Amazing Thailand Gardens & Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
(Including Chiang Mai Flower Festival)
January 28th – February 9th, 2011

4 Feb 2011

After breakfast, our guide met us at our hotel and assisted with our transfer to the airport for our flight to Chiang Mai with a plane change in Bangkok.

Arrive in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city often called “Rose of the North” for the abundance of flowers that thrive in its cooler mountain climate. Our guide met us on arrival and escorted us to our hotel. This afternoon is free.

Popularly known as the Rose of the North, Chiang Mai is blessed with stunning natural beauty and unique indigenous cultural identity. You will experience the merging of the past into the present in Chiang Mai where locals are proud of the city’s 700-year history. Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to find in the heart of the city centuries old chedis (pagodas) and temples next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. The original city layout still exists as a neat square surrounded by a moat with vestiges of the fortified wall and its four main gates offering prime access to the old town. Chiang Mai, with an altitude of approximately 310 meters above sea level, is situated approximately 700 kilometers from Bangkok on the Mae Ping River basin. Chiang Mai is also blessed with pristine natural resources of mountains (dois), waterfalls, and other nature-based tourist attractions. Chiang Mai residents are warm, gracious and congenial providing authentic hospitality making visits memorable and meaningful. Make room for handicrafts of silk, silver and wood produced locally as timeless souvenirs and memories. During the fragrant Chiang Mai Flower Festival, sculptures of temples, animals and even scenes from the Ramayana (the Hindu stories of the Gods) are made from flowers and paraded through the streets of the beautiful northern city. It is a sight to behold!

This evening dinner is at Tha Nam Riverside Restaurant. The Tha Nam Restaurant lies at the southern end of Changklan road, where for the past fifteen years it has built up an enviable reputation among Chiang Mai residents, both local and expatriate, for fine northern and central Thai cuisine. The main building is an H-shaped structure of century old teak houses comprising a guest house, gift shop, art gallery and tour counter. Outside, under a canopy of towering ancient trees, tables are placed along the riverside terrace, providing diners with excellent views of the sleepy Mae Ping as it meanders along on its way through the city. Tha Nam has the perfect ambience with its eastward facing garden. Village folk musicians play discreet background music from the second floor terrace as you dine on the delicious fare served up by the restaurant's efficient and pleasant staff.

As you can tell we had so much fun here, especially when they all started lighting their klum loy (fire balloons) have to admit we were a bit scared of fire flying around but it all went off very well with the exception of one of the balloons getting caught in a tree. They watched it to see if anything would happen, so I guess they had seen this happen before.


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  • Kids Garden
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