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Ranked # 76 of 218 actvities in Chiang Mai 

Cerficate of Excellence 2013

Thomas Gennaro
Director www.asianitinerary.com www.asiacitylife.com published 2 articles last months (one generic and one from my friend) in English and Italian "GITA SULLA BARCA A CODA DI SCORPIONE " 

http://www.asiacitylife.com/http://www.asiacitylife.com/The Smarter Asian Lifestyle By Thomas Gennaro Suggested Itinerary, Travel 22/04/2014

SCORPION-TAILED RIVER CRUISE

 

A Scorpion-Tailed river cruise is guaranteed to take you back to the history of Chiang Mai and of the PingRiver. Scorpion-Tailed boats are traditional-style crafts initially built in the 18th century by a local shipbuilder who got inspired by the shape of a shell that was floating in the river. This shell had a scorpion inside who had his barbed tail holding up, and shipbuilder came up with the first version of the boat by copying this image. 

Scorpion-Tailed boats were mainly used as cargo boats at the time, so once the northern railway route connected Chiang Mai with Bangkok, almost a century ago, Scorpion-Tailed boats quickly disappeared. This icon of the past has been revived thanks to the efforts of tourism industry master graduate of ChiangMaiUniversity, Khun Songsri and knowledgeable tour guide Khun Samak. They have achieved to bring back to life the Scorpion-Tailed boat, that can today serve tourists who are interested in knowing some of the history of this great river, or who simply want to take in the atmosphere of times past.

Khun Samak’s concept for the modern Scorpion-Tailed boat took into account several factors, but the most amazing achievement was to make them environmentally-friendly. They have been redesigned to include a benzene engine (the diesel version causes great pollution to the river), they have no toilet on board (to avoid waste going to the waters – you have been warned!), and are much much quieter than other boats. Also, they are super-safe, with the buoyancy compartments in the front keeping Scorpion-Tailed boats nicely afloat.

 

Khun Samak’s Scorpion-Tailed boat fleet today cruises the PingRiver exploring the charm of Chiang Mai along its banks. The heart-centered cruises succeed in getting tourists to experience the atmosphere of the past while learning the river and the town recent history. Khun Samak himself is the tour guide on board, a sweet, knowledgable and funny one! He is a playful gentleman who adds a real educational experience to the cruise, and makes the trip entertaining armed with good jokes, century-old pictures and cute stories related to them.

The cherry on the cake was a half-hour stop at the Scorpion-Tailed boat village. Set in tropical fruits garden by riverside, this little secret garden from Khun Samak is a botanical heaven where I learned so much about local plants and herbs. He also has different qualities of rice planted in small paddies! They then had us all seated and we were served fresh pineapple juice and a delicious dessert of sticky rice with mango, while Khun Samak showed us snakes and eels’ traps from the old times, and challenged us to drink a whisky aging with a scorpion and a snake inside the bottle. We all skipped that!

The entire Scorpion-Tailed boat cruise was a lovely and relaxing experience (a great thanks to the driver too!); I saw Chiang Mai in a very different way, while comfortably sitting and relaxing on a traditional-style vessel. Not to be missed
WHAT YOU WILL SEE/LEARN 

  • historical background of the boat
  • fishing techniques from local fishermen
  • Khun Tok View Nam chedi
  • American Embassy
  • a girdered footbridge between the oldest trading community of Wat Gate and Warorot Market
  • Chiang Mai’s oldest shopping center
  • Chang pier, where hundreds of elephants would haul logs from the river in the old days
  • the site of the first city
  • the first bridge
  • the first Christian church
  • the first post office
    INFO

Scorpion-Tailed boat landing is at Wat Sri Khong pier, 200m north to NakornPingBridge near Rim Ping Condo, on Charoenrat Road, Chiang Mai.
Winner of the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013.

Pick up from different areas of town available cost 80BHT/ONEWAY.

Cruises last between one and a half-hour to two hours.

5 cruises daily: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm.

Price per person is 500thb. Minimum booking 2 people. Call 081 9609398.

