Best time to go
to Chiang Mai
I've been to Chiang Mai about
10 years ago. I like it there as it was not as congested as Bangkok. Thought
of going again but this time with my hubby n 6 years old son. Which is the
best month to go? What r the attractions which a 6 year old boy could enjoy?
What about Chiang Rai? How far is it fr Chiangmai? Is the whether cooling
throughout the year?
Around October,November and
December is a good time to visit because the weather is cooler then.
I just came back from Chiang
Mai on Sunday, and compared to 10 years ago, I think it had become much much
more of a tourist town (and hence more crowded). The Night Bazaar for
example, is a huge cluster of mass produced items targeting the tourist
dollar. There isn't anything unique to buy in Chiang Mai and the items
(including the so-called hill tribes handicrafts) can be bought at similar
markets in Phuket, Bangkok, etc...
That aside, I still like the place very much as the people there are
generally nicer than Bangkok's and activites there are different as well.
The city has good infrastructures and so, transportation and accomodation
will not be a problem. You can also book day tours from the many day travel
agencies scattered around town.
It is currently their hot season and temperatures actually reached as high
as 39C while I was there. November to January will be a good time to go as
it is their cool season whereby the daytime temperature will hover around a
very comfortable 20C.
I am not sure the kind of activities a 6 year old boy could really enjoy,
but you can try the elephant rides, ox-cart rides, bamboo rafting rides, as
well as visits to hot springs and waterfalls.
Chiang Rai is about 4 hours away and the environment is generally more
rustic than Chiang Mai. Usual activities include visit to hill tribes
villages, temples, trekking, and biking.
What to wear in
to wear In chiang mai
Posted: Sat June 08 23:20:48 2005 UTC
We are going to Chiang mai for
a week. We are staying at a nice hotel and will mainly be sightseeing in
chiang mai ,going to doi suthep and an elephant trek. I am not sure what to
pack and how warm it will be ,can anyone help?
In February the mornings might
be a bit cooler, viz 15 to 20 Celsius, but as soon as the sun comes out it
gets warm rather quickly with temperatures of 25 and more, probably even
close to 30.
A light vest for the morning hours
or a warmer shirt should be enough. If you spend the morning hours on a
mountain, a light jacket might be useful.
If you live in England, I should say that you are used to the morning
temperatures and will not need any extra clothings. I would agree with
light layered clothing, and being from England you will probably find it
VERY WARM... I know Us Canucks that travel there wear shorts and T's while
the Thai's wear sweaters, and jackets.
Pack ligt because clothes are quite cheap, but not as cheap as Bangkok.
(Tourist Trap in CM )
whilst in chaing mai, my wardrobe mostly consisted of shorts and tshirts!
a national anthem for every occasion
The Nation, Published on May 24, 2005
The National Culture Commission (NCC) and music experts will review six
new versions of the national anthem before they are tabled before the
In response to opposition to the newly arranged versions, NCC
secretary-general Prissana Pongtadsirikul yesterday said the re-mixed
editions would be appraised by her commission. “Only after the reviews
will they be forwarded to the Cabinet,” she said.
According to Prissana, Culture Minister Uraiwan Thienthong had already
approved the six versions, which combine the original lyrics with new
melodies. “While retaining the same values as the original version, the
new melodies will allow the national anthem to be played on more
occasions,” Uraiwan was quoted as saying.
“We also have a regulation by the Office of the Prime Minister that
governs when the anthem can be played,” she said.
Last year, the Defence Ministry asked GMM Grammy Pcl to create new
versions of the national anthem so that it could be played more often.
The ministry said the move is necessary, because the anthem lacks appeal
for many younger Thais. Also, some children cannot remember the lyrics,
the ministry said.
According to GMM Grammy, the first version is for official use and sung by
popular singer Seksan Sukpimai. The second version – sung by young
vocalists would be played at formal and semi-formal events.
The third version, sung by the popular singers Thongchai McIntyre and
Nantida Kaewbuasai, is recommended for ballroom dances. The fourth
version, also sung by young vocalists, would be used insecondary schools
The fifth version is aimed at children, with famous child singer Chatupatr
Laothamatas, aka Nong Plub, providing the vocals. The sixth version,
performed by a traditional Thai orchestra, is aimed at the elderly.