Julie Henning Reports from Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Join Associate Producer, Julie Henning reporting for the Lowell Thomas Award-wining travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer as she makes a weeklong journey of discovery in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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The largest city in Northern Thailand, the city of Chiang Mai is over 700 years old and brimming with history, culture, and adventure. A natural habitat for Asian elephants, our trip begins with a visit north of the city to Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary for elephants rescued from the now banned logging industry. We meet the gentle giants, feed them fruit, and even bathe them in a river. Up next is dining out with Chiang Mai Food Tours, a local food tour service that helped us experience authentic Thai Food the way Thai people enjoy it most. Ordering food is easier than expected and everything is delicious. A trip to Chiang Mai wouldn’t be complete without a tour up the Mae Pang River in the care of Urban Adventures. A longboat carries us up river to an organic farm where we are fed Khao Soy, a traditional northern Thai noodle soup. The noise of snorting pigs breaks through the monotony of farmers’ hand tilling gardens thriving on the sloping riverbanks. Thailand is home to some of the friendliest and most approachable people on earth. Invited to practice speaking English with a group of seniors, we leaves Thailand with full hearts and plans to return soon.

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Keywords: Thailand, Chiang Mai, Thai, Asia, elephants, tours, travel, river tour, food

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  1. Family Travel Bloggers Share Their Best Family Experiences for 2016 | Our Whole VillageOur Whole Village

    […] “Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern, Thailand. A mix of history, culture, and adventure, Chiang Mai is an excellent family-friendly destination. We visited in late-October, between the hot season and the rainy season, and allowed a full week to explore both the city and the mountainous countryside. Highlights of the visit included a trip to the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary for distressed and injured Asian elephants. Kids will enjoy feeding the gentle giants bananas and melons and bathing them in a shallow stream. Chiang Mai comes alive at night, with markets for shopping, dining, and people watching. We loved the Chiang Mai flower market, a distribution point for fragrant and exotic flowers on their way to Bangkok and Thailand’s coastal cities. On our last day, we arranged for a trip to the Sa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center, a collection of buildings where local artisans make handcrafted paper umbrellas and parasols using paper produced from the bark of the mulberry tree. For a small fee, an artist painted an elephant on the back of my iPad case; a perfect way to remember our first adventure in an Asian country.” […]

  2. Family Travel Bloggers Share Their Best Family Experiences for 2016 - Our Whole Village

    […] “Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern, Thailand. A mix of history, culture, and adventure, Chiang Mai is an excellent family-friendly destination. We visited in late-October, between the hot season and the rainy season, and allowed a full week to explore both the city and the mountainous countryside. Highlights of the visit included a trip to the Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary for distressed and injured Asian elephants. Kids will enjoy feeding the gentle giants bananas and melons and bathing them in a shallow stream. Chiang Mai comes alive at night, with markets for shopping, dining, and people watching. We loved the Chiang Mai flower market, a distribution point for fragrant and exotic flowers on their way to Bangkok and Thailand’s coastal cities. On our last day, we arranged for a trip to the Sa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center, a collection of buildings where local artisans make handcrafted paper umbrellas and parasols using paper produced from the bark of the mulberry tree. For a small fee, an artist painted an elephant on the back of my iPad case; a perfect way to remember our first adventure in an Asian country.” […]