With the world in a state of various degrees of recession, the last thing on most people’s minds currently would be travel!.
However, most airlines, international or local, are offering “to die for” rates at the moment for their flights to various destinations worldwide. Travel is still an option for you, the weary individual, to perk up your ho-hum regular life. A favorite international location to unwind where you can literally and figuratively smell the roses is Chiang Mai in Thailand.
The city is the gateway to Northern Thailand. Its lush greeneries, mountains, hills and waterfalls makes it a “must see and experience” destination.
First things first. Would you need a Thai Visa when traveling to Chiang Mai?, a Thailand visa is not required if you intend to stay for less than thirty days (if you are resident of the countries who most frequently visit Thailand) . There are some exceptions though for citizens of some other countries. It is best to check out if your country is in the list.
Next. Make sure you have the necessary travel documents. You might not need a visa but you still definitely need your passport when traveling abroad.
Try to learn as much as you can about Chiang Mai. What are the people and Culture like? Every country has its own peculiarities. What maybe alright and accepted in your country might be seen as offensive to Thai people. It is also important to pay particular respect to their religion and customs, Thailand is a Buddhist country where strict rules of eticate need to be followed, ensure you are aware of these before you travel.
What is Thailand’s currency? ,the Thai baht is the currency used throughout Thailand. USD $1.00 is roughly equivalent to THB ฿ 34. There are Money Exchanges at both Chiang Mai airport and throughout the city. Make sure you get a fair foreign exchange rate, they do vary slightly from place to place.
What are the more popular tourist places in Chiang Mai? The answer really depends on your preference.
If you are a culture and history buff, you would enjoy the sightseeing tours in places like the Wat Prathat Doi Suthep which is the most revered temple in Chiang Mai & one of the most important in the whole of Thailand. A trip to the temple might take you also to Phu Phing Palace which is the Queen Mothers Winter Palace.
There are many other temples worth the view in Chiang Mai(around 300 in total) some of which are more than 7 centuries old. You would also enjoy a slow boat ride along the Mei Ping River and take in the breathtaking scenery.
The Khan Tok Dinner and Cultural show which also highlights the traditional northern cuisine & Thai dancing.
For the more daring and adventurous ones, Chiang Mai Trekking tours are for you. Immerse yourself in Thai hospitality and culture while you literally “walk” all over the jungles that surround Chiang Mai and while you are at it do some bamboo rafting and elephant riding too!.
Whatever rocks your boat, Chiang Mai has it all!.