1 Day Doi Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai also sometimes written as "Chiengmai", is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, and is the capital of Chiang Mai Province., 700 km. north of Bangkok, The district is covered by many mountains, chiefly stretching in the south-north direction. The river Ping, one of the major tributaries of the Chao Phraya River, originates in the Chiang Dao mountains. The highest mountain of Thailand, the 2,575 meter high Doi Inthanon, is located in the district. Several national parks are in the district: Doi Inthanon, Doi Suthep Pui, Mae Ping, Sri Lanna, Huay Nam Dang, Mae Phang, Chiang Dao
In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern city, although it lacks the cosmopolitan gloss of Bangkok. It has many attractions for the thousands of foreign visitors who come each year. Chiang Mai's historic importance is derived from its important strategic location on an ancient trade route. Long before the modern influx of foreign visitors, the city served as an important centre for handcrafted goods, umbrellas, jewelry (particularly silver) and woodcarving.
* Doi Chiang Dao foothill
Doi Chiang Dao National Park, in Chiang Mai province, is Thailand's third highest mountain at 2,220 meters and, viewed from Chiang Dao village, is one of the most spectacular sights in the whole country.
This limestone massif has a number of peaks and ridges over 2,000 meters in a horseshoe shape and has a series of forest types that change with altitude. The variety of forest types and altitude of the mountain combined with its close proximity to Myanmar result in a large number of exciting birds found here as well as some excellent views and a relaxing atmosphere.
Wat Tam Pa Plong : The easily accessed car park and steps to the temple are a great place to get to grips with all of the more common birds to be found here. There are some fruiting trees at the furthest point into the temple where lots of Drongos, Orioles, Bluebirds and Green Pigeons feed. The limestone around the monk's quarters are often a good place to see Streaked Wren Babbler and Speckled Piculet can often be located from its noisy drumming. Spending time in the temple grounds is a good way to see a high number of bird species in a short space of time.
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