You can start your day by checking in Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai, in the heart of city, says Maida Pineda in CEI.
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The 281 – room hotel hosts events for 10-1500 people at its indoor and outdoor venues. Corporate guests can enjoy themed coffee – breaks celebrating Northern Thailand’s unique traditions like puppetry, fruit carving, culture from nearby hill tribes and SA paper umbrella paintings.
On a trip to Chiang Mai in 2006, Dutch Father and Son, Mark and Mike spits saw a young elephant injured after it stepped on landmines. They have since mounted an open-air exhibit of life-sized baby elephant statues painted by top artists from more than ten cities at the Elephant Parade House. You can channel your inner Picasso by painting your miniature souvenir.
You can also learn how to cook authentic Northern Thai dishes like lab kai (Spicy chicken salad) and nam prik at Pantawan Cooking School. Set in traditional teak house with 12 cooking stations, an herb garden and an organic farm, the school provides a memorable cooking class and dinner.
After dinner you can take a 10 minute walk to the Night bazaar for some serious shopping. Check out the market on Wui Lai Road on Saturdays and Sunday Market from Tha Phae Gate down to Ratchadamneon road.
Hike among basket ferns, evergreens and fig trees just outside the city in Doi Suthep – Pui national park. You can be part of travel package for morning exploration of the park with visits to the Doi Suthep temple, Forest restoration Nursery and Hmong village. After trek to Montatharn Falls, you can enjoy hearty breakfast.
Now you can proceed to Chiang Mai’s tradition of making paper from elephant droppings at the city’s latest attraction, the Elephant PooPooPaper Park.
Have lunch stop over at Rak Thanam Restaurant and enjoy authentic Thai dishes in a 60-year – old Lanna house and river side garden.
You can look for ample photo opportunities at Art in Paradise, an illusion museum featuring works by 3-D artists from Korea. Strike a pose with larger than life animals, iconic scenery and more.
For dinner head to The Chedi Hotel which is former British Consulate building now houses a restaurant that serves northern Thai and Pacific Rim cuisine for upto 120 people. Sip a cock tail on bar’s relaxing day beds.
Before hitting the bed, experience the Lanna Tok Sen Massage at the Shangri-La Hotel’s Chi Spa. A local healing practise, Tok Sen uses a wooden instrument to tap away negative energy and muscle tension.
I have planned my next trip to Chiang Mai, have you?