If you make your way there, beware of imitations and make sure you get to the right landing. Watch out for the Scorpion-Tailed River Cruise banner.

http://www.scorpiontailedrivercruise.com/scorpiontailedrivercruiseNew/home.php

E-MAIL: info@scorpiontaled.com

 
Thomas Gennaro 
Born in 1968, from Reggio Emilia, Italy Thomas has a university background in the UK and in Latin America, with studies in Languages and Humanities, Culture, Literature and Economics. He started his Asian experience as a publisher in Krabi in 2005. Thomas has been editing local newspapers and magazines in England, Spain and Thailand for more then ten years. He is currently working on several projects in Thailand and abroad. Apart from Thailand, Thomas has lived in Italy, England, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain, Bali and finally settled in Krabi, where he currently spends most of his time. During the years Thomas has developed a great understanding of the cultures and the people in the country. He is also working freelance, writing short travel stories for travel magazine

 

GITA SULLA BARCA A CODA DI SCORPIONE

La proposta di un amico, una gita sulla barca a coda di scorpione, ci pare una buona idea per poter vedere Chiang Mai da una diversa prospettiva. Appena arrivati all’approdo l’atmosfera è già cambiata: il lento scorrere del fiume e la cordiale accoglienza della titolare ci proiettano in una nuova dimensione. Dopo una breve attesa sotto una pergola dove curiosiamo tra vecchi articoli di giornale, foto di personalità appese alle pareti e immagini d’epoca scattate lungo il fiume, saliamo a bordo della egnigmatica barca a coda di scorpione.

Proprio quasi di fronte all’approdo, appena salpati, possiamo scorgere il nuovo municipio di Chiang Mai, il Consolato Americano sul quale sventola bandiera a stelle e striscie, ed il tempio di Khun Tok View Nam.

Questo fiume, il Ping River, fino alla metà del secolo scorso era la maggiore e principale via di comunicazione verso Bangkok. Era un lungo viaggio di mille chilometri che durava due o tre mesi. Chi si avventurava si giocava probabilmente in quel viaggio il reddito della sua famiglia e di altre per quell’anno. Le casette tradizionali lungo il fiume ci inducono ad immaginare queste sponde brulicanti di vita in un passato non lontano. Oggi Chiang Mai è collegata al resto del paese con strade asfaltate, ferrovia ed un moderno aereoporto. Al giorno d’oggi, solo alcune di queste barche utilizzate ad uso turistico, oltre ad un nutrito numero di pescatori, animano queste rive.

La nostra simpatica guida, Khun Samak, raccontandoci interessanti aneddoti riguardanti il fiume, ci mostra fotografie del secolo scorso che presentano fatti, personaggi e scorci del Ping River. Scendendo la corrente, attraversiamo le rovine del ponte pedonale crollato durante le alluvioni del 2011, e ci viene mostrato il punto dove il fiume ha esondato. Passato il ponte di ferro, affianchiamo il luogo dove sorgeva un’attività di prima lavorazione e commercio del legname che da qui veniva spedito al sud. Oggigiorno il taglio ed il commercio del teak è praticamente cessato: dopo secoli di sfruttamento delle foreste, è arrivato per la Thailandia il momento di conservare e ripiantare il proprio patrimonio naturale. Khun Samak ci assicura che il programma di riforestazione è molto serio e severo.

Arrivati alla Phya Kum Dam, una diga che porta il fiume ad un salto di cinque metri piú in basso, la barca compie un’inversione e cominciamo lentamente a risalire la corrente. Osserviamo l’alternarsi della vegetazione spontanea con ristoranti affacciati sul fiume ed un moderno palazzo con eleganti appartamenti che godono del panorama della città fino alle colline e giú lungo il fiume verso sud, verso Bangkok. Intravediamo anche la dimora di quella che fu l’ultima principessa del Regno dei Lanna, la quale all’inizio del secolo scorso lí abitò e da lí spesso si spostava viaggiando per il mondo finanziata dal padre. Khun Samak ci mostra una foto che la ritrae a bordo di un side-car, quasi a volerla mostrare come donna emancipata, curiosa e viaggiatrice.

