • Pak preak , old town of Kanchanaburi with old house, café and market in Saturdays 15.00-21.00 hrs
  • Baan Etong (บ้านอีต่อง เหมืองปิล๊อก) . Former mine community away from the city which is very nice and surrounded by nature.
  • Sankla buri district opposite is Myanmar
  • Talad Kai Chalieysook (ตลาดค่ายเฉลยศึก ) Theme market neck to the bridge on river kwai which feature the look and feel during the war.

Adventure , Explore , sport

  • Surfing along River Kwai
  • Tubing along river Kwai
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Elephant bathing on river Kwai
  • Elephant ride along river Kwai
  • Tree top canopy riding
  • Extreme activities at River Kwai village hotel (ATV, DTV shredder riding, Zorbing, Paintball, Borble foot ball , Abseilling, Euro bungy , Flying fox, Rope bridges & Sky clying, Rollerball, Bamboo rafting )
  • Mountain biking
  • Canoe at Erawan
  • Golfing

National Park, Waterfall, Hot spring , Natural

  • Erawan National Park and water fall, perfect place for swimming in nature and jungle trail trekking
  • Saiyok Yai waterfall. This water falls into river Kwai Yai.
  • Hindad hot spring, and cool stream
  • Namtok Nopippon (น้ำตกนพพิบูลย์) , in Saklaburi district. The waterfall is 25 meter width
  • Nearn chang sook (เนินช้างศึก) military base , border of Myanmar . It is located in Tambon
  • Koh chang pueak (เขาช้างเผือก) narrow hill top which is very dangerous to go. But perfect for natural view point. Only recommend for athletic person since it take around 4-5 hours trekking. It is located in Tambon Pilok.
  • Namtokjokkradin waterfall (น้ำตกจ๊อกกระดิ่น)   the fall is high 34 meter high and very wide pool in emerald green color.  It is located in Tambon Pilok.
  • Bird watching

Food & Gourmet

  • Mena Café (มีนาคาเฟ่) , small café in the middle of rice field , get a view of the Wat Tham Sua and mountain
  • Rak Kanna (รักษ์คันนา) coffee and noodle shop which surrounded by rice field and get the view of Wat Tham Sua
  • Have lunch or dinner at a banana farm restaurant (open from Tuesdays to Sunday, from 8:00am to 8:00pm.)
  • Making Tong muan (ทำทองม้วน ไม่ไกลจากสุสาน) Tong muan is crispy mixed with flour , coconut milk and sugar.

Things to do with family , Amusement Park , Theme Park, Animal

  • Take pictures with Tiger at Safari park and camp
  • Get close to Giraffes and feed them at Safari park and camp
  • Malika 112 , turn the clock back for 150 years Thailand town , dress in traditional Thai custom and take a photo there
  • Enjoy fish spa at Rock valley
  • Visit elephant sanctuary at the Elephant World

Farm Activities

  • Baan Nong Khao village tour to ride E-tak, making Pakawma, and cooking Thai dessert

Health, Relaxing , Body & Mind

  • Enjoy hot spring at Rocky valley and fish spa

Romantic Activities

Keeree Mantra Dining in the romantic in the middle of nature and mountain

Volunteer

  • Take care of elephant at Elephant world

Top Famous Kanchanaburi Attractions

Beside World War II and national parks, the province has beautiful waterfalls, raft house, magnification landscape & interesting river views and Cambodian ancient ruin. This is a recommended Thailand tour especially for those who have a limited schedule while in Thailand.

1. Bridge on the River Kwai

This is home to the famous Bridge River Kwai. During WW II, Japan constructed the meter-gauge railway line from Ban Pong, Thailand to Thanbyuzayat, Burma. The bridge was part of the Thai-Burmese “Death Railway” they name it this because there are many men who dies during the construction some from not having enough nutrition, diseases, injured or abused by the Japanese army.

