Tamarind Village Chiang Mai offers daily complimentary cultural activities to hotel guests

Tamarind Village is a unique and charming boutique property nestled in the heart of historic Chiang Mai; an ancient kingdom reflecting old-age traditions and artistic ethos. Surrounded by ancient temples and quaint shopping streets, Tamarind Village takes its name from a magnificent 200 year old tamarind tree that shelters the hotel in a shady embrace. Set around a series of garden courtyards, the 42 guest room and three suites reflect the rich ethnic diversity of northern Thailand by using fabrics and patterns drawn from the various tribes of the region, intimate, serene and relaxing. Tamarind Village is an oasis of calm and tranquility, the perfect base for exploring Chiang Mai and beyond.

Set in a haven of tranquility with the charm of a village, an authentic experience awaits you 700 km north of Bangkok. The gentle Thai people want to immerse you in the experience that is Tamarind Village and a daily program of cultural activities highlighting the unique craft traditions of northern Thailand have been introduced as a complimentary offer for hotel guests.

Taking place poolside at 3:00pm daily, a collection of wonderful crafts have been selected for guests to experience. Chiang Mai is famous for its beautiful hand-painted paper umbrellas. So each Monday, Paper Umbrella Painting is available for your delight. Bo-sang Village, located in the Sankhampaeng District, is the home of this craft which the villagers learned from a monk who brought the art form with him from Burma in the last century. Umbrellas come in many colors and are decorated with flower and bird motifs, to name just a few.

Tuesday: The Art of Banana & Lotus Leaf Folding – Thai people use banana leaf for wrapping food and also fold the leaves to make colorful decorations for festivals. The lotus flower is also folded in delicate triangular shapes before being presented to the Buddha at the temple. Both the art of banana leaf and lotus leaf folding were handed down from mother to daughter in the past.

Wednesday: Bamboo Weaving – Bamboo weaving is another local craft which was popular in the past and can still be seen in villages during special celebrations. Thin strips of bamboo are woven into whimsical shapes to decorate offerings for the temple or to create toys for children. The technique is similar to the Japanese art of origami but with a northern Thai twist!

Thursday: Flower Garland Weaving – The elegant art of weaving flower garlands has always played an important role in Thai culture. Phuangmalai, made from sweet smelling jasmine blossoms combined with a variety of colored flowers, are given to welcome guests and to decorate religious shrines.

Friday: Karen Backstrap Loom Weaving – Using a simple back strap loom, women of the Karen hill tribe weave elaborate textiles with patterns and colors that tell the story of their lives. Dyed cotton threads are woven with supplementary weft strands to create attractive patterns in the cloth. Beads and seeds are also sometimes added.

Saturday: Tung (Flag) Making – Tung(flags) are made from elaborately cut colored paper and used in festivals throughout northern Thailand. Lanna people believe that Tungsymbolize a pathway or staircase to the heavens. During the Songkran Festival, Tungcan be seen everywhere around Chiang Mai, especially decorating the sand chedi in each temple compound.

Sunday: The Village Walk – Join us on an hour-long walking tour through the back lanes of our “village” and let us introduce you to some of the beautiful temples and historic monuments which are located just on our door step. Discover northern Thailand’s rich culture and history which dates back more than 700 years. In addition, you’ll have the chance to join in a daily merit making offering to the Buddhist monks of our local temple. The Village Walk is available every day upon request with one day’s advance notice and takes place at 10:00am daily.

Tamarind Village SPECIAL OFFER:
A three night stay at Tamarind Village including a daily breakfast  and  private  airport  transfers from/to Chiang Mai International Airport, includes  a  delicious  northern  Thai  dinner  for  two  at  Ruen Tamarind Restaurant,  a  half  day Lanna  temple  excursion  and  an  indulgent   Aromatic Elemental  oil massage  at The Village Spa. Priced from AU$480 per person in a Lanna Room, the offer is valid until March 31 2012 (black out periods apply) and is subject to 10% service charge and applicable government tax.

Source = Unique Tourism Collection
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