Bo Sang Umbrella Village is the most colorful of the craft villages surrounding Chiang Mai, Thailand. The techniques for making these umbrellas dates back from over a century ago when a monk, Phra In Tha, brought the knowledge back from Burma and taught the Thais how to manufacture them. The craftspeople here have certainly raised this to a high art.
Known all over the world for their beauty and quality the umbrellas are almost entirely — from making the paper to painting the designs — laboriously handmade.
How to Get to Bo Sang Umbrella Village
Located approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) east of Chiang Mai. If you are staying in Chiang Mai, there are many tours on offer that will take you there. It’s more fun and you will see a lot more is to hire a car or tuk-tuk plus a driver for the day or if you are confident, then rent a scooter.
Bo Sang can also be reached by public transport. White songthaews depart regularly from Waworat Market (often called Kad Luang) close to the River Ping and the flower market. It will take about 30 minutes to reach the umbrella village. To return to Chiang Mai, simply flag down a white songthaew and they will get to back to town.