2. Erawan Waterfall

One of the most beautiful and well known waterfalls in Thailand. It has seven separate tiers, each of the tiers has a different name but all of them have crystal clear water and pretty fishes swimming in the pond. The place is really busy on the weekend and public holidays especially “Songkrans Festival” where they turn this place into a water fight stage. 

3. Hellfire Pass Memorial

It is part of the “Death Railway” that was built cruelly by POWs (Prisoners of War) during World War II. Hellfire is where the railway need to cut through, which is really impossible, but the prisoners were forced to use hand drills to carve the rock so that the train could pass.

4. Prasat Muang Singh Historical Park

Muang Singh historical park marked the Western border of the Khmer in Thailand. The structure and architecture are in Khermer style and there’s a small museum that exhibits several antiques discovered at the site, including a number of Buddha images.

5. JEATH War Museum

The name of the museum comes from the countries that were involved in these events: Japan, England, America, Thailand, and Holland. This is a museum that shows how the prisoner of war lives inside the camps and how they were treated. There are a bunk, photographs, authentic items and written accounts from actual prisoners, their family and authors who interviewed the prisoner.

6. Don-Rak War Cemetery

This is the resting place for almost 7,000 British, Dutch and Australian prisoners of the World War II who died during the construction of the “Death Railway”.

7. Elephants World

The elephant’s here are rescues they have been suffered, but here we will take a good care of them. In here you can learn how to take care of the elephants and treat them in a right way. You can spend a day preparing delicious food for them and bathing them in the river. This is a way to care an abused elephants and kind of a volunteer at the same time.

Anyone who looking nice experience with Elephant should consider visiting Elephant World, 40 minutes away from Kanchanaburi province. Feeding the elephants at several different stations , bathing them and swimming with them and even had the opportunity to jump off the high jump into the river are truly amazing experience that will happen when visiting here. In addition, the scenery is breathtaking since it supper natural and surrounded by natural.

8. Malika Village

This is the new cool attractions in Kanchanaburi. There’s a plenty of activities for you to do and dress like you were in 1903 when it was called “Siam” The golden age of Thailand. Even the staff here talks and dresses like they were teleported from 100 years go haha. Also, there’s a beautiful corner in the village that are recommended for you to take a picture with.

 

9. Wat Tham Sua (The Tiger Cave Temple)

You have to climb more than a 100 steps to reach the temple. But the view from the top is incredibly beautiful. The temple itself is huge and interesting with the big Buddha statue covered in gold mosaic.

10. Sai Yok National Park

Located in Northwest of Kanchanaburi city the park is a famous destination for locals and foreigners. It is well-known for its waterfalls, caves, historical sites and raft houses along the River Kwai. The park has well-maintained trails with clear signs that visitors are allowed to walk on their own so it’s pretty convenient.

Kanchanaburi is a place filled with historical sights, fascinating history, nature and culture. It is obvious why this place is a MUST visit destination if you come to Thailand.

There’s a lot more for you to explore in Kanchanaburi , these are only the main attractions that we would like to recommend and that you cannot miss!

11. Hin Dad Hot Spring

This hot spring is around 25 kilometers away from Vajiralongkorn Dam. The hot sprong has 3 pools with three different water temperature. The nature hot water is around 40 C in basics alongside the fresh river coming from the mountain. Hin Dad turned out to be an enjoyable break. The hot pool is found in an evergreen forest. Most visitors are Thai and some Russian.

12. Rock Valley, Hot Spring and fish Spa

This place has a great set up with a dozen different heated pools at various temperatures. The hot spring contains different herbs such as coffee , tea , and Thai herb for an instant. There were 2-3 fish pools also. Visitors can enjoy a mud spa while overlooked the river Kwai. Relaxing and observing many boats transferring customers from nearby resorts on the river. They offer a great massage service along with drinks too. Highly recommend to make advance reservation to avoid fully book.

14. Thai Burmese Railway Museum

You will amaze with informative information about World War II, an insight into the experiences endured by so many Westerners and Asian while building the “Death Railway” Artifacts and videos shown on a roll and including the interview with a Japanese Engineer. If you like to learn and understand the history in depth, you should not miss this place.

