Apr 29, 2014

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ:
A holy Place choosen by a White Elephant

See the location on Chiang Mai Temples Google Map


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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, about 15 kilometers from Chiang Mai, is an important pilgrimage destination among Thais. And according to their legend a sacred white elephant has choosen the place for this temple: A part of a Buddha relic was placed on his back. The elephant climbed up the Suthep Mountain, trumpeted three times, knelt down and died. This was taken as a sign by King Ku Naone: He built the chedi on Doi Suthep from 1386 onward. The temple on 1053 meters above sea level is also a great lookout, from where you see Chiang Mai and its surroundings. A naga staircase of 309 steps is leading up to the temple. And if you don't feel fit enough, there is a funicular.

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More temples in Chiang Mai:
Temples in Chiang Mai Old Town
Temples outside the Old Town

Where to eat:
Chiang Mai's Restaurants and Food Stalls: Food prepared with love

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Your Guide to Chiang Mai



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Apr 26, 2014

Chiang Mai Hotels and Reviews
by Guests who have been there

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Amari Rincome: From 1851 to 8195 Baht. 1 Nimmanhaemin Road. Two pools. Free shuttle service to the city centre every 30 minutes. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com, read also the review of professionaltravelguide.com

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Amora Tapae Hotel: From 1550 to 12250 Baht. 22 Chayapoom Road. See view from 10th floor by rokapi. "A little worn down, but okay", say some comments on tripadvisor.com.

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Ayatana Resort อายตนะ: From 3300 to 16000 Baht. 99/9 Moo 14, Suthep Road. A little out of the city. There is a shuttle bus to Night Bazaar. Quiet, guests love it according to tripadvisor.com. See pictures by Anne & Lane.

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Baantai Hotel: From 900 to 1600 Baht. 41/9 Wiang-ping Tud-mai Road. An old hotel with dark rooms, mixed reviews on tripadvisor.com

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BP Chiang Mai Hotel บีพี เชียงใหม่: From 725 to 2825 Baht. 154 Rachamanka Road. The hotel is dated, as comments on tripadvisor.com say.


D2 Hotel ดี ทู: From 3900 to 22000 Baht. 100 chang klan road. In contemporary Thai design, that is shown on Flickr.com. Fresh funky look. Devarana Spa ("Garden in Heaven") with professional staff, according to very excellent reviews on tripadvisor.com. Read also the review of professionaltravelguide.com
Chiang Mai Gate Hotel เชียงใหม่เกตุ: From 1000 to 3500 Baht. 11/10 Suriyawong Road. Small pool. Good value, according to reviews on tripadvisor.com

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De Naga เดอ นากา โฮเทล: From 2300 to 5700 Baht. 21 Soi 2 Ratchamanka, Moon Muang Road. Nice inside, but views from the rooms show ugly buildings around the hotel. Mostly good reviews on tripadvisor.com.

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Kod Chasri Thani Hotel: From 2421 Bath. Quiet pool area. 54/3 Rajaphakinai Road. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com. See video on youtube.com.

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Manathai Village มานาไทยFrom 3100 to 9000 Baht. 39/9 soi 3 tapae road. Reviews on tripadvisor.com. But if your room is on the side of the small street, you may be disturbed by scooters early in the morning.



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Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi แมนดาริน โอเรียนเต็ล ดาราเทวีเชียงใหม่: From 12699 to 280000 Baht. 51/4 Sankampaeng Road Moo 1. "An astounding place", according to reviews on tripadvisor.com. Two pools. Be aware, that it is outside of the town. "A teakwood fantasia modeled on a northern Thai village, with vegetable gardens, lotus ponds, moats and fortified walls, towering palaces, a marketplace, a town green, even a temple, all of it occupied by a veritable army of merchants, servants, farmers, weavers, cooks, woodcarvers, and massage therapists", writes Travel+Leisure.

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Ping Buri Hotel พิงค์ บุรี From 650 to 2950 Baht. 49/1-8 Arrak Road (Suandok Gate).

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Rachamankha ราชมรรคา: 5500 to 18000 Baht. 6 Rachamankha 9,T.Phra Singh. A combination of Lanna art and design and temple style architecture create a heaven of peace. The design is taken from the viharn (chapel) of Wat Phra That Lampang Luang in Lampang province. The hotel is planned according to ancient principles of Chinese architecture because the architecture and interior designer want the hotel to reflect the Chinese roots of Thai architecture. The hotel is full of Chinese antiques. There is a wood-panelled library full of architecture books. "What a gem", is the tenor of the reviews on tripadvisor.com. "You can hear birds in the morning, crickets in the evening, and not one throb of the motorcycles that pulse through the city", writes the New York Times. Read also the review of The Independent.

