From Travel Channel:
- Chiang Mai Country: Thailand
- Chiang Mai by the Numbers:
Elevation: 314 m / 1030 ft
Average Annual Rainfall: 120.6 cm / 47.5 in
Average January Temperature: 21.6°C / 71°F
Average July Temperature: 28°C / 82°F
- Quick Facts:
Major Industries: Tourism, the teak industry, silver and wood articles, pottery, silk and cotton goods
Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz; standard two-pin plug
Time Zone: GMT+ 7
Country Dialing Code: +66
Area Code: 53
Number of Buddhist temples: over 300
Estimated number of tourists/year: 24,000
- Did You Know?
Chiang Mai means “new city” and was founded by King Mengrai in 1296. It became the capital of the Lannathai kingdom, following Chiang Rai.
You can find out much more by checking out Wikipedia‘s entry for Chiang Mai.
“Elephants, Temples and Shopping…oh my” Gr8fyl1973’s photos around Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Entry from: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Entry Title: “Elephants, Temples and Shopping…oh my.”
“I haven’t seen Allison Fish since Memorial Day, 1998. A friend from college, she and I travelled up to Madison, to visit my previous travelling companion, Scott, while he was in law school at the University of Wisconsin. Over the course of the weekend, while driving to the Dells, I hit a deer. The incident caused 5000 dollars worth of damage to my truck, and left me stuck in Wisconsin for a full week. I then had to drive back up another week later to retreive my truck once the repairs were complete.
With this history in mind, I dubiously met her at the airport. To stay on the safe side, I am not renting any cars or motorbikes for us to ride around on. For all I know, an elephant may jump in front of us.
Allison wanted to see elephants. My role in our relationship is to play tour guide for the brief 6 days she is in Thailand, a duty I accepted with glee. As such, I arranged for us to visit the Maesa Elephant Camp.
I’ll side step the topic of humane treatment of animals and stick to the facts, and the fact is that we had fun. We fed the baby elephants bananas and sugar cane, then went to the show, and i’ll tell you, these were some pretty well trained elephants.
They played soccer.
They played harmonicas.
They had epileptic seizures on command.
I saw just about everything, but i didn’t see an elephant fly…
Our 3 days in Chiang Mai were pretty relaxed. Allison had never had a Thai Massage so we quickly rectified that situation. We roamed around town and went to some temples. got some blessings and bracelets. Met many other tourists, ate noodles, bummed around.
There is something about Chiang Mai that encourages one to slooooooooow down. We had initially planned to hit Sukkothai on the way back to Bangkok but as our mental metabolism decreased, we just hung around in town…
…because we needed to shop.
You can spend some money in Chiang Mai. There is a huge night bazaar that sells lots of the same **** as everywhere else. The same t-shirts, wood crafts, knick-knacks and baubles, but Chiangmai does have a much wider variety of antiquey things and textile products.
Silks, scarves, shirts, bags, fisherman pants…it was great.
When i left the states, i told my self i wouldn’t go overboard buying things for other people…I failed and now have a big duffel bag full of **** for everybody.
I am a sucker for bargaining and you can get a much better deal when you buy in bulk… so why buy one stuffed elephant when you can buy 8 for 1/3rd the price?
So now my shopping for presents and new housewares is pretty much complete….until the bug bites again when we go to another market in Bangkok…I am glad its a BIG duffel bag.”
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Photos from this trip:
1. “Chiang Mai 5”
2. “Doi Suthep 1”
3. “Doi Suthep 2”
4. “Doi Suthep 3”
5. “Doi Suthep 4”
6. “Doi Suthep 5”
7. “Doi Suthep 7”
8. “Doi Suthep 9”
9. “Elephant Camp on the river”
10. “Elephant Massage”
11. “Elephant Painting”
12. “Elephant Roster”
13. “Elephant Soccer”
15. “Laotian Wat 1”
16. “Laotian Wat 2”
17. “Oldest Wat in Chiang Mai 1”
18. “Oldest Wat in Chiang Mai 2”
19. “Oldest Wat in Chiang Mai 3”
21. “Whiskey Ad on a Bus Stop”
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