Welcome to Day 4 in our Chiang Mai adventure!
Our day 1, 2 and 3 in Chiang Mai were full of wonderful memories filled with exploration and new experiences. To say the least, I think we already covered the top tourist destinations around the city. So, on our fourth day, we were more relaxed and not in a rush to jump to places. Although, there was only one item I want to erase in my bucket list that day and that was to see a panda since I’ve never seen one yet.
Because we didn’t know where else to go, our kind Manong driver recommended other tourist spots we might be interested in. Personally, I didn’t expect anything from this day’s trip. I only went with the flow wherever the water brings me.
So, here are the places we ended up going on our fourth day in Chiang Mai.
Thai silk Village
Our first stop was the Thai silk village, which by the way was a recommendation by our driver. Surprisingly, I learned a lot from this place. In a sense, it was very informational because the processes involved in the production of silk from silkworms were presented and explained inside.
These silkworms build their cocoons that will then make the threads for silk.
The second best thing I learned from this trip is how difficult weaving is. I was in awe of the weavers. I saw them coordinately moved their hands with their feet to create a silk cloth.
There was another weaver making patterned silk, with a combination of different colors. In her case, she had to manually weave the threads with her fingers and hand. They must be very patient doing this job.
SA Paper & Umbrella Handicraft Centre
The center is consist of a souvenir shop and a handicraft area. Most of the products sold inside are umbrellas in varying sizes and paper products. In another area, is a small art shop where visitors can create their own umbrella design for a fee.
Across the shop is where paper umbrellas are made. I’ve noticed most of the workers there were Lolos and Lolas but they worked effectively. They had different tasks that they needed to do. Like this one Lola below, she was responsible for sticking the initial paper to the foundation to make it looks like an umbrella.
Royal Park Rajapruek
This park was named before as International Exposition for His Majesty the King; Royal Flora Rajapruek. It was built for two reasons: one, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Accession to the throne on June 9, 2006, and, two, to celebrate His Majesty’s 80th Birthday Anniversary on December 5, 2007.
It is a huge park, around two hundred acres, with landscapes full of trees and many flowers.
The main attraction is the temple where you had to climb a series of stairs to reach it. But other sites worth visiting are the Thai tropical plants, Gardens for the King, the Orchid Garden, and the International Garden Zone which showcases the design and flowers of 33 different nations.
I recommend that you either take the tram or rent a bicycle. We didn’t do either of them so we were tired after a couple of hours walking. As a result, I don’t think we visited all the areas inside. This is one example of me saying, “I should have done something differently if I knew”. Nevertheless, I had a great time until I became exhausted and hungry.
A ticket for foreigners costs 200 THB.
Chiang Mai Zoo (Pandas)
Visiting the Chiang Mai zoo was one of my favorites that day because it was when I got to see live pandas. This zoo is quite big and most of the time, we were going uphill so taking the tram is a must for those without cars. You could always walk if you want but in our cases, we’ve already walked miles and miles at the Royal Park, so no, thank you. To be honest, I was already feeling tired and hungry when we arrived at the zoo.
To remedy our problem, our first destination was the restaurant. So we paid our tickets, waited for the tram that led us to the food area, ate our lunch and from then on, continued to explore the zoo.
It was my first time to be so close with a giraffe and feed it.
Then, I saw the pandas.
Finally, I successfully saw pandas doing their own thing which wasn’t much. If eating, napping, and pooping are what they normally do, then that was exactly what the two pandas were doing too.
They were really cute, though, and fun to watch.
Regarding the ticket, we paid 250 THB for entrance to the zoo and panda place and an addition of 80 THB for the tram service.