TRAVEL AND HISTORY Blog

Tommie’s Tourist Agency Chiang Mai

Tommie’s Tourist Agency was in the late 60’s and early 70’s a leading tour organiser in Chiengmai as Chiang Mai was spelt in those days. The company’s main office was in Bangkok. The “Chiengmai”...

The First Chiang Mai Railway Station

The First Chiang Mai Railway Station The first Chiang Mai Railway station opened on January 22, 1922. It was destroyed during World War Two during an air raid by planes of the USAAF (United...

Chiang Mai Railway Terminus Hotel

The Old Railway Hotel The Railway Terminus Hotel was the predecessor of the Railway Hotel. It looks like it was a charming, small hotel. Boonserm Satrabhaya took this picture in 1952 from a helicopter....

Poy Luang Hotel

Poy Luang Hotel

Many Chiang Mai residents are familiar with the Poy Luang Hotel. This hotel has been closed for probably about 20 years. It is a 16-storey structure located on the super highway with the characteristic...

The Missionary Houses in Phrae

The derelict missionary house This missionary house is one of two remaining houses in Phrae. The house is one the grounds of the Phrae Christian Hospital, 7 Yantrakit Kosol Road. The other house is...

Wat Rampoeng Tapotaram

Wat Rampoeng Tapotaram (วัดร่ำเปิง ตโปทาราม) is located at the foot of Doi Suthep, the mountain that overlooks Chiang Mai. It is a well-known meditation centre. It offers a 10-day long silent Vipassana meditation retreat....

Wat Ku Tao 1950

Wat Ku Tao, the Shan Temple

Wat Ku Tao, the Shan Temple Wat Ku Tao aka Wat Weruwanaramwiharn is a Buddhist temple in Tambon Sriphum in Chiang Mai, next to the municipal stadium. “Weruwan Wiharn” means temple building in the...

Ox cart picture of Nick DeWolf

Ox carts Then and Now

In the past ox carts were a familiar sight in the streets of Chiang Mai. They were of course widely used in rural areas but they also transported goods from the railway station and...