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    Default Chiang Mai Hotel Recommendations / Places to Visit

    At last we will be visiting Chiang Mai in June, never been before, neither has Mai. We are taking her son and her sisters son with us. Can anyone recommend a nice reasonably priced Hotel (with Swimming Pool) in the City ? Also looking for ideas on places to visit there. Will be staying for 3 nights.

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    The sister-in-law works in the Four Seasons...but it's a bit out of our price range!

    Erherm...a long time ago I stayed here with an "ex", designed by the same architect as The Chedi. Can get a room for about £50 a night. Bed was a bit hard though. Good location in town:

    http://www.amatalanna.com/

    Talked to the owner's who are "friends" with Taksin...the son was training to be a pilot...

    The zoo and the Chiang Mai National Museum are both worth half a day. So is the "hill tribe village" is you want to see a "human zoo".

    http://www.chiangmaizoo.com/

    The "animal" Zoo has a few pandas.

    Riverside bars/restaurants are a nice way to spend the evening.

    Been here:

    http://www.theriversidechiangmai.com/

    http://www.goodview.co.th/

    http://deck1.rarinjinda.com/

    All pretty similar/near to each other.

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    Agree with prioritypress - goodview is good food and music, as is riverside.

    Three days isn't alot in Chiang Mai - two days walking around the city...In the evening there's a night market, also on a Sunday there's the Weekend Market.

    Wat Phra Doi Suthep for a great view and chille out temple.

    There's a lake about 15 mins drive from centre of the city where the kids can swim and you and famiily can get a hut on the side and stuff your faces. Ahaa here's a video

    If you can ride a motorbike and can escape there are some great tours which will take you off road up near the Burmese border, also a small chinese village.

    Other than that there are no end of beautiful gardens etc. and of course food and genuine smiles everywhere.





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    I haven't been to CM for years. There were some hot volcanic springs not far away and a lot of silk producers, both worth a visit.
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    There is a rather good elephant camp with orchid gardens not far from CM and en route we went to the usual monkey/snake places.

    I think we went to the springs too which was near some military base, the spring area was full of Thai's cooking hard boiled eggs in them

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    they is so much to see now.you have the popular swinging thru the trees on ropes,forget the name at this moment.treking of all sorts.rent a bike do things yourself.so many agents offering you all the tours you want just have to walk round and see them in street.they is a national park san kampang and the hotspriings in the park,you can spend the day there massage the hot pool lots of walking.also a lake for swimming,so much.so enjoy your trip

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    The Imperial Mai Ping hotel is right in the centre and nice. Nice pool too.Defintly do Doi Suthep, but there are quite a few steps, but well worth it. I love Chiang Mai and been several times. If you want to go into the mountains a tour to Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand is well worth it too..

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    The "ex" lived in Fang...which was pretty near the Burmese border.

    The standard of living in the countryside in Chiang Mai is a lot better than in rural Isaan...maybe it's to do with some of the "products" that come over the border...


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    flight of the gibbon is the thing flying thru the trees,they say this is the most popular tourist attraction in cm.they is a nice hotel next door to the blue sky bar on moon muang rd going towards chaing mai gate.round 20 pound a night

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    I loved this place, Wolfy. Long time ago since I stayed there.

    http://www.laithai.com/en/

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    From what you have all said it's clear 3 days won't be enough, actually it's more like 4 days really, arriving early Friday afternoon and departing Monday afternoon (only an hour flight back to Phitsanulok). Thanks for all your suggestions and recommendations, plenty to have a go at with that lot. Must admit i like the look of the Lai Thai Guest House, it just looks like my kind of place, and reasonably priced, and as i've got to pay for 2 rooms, price comes into it too.

    Looking forward to this little trip immensely.

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    I stayed last year at the night blaza hotel 500bht a night, wi fi and all but no swimming pool, but central to all your needs and great buffet food stalls 2 mins away, many hotels have pools but double the price a night, nearly all let non guests use the pool at a daily fee.

    The flight of the gibbon stuff is great but use the Thai companys with a slightly different name, 3rd of the price but same stuff package of tree bungee stuff, elepant ride,rafting normal and bamboo and butterfly park and hill tribe village all for about 1600bht!! bargain , i stayed a week more than enough for Chiang mai

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    Default Chiang Mai Plazza hotel

    We have stayed at Chiang Mai Plazza a few times...Close to night market, only about 10 minutes walk to Tha Pae Gate (not sure on spelling!) but dont book direct with hotel,we use Agoda as they nearly always beat other agents plus they have a loyalty scheme.
    http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_R...hiang_Mai.html
    http://www.agoda.com/asia/thailand/c...5-4414f460ecfe
    A nice place to visit is Mai Sa waterfalls,about 30 mins outside Chiang |Mai by Tuk Tuk
    Amm & Brian (Hin & P'Tong)

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    http://www.minicostcm.com/index.htm Good rooms and location.

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