Chiang Mai is the hub of Northern Thailand.
With a population of over 1,800,000 It is called “Rose of the North” in Thailand is a land of culture and nature with diverse ethnic diversity, tourist attractions and warm hospitality.
Chiang Mai means a “new city” and still maintains its name, even though it is celebrating its 700th anniversary. In 1996, His Majesty the King established the city as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom on Thursday 12. April 1969 at a time close to the establishment. His Majesty the King Mengrai proceeded to visit the king of Sukhothai and King of Phayao before choosing a place that would be the capital of the Kingdom of Lanna. After this, Chiang Mai became the capital and cultural center of the Lanna Kingdom and was also the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand. King Mengrai himself was a great religious leader who founded many temples in the city, which still remains important till this day. Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience Thai culture in the past and present. The city has hundreds of pagodas and temples adjacent to modern convenience stores and Boutique hotels. This separation is best in the old town, surrounded by a moat, which maintains a protected fortified wall in the city center, as well as five main gates accessible to the old capital city of Lanna. Strangely, for many years, tourists understand that Chiang Mai is the only base where they can plan rafting and hiking to hilltribe villages. In addition to the beautiful and ancient temples. Diverse variety among tribes, elephant camps, cooking and massage schools, outdoor activities, a wide range of handicrafts, cultural performances and breathtaking views make Chiang Mai one of the most attractive city in Asia.
Chiang Mai’s Old Town is a showcase of the cultural diversity of the Northern Indigenous tribes, including its distinctive cuisine, distinctive architecture, traditional values, lively festivals, numerous handicrafts, northern massage therapies and classical dances. Chiang Mai is also blessed with ancient natural resources such as mountains, waterfalls and rivers. The presence of many hilltribes with a variety of unique cultures enhances the outstanding diversity of Chiang Mai. Hilltribe hiking is often combined with rafting and elephant riding, making it one of Chiang Mai’s greatest attractions. At present, there are many activities and attractions in the surrounding cities, including massage and golf instruction. Moreover Visitors can visit the workshop where they can learn about silk or silver production and purchase memorable handmade memorabilia. With a wide range of attractions and excellent dining and accommodation options, Chiang Mai is a place where both backpackers and luxury travelers can enjoy Vacation in Thailand.
Do and Don't in Chiang Mai,Thailand.
What to do
1. Thai people greet and pay homage and say the word: Sawasdee kha / khrab
2. Thais often send smiles to each other, showing friendliness, even though they have not known each other.
3. When the Thai national music. Should stand upright to show respect to national institutions.
4. When the Anthem In the theater, everyone should stand upright. To pay homage to the monarchy
5. Should remove shoes when entering houses or places such as temples, churches etc.
6. When invited or visited? There should be a souvenir to show the kindness. And homeowners should be prepared to welcome guests.
7. Thais called with real names. When close and familiar, the nickname will be prefixed with the prefix "you" for politeness.
8. Thai people eat food with spoon and fork.
9. Thais will respect By honoring older seniors and important persons.
10. When eating together. Thai people honored senior eat before
What not to do
1. Do not display, violate or disparage the institutions of nationality, religions and monarchs of Thailand.
2. Thai people consider the head to be the highest. Do not hold or carry overhead items that are considered impolite.
3. Thai people consider the feet to be low, should not use the foot to point or jump across individuals or objects such as food, books etc.
4. Buddha is what the Thai people respect. Do not act in any way to show blasphemy such as climbing or putting in place. Inappropriate
5. Should not dress in black. In the sacred ceremony, such as wedding, visiting patients, birthdays.
6. Do not show love by kissing in public or religious places
7. Should not dress inappropriately, such as short dress or shoulder dress. When entering a religious places.
8. Do not do anything. Let others know shame Lose face in public.
9. Do not greet the Thai people. Especially ladies By embracing or kissing
10. Do not talk or chew food loudly while eating.
Planning Your Chiang Mai Visit
Seasons recomended visiting Chiang Mai,northern Thailand.
March, April, and May are Chiang Mai's hottest months. This is summer time, the temperature is between 28 - 38 degree Celsius / 82 - 91 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest time of the year is April, when temperatures can reach as high as 43 degree Celsius / 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring something light and thin to wear. Hat , sun glasses and sunscreen is recommended.
June to September is the rainy season, but despite its threatening name, is considered by some to be the best time to visit. If you can handle the odd, refreshing shower, you'll be rewarded with smaller crowds, greener countryside, and more active wildlife. This is rainny season, the temperature is between 28 - 33 degree Celsius / 82 - 91 degrees Fahrenheit.
November to February seeing the city's coolest temperatures. During the winter in Thailand, the temperature is between 5 - 15 degrees Celsius / 41 - 54 degrees Fahrenheit. You should come prepared with appropriate clothing. This is the best time for traveling in Thailand, due to the nice and cool weather. The landscape is covered with blooming flowers and lush vegetation which makes the bio diversity of birds and wildlife plentiful.
How many days you should spend?
Chiang Mai is cheap to visit and boasts plenty to do. You'll want to spend at least three or five full days there.
Nowadays, Chiangmai is good for traveling in every season as your holidays permits.
Sincerely by Pon Chiangmai & Chang Erawan Tour.
| Counting Thai Numbers:
11 Sib Ed
12 Sib Sorng
13 Sib saam
100 Nuang Roi
200 Sorng Roi
300 Saam Roi
1,000 Nuang Pan
2,000 Sorng pan
10,000 Nuang Maun
20,000 Sorng Muan
1,000,000 Nuang Laan
| Some poular words and phrases in Thai.
Kha and khrap are polite ending words for women and men.
Hello Sawasdee kha / khrab
Thank you Khorb Khun kha / khrab
No spicy mai ped
Again please eek krang kha / khrab
Amazing pen pai dai yang ngai
Beautiful suay mark
Crazy baa baa bor bor
Calm down jai yen yen
Don’t understand mai khao jai
Easy going ngaay ngaay
Lovely naa rak
Lovely fat person pum pui / tui nui
Make your self at home - tam tua taam sa bai
Never mind mai pen rai
No problem mai mee pan haa
Over there tee nan
Here tee nee
Take it easy sa by sa bai
Take your time taam sa bai
Verydelicious a roi maak maak
Very good dee maak maak