Popularly known as the Rose of the North, Chiang
Mai is blessed with stunning natural beauty and unique indigenous cultural
identity. Founded by King Mengrai the Great as the capital of the Lanna Thai
kingdom by merging the various city-states in the region in 1296. Today Chiang
Mai is the economic, communications, cultural and tourism centre of Northern
About 700 kilometres from Bangkok, Chiang Mai is
situated on the Mae Ping River basin some 310 metres above sea level.
Surrounded by high mountain ranges, it covers an area of approximately 20,107
square kilometres. The terrain is mainly jungles and mountains, parts of which
are within national parks which are still fertile and verdant with plentiful
flora and fauna. There are many sites and locations where tourists prefer to
visit to study the lifestyle of the tribal people who live on high hills.
Buffalo Training Camp
The buffalo training camp is in Mae Rim, about
21kms from downtown and takes 25 minutes by car.
Here you will enjoy, magnificent views of the
scenic Doi Suthep mountains and the atmosphere of Thai country life as you
watch farmers and buffalo working the fields in traditional style.
The objective of the camp is to preserve the
traditional way of life of Thai farmers and the buffalo. You will watch a
demonstration of the buffalos skills as they are taught working commands such
as "Turn Left, Turn Right and Go Straight". Also there is a water wheel
operated by buffalo plus farmer and buffalo teams working together to ploughing
the rice paddy. The admission fee is Baht 200 for adults and Baht 100 for
children and the camp is open daily from 08.00 - 17:00.
There are Elephant Camps in the mountain area
near Chiang Mai, The Mae Sa Elephant Camp, 25kms from the centre of Chiang Mai
Watch the elephants trained for work and after
the show, try a ride on the back of the great animal with the mahout. Through
The admission fee to the camps is 80 Baht and 600
Baht per elephant ride (maximum 2 people).
Monkey training school
Visit the school which trains monkeys for
agricultural purposes. The animals are cute and playful but follow the commands
of their trainers. You can watch the monkeys show off their skill picking up
coconuts and do some trick for visitors. Show times 11.00 / 13.00 / 16.00 p.m.
The admission fee is Baht 250 for adult and Baht 150 for children.