13.  Giant Three , Rain forest tree in Kanchnaburi

It is an incredible and very scenic view to see the big tree which is huge and in healthy conditions. The three is off beaten part and well maintained by Thai army, which is around 20 minutes away from Kanchanaburi city center.

15. Saiyok Yai waterfall and Rafting on the river

The water is very special since the stream falls down from cliffs to River Kwai Noi. This fall is in Sai Yok National Park, which is a mixed deciduous forest and dry evergreen forest.  Taking a long tailed boat or bamboo raft to pass the river is nice and very unique experience.

17. Kaeng Lawa Cave

Do you like a little an hour adventure in a dark place? Let’s walk into the pungent smell of bat poo which loads of bats hung from the ceiling prob 1000’s. Continue to walk through various caves. This place can not reach by car, you need to hire a boat to Lawa Cave. Most of a visitor who stays or buy join package with Jungle raft, resotel or Hin toke camp will visit this place according to the program.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s pack your back, but before you come we would like to suggest you to check out all the information here!

Package Tour

2 Days in Kanchanaburi or visit various destination and stop over at Kanchanaburi

Day Tour

One day trip from Bangkok

Things to do

Where to go and what to see in each destination

Phuket night, Guide to make a wonderful night

Phuket is located on the west coast (Andaman Sea) of the south of Thailand. One of the top-ten famous destinations in the world. Don’t lose a chance to relax with your friends and enjoy a selection of fine wines, exotic cocktails and chilled beer with dinner at Phuket. Dining by beach-side from sunrise to sunset, indoor or terrace seating for romantic features, where can arrange private parties for you. You can find this pub and restaurants throughout Phuket.

Exotic cocktails, chilled beer and fine wines with great food at sea or beach view are always better in Phuket.

  • Night market
  • Night show, Phuket fantasia, Cabaret show
  • Night Bar , Party
  • Restaurants

Phuket Night Market and Walking Street

1.Bangla walking street

Are you looking for a sea side bar, clubs go-go bar , a cabaret or just food , souvenir and Thailand massage? You can get it from Bangla. This is a crazy place for purely entertaining and may not a place for those who do not like the loud and busy place. However, it is a good people watching experience for a night out of Patong.

Open : Daily start from 15:00 – 02:00

Location : Bangla road, Patong

2.Lad Yai หลาดใหญ่

The Sunday market, which is run in the evening to enjoy shopping and eating for souvenir, t-shirt, sea food, snack , drink , noodle, and fruit.

The view and atmosphere are very nice since the market is in old town Phuket which is many buildings are decorated in Shino – Portuguese.

Operate :  Sunday 16.00-22.30

Location :  Tanang Road, Phuket

 

3.Lad Poi Kong , หลาดปล่อยของ

Lad is mean market in southern Thai language. Poi kong means release, which another meaning of sales goods and service. Therefore, you can find products such as food, hand craft and art work here.

Operate :  Wednesday- Friday 16.00-22.30

Location :  Limelight Avenue

Night show, Phuket fantasea, Cabaret show

Phuket Fantasea

The show is a narrating the legend of Kamala a story tail in a jungle mystical palace in Las Vegas style.  This is the Phuket islands’ biggest show production with trapeze artists, a cast of hundreds , elephants , and exotic animals. It is worth spending an evening at the show complex and witness the talent of human and animal plus amazing production of big theater which makes your night special.

Operate :  Fri-Wed : Show time  21.00-22.00 Open from 17:00

Location :  Kamal Beach , Phuket

Simon Cabaret

An evening show that everyone can enjoy to see burlesque, comedy, carnival, Bollywood and pop theme.

Operate :  Fri-Wed : Show time  21.00-22.00 Open from 17:00

Location :  Kamal Beach , Phuket

Siam Niramit Show Phuket

Stunning and lavish. Both words can describe the world-class Siam Niramit show featuring Thailand’s arts and cultural heritage. It’s a ‘must-see’ spectacular that you could enjoy this wild Phuket show displaying Thailand’s rich history and culture.

