Handicrafts of Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is the handicraft capital of Thailand . Each locality has its own particular craft product, such a wood carvings, silverware engraving, silk weaving, celadon, umbrella making, lacquerware and the tribal crafts from the hilltribes.

Wood Carving: Hand Dong district, south of the township of Chiang Mai, is the center of old style wood carving for decorative pieces. There is also the Banyen Woodcarving Museum on Wua Lai Road with an excellent collection of Woodcarvings.

Silverware: Wua Lai road is the traditional center of a Chiang Mai silver smith. The articles of household and ornamental articles include bracelets, webbed belts, neck chains, food trays, boxes, dippers, bowls etc.

Lacquerware: The lacquerware center is along the road out of Chiang Mai to Chomthong. Lacquerware is an old craft of Chiang mai. The process of making lacquerware is from the woven bamboo strip skeleton, then many layers of lacquer are applied. After drying they are polished and painted with astisric designs.

Umbrella Making: Bor Sang about 9 kilometers from Chiang Mai city, is the famous umbrella village. The Bor Sang umbrellas are made of Sa paper. It seems like everyone in this village is busy making the umbrellas, some have their bamboo frames constructed, some have the newly-dyed paper umbrellas hung out in the sun to dry while others are painting the umbrellas with floral designs and dragons.

Cotton And Silk Village: Silk and cotton are woven by folk people on a traditional loom. Pasang district, about 13 kilometers from Chiang Mai city, is famous for the bright colored cotton material. San Kampaeng is famous for silk weaving. (see picture)

Celadon: Many factories are situated in different part of town. This ornamental stoneware uses the traditional raw materials in the area but with modern firing techniques. It comes mainly in green and brown.

Night Bazaar: The Night Bazaar on Chang Klan Road came into existence because of the craft products of the local people and the hilltribes. The Night Bazaar offers a unique opportunity to the tourists at night. Besides the normal shopping for craft products, one may see the pavement artists who come out with their paintings offering bargain prices for their original work. The roadside Night Bazaar has merchandise of all types.

Chiang Mai-San Kamphaeng Handicraft Route: This road is lined up with crafts centers and factories with showrooms and sales areas. Demonstration of folk crafts in the making is a feature. Modern villages are built to create the atmosphere and to attract the tourists. Products have been developed and diversified to meet market demands. Chiang Mai’s handicraft Route is flourishing, and has become the most prosperous handicraft center of the country.

Island Destinations In Thailand

Thailand is a well-known destination for those wanting to get away from the cold winter weather in their own countries. If you’re seeking sunshine and the friendly smiles of the Thai people then book a flight to the capital, Bangkok, for an exciting adventure before heading down to the golden shores of Samui or Phuket, and you won’t be disappointed. Its location in the south-east of Asia provides it with an exotic natural beauty and warm climate that attracts people from all over the globe.

There are lots of sights and attractions to visit whilst in the country, Bangkok is the capital and great for shopping and nightlife, however if you want something a bit more relaxing and quiet then head to the beaches in the south of the country.

Phuket and Samui are just two of the most visited islands in the south and have first-class international hotels, including well-known brands, as well as more economical bungalows on the beach to suit all budgets.

These tropical islands are blessed with pure white-sand beaches bordered by swaying palm trees and a sparkling blue ocean – what more reasons are there for travelling to Thailand? Relax on the beach every day, swim or snorkel, learn to dive and experience the nightlife on the islands, then go home chilled out and happy.

Phuket is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the south due to its modern outlook and traditional way of life. Catering to a diverse range of holidaymakers this paradise island has plenty of activities, entertainment, restaurants and beaches to please everyone. Phuket Town is an interesting place with sino-portuguese architecture and art galleries to explore, whilst on the other side of the mountain is the busiest tourist resort of Patong, further towards the southern tip of the island are Karon and Kata suitable for those looking for a quiet area. If you do visit Phuket then the months of November to March are the best time of year to visit as it’s not too hot and the rainy season is over.

Ko Samui is less crowded than Phuket but if you do like to people watch or busy bars then stay in Chaweng which is the most developed resort. There are still plenty of idyllic spots next to the ocean especially if you go to Lamai or Bo Phut. Not far from here is Koh Phangan, an island most people have heard of these days as it’s the scene of the famous full-moon parties, and go that little bit further and you’ll find the tiny island of Koh Tao, the best place for experienced or new divers.