In March 2005 we decided to tour the Northern region of Thailand and we spent 4 nights
From Bangkok we flew to the city of Chang Mei were we spent the night at the Dusit Island Hotel. The hotel was somewhat expensive but seemed to be the only decent hotel in this small town.
Chang Mei is rather a small town but the exit point of most trips to Northern Thailand We hired a guide with a vehicle and learnt that we could have done this at lower prices.
DAY 1| We started the tour towards the Golden triangle, where one can view the boundary of 3 countries: Thailand, Burma and Laos. Further on the way we stopped at an orchids nursery, from there to a breath taking botanical garden called Ma Fah Yuang Garden via Flower Hill Resort where all along the way there were rice and tea fields.
Just before reaching our destination we visited a the well known, the long necked tribe which was interesting however also very sad.
The first night we spent at a reserve called Chiangdao Hill Resort which the guide found for us, a beautiful and breath taking natural area.
DAY 2| The way back to Chang Mei we continued passing the Cave Pagoda and riding elephants in a private reserve and through another Orchid farm.
DAY 3 & 4| We spend 2 nights in Chang Mai this time at the Royal Princess Hotel, situated in an ideal and a convenient place for easy access to tour the rain forest over the river, and for tours of the city and holy sites in the area.
From There we flew back to Bangkok.
Floating Market in Bangkok| Well on the tourist trail, a trip to the Damnoen Saduak floating market is still worth doing. Totally chaotic, small ‘khlongs’ or canals are filled with flat boats piled high with fresh produce, each jockeying for position and paddled by ladies ready to stop and bargain at a moment’s notice. It’s colorful, noisy, touristy but great fun. During the long-tail boat ride to market, you’ll pass orchards, traditional teak houses and local people going about their lives.