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Chiangmai Zoo

Chiangmai Zoo is a nice place to spend the day with family

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Chiangmai Zoo is the first and only one zoo in the North. Located on the foothill of Doi Suthep, near Chiang Mai University. With the beautiful landscape, coveredc the hillside and mountainous tropical rainforest, you will touch the clean, fresh air in the Zoo which is the nearest jungle of the city, ‘ At the view point you can see the beautiful scenery of Chiang Mai city.

The camping area is one of our facilities which you can contact in advance for camping. Chiangmai Zoo keeps various kinds of rare wild animals of native and tropical zone. More than 6,000 animals of 69 species of Mammals , 311 species of Birds, 15 species of Reptiles and 60 species of fresh water fishes. Some species are very rare endangered and strongly protected in Thailand, for example the Fea’s muntjak, the Malayan Tapir, the Asiatic elephant with newborn cub, many of tropical birds and reptiles. All of them look well in their enclosures which improve like their natural habitat and provide for natural requirement. The Chiang Mai Zoo is very concerned for the animals right and respect to all of our animals in the collection

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Deer Park collect over hundred deer of tropical species. In the big park about 40 acre. You can feed the deer at the terrace. Touch of the nature of the waterfall the flying bird in Nakonping walk-though aviary. You can walk in the big aviary about 2.5 acre. It suitable for peoples whom like bird watching.

Fresh water aquarium, it is the center of beautiful and rare about 60 species for education of Fresh water fish.

Children’s zoo the land of happiness for children and family with small domestic and pet animals such as Rabbit, Pony, Turkey children playground. The stuffed animals, education room.

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The star animal : the nice Humboldt penguin in the air-condition’s room, Cape Fur Seal you can see it swim in the swimming pool.

Although there are plenty of exhibits to see, there are a few that stand out above the rest. The highlight is, of course, the panda exhibit. Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui (or Thewan and Thewee as they are known to the Thais) are easily the zoo’s most charismatic and photogenic residents. Their multi-million baht enclosure is designed to accurately simulate the cool mountain climate of their natural home, making it a great place to come and seek refuge from the heat.

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The pandas are at their most active in the morning, romping, wrestling and playing on the structures in their spacious home. If you go in the afternoon they’ll spend as much time watching you as you do watching them. Visiting the pandas is an extra 100 baht for adults and 50 baht for children but the fee is worth it and no visit to the Chiang Mai Zoo is complete with stopping in and observing these fascinating and gentle creatures.

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The Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium is well worth a visit. 60 species of tropical freshwater fishes, featuring Giant Mekhong Catfish and Striped Catfish, Siamese Giant Carp, Ture Eel. This exclusive arrangement allows fresh water and salt water creatures to coexist under one roof, alongside representative territories from other significant ecosystems. The inspiration for this astonishing concept comes from the great Mekong River “itself an exhibit at the aquarium” as it represent the major waterway that feeds and quenches the thirst of millions of people across the six neighboring countries that its waters sustain.

There are Trams that run the route and they cost an extra 30 Thb/Person

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Inthanon National Park

A lovely day at Inthanon National Park

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Inthanon National Park is the highest mountain  of Thailand, 2776 metres above sea level. Doi Inthanon forms the watershed between the Ping River to the east and the Chaem River to the west, both of which eventually feed the Chao Phraya River, which supplies water to rice farms of the central plains and to Bangkok.

Inthanon National Park extends over an area in excess of 48,000 ha and, after the road climbs through the lower dry regions, there is a noticeable drop in temperature and increase in lush vegetation. This is a land more reminiscent of the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island mists, ferns, rhododendrons and a wonderful feeling of freshness everywhere.

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One of the places to admire such flowers bloom is at the Chiang Mai Royal Agricultural Research Center (Khun Wang) in Mae Wang district. The flowers are always in full bloom during the second week of January and will last for about two weeks. Late February is the ideal time to see the full blooms of the red rhododendrons. At the summit (in January, an average nighttime temperature is a chilly 5 Centigrade), there is a large sign which advises “The Highest Point in Thailand” and, of course, this is a photo opportunity for every visitor. The ruins of an ancient temple is a short distance through the trees and a stupa, in which the ashes of King Inthawichayanon (after whom Doi Inthanon is named) are interred, may also be visited.

