Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Cinemas
Chiang Mai has several international standard cinemas showing English language movies (with Thai sub-titles). The Chiang Mai Vista Cinema is located on the 4th floor of Kad Suan Kaew at Huay Kaew Road. The cinema is clean and well-run but a bit worn and old. Tickets prices 80-120 baht depending on the screening day and seat type. Another is Major Cineplex located Central Airport Plaza. The theatres are huge and very modern but ticket prices are 120-260 baht.
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The Playhouse Complex (Changpueak)
177 Changpueak Rd., Sriphum, Muang (behind Mercure Hotel & Tops Supermarket).
A 350-seat live entertainment venue in the heart of Chiang Mai. Performances are from Monday to Saturday with two shows each day at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  The shows are wholesome and suitable for families with tickets often sold out, so book early. Entertained by 30 Thai performers with shows ranging from traditional Thai dances to Western jazz. Each show cost 1,000 baht for adults and 500 baht for children. Buffet shows on Saturdays cost 1,300 baht for adults and 650 baht for children.

Elephant Nature Park
209/2, Sridom Chai Road (about 60km north of Chiang Mai).
The Elephant Nature Park is a 150-acre (60 hectares) sanctuary for rescued and distressed elephants. The park is not opened to casual or walk-in visitors and therefore all visits must be pre-booked. Since the park is a sanctuary, the elephants do not perform tricks for visitors. Visitors not only get to see the elephants wander but also get the opportunity to feed and bathe the animals. A full day visit costs 2,500 baht per person and longer stays as well as volunteering opportunities are also available.

 Elephant Nature Park by DaronDierkes

Eddy Elephant Care Chiang
About 35 km from Chiang Mai. Opens: daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Eddy and his family have been taking care of elephants for generations. The elephants do not live inside a park, camp or farm but live as Eddy's extended family members. Visitors get learn about the behaviors of the elephants as well as how to control and bathe them as a mahout (elephant carer). A full day visit cost 2,300 baht per person including transport and lunch. Transport includes pick-up from the hotel
at 8:00-8:30 a.m. and return by around 5:00 p.m.

Waterfalls and Natural Pools
At the foot of Doi Suthep on Huay Kaew Road.
Look out for a large Buddhist Shrine on your left after travelling past the the entrance to Chiangmai Zoo. Turn left into the market at the back of the Shrine and keep walking up the hill. You will come to the waterfalls after about 5 minutes. There is no charge for entry but the pools at the bottom of the water falls are not really big enough for swimming but are a great place to cool off at the height of the summer. During the dry season some of the water falls dry up - head for the high ground and you will still find pools full of fresh water! There are usually quite a few students hanging out there from the nearby university, who will happily practice their English conversational skills with you.

Foothill of Doi Suthep by Takeaway
 
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