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Monday, February 8, 2010

The ultimate vacation Four Seasons - Chiang Mai, Thailand

A shorty 45 minute convenient flight from Bangkok takes you to the most beautiful City of Chiangmai where the King's summer palace resides on top of a sacred mountain Doi Suthep. The second largest city in Thailand offers both fabulous shopping in the city as well as short day trips and scenic mountain excursions in natural settings with Buddhist temples, hill tribe villages, waterfalls and elephant treks. With Four Seasons recent opening of its incredible hotel set in the natural agrarian landscape one can feel immersed in the historical culture while having all the comforts of a luxury hotel. Few other hotels offer such a convenient escape with a heavenly picturesque landscape background while providing immediate access to the city night life, shopping, and restaurants. This resort spa just minutes from the city center offers a piece of the original serene and peaceful element of Thailand that so many travelers came for in the first place. When in Chiang Mai its worth a trip to the Royal Elephant Camp where the King has set up a sanctuary for 100's of retired and some young elephants that incudes a fantastic show of these living elephants and their various work and sport skills, history and ability to paint self-portraits! The Buddhist Temple at the top of the mountain Doi Suthep, has over 500 bells that can be heard throughout the valley - 60 buddhas in gold and the kings temple nearby. An impressive zoo and aquarium are located near the base of the mountain.

Spacious Lanna-style pavilions overlook terraced rice fields and the mountains in the beautiful Mae Rim Valley, minutes from the artistic and cultural heritage of Thailand's northern capital. From the Thai cooking school to the acclaimed spa and flawless service, a signature Four Seasons experience. Sample the diversity of Thailand by pairing your visit with a stay at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, an urban oasis in the capital.

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