Chiang Dao in Chiang Mai/Chiangmai (Thailand)
Chiang Dao (Chiang Dao) - a small town in Thailand in the province of Chiang Mai located in the North-East 72 kilometres from the city Chiang Mai on the way to Fang (Chiang Dao on the map). The title literally translates as the "City of stars", although, of course, to the rank of this city this place far.
Often tourists visit the town, making a stop in it on the way to its attractions as part of an organized tour. But here you can easily find accommodation in the Guesthouse. The cost is very modest accommodation from 300 baht (currency of Thailand, the exchange rate) for a double room, but in General, here the prices are somewhat high compared to similar places in the North of Thailand. For less comfortable accommodation will have to pay about 800 baht for a double room. But, the higher cost of accommodation with a vengeance kompensiruet lower prices for excursions in the mountains and jungle. For one and the same tour compared to Chiang Mai from Chiang Dao, you will pay approximately 500 baht cheaper. In the city there is a 7/11 store and even an ATM.
To do directly in the town of Chiang Dao active tourists much minutes a minimum of, entertainment no. To kill time outside the hotel, except that walking or riding around the neighborhood. But tourists are always abound, and they are sent here for the rustic peace and tranquility and incredible beauty of the surrounding scenery. But this is true if we are talking directly about the town of Chiang Dao. Around the city there are some very interesting places that are worth visiting.
First and foremost, the famous Chiang Dao cave complex of Tham Chiang Dao at the base of the mountain Doi Luang Chiang Dao, which itself is a popular attraction and the third highest peak of Thailand. Next to the town is an elephant camp (Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center), where you can ride elephants through the jungle. Chiang Dao is the perfect place to start trekking trips to the mountain, as well as in an exotic, unspoiled by tourists, tribal villages where organized tours. What is good to visit these tribes, even on foot and even by yourself, you need only have to have a map, determination, and desire. Really have to go far (15 kilometers to the nearest village and 8 miles to the top of the mountain), and it is better to rent a Bicycle, motorbike or jeep (on the mountain only on foot). Even here, organized rafting on the rivers of the province.
What to see in Chiang Dao
The cave complex, Chiang Dao (Tham Chiang Dao)
12 kilometres into DOI Chiang Dao stretch of about 100 caves of the cave complex. Five caves are open for visiting tourists. This is actually the main attraction. Caves caves are of great religious significance for the locals. Almost all the walkways are sculptures of the Buddha, and some caves are temples. One of the caves illuminated with multicolored electric bulbs. The cave entrance is 40 baht (electricity, because the cave is lit). For this money you get access to one lighted, more or less, and a sufficiently long cave. Here you will find a wide variety of cave formations, as well as many religious symbols, such as Buddha statues. From the main caves in different directions leaves many caves, to which access without a guide for safety purposes is prohibited. In these caves is hidden a lot more interesting, as, for example, streams and the lake with catfish, hot springs.
Hire a guide for walks of closed caves is available right here in the cave for 100 baht. They (mostly elderly women) are on duty at the entrances to additional caves. These caves are not covered, and the guides will tell you the road lamp.
The entrance to the cave is located on the grounds of the temple, which is also interesting and it is certainly worth a stroll. Review and pictures about the trip to the caves of Chiang Dao read here.
The caves of Chiang Dao, a few kilometers from the city (the caves of Chiang Dao on the map). To get to the cave entrance from the hotel to the Chiang Dao on Songhtaew for 100 baht or rented transport, you can walk up. Near the caves of Parking, restaurant. Here is a very interesting "forest" temple complex. Caves work up to 17 hours.
DOI Chiang Dao (Doi Luang Chiang Dao)
DOI Chiang Dao, the third highest mountain of Thailand (altitude 2195). The mountain is part of the national Park, Doi Chiang Dao National Park. Climbing the mountain is the most popular route out of Chiang Dao and requires no special training: on the rocks you climb will not have only need good physical shape to withstand a long hike. Walk up the hill to on the way to get acquainted with a local rich flora and fauna, to admire and capture from the top of the incredibly breathtaking views. If you are experienced and prepared traveler, you'll be able to master the ascent and descent on their own in one day if you start early in the morning. The starting point for lifting is close to the cave complex in the village of Ban Tham. Alternative are guided tours with an overnight stay at the top in tents (tents, food, porters are provided by the organizers).
The market on Tuesdays
In the North of Chiang Dao there is a market, where on Tuesdays early in the morning attracts the inhabitants of the tribal villages to sell and buy items of daily consumption. If you find yourself at this time (Tuesday) Chiang Mai, be sure to visit the market after arriving here by bus or taxi, but it must be done early in the morning, because in 12 hours the market is already terminated.
A few kilometers from Chiangdao there are hot springs (the hot springs of Chiang Dao on the map). The most interesting thing about this place is that these sources are "wild", ie not refined and not "commercialisable". You can feel free to come here and swim absolutely free, as well as in the nearby river. Springs are the concrete barrels in the ground in the mountains on the tubes flows hot thermal water.
The water in the barrels is very hot, and start taking hot baths better with long barrel (the one closer to the river), gradually descending into the water. When a little used, can go in more hot barrels (those further from the river). Can be cooled immediately, in the river.
Places for changing clothes here, and have to change clothes, hiding in the bushes nearby.
Find sources simply. When driving on the highway from Chiang Mai to Chiang Dao for 3 kilometers to the caves of Chiang Dao you will meet a fork in the road, which is a lot of pointers. One of them, very small and wooden, will indicate the sources of (see photo). You will need to turn in the direction of the arrow to the left and go along the asphalt road until it stops. Barrels you can easily see from the road on the left.
Review and pictures about the trip to the hot springs in Chiang Dao read here
How to get to Chiang Dao?
To reach Chiang Dao is possible, in addition to leased transport, bus. From Chiang Mai from Chang Phuak station every half hour from 6 am to 6 PM travel the minibase cost 40 baht, 1 hour and 30 minutes. Six times a day buses to tha ton (Tha Ton) and every half hour in Fang, which make the path stop in Chiang Dao are the same 40 baht.
To reach Chiang Dao from Chiang Rai, take the bus to tha Ton (Tha Ton), and from there on another bus to Chiang Dao (i.e. on the bus to Chiang Mai with a stop in Chiang Dao). To get from the bus stop at Chiang Dao to the hotel, you can take taxi (Songthaew) from 100 baht.
If you go to Chiang Dao from Chiang Mai by rented transport, be careful on the road. The road here is very good, but it runs through the mountains and cool winds.
How to travel around the city?
The town is very small and there is no public transport. The whole town you can walk around in 15 minutes. But to get to the Guesthouse from the bus stop, you may have to use the transport.
Available form of transport – taxi (Soghtaew, which only works as a taxi), and motorcycle taxis. For a trip on Soghtaew around the city will have to pay about 150 baht, but the price is negotiable and you have to haggle. Rent for a day will cost 1000 baht. The caves out of town for Soghtaew you can get for 100 baht on a motorcycle taxi for 30.
Here you can also rent a motorbike or Bicycle, and is, in our opinion, the best option to explore the area. Rent a light motorcycle will cost 200 baht per day, a Bicycle is about 100 baht per day.
Additional information about Chiang Dao in the English language can get on the website http://chiangdao.chiangdao.com/. There you will be able to know the routes and prices offered by tours from Chiang Dao from Chiang Mai in Chiang Dao.