A Northern Thailand Guide Featuring Chiang Mai and Pai
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Where to stay, what to eat and do in Chiang Mai and Pai? Read on!
Rarinjinda Wellness Spa and Resort in Chiang Mai is a luxurious destination for picky wanderlusts.
Rarinjinda is also an award-winning onsen which is perfect for tired bodies from all the traveling! Make sure to try one of their famous massages or treatments available in the resort.
Some of the rooms have balcony access pools which are amazing for those who can't get enough of the water! When booking, make sure to request for these rooms!
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Rarinjinda's partner restaurant is strategically situated Deck One where you can enjoy river view meals in absolute tranquility.
Wat Phra Singh Chiang Mai is Chiang Mai's top temple to visit! Make sure to visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds and get much better light for photos. Remember to dress appropriately too!
Green Bamboo Massage offers traditional Thai massage that has won traveller's approval winning every Tripadvisor's certificate of excellence since 2011. With that being said, make sure to book your appointments way beforehand as they get fullbooked due to popular demand.
Feel like you need a good stretch? Try a detoxifying yoga class at Wild Rose Yoga. The studio is not very spacious and can only fit a certain number of students so please email Rose ahead of time to save your slot.
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar which has been around since the silk trade route offers many goods for sale such as colorful Thai fabrics, interior decor, woodcrafts, antiques, etc. Try haggling for a good bargain but remember that this is their modest source of livelihood so also be realistic and help support them, too!
Chiang Mai Walking Street is known for local vendors selling their own crafts which are perfect for souvenirs. They starts selling at 6pm so to go before that time is useless. Also, be prepared to face major crowds.
Pai Village Boutique Resort and Farm is a lush little green paradise in the middle of sleepytown Pai, 3 hours north of Chiang Mai. Located next to many good eateries, spas and a short walk from the night market. It is a highly recommended place to stay for people wanting privacy and convenience.
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And if you booked a room, you get free access to the Pai Village Farm! Only 5 minute drive away by and you are surrounded with the organic country side with lots of farm animals great for interaction and learning with kids! Do inform the reception that you will be needing an english speaking guide because many times you will feel "lost in translation" in Thailand :P
The Temple On A Hill is not an easy climb. There are 353 steps to get to the top but once you get there expect to see majestic views.
For those that want need healing in their lives. Visit the Pai Waterfalls for energy clearing and healing. Did you know that waterfalls are the biggest producers of negative ions which is fantastic for your health?
The Pai Canyon is a must for the true adventurers and risk takers. Not everyone will have the guts to walk that narrow path but be rewarded with the glory of nature....and an awesome profile photo :)
The Pai Night Market has a wide range of cheap eats with vegetarian options! Try the avocado and cheese sandwiches and the Thai milk tea served uniquely in bamboo :)
The charming Pai Treehouse has a really refreshing Strawberry yogurt smoothie from their cafe. Order one then go swinging at their gigantic pod while watching Elephants pass you by.
Head to Earth Tone for the best raw vegan, vegan and vegetarian meals in Pai. While waiting for food orders, go shopping at their health food store.
The Good Life offers Thai food sans the MSG. If you're vegetarian, they can cook without meat too! Try their kombuchas and many of their teas which they are well known for.