Operate :  Wed- Mon : Show time  20.30-21.50 Open from 17:30 Preshow : 19:20

Location :  55/81 Moo 5, Rassada Road, Muang, Phuket 83000, THAILAND

Tel : +66 7633 5001-2

Night Bar and Party

Illuzion

Illusion is the most famous pup in Bangla road, Patong ,Phuket. This pup gets in list the33th of The TOP 100 Clubs by DJ Mag. The pup’s space is big with 3 VIPs zone and standing area can accommodate over 5,000 guests. The full scale of high-tech entertainment with top of the line sound system, LED visual displays , and top-tier performers & aerialist.

The club regularly showcase in electronic music bandwagon by DJs such as Martin Garrix, Tiersto Dimintry Vegas & Like Mike, Mashmello, Afrojack , Steve Aoki for instance. They also features worldwide famous singers from the like of Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo , Ja Ruke, Tyga , Kid Ink, Booba , Super Duper Kyle and to name a few.

Operate : 21:00 – 02:00

Address : Bangla Road

Tel : 093-583-4766

Catch Beach Club

Catch beach club is one of the most famous beach pup in Phuket, located on Bangtao beach. Bangtao beach is laguna which has many upscale resorts such as Dusit thani, Banyantree and Sheraton . The club s on beach front with big space for restaurant and open air bar.

Discover a year-round dance party housed under a blanket of stars. Sip spirits and groove to beats by international resident DJs. Turn up the heat and ignite the beach with themed parties, inspired events and world-renowned DJs.

Operate : Daily

Location : Bang tao beach 83110 , Phuket

Contact : Face book catchbeachclub

Tel : 065-348-2017

Surf House Karon

This is a bar and restaurant which serve various kinds of beers, wine and cocktail along with Thai and western food.  The highlight here is not only food, but also a surf board that anyone can participate. Late evening with your family member and friends are fun to enjoy the time together.

Operate : Daily from 10.00- Mid night

Location : Pakbang Road, Kata Beach  beach 83110 , Phuket

Contact : Face book SurfHouseBoardriders

Tel : 081-979-7737

Restaurant

The destination for wine lovers:

We would like to introduce several place that you can enjoy the selection of great wines, exotic, cocktails and chilled beer with a fine atmosphere for dinner with your friends as follows:

enVision Phuket

This is a center of premium wine. The wines span a broad range of prices, but share a common bond of excellence only.

Operate : Daily on 11 a .m. 10 p.m.

Location : Surin beach

 

The destination for Fine dining:

Impressive with fine dining in Phuket by the beach side or romantic cuisine with your friends or your family, please see below:

  • Siam Indigo Bar & Restaurant ( Phang Nga Rd ) Open daily on 11.30 a .m. 11 p.m.
  • Baba Sri panwa Open daily on 6 p.m. -11 p.m.
  • Baan Rim Pa Piano Bar Bar & Restaurant Open daily on 4 p.m.- 12 p.m.
  • watermark restaurant bar Open daily on 11 a .m. -11. p.m.
  • Black Cat Bar & Restaurant ( Srisoonthorn Road ) Open daily on 5 p.m. -12 p.m.
  • 360 Bar and Dining Open daily on 5 p.m. -12 p.m.

It does fairly well for a night out. Exotic cocktails, chilled beer and fine wines with great food in sea or beach view are always better in Phuket. A great atmosphere of pub and restaurant in Phuket night have been inviting you. Let’s relax with your friends and enjoy a selection of good wines, and more.

