So, let’s continue our list of 6 must-try things when coming to Chiang Mai that we paused in the PREVIOUS part!
4. Exploring Doi Inthanon National Park
Visiting Doi Inthanon national park, taking a photo at the highest point in Thailand, on the top of the mountain which is more than 2,500m. Doi Inthanon is a part of the Himalayas stretching across Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and ending in Northern Thailand. This place is considered as Sapa of Vietnam, the lowest temperature is only 10 degrees Celsius. The highest point of this place is the monument of King Inthanon – he was the first one to set foot and explore this mountain.
Exploring the rainforests, lush green bushes, wandering through dirt paths, and then walking on wooded moss-covered bridges over the murmuring streams, listening to the birds chirping high above,… all will definitely create a sense of excitement and a bit of adventure which make you think you are lost in a mysterious forest.
Out of the jungle, you will meet the two towers owning the traditional architecture of Thailand and flower garden. The garden here is built by the Queen of Thailand in the European style. With fog covers the whole year, the two towers often look like being hidden behind the fog. Inside the courtyards are floored with marble and they worship the Buddha statue made of monolithic stone looks very majestic.
5. Visiting Bosang – the traditional umbrella-making village
Over the centuries and up to the present day, Chiang Mai people have always been associated with their traditional umbrella-making. In Thai, Bosang means umbrella. Bosang is an umbrella-making village located in Sankamphaeng Commune, about 9km from the town center.
From the gate of a typical umbrella facility in the village, you will see a series of colored umbrellas of all sizes, large and small, which will definitely make you wanna find out about immediately. Inside the facility, they divide it into 3 areas: the place for the artisans to sit, the place to sell the product, and the lawn in the middle to dry the umbrella.
You will see how the locals make the umbrellas. The girls in the traditional costume sit, cut and brush each bamboo stick, and put all into a frame. Then switch to the men to stick all the things together, then it will be carried out and dried under the sun. When it’s dried, it’ll be decorated by the artisans in the village.
There are some umbrella frames as big as the body of old big trees, painted in cool blue color, elegant with the elephant logo, the symbol of Thailand. There are also the patterns such as butterfly, flowers, or even the simple word “Thailand”. The impressive umbrellas are a pride, a wonderful product made by the hands of the Chiang Mai people.
6. Thailand’s largest lantern festival
Once being in Chiang Mai, visitors should not miss the opportunity to participate in the unique Loy Krathong festival that takes place every year in November. Vietnamese people used to call it the festival, but the Thai Loy Krathong is a chance for them to pay homage to the god of water.
Participating in the festival, you will hear indigenous people talking about various happenings related to the Loy Krathong festival. For example, in the 13th century, princesses placed lotus flowers, candles and scented candles on banana leaves and floated away to express their gratitude to nature. From there, the king ordered the people to drop the lanterns on the full moon of the 12th lunar month.