Chiang Mai – A city full of surprises!

From shopping to misty mountains to hill tribes, Chiang Mai is a popular playground for travellers. If this is your first time, Chiang Mai has a diversified set of things to offer you and will give you the best experience you’ve had in an Asian country. Night markets, comfortable hotel rooms, historical sites are a few that await you in the city.

Places of interest

Chiang Mai is considered a historical city due to its many historical sites including Wat Lai Kroh. In addition, there are museums, gardens, spas and ancient temples that make Chiang Mai one of the most visited capitals.

Shopping

If you want to buy things at low prices and strike the best bargain possible, you are going to find Chiang Mai to be a haven of night markets, boutique shops and malls.

Accommodation

Chiang Mai is a large city with thousands of people shuffling in due to its popularity. If you are worried about finding a place that best suits you, don’t worry, there is a wide range of hotels and Chiang Mai Residences for you to choose from. With places such as Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites and budget hotels, Chiang Mai offers its visitors not only attractions but also a comfortable stay.

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Wat Loi Kroh – A temple of great historical significance!

You can find the temple on Loi Kroh Road 65 – a few yards away from the night bazaar – in the midst of the buzzing tourist scene.

The most interesting feature

The history of the temple is the most alluring aspect. The temple was built in 1456 – which makes it about 500 years old – during the reign of the 6th king: King Kue Na of the Mengrai Dynasty.

The period of reconstruction

After liberating Chiang Mai, Prince Kawila of Lampang started reconstructing everything that was in ruins after many years of suffering and struggle. While rebuilding his own city, the prince sent delegates to neighbouring cities to force people to come and live in Chiang Mai. This was his method of spreading his sovereignty all over the nation.

Things to do near the temple

As mentioned above, the temple is located in the midst all the attractions in Chiang Mai. While you are on your trip, you can explore the night bazaar, Boy Blues Bar, Ceremony of Candles and Sunday Walking Market.

Where can you stay?

Although the temple alone is not a significant tourist attraction, there are other attractions that draw hundreds into the city – so it should be pretty easy to find a Chiang Mai hotel as you have a variety of accommodation options the likes of Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and many others to choose from.

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Elephants in Thailand – Gentle Giants of Asia

The elephants found in Thailand are the “Indian” elephants (that is a sub -species of the Asian Elephant). Unlike the regular Indian elephants, Thai elephants have shorter legs and thicker skin compared to their Indian relatives.

History

Elephants have played quite a significant role in Thai society since the early ages. They were used mainly for their strength and intelligence, where they helped to hall logs and other building material through forests. Male elephants that were more aggressive were chosen as War elephants and used during times of war by great Thai Kings. Later, elephants were trained by professionals called “Mahouts” – who are still used to this date to follow certain commands by means of voice and sharp pointed spears.

Habitat

Due to their diet, the natural habitat of Thai elephants is in the tropical forests of the Northern and Western parts of the island. Located about an hour’s drive from Chiang Rai, the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort lets you view these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Get to play and connect with elephants at one of the award-winning Chiang Rai hotels in Thailand.

Cultural Significance

Elephants in Thailand are considered very important culturally. Many elephant references have been made on art works, literature and even national emblems. Thailand predominantly being a Buddhist country, believe that elephants are sacred. Many paintings in the Thai Royal Palace have them drawn on their walls. Even the Royal Thai flag has a symbol of the white elephant on it.

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Golf Courses in Chiang Mai – Magnets for the Golf Enthusiast

If you are a golf enthusiast you will be in your element in Chiang Mai as you will find a host of excellent golf courses in the area that will capture your imagination.

Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai

The well-reputed Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai extends over a large extent of land within a valley amidst mountains. This golf course has also hosted important golf tournaments. An accommodation choice to consider from which this golf course would be within easy reach would be Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites which is amongst the pleasingly located Chiang Mai residences that you can stay at on a golfing holiday.

