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    There are loads of cultural activities set up for tourists in Chiang Mai. I was more than a little sceptical about the value of some of these, but this one definitely provided for an amazing day:

    http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/

    It is a farm of sorts set up to provide a sanctuary for injured and abused elephants. The previous life of some of these elephants is so terribly sad, so did end up being quite an emotional experience for me, but wholly worth it. The approach here is all about allowing the elephants to live in a safe environment without stress, so there is no riding. Basically the day is spent watching the elephants interact, feeding them and bathing them in the river.

    You can’t just make your own way there – staff will pick you up from your hotel and drop you back at the end of the day. over 7 years ago

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    The panda house at the zoo was worth seeing. The huge airconditioned buildings (and the pandas) were donated by China. We stayed for quite a while as we were entertained by the 2 pandas playing together.
    The rest of the zoo was in a bad state but was under redevelopment. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Greg Curtis via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Also, hire a moter scooter. We had a ride into the hills where its a lot cooler and visited some waterfalls. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Greg Curtis via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Best thing we did in Chiang Mai was a thing called Flight of the Gibbons. Basically, it's a day trip out into the jungle where they've rigged up a little over 2kms of zip lines that you ride down and then abseil down to the next platform. Feels surprisingly safe for that part of the world...

    There's also a place called Tiger Kingdom which is a restaurant that also has cages with tigers in various sizes. For a fee you can go and spend some time sitting in with the tigers and get some photos.

    If you're booking anything in Chiang Mai, do it at Julie's Guesthouse in the old town. The guy there is great and was very honest about what was good and what wasn't and gave us a really good price on all the tours we went on. over 7 years ago

    Answered by David Benda via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I just got back from a day tour in Chiang Mai to the national park.

    We drove about two hours to the Doi Inthanon National Park, which is also the highest peak in Thailand (2,576 metres above sea level), and part of the mountain ranges that head north to China.

    Nearby we visited the King and Queen's Pagoda - two very impressive and magestic pagodas which give you spectacular views of the mountain ranges. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Ian C via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I can 100% vouch for the elephant park that ren1 recommended. It not only does day trips, but you can stay for a night or three, or stay for the week as a volunteer which is what i did. A totally inspirational experience, as described above. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Maddie via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Grab a motorbike (250cc and not a scooter) and do the Mae Hong Son ride - 1884 twits and turns through spectacular mountains and gorges. over 6 years ago

    Answered by PlaneTraveler via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    When you visit Chiang Mai, a must tour is trekking. It is so wonderful place for trekking purpose, i ride the elephants - they're very lovely and cute, feed them with loads of bananas, then visit waterfalls and rafts!! I trek 2 days and sleep overnight in jungle village. Book with this website www.allchiangmaitours.com I will come back here agian next year!!! over 4 years ago

    Answered by Daniele via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Yes like Daniele said. Book via www.allchiangmaitours.com. I'm going there on 22nd Jan till 27th with custom travel itinerary. Will update once going thru it. over 4 years ago

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