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Many activities are available at Doi Intharion : here is a list of the top activities to do, from the top of the mountain to the bottom. First is the peak of Doi Inthanon (Km 48) : once up here, you’ll be at the highest (and probably coldest) point in Thailand. From this point, if you are interested in mountain hiking, villagers can take you on a long trek in the surrounding forest where you will meet with Karen and Hmong villages (half day and full day trek). Nearby the peak of Doi Inthanon is a radar station belonging to the Thai Air Force as well as a memorial of the last ruler of Chiang Mai.

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Just a few meters below the summit car park you will find the start to the Ang Ka natrure trail this 360m long elevated boarded walkway is well worth the effort as it will take you into the un spoilt forest and you will really be able to get a feel for the flora which exits at this altitude.

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Kiew Mae Pan (Km 42) is one of the most beautiful and rewarding walks in the park is a new trail which begins a short distance up the main summit road from Napamaytanidol. The path leads for a kilometer or more through dense, moist evergreen forest, then emerges and follows the top of a steep slope bordering the canyon headwaters of the Mae Pan River. Dotted with red rhododendron, the trail proceeds southward for another kilometer with fine, open views to the west, then re-enters the forest and eventually terminates at Napamaytanidol Chedi. Two hours would allow a leisurely walk with camera stops.

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About 500 meters from Kiew Mae Pan. Visit one of the best points to stop to take in the views over the Doi Inthanon National park can be found at the location of the twin Royal pagodas (Km 41.5) which were built by the Royal Thai Air Force in commemoration of the 60th birthday of Their Majesties The King and Queen in 1987 and 1992 respectively.

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The Hmong market (Km 31) is a good choice for anyone who is looking for products or souvenirs created by members of this hill tribe. They wear Black trousers with a dark jacket with embroidered collars and green, white and blue stripes on their long sleeves. Traditional rice growing and gardens in the hills is being replaced by emphasis on other cash crops cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries which were introduced as a substitute for opium growing. Hmong are involved in several royal projects such as the Doi Inthanon Royal Project which focus on crop substitution.

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Wachirathan

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Siriphum

Inthanon National Park also houses some of the region’s most beautiful waterfalls, some have calm pools where one can fully immerse oneself, while other are simply beautiful, shady spots to dip your toes. Most waterfalls can get thunderous in the wet season and caution should be exercised on slippery rocks and, if you might not always get them all to yourself, the sight of relaxed, smiling locals enjoying the tranquil settings is an experience in itself. The most spectacular waterfalls : Mae Klang, Wachirathan, Siriphum Mae Pan and Mae Ya Falls.

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Mae Ya

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Sirithan

How to get to Inthanon National Park

Inthanon National park is situated about 60km south west of Chiang Mai via highway 108 then turning right in Chom Thong onto the 1009 The highest mountain Doi Inthanon is actually a further 50 Km drive into the Park. Using public transport to visit the Park is a bit limiting, although you can charter a songteaw in Chom tong to take you to the main attractions in the park. If you don’t have your own transport then consider one of the organized tours which depart from Chiang Mai daily.

Entrance fee

The cost of entry is 300 THB for adults and 200 THB for children.

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Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail

Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Chiang Mai

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Kew Mae Pan is renowned as the most picturesque viewpoint for the sea of hill fog and the sunrise at dawn atop Doi lnthanon National Park, the highest mountain in Thailand. It is a grand creation of nature to highlight that we are only small human on the mountain’s height of 2,000 meters above the sea level.

If you plan on visiting ‘Doi Inthanon‘ and see beautiful sunrise, it is a good idea to take the opportunity to visit ‘Kiew Mae Pan‘ before making a trip back.

