Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai family trip
Our year end holiday trip for this year is Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Maybe due to the 11.11 sale, I was unable to buy tickets online. But a quick reply by email from AirAsia customer support solves everything! My children were excited as the date drew closer.
A smooth journey to the airport to catch our morning flight, we arrived at the airport at 7am. Another seamless process as we print our baggage tags and dropped them at the self-kiosk. And also being assisted by the friendly and helpful AirAsia staffs, that was a very good start to my journey! Had nasi lemak onboard.
In Chiang Mai, my tour guide was standing at the arrival hall waving at us. Our first stop was to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple. At the top of the temple, we had an amazing view of the city.
The night safari was so nice. At each station, lights will be switched on from the tram so as to see the different animals better. The best part was feeding the animals, especially the giraffe. The highlight of the visit was the tiger show. They had the tigers doing all sorts of tricks that my family enjoyed.
Day 2. Journeyed for 3 hours to Chiang Rai. Went to a tea plantation that was owned by Singha beer company. We had great views from our table. My kids were so excited to see ladies with long necks. Kayan women wear the rings as young as four, adding more annually as they acclimatise to the increased weight.The oldest in the tribe had the heaviest at 8kgs!
We visited the Golden Triangle where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet. We stayed at the Rasa Boutique hotel. 10 mins walk to Walking Street. The next morning, we visited the magnificent Blue Temple. Amazed with the stunning vibrant blue temple.
Wat Huay Pla Kong temple where the huge statue of Kwan Yin sits on top of the hill.
Black House Museum is an architectural marvel which was designed by Thawan Duchanee. The Black House feels hidden and mysterious with new discoveries at every corner.
The design of White temple was magnificent at first sight. It looked like a fairytale castle from Frozen! It literally shimmers in the sunlight and visually stunning. Not to be miss is ‘The Golden Toilet’ that looks like a large golden temple! We stopped for a toilet break and did some shopping at Pha Soet Hot Spring.
We then stayed two nights at Uno Chiangmai. 10 minutes away is Walking Street for shopping and food. The next morning, we geared up with our jacket to Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand. Temperature is around 11 degrees Celsius.
There are 2 pagodas there , the King and Queen Pagodas. The beautiful garden and the amazing floral arrangements enroute are really worth seeing. We stopped for lunch at The Royal Project Kitchen. Very nice atmosphere and offers some nicest Thai dishes. We took a tuk tuk ride to Ohkajhu Organic Restaurant which is a restaurant where you can have a healthy meal straight from the farm! We ordered lots of dishes and were bloated!
Next morning, we had a city tour to Wat Chedi Luang, an ancient structure with a golden Buddha statue in each direction near the top. Magnificent! Wat Phra Singh is a beautiful Temple, with a giant golden stupa with elephants around it and but it was very unique. We then went to visit Wat Umong, a nice ancient temple. Great sculptures with rich historic background. Surrounded by nature and a small lake, it is a very interesting temple with underground tunnels. Our last stop is at Galae Restaurant. Set on the side of the mountain with a beautiful lake and surrounded by flora. This is a very relaxing place to enjoy our lunch with an amazing scenery.
Last day was a goodbye to Chiang Mai as we head to the airport. Our first time, yet most unforgettable experience. Thank you AirAsia for the wonderful trip to explore the world with our 3 kids to create wonderful memories.