The city of Thaton/Thaton in Chiang Mai/Chiangmai (Thailand)
Thaton (Thaton, Thaton, Tha Ton) is more of a village (population about 2000) than the city. Thaton is located about half way from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai and near Fanga (Fang) (Thaton on the map of Chiang Mai province).
Thaton is known among tourists trekking tours to villages of tribes, as well as cruises on the boat to Chiang Rai. Here you can stay at one of the hotels or guesthouses, most of which are located along the river Kok (Kok River) or directly into it (floating hotels). The cost of accommodation is not high, especially in the low season from may to October. Find a modest but decent accommodation with air conditioning is available at 600 baht for a double room. Without air conditioning you can stay almost half the price.
The atmosphere in Thaton very quiet, this place is suitable for lovers of peace and quiet relax in an almost rural environment. Entertainment here, and from major attractions only one stands out - the temple of Wat Tha Ton. To the border with Burma (Myanmar) hence it is only four kilometers, though there is no border crossing, and the border States goes through the jungle and across the river.
Wat Tha Ton is a huge monastery, surrounding the village. Its scope will impress you: the temple is situated on nine levels of the hills and covers an area of 0.65 square kilometers. Each level is something in itself interesting, and the upper level offers a wonderful view of the surroundings. Don't miss this attraction, if you pass by Tatana (the Thaton temple on the map).
Here is a tourist police office, where it is recommended to register before going to a distant village or sending in a cruise on the river.
Tour of Thaton
A two-day cruise down the Kok river towards Chiang Rai is an average of 1300 baht, three-day from 1600 baht. Quick connections to Chiang Rai on dlinnohvostaja half a day for 350 baht (departing 12:30).
Within a radius of kilometers from Tatana several tribal villages, among them "long-necked" variety tribe, the Karen, the Palaung (Palaung). You can reach them on foot, by mountain bike or motorbike. From almost any Guesthouse in Thaton you can arrange a Hiking tour or an excursion to the tribes in the area, but the price for this tour will be in most cases higher than the same tour from Chiang Mai because it will be a private tour. Besides tours here are less "touristy" and more exotic than tours on beaten paths of Chiang Mai. What is the good, the excursions of Tatana as a guide you will be one of the people of the tribe, which will tell you a lot about life in villages.
How to get to Thaton?
From Chiang Mai to Thaton the bus leaves from the station Chatuchak about every 2 hours, and costs from 55 baht, 4 hours.
From Chiang Rai to Thaton is also accessible by bus costing 100 baht, about 3 hours, but there are these buses not very often.
From Fang (Fang) in Thaton and back to the Songthaew taxis ply throughout the day and costs 30 baht, journey time 40 minutes.
From Chiang Rai to Thaton can also be reached by boat for 350 baht and 6 hours of emerging from Chiang Rai at 10:30. The route goes up the Kok river and is very picturesque.
Transportation in Thaton. Than to move on?
Thaton is a small town, or rather village, and transport to move around it is not needed. The nearest attractions Thaton temple can be easily reached on foot. More here no place to go.
To reach the tribal villages in the Guesthouse you can rent a mountain bike (from 60 baht per day) or motorbike (150 baht a day).