Chiang Mai Inthanon Golf & Natural Resort

This attractive golf course which was constructed in 2009 is situated in a picturesque setting amidst pleasant fruit orchards. This golf course is reputed for its challenging design, interesting hole layout and excellent condition.

Chiang Mai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort

This facility may be considered to be Chiang Mai’s finest golf course. To reach this golf course you must undertake a scenic drive across stunning landscapes passing plantations and fields of rice as you head into the picturesque mountains.

Gassan Khuntan Golf & Resort

If you visit this golf course you will find out why Gassan Khuntan is considered to rank amongst the loveliest as well as the most challenging golf courses in the entirety of Thailand. This course is located in proximity to Khuntan National Park.

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The Cicada Market – A Place for Shopping or a Pleasant Stroll

Pathways aglow in the light of night lamps, the strong aroma of delicious street food and the pleasant buzzing of locals in Thailand is something you simply must experience. The perfect place for this is none other than the Cicada Market.

Location

This market is located close to the sea in Hua Hin and is just a short distance away from the main Hua Hin Night Market. There are several hotels situated close by such as Anantara Hua Hin Resort. The Cicada Market is open from Friday to Sunday from 4 pm to 11 pm.

 

What’s on sale?

When it comes to things to do in Hua Hin, Thailand, shopping at a night market is an experience that cannot be missed! At Cicada Market, items are sold on a common theme which is art! If you happen to be an art lover, this is the place to be! Watch as glass figurines are finely sculpted with a blow torch or get a self-portrait of yourself for a reasonable price of THB 300 and much more.

Tantalizing food

Now, what would a night market be without delicious street food? The Cicada Market offers a large variety of things to eat from western to local dishes and a tempting array of desserts too.

The ambience

The air here is as calm as can be with an enjoyable sea breeze and isn’t as overcrowded as other night markets in Hua Hin.

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Kayaking and Canoeing in Phuket – Taking to the Waves on an Adventure

Looking for a fun way to go exploring in Phuket while also getting in a great cardio workout? Kayaking and canoeing is the answer with lots of adventures for you to enjoy!

The wonders of nature

Phang Nga Bay is one of the most popular Phuket attractions that can be enjoyed while kayaking or canoeing. Home to imposing limestone cliffs, secluded islands and vibrant coral reefs, it is little wonder that this area rich in biodiversity has also been named as the Ao Phang Nga National Park.

In search of a “hong”

One of the best experiences when kayaking, especially in Phang Nga Bay is the chance to explore “hongs”. These are somewhat like collapsed cave systems that can be accessed at low tide and are home to their own distinctive ecosystem.

Seaside fun

Kayaking doesn’t always have to be about serious exploration. If you are staying at a beachside resort such as Anantara Layan Phuket Resort you can always look to just hire a kayak and take to the sea, by yourself or with a loved one; it’s the perfect way to enjoy the laid-back beach vibes, tropical sunshine and a whole new perspective of the island.

Best time for canoeing and kayaking

These activities can be enjoyed pretty much all year round in Phuket and it should be noted, rainy weather even adds a whole new allure to such adventures. That being said, December to March offers plenty of sunshine for an unforgettable excursion out at sea.

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Find Your Balance with “Chakra Crystal Balancing” – Unblock Your Chakras with the Right Stone

Wearing selected crystals is a unique method that has been used for centuries to treat various ailments. Here’s how to find the right chakra crystal to suit your body.

The science behind it

The official term is known as the piezoelectric effect. Think of how a piece of quartz in a watch emits a slight voltage that keeps it running perfectly. Certain crystals can do the same with the human body.

What’s a Chakra?

Chakras are 7 focal points in the body used in an assortment of ancient meditative practices. Starting at the base of the spine and moving up to the head. If your chakra is not balanced, it is believed to cause ailments in the body. Many Asian countries use chakra stones to balance wellness – in Phuket, you can find many spas using the stones.

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Not all crystals react the same way

Each stone has its own unique charge that reacts differently with each person. Depending on this, the stone needed to balance a chakra can vary on the person and their need.

