San Kampaeng Hot springs
Only 36 kilometres from Chiang Mai town and you will be plunging in one of San Kamphaeng hot springs (that’s not too hot) amid natural surroundings of lush trees and verdant hills.
The spring contains sulphur and minerals believed to help restore skin and relax stress. Testing them out we found that some springs are really hot and you can actually boil eggs. There are good facilities such as accommodation, swimming pool, restaurant and bathrooms available within the grounds.
Its a rather laid back place where you can dip your feet into the hot water or a whole body immersion in the pool or enjoy dining facilities and segregated mineral water bathing rooms. Its something different to take in while checking out Chiangmai.
Bosang – Umbrella’s
If you go for a drive out along San Kamphaeng Road to look at all the silk, silverware & gem factories and showrooms be sure to go and visit the Bo Sang Handicraft Centre (8km south east from Chiang Mai). The local artisans make the world famous Sa Paper umbrellas and parasols that would be a treasured gift for either yourself or someone special back at home.
You can watch the whole process as the workers hand make the paper lamps, fans, umbrellas and parasols from start to end. From making the bamboo struts, covering them with paper, putting them out to dry and then hand painting them.
The artists in the Handicraft Centre who meticulously hand paint all the decorations on to the umbrellas are always willing to paint a variety of beautiful designs on items that you bring to them (for example a Purse, handbag, hat, jacket, t-shirt, even the leg of your jeans). Even very complicated scenic designs can be painted on your object right in front of you in minutes. Prices are extremely reasonable and are negotiated with the particular artist, don’t be stingy with your money as you will be very proud to show off the beautiful finished product.
There is a large shop attached to the Bo Sang Handicraft Centre which sells a huge variety of exquisitely painted umbrellas and parasols along with other locally made handicraft products. If you don’t have room in your luggage to fit all your purchases, the centre can easily arrange to post the goods overseas to your home for you. If you go there around the third weekend in January they hold the Bo Sang Umbrella & San Kamphaeng Handicrafts Fair each year, where all the local artisans compete to see who can make and decorate the best products.