 

Things to do

Where to go and what to see in each destination

Phuket  attractions

Besides relaxing on the nice beach of Phuket, What to do in Phuket, where to stay and amazing attractions beyond Patong Beach, Kata Beach or old city.

phuket fantasea

Phuket Fantasea Show and Dinner , Amazing show in Phuket

฿ 1,650.00 – ฿ 4,000.00

Things to do in Phuket – Attractions : Beach & View Point

Phuket Attractions: Things to do in Phuket

Phuket is one of the most popular travel destinations in Asia. There are many beautiful sightseeing places such as beaches with crystal clear water, white sand on islands, old Phuket town, cultural show, Phuket temples and more.

Temple & sightseeing

  • Wat Chalong, of the many temples found on Phuket Island, the Wat Chalong temple is the largest and most revered.
  • The Big Buddha Phuket is a seated Maravija Buddha statue in Phuket, Thailand.
  • Wat Khao Rang enjoys a great location in Phuket Town, sitting on the slope of the popular Khao Rang (Rang Hill).
  • Jui Tui Shrine is a popular Chinese temple that plays a pivotal part in the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival
  • Wat Phra Thong is a very old temple with an incredible legend behind it, the kind of story that irresistibly attracts people
  • Wat Srisoonthorn is known for the immense golden Buddha reclining at the top of a large building in the ‘Pang Sai Yat’ posture, which corresponds to “Realizing Nirvana”
  • Wat Phranang Sang is the oldest temple in Phuket
  • Wat Suwan Khuha is a surprising cave sheltering an immense reclining golden Buddha
  • Kiew Tien Keng Shrine, There are artistic images of various deities on the altars and quite a few life-size statues here and there.
  • Kathu Shrine has shared a long history with Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival and is known as the original home of the festival.

Beach & Island           

  • Phi Phi Island
  • James Bond Island
  • Koh Panyi
  • Phang Nga Bay
  • Racha Island
  • Koh Yao Islands
  • Koh Khai Islands
  • Patong Beach
  • Kata Beach
  • Karon Beach
  • Kamala Beach
  • Mai Khao Beach
  • Bangtao Beach
  • Nai Harn Beach
  • Surin Beach
  • Kata Noi Beach
  • Ya Nui Beach
  • Freedom Beach
  • Layan Beach
  • Rawai Beach
  • Nai Yang Beach
  • Laem Singh Beach
  • Promthep Cape Phuket
  • Karon Viewpoint

Nightlife

  • Phuket Fantasea Show, cultural theme park that has become the ultimate in night-time entertainment on the resort island of Phuket
  • Siam Niramit Phuket, one of the largest stage productions in the world
  • Simon Caberet Show, The evening of glamourous entertainment is without doubt you will experience of Phuket’s Best Cabaret Show, this is such a special night of entertainment.
  • Soi Bang la walking street, the road is closed to vehicle traffic and becomes a 400 metre festival of neon lights, loud music and cheap beer.
  • Night Clubs
  • Sunset Bars
  • Live music hard rock café
  • Gay Bar Phuket
  • Thai Boxing match show
  • Phuket Weekend Market
  • Phuket Walking Street is the latest attraction featured in Phuket Old Town. Also-known-as Lardyai (talaad yai), which means ‘big market’ in southern Thai dialect
  • Dino Park, play mini golf within a unique environment.

Adventure & Water Activities  

  • Flying Hanuman Zip line
  • White water rafting
  • Quad bike ATV Tour
  • Zorbing in Phuket
  • Rock Climbing
  • Trekking at Phang Nga
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing

Things to do with animal

  • Elephant Sanctuary Phuket
  • Phuket Zoo and Animal Park
  • Tiger Kingdom Phuket
  • Phuket Aquarium
  • Phuket Bird Paradise
  • Dolphins Bay Phuket

