Elephants in Thailand

Thailand and elephants are almost synonymous. Many of the people visiting the country make sure to go on an elephant tour while there. Especially when they visit Northern Thailand's Chiang Mai, they bring elephant-themed souvenirs like scarves, skirts and statues back home. The Asian elephant is intricately connected to the history and culture of Thailand. This blog explains a bit more in depth the important place elephants had and have in Thai history, its culture and its economy.

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Rainy season in Chiang Mai

Is it a good idea to visit Chiang Mai during rainy season? Does it rain every day in Chiang Mai? These are just a couple of questions that we hear almost every day and to be honest, we love this time of the year! Rainy season means fresh clean air, lush green jungle, warm weather, impressive waterfalls and rivers. Visiting Chiang Mai during rainy season is a very good idea!

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Top 3 Ethical Elephant Sanctuaries in Chiang Mai

Northern Thailand is elephant country. In the past, the animals were trained and worked in the lumber industry and on public works. Now, these elephants and their descendants are retired and are given a better life in the elephant sanctuaries of the Chiang Mai region. PM Tours values the smaller sanctuaries that give the elephants all the room to move around and that only expose them to small groups of visitors. We have a strict no-riding policy and only offer ethical elephant tours. Here is our top 3 of the best elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai.

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Celebrate Thai New Year in Chiang Mai: Songkran for Beginners

Every April, Thailand celebrates its new year with a giant splash. Better known as Songkran or the water festival, the festivities include several days of celebrations that include a lot of water-fighting during some of the hottest days of the year. Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand is THE place to celebrate Songkran. Read on and get the most out of your Songkran experience.

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Muay Thai at Chiangmai Boxing Stadium

Last night, PM Tours arranged for me to attend a Muay Thai fight-night at the Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium. Tickets were easily arranged a couple of hours before, with the kind help of the lovely Miki. Pim of PM Tours joined me because apparently this night was special; there were a number of belts and prizes being contested that had attracted some really good fighters!

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Khampan Rafting

We are in the middle of rainy season, and that means a lot of water! The rivers are wild, jungles green and waterfalls beautiful. My best friend Gido was visiting me in Chiang Mai and I took him for a rafting trip on the Mae Teang river with my favorite rafting company Khampan Rafting.

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PM Guesthouse

PM Guesthouse is a small place run by Pim and Miki – a Dutch guy from Den Haag and a Thai girl from Bangkok. They met while Pim was travelling Southeast Asia and a few years down the line here they are with their very own place, and what a great place it is!

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