Referred to as ‘the rose of the north’ of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a destination for tourists of all kinds. Especially for families that enjoy great outdoors, natural beauty and cultural values. If you are considering about a right place to have a dream holiday with your kids, Chiang Mai must be on the top of your list with lots of fantastic things to do. Your kids will definitely love these Chiang Mai’s highlights. Keep reading to learn more.
DoiInthanon National Park
Containingthe highest peak in Thailand and coveringan area of 482 square kilometers, DoiInthanon National Park is a true jewel of natural beauty.
The park consists of rugged mountainous terrain covered by lush tropical forests and peppered with mighty rivers and glorious waterfalls. This great open space offers DoiInthanon a wide range of animal species including 362 different kinds of bird,which makes it one of the best placesfor bird watching in Thailand.
Photo by Eri Kondoh
Getting close to the summit of DoiInthanon, you’ll find two Chedis located on the facing hills, which is dedicated to Their Royal Majesties, the King and Queen. Each of the Chedis contains exquisitely crafted Buddha pictures together with beautiful tiled murals.
For those interested in trekking, DoiInthanon is an ideal destination, withfourstunningnature trailsrunning through places of magnificent scenery.Try a trip to the beautiful limestone cave – Brichinda, which is open to the sky. Or you can pay a visit to the Hmong Village, KhunYaNoi, toadmire thecolorfully embroidered pieces of clothing here.
Chiang Mai Zoo
Covering 200 acres of land in the foothills of DoiSuthep, Chiang Mai Zoo is home to a wealth of wildlife with nearly 400 different animal species, including elephants, tigers, chimpanzees, rhinoceroses and hippopotami.
Among those, the two young pandasChuang Chuang and Lin Huiarethe zoo’s most famous and photogenic residents, who were sent as goodwill ambassadors from China in 2003.The pandas are at their most active in the morning, romping and wrestling in their spacious home, while in the afternoon, they just sit there and spend as much time watching you as you do.
Visiting the pandas would cost you an extra 100 baht for adults and 50 baht for children, but it’s absolutely worth it!
Photo by Sergey
Another popular feature of the zoo is theNakornping Walk Through Aviary. This massive exhibit of a 2.5 acre enclosed space is home to more than 800 birds. After passing through the gates, you’ll find a huge artificial forest filled with trees, flowers, and a lot of birds such as peacocks, emus and flamingos.
Mae Sa Elephant Camp
After paying a visit to the Mae SaCamp in Chiang Mai, you’ll be completely astonished by the elephants here.
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Apart from doing their daily routine of bathing, eating and sleeping like any other ‘peers’, these extremely intelligent ‘animal-beings’have been trained to paint, dance, play football and perform a string of talent shows that will sure to change your thinking about Thai elephants.
Surrounded by lush forest canopies, Mae Sa Elephant Camp is home to over 70 domesticated elephants and their mahouts. Here, visitorscan ride an elephant around the camp’s verdant grounds, learn about their nature or eventakeabasic mahout training course. Can’t wait to try, right?
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Considered as the main venue for shopping in Chiang Mai, the Night Bazaar is one of the city’s major nighttime attractions, especially for families.
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To begin the trip you can start at ThaPhae Road and work your way towards LoiKhro. Once you reach the end of the market, cross the road and work your way back on the other side.
Here you’ll find countless stalls and vendors, packed along the sidewalks,selling almost anything you can think of: CDs, DVDs, clothes, shoes, Thai silk, handicrafts, purses, watches, souvenirs, jewelry, silver, antiques, and a hundred other species. The best things on offer here are usually clothes, from simple sloganT-shirts to hand-tailored Thai silk.
After hours of walking, you might wanna find something to settle the stomach and fortunately, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the vicinity.Right off the main street, you’ll find a great selection of Thai seafood and noodle restaurants while on theLoiKhro Road, a number of international pubs and restaurants.
Even if you do not want to buy, or eat anything (but probably you will ^^),just strolling up and down the Night Bazaar is an amazing experience.
Not bad for a fascinating edutainment trip for your kids, don’t you think?