by Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai
During a walk along the booths inside the exhibition hall of Central Airport Plaza in the context of the annual Chiang Mai & the North Tourism Forum on November 22, 2012, there were the following outstanding new tourism products to be mentioned (in alphabetical order):
Ayatana Hotel & Spa Chiang Mai: Being a little and tiny hideaway not far from behind the Chiang Mai University, the Ayatana awakens the six senses and is totally decorated in Northern Thai Style (see www.ayatana-resort.com)
De Lanna Hotel Chiang Mai: The boutique hotel is a tranquil oasis right in the heart of the city near Tha Pae Gate and offers a recommended restaurant and bar (see www.delannahotel.com)
Dusit Island Resort Chiang Rai: Being under the management of Dusit International, the idyllically located island resort features the Mae Kok River and blends the traditional with the contemporary as its best (see www.dusit.com)
Insda Resort Chiang Mai: Located only 23km from Chiang Mai International Airport on the way to Samoeng, the resort offers a stunning mountainous scenery (see www.theinsdaresort.com)
Khum Khantoke Dinner and Show: Featuring the ultimate center of Lan Na Arts, guests will sample local delicacies and being entertained by the colorful dancing styles from every part of the kingdom (see www.khantoke.com)
Le Crystal Restaurant: Experience the finest French Cuisine blending Northern Thai Culture within a contemporary Thai Teak Wood Building along the Ping River (see www.lecrystalrestaurant.com)
Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi: Set on 60 acres of farm land, the 6-star inspirational resort & spa showcases the beauty of Lan Na Culture and Architecture (see www.mandarinoriental.com)
Nan Boutique Hotel: Being a TAZS Hotel and Resort, Nan Boutique Hotel is located right in the heart of Nan in walking distance from ancient temples and historical attractions (www.TAZShotels.com)
Nature Lodge: Avoiding mass tourism, Nature Lodge is one of the best choices in Phrao District, Chiang Mai to learn more about community-based tourism and experience the simple life and way of living of local farmers (see www.naturelodge.org)
Playhouse Theatre Cabaret Show: The show consists of several famous pieces from internationally acclaimed entertainment that is full of sparkle, movement and emotion to make a memorable evening (see www.playhouse-chiangmai.com)
In another development, the international horticultural exposition “Royal Flora Ratchaphruek” started to be held from December 14, 2011 to March 14, 2012 at the Royal Ratchaphruek Park, Mae Hiya District, Chiang Mai.
The highlights of the activities are categorized into 3 categories, including exhibitions, national and international horticultural symposia and competitions on various topics related to tropical flora. The event also highlights the Royal Duties and Wisdom of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej under the theme “84 Years under the Great King’s Prestige.
Another Commemoration Exhibition is featuring the Royal Duties of their Majesties and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince in relation to agriculture. The event will also feature international and national gardens as well as exhibitions on horticultural and agricultural science and technology.