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There are many nature trails on Doi Inthanon, the favorite one is Kew Mae Pan which suitable for everyone who have limited of time. This trail is about 3 kilometers long take about 2-4 hours every groups need a trekking leader. All 21 stations offer detailed explanations about the plants and ecosystems, whether it be ferns from ancient times, Himalayan flora species, dense cloud forest or grassland.

“At the northwestern end of Kew Mae Pan forest, you can see a tiny water source only a metre in diameter.”

The tiny stream cascades down the mountain’s evergreen forest, combining with other small streams and finally becoming an impressive waterfall hidden in the deep jungle.

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“Its height is more than 100m in total,” Soonthorn confirmed.

During rainy season, it’s easy to spot the white stripe of the waterfall among the dense jungle while driving on highway 1192 from the national park’s second checkpoint. But it is a bit far from other attractions on the mountain, which is probably why Mae Pan Falls is far less popular than Kew Mae Pan. Standing about 2,200m above sea level, Kew Mae Pan is among the best nature trails available in Thailand’s national parks.

Kew means narrow path, and this one snakes along a towering mountain range which is home to great variety of plants and animals.

“Just dim light and fog may be enough for the delicate fern to grow. It may turn brown and lifeless in summer, however, it springs back to life once it gets moisture from the fog in the rainy and hot season,” a sign along the trail explained about the highland fern.

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At such heights, we try to walk much slower than usual, allowing our lungs to absorb more oxygen from thin air.

Slow hiking, by the way, allows us to notice the natural wonder on the trail to Mae Pan Falls. Trees grow as high as 40m to get light while the cloud regularly hits the mountain and soaks the whole forest with high moisture.

Moss and tiny ferns cover all tree trunks. When cloud hits the forest, covering the whole with mist, they all seem to be shivering under green blankets. The most stunning view is a semi-alpine meadow that sits side by side with the jungle, but on the other side of the slope. The meadow is caused by severe deforestation from the past. Strong winds prevent young plants from growing here.

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It is said that Kew Mae Pan is most beautiful during rainy season when the forest recovers its lushness after the dry spell. However, it is a pity that the trail is also temporary closed in the rainy season, allowing nature to refresh.

So, if you want to see the Doi Inthanon forest at its greenest, Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail may be a good choice.

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How to get to Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail

The Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail, is found at kilometer 42 on the road to the summit.  It has been developed as an ‘educative nature trail’ and there are quite a few signs (in Thai and English) along the well-maintained trail. 

Opening hours & Entrance fee

The trail open from beginning of Nov until the end of May each year. It’s 200 baht per group to hire a guide for the trail, which isn’t optional.

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Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall

Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall the Jewel of Chiang Mai

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The Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall is located about 60 km north of Chiang Mai City, in the Sri Lanna National Park. Not too many people know about this waterfall, because it’s off the well-worn tourist track.

Chiang Mai is surrounded by places, where nature works its miracles. There are beautiful mountains with breathtaking views, gardens full of exotic flowers, and waterfalls… lots and lots of waterfalls. Maybe not so impressive, but definitely very interesting, is the Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall.

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The Buatong Waterfall is actually a series of horsetail falls (water flowing over rocks without cascading or abruptly dropping) that cut through the jungle landscape, but what makes them unique is that they flow over tiers of porous limestone. Water is constantly rushing over the limestone, but the surface of the limestone has an almost sticky feel that creates great traction with skin. As a result, you can walk down the falls as if there were no water at all.

Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall is fed by a small stream which ripples its way down a 100-metre slope covered in limestone accretions. It’s pretty rather than spectacular, and there are also bathing pools at the foot of the steep hill. A short distance further on along a trail you’ll see the Rainbow Spring where, as long as the sun is shining, the spray creates a natural rainbow effect above the pond.

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The Sticky Waterfall is a great place for a picnic. There are drinks and light snacks for sale on the premises and clean, although Thai-styled, bathrooms. Food is not allowed down in the waterfall area (there are no trash cans to dispose of your garbage), but there are plenty of picnic tables with shade near the top area of the park entrance.

