Saturday of June 18, 2016 – My husband and I were travelling to two nearby provinces of Chiang Mai: Lamphun and Lampang. The travel program was organized by Tourism Autority of Thailand. I got to know this trip from the Fine Dae Magazine facebook page. The topic of the trip was “หรรษาล้านนาหน้าฝน” which means fun travelling in Lanna area in the raining season. The goal of the program was to show that you can also travel while it rains 😉 That sounds cool right. Let’s have a look where we went!
We met at 7.30 am in Chiang Mai. We got snacks, fruits, and drinks. The program should have started at 8.00 am sharp but you know we are in Thailand so we left the meeting point around 8.40 am 🙂
The first place we visited was: Wat Phra That Hariphunchai. The temple is about 600 years old now. We got a holy water from the abbot so that we have good luck for the travel day and also for life later. 🙂
Next stop was at อุทยานแห่งชาติแจ้ซ้อน (Chaesorn National Park) in Lampang. The national park is more than 600 square meters big. It has a six steps water fall, hot springs, and it is the origin of a big river called (Wang river). The trip to the national park is quite far and we needed more than 1 hour of driving. The road is good. The scenery along was incredible. Also, you will see many villages that are not quite developed. It was very interesting.
It was about 12 pm when we arrived and we went straight to lunch. Hehe. I loved this part. The food was great. We had small different dishes. After lunch we had a program to plant a tree. I loved this activity. I hope I could plant much more but the small plants were limited.
After the tree planting activity we had free time for about 2 hours. So we went to the hot spring. It is quite different from the Hot springs I have been to in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
You will get a small bungalow which contains a large bathtub for 4 persons, shower, and a small dressing room.
You only pay 50 baht per person to enter. If you forgot the towel or bathing equipment you can buy or borrow there as well.
After bathing we were at the water fall. The incredible thing is that the waterfall and the water from the hot spring joined there. So you can choose if you want to have a hot water or a cold water instantly 🙂
Then, we went to the bridge “สะพานขาวทาชมภู” or “The white brigde of Tachompu”.The bridge is almost 100 years old and is used for connect trains to Chiang Mai. You still can see trains pass by the bridge. The bridge is the proud of the villagers as it has the western style architecture and it could survive the World War 2.
The last stop of the trip was at The Gassan Golf and Resort. There we had a closing ceremony and again we had some snacks, fruits and drinks 🙂
And Thai people like playing games. So the organizers provided a lot of gifts that they gave to us. Simon did not win anything so he got a free movie ticket at the end. We had another game that we should post our picture on Facebook and hash tag #หรรษาล้านนาหน้าฝน2 which is the name of the trip. The price is return flight ticket for 2 persons from Chiang Mai – Hua Hin.
This was the picture that I posted on my timeline.
And the winner is… Me 🙂
I really love this trip regardless of the price I won, but the way that we can travel and give something back to the nature.