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Old Chiang Mai Town done in a time journey

October 21, 2017 Destination Thailand, Headline News No Comments Email Email

Chiang Mai has a long history of now 720 years and serves as the hub of the MICE industry in the North of Thailand. Actually, Thailand’s Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is the government agency responsible for promoting incentive travel, business meetings, conventions and trade exhibitions in the country, which also promotes Bangkok, Khon Kaen, Pattaya and Phuket. But since the opening of the modern Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) out at Chonlapratan Road, Tambon Chang Puak, Chiang Mai becomes more and more the favorable and most popular place to host such events with an efficient infrastructure to have an international airport, standard accommodations, world-class services and facilities. Chiang Mai offers exactly 743 hotels with some 34,510 standard rooms (2016) and its CMECC can accommodate up to 10,000 participants with a space for over 3,000 car parking.

Furthermore, the city has a number of international educational institutes and serves as regional medical and health care center. Because of all that Chiang Mai has been designated as “Best City in Asia” from Travel + Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards.

Interesting pre and post tour activities within the city and in the mountainous region around can easily be arranged for MICE visitors. For instance, TCEB has developed community based itineraries such as a visit to Ban Hua Thung Village at Doi Chiang Dao with its organic fields and forest trail as well as a special time journey in “Old Chiang Mai Town” to experience local art, culture and wisdom. Especially this “time journey” can be done in the following way:

Morning Journey (9.00-13.00): Starting point in a tram is at Wat Phra Singh, Suan Dok West Gate, NW-Hua Lin Bastion, Wat Lok Moli, Chang Puak North Gate, NE-Si Phum Bastion and Wat Chiang Man. From there pass the Chompor Lanna Restaurant and end at the 125-year old Khum Chao Burirat Lanna Architecture Centre located near the Tha Pae East Gate of Chiang Mai.

Afternoon Journey (13.00:15.30): Starting point is at the centrally located Lanna Folklife Museum opposite the Three Kings Monument, Chiang Mai Gate Market and Puak Tam Community. From there pass SE-Ka Tam Bastion, Chiang Mai South Gate, Saen Pung Gate, SW-Ku Huang Bastion, Buak Hat Public Park and end near Wat Phra Singh.

Another recommended restaurant is Huen Phen at Ratchamanka Road, while the Tamarind Village Hotel at Rachadamnoen Road has a gallery for temporary exhibitions. Don’t miss to visit the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre and Wat Chedi Luang both in the city centre. Finally, Chiang Mai offers the Tha Pae Walking Street every Sunday and the Wua Lai Walking Street every Saturday.

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Written by : Reinhard Hohler

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