Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year Chiang Mai

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Chinese New Year Day is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. Festivities are marked by the auspicious Lion Dance, food fairs and dinners with family that last late into the night as well as the giving of gifts ‘Hong Bao’ to small children. Popular colors include red, orange and pink during this time and people decorate their homes with colorful lanterns and kumquat trees which they believe will bring them good luck for the year ahead.

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chinese new year, chinese new year chiang mai, chiang mai festival

Chiang Mai has its small Chinatown, Chiang Mai’s celebrations are small in scale in comparison to those that take place in Bangkok’s thriving Chinatown district. Nevertheless, the Wat Gate and Worarot Market area to the east of the city is inhabited by families of Chinese origin and boasts lively processions and festive food stalls at this time of year. Chinese temples dotted around the city become very active during the New Year celebrations. It was a colorful and enjoyable scene with many of those attending wearing red as they watched the parade and traditional lion and dragon dances wind their way through the streets.

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Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

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chinese new year, chinese new year chiang mai, chiang mai festival

Mok Fa Waterfall

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Mok Fa waterfall sits in a lovely natural setting within the area of Doi Suthep – Pui National Parking

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Mok Fa Waterfall is teeming with lush verdurous plants and complete of water yearlong. The charming ambience of the waterfall makes it an ideal place for leisure.

About an hour (45km) along the road from Chiang Mai to Pai in the Doi Suthep – Pui National Park is a spectacular waterfall called Mok Fa Waterfall. Standing over 60 meters tall it is spectacular even in the late dry season, and is a good place for a swim and to chill out if you are making the tour package from Chiang Mai to Pai.

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Mok Fa Waterfall is originated from the stream that runs from the thick wood and separates into two streams falling from the stone cliff. The area is full of large trees and plants like moss and fern and the moisture from the waterfall steam can also cool the air. The best time to visit this place is during the winter since the water is so clean and clear that the tourists can go swimming at the swamp below.

Mok Fa Waterfall is originated from the stream that runs from the thick wooden and separates into two streams declining from the stone cliff. The area is filled with large timber and plants like moss and fern and the moisture from the waterfall steam may also cool the air. The most effective time to go to Mork Fa Waterfall is during the winter since the water is so clean and clear that the vacationers can go swimming on the swamp below.

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mok fa waterfall, mork fa waterfall, chiang mai attractions

There’s also possible to get inside the Bat Cave. Wet, dark and smell don’t stand near the cave entrance though because they will run right into you. Even if your not there at dusk it’s worth going up to have a look, not at the cave but the view of the waterfall. Be careful crossing the stream though it’s slipery.

Escape the heat in the shallow pool and surrounding greenery of Mok Fa Waterfall. A short stroll takes you to an excellent picnic area. Take good shoes, as some parts of the trail are steep and slippery

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Operating day : Everyday

Operating time : 08.00 – 17.00

Address : Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Mae Malai-Pai Rd., Suthep, Muang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand

There is a park fee : 200 baht per foreigner.

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How to get there :

Mok Fa Waterfall is situated on the North Side of Doi Suthep/Pui National Park around 45km from Chiang Mai on route 1095 to Pai and Mae Hong Son. The Falls are actually situated a further couple of KM down a semi paved road but it is well signposted on route 1095. If you do not have your own transport then charter a car, taxi or Songtaew in Chiang Mai., however due to the distance this may be a bit of a way to travel to view just the one waterfall. Mok Fa is actually situated on the Chiang Mai to Pai route so most visitors will be on their way to Pai or Mae Hong Son when they drop by.