Q: What safety and hygiene measures has Chiang Mai’s hospitality industry adapted to in the new normal?
A: In order to ensure high parameters for safety and hygiene for the tourism sector, Tourism Authority of Thailand has introduced a program called ‘Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration’. This ‘SHA’ program provides sanitation and safety standards for tourism products such as hotels, resorts, entertainment venues, theme parks and restaurants.
Q: Suggest unique local experiences in Chiang Mai to explore local way of life.
A: Chiang Mai is known for its rich local arts and culture. Tourists can experience a number of local activities in Chiang Mai including:
- Enjoy an authentic Lanna style Khantoke dinner as well as try the local delicacies like Khao Soi, Lanna sausage, Maing Kham.
- Visit a local Lanna house to experience local lifestyle.
- Seek blessings of monks at a Thai temple.
- Sign up for a rice paddy farming tour/ rice terrace tour.
- Learn the art of ‘Umbrella Painting’ at Bosang Umbrella Village.
- Visit an Elephant Sanctuary.
- Yi Peng Festival or Loi Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai.
Punlop Saejew, the president of the Tourism Council of Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai’s best International Exhibition & Convention Center is decorated in Thai-Lanna style and prepared for both national and international conventions, exhibitions and fairs. Comprising usable space of 60,000 sqm with modern facilities and professional services, the venue is suitable to host world-class international MICE events.
Q: Indian weddings are big on rituals, is Chiang Mai equipped to host large-scale celebrations?
A: Chiang Mai eagerly welcomes people of all nationalities for organizing their weddings and special occasion celebrations. In the past many hotels in Chiang Mai like Shangri La, Le Meridian and Anantara have hosted outstanding Indian wedding celebrations. In the new normal, the hotels and resorts in Chiang Mai perform regular temperature checks, deep sanitization of public spaces and maintain social distancing. With the help of SHA certification, we are confident to improve safety standards for all travelers visiting Chiang Mai.
Q: Sustainable tourism measures in Chiang Mai.
A: Sustainable tourism is encouraged to preserve ecology and Chiang Mai has promptly launched non-motorised transport (NMT) system. It can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also create employment opportunities, thereby, boosting tourism goals.