Arriviamo poi ad un approdo dove un giardiniere sta pulendo un’aiuola sulla riva, in silenzio, in sintonia con l’atmosfera pacata del fiume. Veniamo introdotti dalla nostra guida, nonché ottimo padrone di casa, in un piccolo orto botanico dove campeggiano piante da frutta, alcune varietà di riso locale, piante officinali e di ognuna ci viene raccontato qualcosa: usi in cucina e dettagli sulla coltivazione. Un leggero ristoro a base di mango e riso glutinoso condito con latte di cocco ed un succo di ananas sono il pretesto per continuare a disquisire con la nostra guida, che sotto di una pergola ci mostra trappole per serpenti ed anguille e altri oggetti dei tempi andati.

Risaliti a bordo della barca a coda di scorpione, percorriamo a ritroso un tratto di fiume per ritornare ad immergerci nella Chiang Mai dei giorni nostri.
About the author

 

Hailing from Reggio Emilia, Italy, Sergio is a passionate traveler, a reader and a would be writer. He has promised to dedicate a bit more to his passions from now on, and we hope to see more writings from him in the near future.



 




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Scorpion-tailed boats follow a historic river trail through city and country
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Scorpion-tailed boats follow a historic river trail through city and country

Kittiyaporn Kanjam-Pinutda Suwanchaisri (MFLU student trainees)

Scorpion-tailed boat port or Sri Khong port

There are many tourist attractions in Chiang Mai province but one of the most popular is visiting the national parks, particularly at this time of year when the weather is cold and frosts and fogs add to the novelty of the surroundings.

One way to see a good deal of the forest and mountain scenery is to travel by boat on the Mae Ping River, which will take visitors through both natural scenery and the historic center of Chiang Mai city itself.

Samak introducing places that the boat passed and he also told about the ancient history of Chiang Mai

Scorpion-tailed boats were once used for transporting royalty and court dignitaries, and also for shipping goods along the rivers. For many years this type of boat was an important form of transportation, but eventually other more convenient forms of travel arose and the boats faded into obscurity.

That is, until a group of enthusiasts decided to resurrect the boats and put them to a more modern use. Samak Laosatirawong and his wife had for a long time been studying scorpion-tailed boats and the method of building them. Eventually, new boats took to the water, with a guide on board to show tourists the historical landmarks and other areas of interest.

The condition of the community along Ping River

Scorpion-tailed boat trips begin from Sri Khong pier in Muang Chiang Mai. Samak himself likes to act as guide, showing visitors areas where the way of life has remained essentially the same for centuries. The boat runs southwards, passing under the Nakorn Ping Bridge, Nawarat Bridge and Iron Bridge. Samak points out Jedi Q, which was the residence of Princess Dararatsamee, and Ton Lamyai Market, for hundreds of years an important trading place for Northern people. There is Wat Ket port, the original scorpion-tailed boat community, and the first post office in Chiang Mai, now the Post Museum. Wat Chai Prakarn has a pier that for generations has been used for releasing aquatic creatures and birds as a way of making merit, and not far away is the first Christian church in the city.

Iron Bridge, the old historic bridge of Chiang Mai

The journey ends at Chiang Mai Department of Forestry Office Region 1, where there is accommodation at Scorpion-tailed Boat Village for those who need it, in lodges built to a similar shape as the boats. There is a souvenir shop here selling local handicrafts and handmade toys.

Scorpion-tailed boat trips offer a glimpse into the past and also allow visitors a different perspective on the beautiful local scenery. A trip takes between 1  to 2 hours, with boats leaving at 9.00 am, 11.00 am, 1.00 pm, 3.00 pm, and 5.00 pm. Ticket price is 400 baht per person, and reservations can be made by calling 0 5326 0229.

Picture of traveling by Scorpion Tailed Ping River Cruise in the past

The back of King Kawila’s monument

Picture of the first Chiang Mai Post Office

 

 

 

Ideas and links :Chiang Mai by Steve Edwards where I gather my thought by Steve Edwards

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