Chiang-Mai's Wualai Road Saturday Night Market is a city street in Chiang Mai that is converted into a walking street on Saturday nights. The walking street is an excellent place to unwind after a day of touring northern Thailand and buy gifts for friends and family. Be prepared though, on Saturday Wualai Road gets very crowded.
Boon Rawd Farm, an absolutely a beautiful farm and one of the largest tea producers in Thailand, is owned and operated by the Singha Corporation. The farm is reported to have 237 acres of tea which produces over 400 tons of high quality tea annually. The farm workers are local Thais and people from varios hill tribes, whose unique traditions, ways of life and cultures have long been appealing to outsiders.
Adjacent to the farm is Singha Park managed by Boonrawd Farm Co., Ltd./Singha Corporation, has over 3,000 acres of land where tourists can ride the farm’s tour trolley or enjoy the scenery and take in the natural environment. There are many different types of agriculture to see such as fields of flowers and pumkins and of course the fields of tea, making the tour a colorful sight. There are many fun adventures to enjoy that includes mountain biking, zip lining, and climbing a climbing wall.
There are lots of products to buy in the store in the park that are all locally made at the farm. The Bhubhirom Restaurant, has an awesom view in the middle of the farm.
Overlooking the border Town of Mae Sai is Wat Phra That Doi Wao, just a short walk up (but a little strenuous) from the Mae Sai market area. The views from the chedi are absolutely amazing and give you a great over view of the entire border area and a large portion of the Town of Mae Sai. It is a big recommend if you find yourself in the Town of Mae Sai.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep or often called Wat Doi Suthep sits on top of Doi Suthep Mountain that overlooks Chiang Mai, 15 kilometers away. The views of Chiang Mai from on top of the mountain are awesome and should be on your list of "must sees" for the Chiang Mai area, if visiting. The temple is quite striking, with the a golden chedi at its center and many Buddha images. You access the temple grounds from the main road transecting the mountain but that is just the start of your journey. From the parking area there are many steps up the mountain summit to the temple grounds. But the hike is worth the effort with the views and beautiful temple grounds.
According to Thai legend, the temple was constructed at the of where a sacred Buddha relic laid to rest with the death of a white elephant (sacred to the ancient Thai People). The relic was found by a monk named Sumanathera during the Sukhothai period. The relic was said to have many special powers but then showed to the King at the time the relic did not show any powers. Part of the relic was placed on the back of a white elephant and sent up to Doi Suthep and promptly dropped dead. The temple is purported to constructed at the location where the elephant died.
The mountains in northern Thailand are especially beautiful. They are also used for growing delicious crops in cooler climate. The mountains in eastern Chiang Rai are used for growing mostly cabbages, as shown in my pictures. these farms are on the side of the mountains and must be very very difficult for the farmers. However, these farms offer amazing views with the traveler along the roads in northern Thailand. These Photos were taken in Chiang Rai Province on the Laos Boarder.
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