How to get to the Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall

Drive on the superhighway towards the Central Festival Mall in Chiang Mai and take the exit up the 1001 highway towards Phrao.  You’ll drive past Mae Jo University and keep heading north. Just go straight past Mae Jo University and keep driving north. Before the Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall you’ll see a big blue metal sign that says Buathong Waterfall 18km.  Just stay on that road and you’ll see another smaller blue metal sign when it’s time to make a right.  It used to be a small wooden sign that was easy to miss, but now it’s quite easy. 

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Entrance fee & opening hours

This waterfall is no entrance fee. It’s open times are 6:00 until 18:00 daily.

 

 

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Mokfa Waterfall

Mokfa waterfall is very picturesque waterfall

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Mokfa waterfall is one-level waterfall located in the area of Doi Suthep – Pui National Park on the Mae Malai – Pai road. Mokfa waterfall is surrounded with lush green trees, is full of water all year round. Within the same area there are also the Mokfa caves (Bat Caves) and nature trail.

The main attraction is of course Mok Fah Waterfall. It is huge, 60-metres high! It’s allowed to swim there, so take your swimming suit and towel. Water is cold and fresh, perfect for cooling during the hot day in Thailand.

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mokfa waterfall, mok fah waterfall, tour from chiang mai to pai

The bat cave at the Mokfa waterfall is worth going to see if you are still there at around dusk, this is when the bats start flying out, don’t stand near the cave entrance though because they will run right into you. Even if your not there at dusk it’s worth going up to have a look, not at the cave but the view of the waterfall. Be careful crossing the stream though it’s slipery.

If you’re visiting Chiang Mai and want to try something tourists don’t get to do, then how about swimming at the MokFa waterfall just 60km outside of Chiang Mai and on the non-tourist road to Pai, Mae Hong Son. It’s really a spectacular waterfall and one of few you can actually swim at.

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mokfa waterfall, mok fah waterfall, tour from chiang mai to pai

How to get to MokFa waterfall

From Ching Mai city centre dive along highway no. 107 (Chiang Mai – Fang route). Take a left turn to route no. 1095 ( Mae Malai – Pai route) around 45 km. Mokfa waterfall is a great place for a swim and to cool off if you are making the tour from Chiang Mai to Pai.

Opening hours & Entrance fee

It’s open times are 8:00 until 17:00 daily. You’ll have to pay 200 baht, but this entrance fee get’s you in to all the other waterfalls in the National Park for that day. For 1 day tour from Chiang Mai to Pai, you can use the thicket at Mokfa Waterfall, Hui Nam Dung National Park, Tha Pai Hot Spring and Pong Dued hot spring.

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3D Museum Art in Paradise

Art in Paradise Chiang Mai “Step into the Picture”

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Chiang Mai is a city for art lovers. From unique architecture at every single temple to beautiful galleries, the city is full of cultural spaces. And now, Art In Paradise Chiang Mai has finally arrived in our town. Get ready to let your imagination march into a miraculous dimension of original 3D art works.

Art In Paradise Museum stands out as something different in the city. The 3D-trick eye museum located on Changklan road offers visitors the unique opportunity to actually become a part of the art on display. Using the technique of “trompe I’oeil”, the museum turns two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images through the use of optical illusions.

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At Art In Paradise Chiang Mai, visitors can interact with more than 100 paintings, posing themselves just right so that they look as if they are part of the original work. Paintings on the museum walls, floors and ceilings appear to pop out of the surface and come to life. A total of three floors with six themed galleries gives you the feeling of traveling the world, from Asia to Egypt and Europe. Paintings also take you deep into the sea and on safari: another section includes surrealist paintings.

At Art In Paradise Chiang Mai you’ll be creating unforgettable memories with friends and family amid fun and laughter. The museum prides itself to make art easy and fun for people of all ages.

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The latest addition to the museum is the VDO Art Function which censors your movements and changes them with animation characters. This is a favorite for young children and parents.

After an afternoon of fun and pictures, you can enjoy the pleasures of a delicious cafe at the first floor of the museum, offering scrumptious organic drinks and cakes.

Art In Paradise Chiang Mai  is open daily from 9 am. to 9 pm.

Admission THB 300 (adult) and THB 200 (children).