Food & Gourmet 

  • Raya Restaurant (ระย้า ภูเก็ต), Lunch in Phuket Town Do not miss Raya Restaurant, Thai house old style and classic 
  • Tu Kab Khao Restaurant (ตู้กับข้าว), restaurant is in old building in the middle of the city looks more magical and has a character. The food taste is excellent. Spice like authentic southern food.
  • One Chun Restaurant (วันจันทร์), The highlight of this cool Phuket restaurant is that the style of the shop is a bit old, decorated with antiques, enhancing the classic atmosphere harmonious with the old Phuket town.
  • Ko Ben Khao Tom Haeng (โกเบ๊นซ์ข้าวต้มแห้ง), Dried Boiled Rice This restaurant is one of the famous in Phuket city. That has a lot of people waiting in queue.
  •  Yok Sod Super Leng (ยกซด super เล้ง), it is good about the deliciousness of Leng menu. That spilled chili together unceasingly. It is a unique formula that is unparalleled.
  • Khun Yai Chian Sapam Noodle (หมี่สะปำคุณยายเจียร), Phuket people are probably familiar with the name of this great Phuket restaurant. Because it is an old Phuket restaurant has been with Phuket people for over 50 years, with the softness of the Hokkien noodles for cooking and the freshness of shrimp, mussels and squid.
  • Moom Manee Seafood (มุขมณี ซีฟู้ด), Coming to Phuket How to miss fresh seafood? This restaurant is a famous Phuket restaurant that has been open for a long time near Rawai Beach. This restaurant has a variety of fresh seafood to order. 

Patong Beach (หาดป่าตอง)

      15 kilometers from town, Patong is Phuket’s most popular and developed beach which serve a variety of entertainment such as excellent nightclubs, bars, high-quality restaurants providing fresh seafood. Also, it offers shopping centers, white sand beach with crystal clear water and water sports. Definitely, it is a paradise of snorkelers and divers. It is regarded as one of the world’s Top 10 diving sites.

Laem Phromthep (แหลมพรหมเทพ)

Phromthep Cape is located between Kata and Rawaii and it is a headland forming the extreme south end of Phuket. “Phrom” is Thai for the Hindu term, “Brahma,” signifying purity, and “Thep” means ‘God.’ Local villagers used to refer to the cape as “Laem Chao”, or the God’s Cape. Indeed, it is so romantic to see the sunset there.

View Point (จุดชมวิว)

This is located midpoint between Nai Han and Kata beaches. The scenic Kata Noi, Kata and Karon beaches, and Ko Pu Island can be viewed from this point. Do not miss sunrise and sunset!

Every beach in Phuket is unique in their ways. If you’re someone who likes to surf “Kalim beach” is a must for you cause this is one of the best surfing spot in Phuket located just north of Patong beach.

Oh wait, don’t want to do any activity just wanna chill? No problems we have a place for you. “Tri Tra Beach” also known as “Emerald Beach” It is about 2km south of Patong. This is an open beautiful and sunny beach perfect for sunbathing plus, it’s not as crowded as Karon or Patong.

By the way, did you know that Phuket is a world class diving destination? The Andaman Sea offers the ideal diving destination. If you have never done any diving before then this is the best time to get your PADI certificate during your vacation in Phuket, recommend dive sites are Patong Bay, Freedom Beach and Paradise Beach. These sites offer easy and pleasant diving in shallow water (mostly 5 to 6 meters) and easily reached from shore making them popular.

After having relaxing day at the beach are you ready for a wild nightlife in Patong? This place is full of nightlife entertainment such as Bars and restaurants, Cabaret shows, Gay clubs and other bizarre things that are waiting for you to come and experience.

Wat Chalong (วัดฉลองหรือวัดไชยธาราราม)

This is located in the Southern section of the island. It is the temple where the monk statue of Luang Pho Cham houses. He helped the people of Phuket put down the Angyee, or Chinese Coolie Rebellion, in 1876 during the reign of Rama V. There are also statues of Luang Pho Chuang, and Luang Pho Cham, abbots of the temple during later times.

Big Buddha Statue (พระใหญ่)

One of the newest Phuket attractions is the Big Buddha Statue which is located on the top of a large hill overlooking the island and the Andaman Sea. The Big Buddha statue in Phuket is over 45 meters in height and cost nearly 1 million dollars to build.

