TAT Newsroom Blogger Campaign Familiarization Trip

TAT Newsroom Blogger Campaign Familiarization Trip

 TAT Newsroom Blogger Campaign Familiarization Trip

In a nutshell, here are the highlights of the TAT Newsroom Blogger Campaign Familiarization Trip which happened in  Bangkok, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai. The entire familiarization trip lasted for  5 days (16-20 September 2016). In my previous post, I mentioned that I was one of the 6 bloggers who was made part of this amazing trip.

I will be writing in detail what happened to each of these destinations.So bookmark this page, as I share with you, my amazing experiences in Thailand.

 TAT Newsroom Blogger Campaign Familiarization Trip

Day 1, 16 September 2016: Bangkok (arrival)

I was second to the last blogger to arrive in Bangkok. So from   Suvarnabhumi International Airport, I was brought straight to the welcome dinner at Eat Sight Story Deck,  a cozy restaurant at a riverside which offers an amazing view of Wat Arun across the river.

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Doi Tung Royal Villa

Day 2, 17 September 2016: Bangkok – Chiang Rai

We woke up at 4 am on our second day as we will be flying to Chiang Rai.  Chiang Rai is the northernmost large city in Thailand and that was my first to visit the place.

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Mae Fah Luang Garden

Doi Tung Royal Villa and Mae Fah Luang Garden

From  Chiang Rai Airport we went straight to the   Doi Tung Royal Villa and Mae Fah Luang Garden. The Doi Tung royal villa is the former residence of the Princes Mother (mother of the present king) Somdej Phra Srinagarindra. Overlooking the villa is the spectacular Mae Fa Luang Garden with thousands of flowering ornamental plants.

 Lunch at Krua Tamnak

After enjoying the Mae Fah Luang Garden we were treated to a hearty lunch at Krua Tamnak.

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one of the houses at  Baan Dam Museum Complex

 Baan Dam Museum

After the feast at Krua Tamnak, the bloggers were brought to the  Baan Dam Museum. The Museum is a temple style art gallery complex created by Thailand’s national artist Thawan Duchanee.  He is best known for his fine art and sculpture, but his passion for arts and local architecture led to this collection of bizarre Lanna-style houses, most of these houses are painted black to emphasize the architectural details, hence the name Baan Dam, which means black house.

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The TAT Newsroom Bloggers about to experience the zip line at Singha Park

Singha Park

Shortly after our art appreciation tour, our group headed to Singha Park, where we were made to experience their 600-meter Zipline and enjoyed the scenic views around  Rai Boon Rawd. At sunset, the TAT Newsroom bloggers were treated  at the Phu Phirom restaurant which boasts 360-degree panoramic views of the beautiful hills.

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the majestic clock tower in Chiang Rai

Clock Tower

The activities for the day weren’t done yet, so we’re brought to see the light & sound show by the majestic Clock Tower built to commemorate Her Majesty the Queen. The clock was designed by national artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. It is considered the most exquisite Clock Tower in Thailand with lights changing as the music plays at night.

TAT Newsroom Blogger Campaign Familiarization Trip

taking my shots at Chiang Rai Walking Street Night Market

Chiang Rai Walking Street Night Market

After the photo op at the clock tower , we were made to experience the   Chiang Rai Walking Street where art and handicrafts are sold. I even tried to eat fried silkworms in the market and bought some Dates.

Imperial River House

Our day in Chiang Rai indeed at Imperial River House, a beautiful hotel by the riverbank where we spent the night and recharge for the next day’s activities.

Day 3, 18 September 2016: Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

It’s our day 3 in Thailand, this time, we are heading for Chiang Mai. Along the way, we dropped Wat Rong Khun which is still part of Chiang Rai.

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one of the most beautiful structures in Chiang Mai, Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun is a spectacular  White Temple and one of the most important creations of famous Thai artist Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat who personally oversees the construction of the temple. Also visit the local art gallery which exhibits the artist’s original pieces of art, many of which are highly sought after by collectors.

