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Any suggestions please for day trips from Chiang Mai

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I am from the UK aged 67. I have been living in Khon Kaen for the past 3 years with my Thai gf. We have not visited Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai before.

During the first half of August we will be spending 9 nights in Chiang Mai (inside of the old city) and then 6 nights in Chiang Rai.

We are both reasonably fit and do not mind walking a reasonable distance and hopefully will join the Hash House Harriers on a run or two.

I intend to hire a motorbike but not a car.

Places like Doi Inthanon, do you think it best to book a tour or to visit independently. I have read that it would be a bit too far and steep to do it comfortably on a motorbike?

Also maybe a trip up past Pai to the Lod cave, could we travel there on a Songthaew?

Any help and suggestions much appretiated.

Thank you

Keith

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Depends how confident you feel on a motorbike.

Doi Inthanon would be a nice trip with a bike. It will be a bit cooler up there.

 

To the Lod cave from Chiang Mai takes around 4 hours, you might consider staying a night somewhere, otherwise it could be torture. Many curves take their time.

 

Pai canyon, Mae Hong Son Loop, just some ideas.

 

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Cuddling tigers at tiger Kingdom was one of the most wonderful moments of my life (I tell my kids it was their births) although maybe not too ethical.

Quad biking up into the mountains was excellent too.

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Hi,

Thank you all for your suggestions.

 

I ride a scooter around Khon Kaen and am confident at least for short distances. I’m not so good at long distances as I tend to start falling asleep, and not really want to ride or drive for hours especially after dark as I think it then becomes a bit too dangerous.

 

I do intend to rent a bike and to visit Doi Suthep. So after that I guess I should make my own judgement if I want to ride further.

 

I know some people love it but I don’t think I would enjoy 4 hours of riding, having to concentrate all the time. Riding something like the Mae HongSon Loop would be too much riding for me – I think.

 

I was lucky with the Air Asia flights. They started direct flights taking about 1 hour Khon Kaen to CM from  1 Aug. I booked the flights 2 weeks ago. About 1 week ago I looked and there was no availability at all in August. The only other flights mean going to Bangkok first, taking over 6 hours and paying more than double the Air Asia cost.

 

I have looked a bit at things to do from Chiang Mai but not yet from Chiang Rai. I suspect that Lacessit is right and there are more different sorts of places close to the border, I will investigate.

 

We do play Petanque almost every day in Khon Kaen, anyone know of a Petanque club in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai?

 

Thanks again for all your suggestions

Keith

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You don't need to book a tour. Unnecessary. Get a bike and have fun. Use the map on the phone.

Places: doi inthanon, 

Chiang dao cave, mae rim, four seasons hotel, doi pui, pai, moncham.....

 

 

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Thanks again,

Lacessit - I will have a look to visit the Erotic Gardens, could be good for some holiday photos.

 

A1Str8 – I agree and usually like to be more flexible than a tour allows.

 

Trujillo – Thanks a lot for all the suggestions, much appreciated. Concerning the Songthaews I am a bit confused on how convenient they are or not. Now deciding with all the help that it is best to travel on the hired motorbike. But I was serious about using a Songthaew because I had looked at this web site

https://www.chiangmaitraveller.com/chiang-mai-public-transport-songthaew/

 

An extract

The yellow songthaew has specifically designated routes going between Chiang Mai city and the other towns. They do not roam around Chiang Mai city but only wait for passengers at the bus terminal. Here is the routes and bus terminal information of the yellow songthaew:

Route: Chiang Mai – Chom Thong
Depart from: Chang Phueak Bus Terminal
Hours: 8.00am – 16.00pm
Point of interest: Hang Dong district, San Pa Tong district, Wat Phra That Si Chom Tong, and transit to Doi Inthanon National Park, Mae Klang Waterfall, Wachirathan Waterfall.
Fare: 20 – 30 Baht

Route: Chiang Mai – Wiang Kalong – Wiang Pa Pao
Depart from: Chang Phueak Bus Terminal
Hours: 6.00am – 18.00pm
Point of interest: Khun Chae National Park, Chiang Rai Hot Spring

 

The orange songthaew plies the route from Chiang Mai to Fang district, where the beautiful Doi Ang Khang National Park is situated.

Route: Chiang Mai – Fang District
Depart from: Chang Phueak Bus Terminal
Hours: 6.15am – 18.00pm
Point of interest: Doi Ang Khang, Fang Hot Spring
Fare: 40 – 80 Baht

Etc.

 

So they do travel long distances but I accept they would not always be good for a day trip.

Also the Songthaew that goes to Doi Inthanon I assume would not stop at the waterfalls? I guess?

Sorry if I am being a bit stupid.

 

Thanks again for all the help

Keith

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I second Trujillo's recommendation for Wat Tham (cave temple) in Chiang Dao.

 

Going further north on the road to Chiang Dao, #107, into Fang, about 10 km. south of Chai Prakan, is Wat Tham Tub Tao which has caves that are, imho, as mysterious and compelling as Chiang Dao.

 

I can't imagine two-on-a-bike going up the highroad to Doi Ang Khang, but the scenery is beautiful: at 1400 meters elevation, it can be cold at night.

 

Check these places out on Trip Advisor and other sites for more information.

 

cheers, ~o:37;

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The temple at Doi Saket off the 118 has a series of small billboards with Thai proverbs and sayings in English and Thai, quite interesting.

As far as temples go, Wat Sang Kaew Phothiyan off the 118 near Mae Suai knocks every other temple in the two provinces into a cocked hat. Started by the Engineer Monk, who built the road up to Doi Suthep, it just keeps growing and growing.

You may be able to get the Green Bus to Mae Suai, then get a songthaew from there to the temple.

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You might want to go to Azalea Village Resort

in Chiang Dao, about a 90 minute drive  north. Azalea is an oasis of tranquillity and the food is wonderful.

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