We plan to visit Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in Early April 2013 for 5 days. My mother does well and can last a day if she can rest a little not go go and lots of walking. Walking short distances is not a problem but I am a little worried about the heat and humidity. How bad is it that time of year? She loves pretty things like gardens and enjoys rafting if comfortable and smooth.
First of all we would like advice to which place to spend more time? Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai? I heard so many good things about Chiang Rai area as I am not much of a touristy person or wanting to do cooking schools. But I saw that in Chiang Mai they do the elephants and there is a garden there my mother may like plus it is a beautiful drive from Chiang Rai.
Places that interest me are: White Temple, Doi Thung, Lahu Village, Wat Rong Khun, Black house, rafting, elephants, wildlife and seeing the countryside. I would like to experience elephants so maybe my mother could sit and wait somewhere comfortable if there is such a place. But mainly we want to do things together.
Which of these would make a good tour for my mother and I?
Any other ideas?
Also lodging recommendations that have fairly soft beds for my mother and A/C if needed? Does not have to be fancy just clean and comfortable as we plan to be gone most the day. Convenient for any night activities would be nice if there is some.