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About Shopping in Chiang Mai

Posted on September 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

The mist-covered highlands of the artistic Chiang Mai Province have long tempted tourists to explore this southern part of the legendary Himalayan mountain range. Primarily drawn north by the sagas of elephants and vine-filled wildernesses, tourists are amusingly distracted by the doorway city of Chiang Mai. However the most unique allure of this northern Thai town has been the shopping, for hundreds of years.

Commercial and Cultural Hub of Asia

Chang Mai spans one of the great crossroads of Asia- southern portion of the Silk Road – merging commerce and culture between segments further north and west in present-day China, Myanmar and Laos. Early caravan traders sold timber, silks and opium. Now, the ‘well-known’ Night Bazaar of Chiang Mai is located a few steps away from the original trade movements that bought opium, silk, tea, musk, dried fruit, ponies and mules, lacquer ware, gold, copper, edible birds’ nests, cotton, betel nut, ivory and tobacco into the region.

Start Planning before Weekends

It is important that you land in Chiang Mai one or two days before the weekend so that you can get the best experience of shopping in Chiang Mai that Thailand has to offer. When the weekend begins, local traders emerge with tempting, colorful displays of homegrown arts and crafts, fashion and jewelry that will leave your moneybag begging for mercy.

Start Shopping Early

You can also look out for the Sunday Walking Street. It offers better than average products and a good taste of provincial culture which can also remind you the itinerant merchant ritual of the ancient Chinese traders. If you arrive early then you will be able to watch the merchants unpack their puffy packs and neatly place their product for displays.

Most of the products sold here are handmade, in and around of Chiang Mai, which include cotton scarves, wood carvings and leather sandals.

Eating While Shopping in Chiang Mai

There is a good chance you would get hungry as you go deep inside, shopping in the streets of Chiang Mai. For you, the temples along the way would host stalls selling flavorsome northern Thai cuisine and other energy boosts with the exchange of small amount of money. You will also find numerous local restaurants waiting for you to serve a wide range of food items to suit your taste.

What you can do after dark?

After dark you can discover some veiled attractions as well. You can find buskers takes over some small spots of the pedestrian path to entertain the tourist with some all-time favorites or new-fangled hits. If you get tired of shopping, you can grab a massage chair where clients are stretched and pulled to give them both pleasure and extra power.

When Everything Shuts Down It Is the Time to Enter the Night Bazar

You will see that when everything else is closing down, the Night Bazaar is lighting up. You can venture to the devoted shopping buildings behind which antique and handicraft stores are bursting with. At the Galare Night Bazaar you will find home d├ęcor and upmarket clothes. The Amusan Market and the Anusan Food Centre are two other common tourist destinations for cottage industry goods and a wide variety of foods respectively.

Finally, when you are travelling to Chiang Mai, you should not forget to bring an extra luggage and have an appropriate courier in mind, because you might end up purchasing enough souvenirs to decorate an entire house! Shopping in Chiang Mai can be that much of fun!

Preparing for the Worst While Hiking

Posted on September 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

How often do we plan an outdoor vacation, but we forget to properly prepare for that impromptu side trip into the wilderness, for an overnight stay, or all day excursion? I know it has happened to me when taking that hike to the mountain lake that is just over the ridge and where there will be few people on the trail.

How often are we prepared with enough food, proper clothing or water when we set out on a beautiful day hike? In today’s instant society there are plenty of foods to choose from, but we often choose off the shelf protein bars or packaged items to throw into our backpacks. We grab a water bottle or two and off we go for that instant hike into the wilderness.

A little planning goes a long way in preparing for unexpected disasters. Having a check list of the most essential items in your wilderness pack before you leave home will pay dividends when unexpected disasters strike. The following seven items are must have items that will save your life and help make the disaster tolerable:

1) Waterproof matches or windproof butane lighter

2) Extra food and water. The preferable choice would be prepackaged food that just needs hot water.

3) Emergency waterproof shelter (plastic cover).

