Northern Route Experiences (Road No.1096 off Highway No.107)
Orchid & Butterfly Farms
Major nurseries are located along Mae Rim - Samoeng route (Road No. 1096). These farms include Sai Nam Phung, Mountain Orchid, and Mae Ram Orchid. Each provides exotic year–round blooms. Certain orchid farms also have special butterfly enclosures where exotic species can be seen in their natural environment.
Elephant Training Centres
Each morning, at KM 10 on Mae Rim-Samoeng route, thirty kilometres from town, trained elephants demonstrate their formidable and highly-valued forestry skills from 6.30 until 11.00 am, at the Mae Sa Elephant Training Center. A jungle tour on elephant back, lasting more than two hours through adjacent forests, is offered after the show. Elephants at work can also be seen at the Pong Yaeng Elephant Center at Km. 19 on the same route and the Elephant Nature Park Mae Taman on the Chiang Mai-Fang Road, fifty-seven kilometres from Chiang Mai.
Mae Sa Waterfall
This 8-tiered waterfall is twenty-six kilometres from town and occupies a natural setting among gigantic towering trees.
Several picturesque resorts, with accommodation and dining facilities, offer bucolic rural living on the Mae Rim-Samoeng route and include Mae Sa Valley Resort and Erawan Resort, and the Samoeng-Hang Dong Route which includes Lanna Resort, Krisadadoi Resort and Suan Bua Resort. Some occupy hillsides, others secluded valleys.
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
The national botanic garden is located at Km 12 of Mae Rim-Samoeng routed route and covers an area of 560 acres. It was established in April 1992 in order to gather, to conserve, as well as to strengthen studies and research on Thai plants. More than 700 species of plants with the emphasis on Thai Flora have been collected.
Taeng Dao Elephant Camp
This riverside enclave, is located at Km 56 on Highway 107 features daily shows of elephants at work, from 9.00 a.m. and offers elephant rides, and opportunities for river-rafting through largely pristine and tranquil forests, or jungle treks to neighbouring hill tribe settlements.
Chiang Dao Caves
Sacred Buddha images occupy the caves of Wat Tham Chiang Dao at Km 72 on Highway 107. Caves are illuminated by electric lights. Deepest recesses can be explored with local guides.
Doi Ang Khang
This royal agricultural station found among beautiful mountainous scenery, provincial capital, 163 kilometres north of Chiang Mai, is a demonstration fruit trees, vegetables and other crops under the patronage of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Fang Hot Springs
Located at Ban Pin, also 163 kilometres north of Chiang Mai. Provincial capital, fifty hot springs occupy a ten-acre forest setting. Three boil continuously with a strong smell of sulphur. Water temperatures at the springs range from 90 to 100 degrees Celsius.
Eastern Route (Road No.101)
Bo Sang Umbrella/Parasol Village
The world-famous village is nine kilometres from town, along a road lined with handicraft-producing factories. In genuine cottage industries, young women manufacture silk and cotton umbrellas and paper parasols which are subsequently hand painted in various animal and floral designs. Generations of Bo Sang families have been engaged in umbrella and parasol making for than 200 years.
San Kamphaeng Cotton & Silk Weaving Village
This equally famous village is located thirteen kilometres from town. The village is the major source of all Thai silk and cotton produced in Chiang Mai. The fabrics are woven by local folk on traditional wooden looms, and are sold in a wide variety of plain lengths, plaids, brocades, stripes, prints and checks.
San Kamphaeng Hot springs
This is located thirty-six kilometres from town amid natural surroundings of trees and verdant hills. The water has a high sulphur content and possesses curative and restorative properties. Accommodation, a swimming pool, dining facilities and segregated mineral water bathing rooms are available. Nearby is Roong Arun Hot Spring Resort which offers bungalows, mineral baths and a sumptuous park setting.
Wat Suan Dok
Located on Suthep Road, this temple was built in a 14th century Lanna Thai monarch’s pleasure gardens and is a favourite spot for photographers, particularly of striking sunsets. The 500-year-old bronze Buddha image in a secondary chapel is one of Thailand’s largest metal images.
Wat Chiang Man
Located on Ratchapakkinai Road, this is Chiang Mai’s oldest temple and probably dates from 1296. The temple was the residence of King Mengrai, who founded Chiang Mai, and is noteworthy for a chedi supported by rows of elephantine buttresses, and a small ancient Buddha image, Phra Kaeo Khao.
Wat Chedi Luang
Located on Phraokklao Road, this temple is the site of an enormous pagoda, originally 280 feet high, and which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. At one time, Wat Chedi Luang housed the revered Emerald Buddha image which is now enshrined in Bangkok’s Wht Phra Kaeo. One of Wat Chedi Luang’s most striking architectural features is magnificent Naga staircase adorns the chapel’s front porch.
Wat Chet Yot
Located on the super highway, north of the Huai Kaeo / Nimmanheimin Roads intersection, this temple dates from 1458. North India inspired the seven-spired square chedi over 2,500 years ago.
Located on Suthep Road in a bucolic forest setting, this delightful meditation temple is completely different from Chiang Mai’s other major temples. It was built in 1296. The ancient chedi is of particular interest.
Wat Ku Tao
This temple is near the Chiang Mai Stadium. It is noteworthy for an unusual bulbous pagoda. The structure is decorated with colourful porcelain chips and is believed to represent five Buddhist monks' alms bowls which symbolize five Lord Buddhas.
Chiang Mai National Museum
This is located beside Wat Chet Yot. The museum houses a collection of Lanna Thai works of art, ancient Buddha images, and war weapons. It is open daily, except Mondays, Tuesdays and official holidays, from 9.00 am until noon, and 1.00 until 4.00 pm.
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