Old Phuket Town (ย่านเมืองเก่าภูเก็ต)

It is not like the other places in town. The building and shop are in Sino-Portuguese style. There are various kinds of authentic food serve in excellent restaurants. The mix of colonial and Chinese architectures is amazing and it’s interesting to see those buildings in Phuket.

Jungceylon (ศูนย์การค้าจังซีลอน)

The international shopping and leisure destination in Patong, Phuket claimed to be the largest and the most modern shopping center in the southern part of Thailand. It has 4 zones, including;

  • Silang Boulevard, which decorated in Tropical resort style it has International fast food, Sports World, Fashion, That’s Siam and Food haven.
  • The Port is an outdoor area with a huge pond and plenty of shaded trees. The main focal point is a 20 meter life-sized reproduction of a Chinese Junk Boat. From 7:00pm – 9:00pm there’s a musical fountain that is synchronized with lights, sounds and the special multimedia movies which projected on water screen.
  • Sino Phuket in this area, shop and buildings are decorated in Sino-Portuguese style. It has many international cuisines with excellent food and a bustling nightlife including bars, restaurants, lounges, wine bars, pool and more.
  • Phuket Square this is a heaven for Shopaholic, it has all kinds of leading shops like Robinson, Big C extra, SF cinema city, SF strike bowl and IT Island for electronic lovers.

Phuket Fantasea (ภูเก็ตแฟนตาซี)

Travelling to Phuket is not only to swim or relax on the beaches, but seeing Phuket Fantasea Cultural show is something you cannot miss! With this show, you will understand Thai culture and tradition more. There are pyro effects in some scene and animals play a part in the show.

Simon Cabaret Show (ไซม่อน คาบาเร็ต โชว์)

No one does not know Simon Cabaret show, cause this is one of the wonderful attractions in Phuket. This wonderful cabaret show performed by gracious Thai lady boys whom you cannot realize that those are men!

Siam Niramit Phuket (สยามนิรมิต ภูเก็ต)

Siam Niramit is a large entertainment complex located on the Bypass Road in the northwestern area of Phuket Town. It has a large theatre with 100 performers play a three acts, cultural show every night. The show includes Thai History, Thai mythology, and Thai traditions. They presented in a colorful and lively show using some of the latest effects and on the outside, they allowed visitors to look around the typical villages of the four main regions of Thailand as well as a floating market and some outdoor performances.

Bangla Road (ถนนบางลา)

The nightlife of Phuket is famous around the world and is one of the main attractions for many travelers visiting Phuket. If you want to experience the Phuket nightlife at its best, then be sure to plan an evening visit to Bangla road in Patong. There are excellent nightclubs, bars and restaurants along the road.

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Phuket Thailand; Pearl of the South

Phuket is Thailand’s largest, most popular visited island. A whirl of color and cosmopolitanism, Thailand’s only island province revolves around and thrives on tourism, but still retains a spark of the real Thailand.

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Location

Located on the west side of Thailand southern peninsular, on India Ocean or Andaman sea. There are hundreds of ways to pass the day in Phuket. Most tourists come to Phuket Thailandthan on any other Thai island, it certainly knows how to cater to tourists’ every whim. Most flock to the beaches on the southwestern side, which are loaded with amenities and entertainment options. This is the best island because of its geography it is surrounded by mountains and immaculately landscaped cliffs. It is renowned for its white sand beaches and crystal blue water.

Activities & where to go

There are many nice beaches where you can enjoy the ocean, relaxing on the beach and soaking up the sun. Phuket is very well known for its diving excursions, there are an abundance of corals that reach right up to the surface, if scuba diving is your thing after seeing the corals and ship wrecks of the coast you are with in arms reach of Similan and Surin national parks. The nightlife in Phuket is not as abundant as Bangkok but the raw beauty more than makes up for a tamer night life; this Exotic Island is a lovely escape from the busy city life of Bangkok. On your tour, you must take a Ride on a speed boat to visit James bond and Phi Phi Island to complete your holiday dreams.

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