4) Multipurpose knife

5) Extra clothing (preferably wool or other material that will keep you warm when wet.)

6) Flashlight (plus extra batteries)

7) Emergency first aid kit

All of these items can be purchased at your local shopping center or the internet for a minimal price. The items will last for years in your wilderness pack. and will offer you a great sense of security.

In addition to the seven essential items above are additional items that would be nice to have in your wilderness pack. These items will certainly make your time in the outdoors more enjoyable and just might be life saving:

8) Compass

9) Toilet kit which would include toilet paper

10) Insect repellent

11) Sunburn protection

12) Whistle

13) Fire starter

14) Maps of the area your exploring

15) Sunglasses

You can pack these items in your personal back pack. or you can visit websites that have wilderness packs available for a minimal price. If you are an avid outdoors person you must be prepared for a last minute change in plans. You need to have a pack prepared before you head out the door. Keep the back pack light but keep it packed with these essential items and you will be prepared when a disaster strikes.

The Virtues of Being Selective While Shopping for Grand Canyon Bus Tours

Posted on September 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

Covering about 1.2 million acres, Grand Canyon National Park is a huge expanse of untouched wilderness. Part of this 270-mile gash in the Earth’s surface is located on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, while another portion is located in Kaibab National Forest. It’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and every Las Vegas visitor should see it. I recommend booking a bus tour if a day trip like this sounds appealing, but you might want to read the following tips first.

Grand Canyon bus tours are all-day events. Most of them are all-inclusive, meaning the price includes a continental breakfast (coffee, juice and a pastry) and a simple lunch. Dinner isn’t included, but you’ll be able to duck into a restaurant, snack bar or convenience store for that. If you’re choosy about your food, bring something that will satisfy your taste buds. Bring some of your favorite snacks, too.

How old the motor coaches used by a tour company is important. You’ll be on the bus for a long time, and you’ll want to make sure it’s safe and comfortable. Unfortunately, some tour companies cut corners, and one of the first places they try to save money involves the quality of their buses. Look for buses that have tinted windows, comfortable seats, individual air conditioning units, and pull-down window blinds. You’ll also want clean restrooms, plenty of personal space and big windows for sightseeing.

Be sure to pick one of the Grand Canyon bus deals that stops at Hoover Dam to let you take photos. Don’t book one of the bus tours that drive over the Hoover Dam Bypass and continue on straight to the Grand Canyon. The best tours drive over the bridge and then double back to the dam on the Arizona side, because that particular view is best for photos. Your bus will stop there in the morning because you’ll be heading back to your Vegas Strip hotel late in the day.

Most Grand Canyon bus tours give you more than 3 hours at the canyon itself. Anything less than two just isn’t enough because there’s so much to see and do. You’ll be happier with your tour if you book one that gives you the longest possible time at the canyon. Some of the points of interest you’ll want to see at the West Rim are the Grand Canyon Skywalk, Eagle Point, Guano Point, the Indian Cultural Center and Hualapai Ranch. Grand Canyon Village, Yaki Point and Mather Point are must-sees at the South Rim.

If possible, reserve your bus tour before you arrive in Sin City and at least 3 days in advance. There are a few reasons for doing this. First and foremost, these tours are very popular and tickets sell out fast. Also, you probably don’t want to be arranging things while you’re on holiday- book ahead so you can enjoy yourself instead. Plus, you’ll pay more if you buy your tickets in Las Vegas, especially if you buy them through your hotel tour desk or at a booth along the Strip.

Keep a watchful eye on fees. Some of the more common ones I see are ones related to fuel and park fees, as well as the most ridiculous one wherein the company requires travelers to pay for their meals. You should also remember the old saying: “All that glitters is not gold.” If you see any unbelievably cheap Grand Canyon bus deals, they’re probably too good to be true. Avoid them because they’re probably loaded with extra fees. They may also have onerous cancellation policies that require you to notify the tour company you’re cancelling a full day before your tour in order to receive all your money back.