Chiang Mai

3 Ways To Go To Chiang Mai From Bangkok

There are multiple ways to get around when traveling in Thailand. Flight is certainly the most common one. However, there are a couple of other alternatives available which can increase your travel flexibility. In this post, we are going to talk about 3 ways to go to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. #1 By Airplane The quickest way to go from Bangkok to Chiang Mai or the other way around is definitely by airplane. The one-way flight only takes a little over an hour. Other than Thailand domestic airlines such as Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways etc, AirAsia usually offers pretty good deal...

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Chiang Mai Recommendations – Places To Check Out In The City

We have been to Chiang Mai twice and this time, we got my mom fall in love with this place! She did her math and started thinking to take her best friend and stay in Chiang Mai for 2 months each year in order to escape from Shanghai's freezing cold and wet winter, especially because one-time Thailand visa for Chinese is valid for 60 days. This seems to be a pretty good idea! There are some certain places we went to for the second time or even multiple times but still would definitely go back if we are in Chiang Mai again in the future. (I am sure we will be!) Let me just wrap up these places...

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The Chiang Mai Thai Farm Cooking School

The 3 days in Chiang Mai with my mom were pretty flexible. However, attending a one-day course in a Thai cooking school was something set ahead of schedule, not only because we have had tremendous experience of eating Thai food and now would like to continue having the option of eating authentic Thai food no matter where we are, but also because my mom avidly loves cooking. As a matter of fact, her own cooking is insane! (We created a website for her catering business in Shanghai. It's in Chinese but you can see the food pictures here.) Her eyes were shining when she's told about the idea! Influenced...

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Travel Tips – 5 Days In Chiang Mai

Based on our own experience from the 5-day trip in Chiang Mai, Thailand during October (which happens to be National Holiday in China), there are a few travel tips we would like to share with you. Hope it will help to make your journey easier and more joyful! Let me show you the itinerary first - September 30, 2012: Arrived in Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) at night October 1, 2012: Elephant Tour October 2, 2012: Chiang Mai City Discovery Ocober 3 - 4, 2012: Gibbon on Wheels (Mountain Biking) & Flight of the Gibbon (Ziplining) October 5, 2012: More city exploration and departure...

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Chiang Mai City Discovery

Seeing the city randomly was definitely a great way to relax and of course to discover the culture connotation of this historical city. Surrounded by green mountains, located in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai city is a real charm! Plus one chill day between the Elephant tour and Gibbon on Wheels was totally necessary. :-P Let us show you around! Biking is probably the best way to get around if you don't want to miss the little small things in the city. It's nice to have the flexibility to stop by any places without worrying about transportation, isn't it? We didn't really have any specific...

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Flight of the Gibbon – Lunch & The Waterfall

For some reason, we felt that time in Thailand goes really slowly, a lot slower than anywhere else we have been to. It felt like that it's already evening when we arrived at the restaurant across the office for lunch after flying around in the rainforest for 3 hours. Couldn't believe that it's only lunch time! They Asked Us To Complain Music was on, tables were all set, waiters and waitresses were expecting us friendly when we entered into the restaurant with two lunch tickets given by Donatello. The people from the same group were arranged to sit together. By the way, they have special arrangements...

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Flight Of The Gibbon – Ziplining In The Rainforest

Are you a thrill seeker and nature lover too? If you are (I assume you are since you are reading this blog right now), this zip line tour I am about to tell you absolutely HIT THE SPOT for our entire Chiang Mai trip! Before I take you into the tropical rainforest, imagine yourself as a gibbon jumping and swinging between the treetops, overseeing the rainforest from a very high altitude. What do you see through a gibbon's eyes?! Got what the name implies now? :-) That's my understanding though. You might have a different insight after learning more about the background story of The Flight of the Gibbon! OK!...

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Flight Of The Gibbon – The Homestay

When we biked to the lake just as what Master explained about the itinerary back in the office in the morning, our mission had been successfully accomplished! Bravo! Exhausted but more importantly, it became one of these unforgettable days in our life! It's time to get some quality rest at the homestay! What does a cultural homestay look like in Thailand? With our curiosity, Tata brought us into it. It's about 2 minutes walk from the drop-off place where we met up for zip line on the next day. An amiable old lady was expecting us in front of a two-story local house. Tata introduced her to us as the host...

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Mountain Biking IV – Lunch At The Lake

It's such an ease feeling to bike on the concrete again. Compared to what we just went through in the mountain with the intense, nervousness, difficulties and most importantly the hardcore FUN, being able to bike while enjoying the scene at the lake without thinking about falling was like the best reward to me! Such a great feeling!!!! Would be nice to swim in the lake but we were pretty worn out.  Everyone we met in the office early this morning were gathered at the lake. We returned our bikes, helmets,  pads, gloves including my T-shirt that Master lent to me (didn't smell good anymore)...

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Mountain Biking III – Rock and Roll

The training and practicing were officially over. Time to get rolling! The Coffee Shop Where We Started Rolling Daniel took the lead to the coffee shop where the real route of the day started. Sam was riding at the end of the team not only to protect the little girl but to warn us with cars and motobikes by shouting out loud. We were told to slow down and go left every time we heard him calling 'cars' or 'motobikes'. It took us quite a while to get used to the different traffic rules in Thailand since we were used to stay on the right side of the road in our own countries. That's something really...

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