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‘Yam Khang’  is a traditional Lanna massage and healing technique using fire and oil ,and herbs

 Ban Rai Kong Khing

In the afternoon we were made to experience some community-based tourism activities at Ban Rai Kong Khing, which received an Excellence Award at the Thailand Tourism Awards 2015 and was voted Best Community Based Tourism Initiative at PATA Tourism InSPIRE Awards 2015.

I got so excited on or visit this place because aside from tasting local delicacies and trying to experience cooking these treats, we were made to experience the   Thai traditional massage and healing technique, the ‘Yam Khang’. In this treatment massage, I was made to strip my top clothing. The masseuses first bathe their feet in a therapeutic healing water infused with herbs and oil. Next, they heat their feet by the fire before a hot massage is performed using their feet at the patient’s weary back in treating tired muscles.

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experiencing how local delicacies are being made

After experiencing some interesting activities at Ban Rai Kong Khing we proceeded to the  Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort Chiang Mai where we will be staying for the night. Suppose to be, we are scheduled to experience  the Ping River in a scorpion-tailed river cruise but it was canceled due to the strong current in the river which may not be safe for us. So instead, we were given a few hours to enjoy the hotel.
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Dinner at Cuisine De Garden, Chiang Mai

At around 5:30PM we left the hotel to have a dinner at  Cuisine de Garden, a fine dining Italian restaurant in a local village.

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visiting Chiang Mai will never be complete without visiting the Walking Street Market

 Chiang Mai Walking Street Market

After our fine dining experience at Cuisine de Garden, the TAT Newsroom Bloggers were brought to the Chiang Mai Walking Street Market. That was my second visit to the place after 5 years.

Day 4,  19 September 2016: Chiang Mai

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amazing socculents at Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden

Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden

Our last day in Chiang Mai, we were made to visit the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden which houses a huge and varied collection of a variety of plants categorized according to their species and habitat.  I was really expecting that we can experience the  Canopy Walkway, which is the longest canopy walkway in Thailand, at around  400 meters long and 20 meters above the ground. Unfortunately, the place is closed during rainy season.

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the  must-try  Go-Karts

Doi Mon Chaem

After the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, the TAT Newsroom Blogger Team headed for the hills around Chiang Mai to Doi Mon Chaem. One of  unique experience I had in Thailand was riding  the local go-karts, a white-knuckle ride .

Baan Mon Muan

After our hilarious experience with the go-karts at Doi Mon Chaem, we went to Baan Mon Muan, a nice restaurant  atop a hill in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai for our lunch. The restaurant is situated  1,250 meters  above sea level with panoramic mountain views  and a pleasing  cool weather.

After our lunch, we were supposed to drop by Wororot Market for some shopping before go back to Bangkok. Unfortunately , we  have to catch our flight back to Bangkok.

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TAT Bloggers team ,celebrating fun and friendships at Marriot Hotel, Bangkok

Marriot Hotel, Bangkok

Upon arrival at  Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, we went straight to Marriot Hotel for our farewell dinner.  The dinner was fun but deep inside me, I was a bit sad because we have already established good friendships amongst the delegates and the people of TAT and the organizers headed by Sirima Eamtako. How I wish, I can spend few more days with them, to share the laughter and fun. Well, that was just a goodbye for the moment. I know deep in my heart, someday some of us will meet again.

Day 5 20 September 2016: Bangkok

I left the hotel at 4:30 am to fly back to Manila.


  1. Excellent photographs and story about your visit here. Bangkok seems like such an exciting city with so much culture and history. I can’t wait to visit here.

  2. What an amazing trip and seems like you had so much fun! It is always my dream to visit Thailand and I hope it will come true when my son gets a little older to travel. Thanks for sharing awesome photos!

    Mhaan | http://www.mommyrockininstyle.com

  3. Ah what a wonderful event! I love the go-karts, I’d have tried those too. Glad you got to be one of the select few chosen to go. You totally deserve it!

  4. Thailand looks like such a beautiful place! I’ve only been to China and the Philippines in Asia, but I haven’t been anywhere else. I’d love to!

  5. Elizabeth O.

    Wow! Looks like you maximized the trip! There are so many things to do here and to experience as well.

  6. Niesha Byln

    Wow, what a lovely trip! I like this, you are so lucky to join this event. Those huge cactus!

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