Finding your chakra stone

The best way to find a stone is to test it by holding it or placing it on parts of your body with your eyes closed. Do you feel uncomfortable, repulsed, or even relieved? Test each stone and pick one that you feel happy with. Nowadays, several hotels like Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas have incorporated chakra cleansing sessions for guests.

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Exploring the Natural Habitats of Elephants – An Unforgettable Experience in Thailand

Love anything to do with elephants, the largest mammal on earth? Then read onto find out what exploring the natural habitats of these intelligent animals in Thailand would consist of.

Elephant Learning Experience

With this experience, visitors can learn more about the elephant’s behaviour, biology, and conservation which is guaranteed to be a highly educational experience, especially for kids. One can also get to watch them play and frolic in the bathing areas in places such as Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, which is a quite a popular elephant camp in Thailand.

Sponsor an Elephant

Help make a significant difference in the lives of these gentle giants by sponsoring an elephant. There are many foundations which are set up primarily for elephants that cannot fend for themselves in the wild, whether through abuse or circumstances.

Engage in a Yoga Session Surrounded by Elephants

Get the chance to calm and free your mind as you explore the lush forest trails alongside majestic elephants. After which one can enjoy a rejuvenating personalised yoga experience among lush paddy fields.

Picnic with Elephants

Take along a delicious hamper packed with delicious gourmet delights, along with a rug and settle down among plush greenery in a secluded spot and enjoy some quiet time amidst nature while herds of elephants munch quietly on their own leafy snacks.

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Hatha Yoga Asanas and their Benefits – Regain Mental Clarity and Calmness

Do you need to become more patient and relaxed devoid of stress? If you wish to experience a gentle yet a nuanced practice, Hatha Yoga will be an ideal option. Read on to know why.

About

‘Hatha Yoga’, as implied by its name stands to bring balance to the moon and the sun in you. It comprises different styles of yoga and such as pranayama (breathing exercises) and asanas (yoga postures). The ultimate goal of this yoga type is to seek a state of equilibrium between your mind and body and thereby to prepare your body for profound spiritual practices like meditation.

 

Move beyond limitations!

Move to the breath, talk to your mind and finally dwell into the inner self! Through its varied yogic postures, Hatha Yoga has the ability to increase your consciousness and level of body energy. Also, it involves a proper practice of asanas and the intake of nutritious food.

 

Balance and posture

Hatha Yoga techniques will increase your ability to know where you are in space! A good balance in your mind and body will help you to face any challenge that you’ll encounter in your day to day life. If you’re staying at a Phuket luxury resort the likes of Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, you can practise the ancient tradition of Hatha Yoga during your stay.

 

Benefits

With regular Hatha Yoga practice, the entire mind and body and even your inner spirit get purified. The inner bliss will be reflected in your face with a glow. Most importantly it regulates the internal systems of the body.

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Yoga and Its Origin – Becoming one with the Universe

The word ‘yoga’ comes from the word ‘Yoji’ from the Sanskrit meaning to join. The practice of yoga is focused on helping the body, mind and soul become one. Here’s how it began.

Knowledge from a God

Shiva is known as the first Adiyogi. By the Himalaya Mountains, thousands of years ago, Adiyogi passed in his knowledge and learning of yoga to 7 sages who then spread the practice throughout the land.

More than uniting the body and mind

Yoga does help the physique of the body as well as the mind and soul to synchronize. But, there is much more to yoga than just this! Yoga is about becoming one with the universe itself.

Classifications of yoga

Yoga begins to work with an individuals’ body, mind, emotions and energy. This has brought about 4 main clarifications of yoga; Karma yoga, where the body is used, bhakti yoga where the emotions are used, gyana yoga, where the mind and intellect are used and kiriya yoga where the energy is used.

Where yoga is practised

India is the main country in which yoga is very common in the society. Another country would be Thailand which focuses on wellness. Chiang Mai, for instance, has hotels like Anantara Chiang Mai Resort that do offer yoga practices as a service to guests.

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