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RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort: From 13600 to 100000 Baht. A luxury boutique resort nestled along the bank of the Mae Ping River, it belonged to the Sofitel Group, now it's part of the Preferred Hotel Group. With "Aspara Spa". Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com. Read also professionaltravelguide.com

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Tamarind Village แทมมาริน วิลเลจ: From 4200 to 12600 Baht. 50/1 Ratchadamnoen Road. You enter by a long shaded lane lined with bamboo. In a lush garden, very quiet, "pure paradise", says one guest on tripadvisor.com. The rooms at the Tamarind are "marvels of concrete flatwork burnished to an almost shining glow and, complimented by straw mats and chic contemporary Thai furnishings, make for a pleasing minimalist feel (if you're a minimalist, that is)", writes frommers.com. It has been built by Rooj Changtrakul and Ongard Satrabhandhu, who later created The Rachamankha. It took its name "from the tamarind orchard that occupied the land on which the hotel was built - one large and venerable tree thought to be over 200 years old has been left intact in a courtyard", you can read in Lonely Planet. Consult also professionaltravelguide.com. See the video of Open Chiang Mai

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The Chedi เดอะ เชดี เชียงใหม่: From 11440 to 17200 Baht. 123 Charoen Prathet Road. It has a swimming pool with water lillies and small fish. The old British Consulate building houses the restaurant. The guests love it ("Excellent is an understatement"), one points to the fact, that you hear some traffic noise from the street, read the comments on tripadvisor.com. Good review on professionaltravelguide.com

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U Chiang Mai Hotel: From 3400 to 4400 Baht. 70 Rachadamnoen Road0. Opened in june 2008. Guests are welcomed in the Resident’s Lounge located in the restored former residence of Chiang Mai’s governor. Read a comment on tripadvisor.com





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Read an article by Bangkok Post on packages from 14.8.2008


More places to stay in Chiang Mai:
Chiang Mai Guesthouses
Chiang Mai Boutique Hotels

Resorts outside of Chiang Mai:
Hotels and Resorts in Mae Rim แม่ริม: Holidays next to the ricefields and in the hills

Discover more:
Your Guide to Chiang Mai



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Apr 17, 2014

Are people in Chiang Mai really annoyed by Chinese Tourists?

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A reason to be annoyed? Chinese tourist posing in Chiang Mai

"Anti-Chinese feelings in Thailand high as influx of tourists angers locals", writes Hongkongs South China Morning Post. Chinese tourists are said to have "clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias and sneaked into classes to attend lectures". They are said to be "loud, uncouth, culturally unaware".

Do people in Chiang Mai really have a problem with Chinese tourists? "The number of Chinese tourists visiting Chiang Mai is huge — last year it was over 200 000, and the percentage of troublemakers among this is tiny", writes Peerawat in Bangkok Post. And remembers: "Three or four years ago, Chiang Mai’s tourism industry was facing a big problem. Oversupply of hotel rooms put operators in the red. Hotels were mostly empty, and the room rates were pretty low." Restaurants, souvenir shops, and other businesses now enjoy the Chinese boom.

And Chiang Mai traffic police is now learning Chinese. A photo showed on their Facebook Page shows, that the police members not only learn words as "red light" and left turn", but as well phrases like "you’re cute" and "I love you". Therefore Chiang Mai City News asked: "Chiang Mai Traffic Police Learn Chinese to Reduce Accidents... and Date Chinese Girls?".

There is another point: Chiang Mai has its own Chinatown near Warorot market and its own Chinese temples. "The old, local Chinese have established here for a long time and have lost a lot of their original culture and (...) mixed very well with the Thai locals. Many Thai have some Chinese blood in their veins and those who claim to be fully Chinese are in fact not really Chinese anymore in their behaviour, but more Thai", writes Chiang Mai Locator. For example: Yingluck and Thaksin Shinawatra, the present and former Prime Ministers of Thailand, are the children of a Chiang Mai family of Chinese descent. And Thai-Chinese people control a big part of Thailands economy, as Paul Richard Kuehn notes.

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Pung Tao Gong temple in Chiang Mai

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So, may be, the anger of Chiang Mai people about Chinese tourists, is reported by newspapers, who don't exaclty know the influence of people of Chinse origin in Thailands society. And some readers remember, that American und European tourists can be loud, uncouth and culturally unaware as well. And may be many people in Chiang Mai are just happy, that the Chinese comedy film "Lost in Thailand" (see on Youtube) has been turned here and became a blockbuster in China (read more). And this is the reason, why tens of thousands of Chinese people now flock into Chiang Mai.


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Apr 16, 2014

Kuan Yin Palace: A Chinese Temple in Chiang Mai
undiscovered by most of the Tourists

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Kuan Yin Palace, also called Kuan Yin Bodhisattava's Hall ตำหนักพระแม่กวนอิมโชคชัย (Chok Chai 4), is a Chinese dragon temple, which impresses with its decorations and Buddha statues. A huge dragon stands at the entrance to the shrine. When you enter the mouth of the dragon you proceed through a tunnel to a platform. Then through another tunnel you exit out a tigers mouth. Both tunnels are decorated with colorful murals. The temple was established by the female abbess Bhiksuni Shi Kuang Seng (Thai-born as Varaporn Lertrangsi), who got her Bhiksuni ordination at Puji Monastery, Mount Pu Tuo, in China in 1991. The hall features many of the gods worshipped according to Chinese beliefs.

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