Simply magnificent. You'll need about two weeks to explore them all properly I think.
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Two final attraction that we visited in Chiang Mai;
Mae Taeng Elephant Park & Clinic.
If you've always wanted to experience an elephant ride in Chiang Mai, then this is the place to go to. It was my first time ever on an elephant so I was quite nervous about it and getting to be on one of the biggest at that park, doesn't help with my fear of heights. I'm glad I braved myself tho, it was an experience like no other, altho at times I felt like i was slipping through the seats! They are also many other activities such as Bamboo Rafting, Ox Cart rides, an introduction to Rural life in Thailand, and more at the Park. As always we were on a tight schedule, so we didn't get to try it all.
Umbrella Making Centre.
The arts and handicraft centre will amaze you. The umbrella designs are fascinating, from the small decorative ones to those for your garden. And if you don't see any particular design you like, there's a lot of skill full artist who can draw what you want on the spot. They can even draw on your purse, handbag, hat, jacket, t-shirt and even jeans. I had one of them to draw a golden dragon at the back of my phone for only 50 baht. This centre is definitely a good place to buy some souvenirs for everyone back home.
Video shot with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
An excellent and detailed write-up by Kampung Boy City Gal about Pai. If you're planning to go, this is a guide you should read through.
Chiang Mai Weekend Walking Street
This street market is the most popular in Chiang Mai and is especially packed on Sundays. Too packed that it's quite a challenge to see what is on offer. There is just simply too many to see, buy and eat. I suggest you skip dinner before going here because I am sure you will want to try some of the food being sold. Don't forget to bargain here, some items are marked up 100% than their usual price.
The Karen Long Neck Hilltribe Settlement
A very intriguing village with lots of handmade souvenirs. You can take photos with them but don't forget to donate to them a few baht as a courtesy. According to lingneckkaren.com, legend claims that the brass rings protect the women from tiger bites. But actually the practice of waring them helps maintain individual and tribal indentity.
There's over 300+ shops here with the likes of Zara, Uniqlo, Adidas amongst others ready to take your money away! Unfortunately we only had less than an hour to have lunch and shop. Sad sad sad. I was looking forward to ass a new color to my Adidas Supercolor collection, but sadly their colors were limited and in all bigger sizes. You definitely can spend a whole day in here, shop, eat and then maybe an IMAX movie.
A much needed break after the previous day of hardcore Songkran festival. Oasis Spas offer the unique "Lanna-style" spa experience where they blend the most effective ancient Thai herbs with cutting-edge massage expertise and added the professional pampering of highly trained therapists. You can never go wrong with Oasis Spa, they've been winning the "Award of Excellence Day Spa" from the Tourism Authority of Thailand multiple times "Day Spa of the Year" award from AsiaSpa Magazine amongst other prestigious awards.
Despite the European setting, their main specialty is Thai food, sushi and some western dishes too. The live band will keep you entertained as you enjoy your food. It's advisable to book as it is a popular stop for tourist groups who usually comes in a couple of coaches.
Check out http://www.geekinwhite.com/travels for more photos of my Chiang Mai trip. Video shot with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
My first visit to Chiang Mai courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand. From Brunei we took a flight to Bangkok at about 10:55am and arrived at 12:30pm (BKK time). We had to be in transit until the flight to Chiang Mai which is about 5:30pm. There was 3 of us from Brunei, myself, Azlan from Borneo Bulletin and Jenson from United Daily. In transit, we met the Malaysian representatives which comprises of bloggers, journalist and photographers.
The flight to Chiang Mai took anout an hour via Thai Airways. Before checking in to our hotel, we had dinner at Khaomao Khaofang Restaurant. After dinner we checked-in to Eastin Tan Hotel and then explored MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Mall and Nimman Hill which is just across the road.
The next we actually left for Pai so the visit to What Pra That Doi Suthep is actually two days after. We visited the temple straight after we got back from Pai. It is located on Doi Suthep a mountain 1,676 metres (5,499 ft) tall and is one of the twin peaks of a granite mountain located west of Chiang Mai. The temperature was nice and cool and in the winter it goes down to 20 degrees and more.
Video shot with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
I so wanna do this again!
I've never been to any of them except Santorini but I only explored the amusement park and shopping area of it. I think next time in Bangkok, I'm gonna give the Siam Park City a try.
Part of the Geneva trip was a stopover for a few nights in Zurich. It is such a beautiful place albeit a bit expensive.
This was quite an unexpected and definitely not one that planned. But I'm so glad I got to go and for the first time as a blogger, attended the world-famous Geneva Motor Show.
To see more of my photos in Geneva, simply click here.
This is a really good guide. The one above comes highly recommended.
This was quite an unexpected trip. I was asked if I could go just about 3 days before the trip. Luckily, I managed to sort out my leave.
There was about 18 of us in the group, comprising of Brunei travel agents, journalist from the local newspaper, Ranoadidas and an RB representative.