Four amazing days in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is the capital of culture and almost can be said of religion in Thailand. Chiang Mai is the second city in Thailand.
You always have something to do, whether in the city or in the forest that is next to the city.
We arrived at Chiang Mai from Bangkok on a regional flight. We traveled by Thai smile. Flight fast and normal and as soon as we arrived we went straight to the hotel BED Phrasingh - Adults Only. We chose this hotel because of its location within the old city walls. Another reason was being adults only. Staff was very welcoming and we loved the hotel: great decor and breakfast, water, fruit and coffee free all day.
Staying in Old Town helps a lot, so you can walk all over the place and you end up discovering several zones and small markets with fantastic products and prices. We can say that a great deal of gifts for friends and family came from these street markets.
The first sensation one has of the city is a relaxed, young and somewhat hippie atmosphere perhaps because it's home to many digital nomads.
Of the days we spent in Chiang Mai were divided by several walking tours around the city and a full day tour through the forest.
What we have seen, done, and recommend is the following:
- Wat Chedi Luang
- Wat Phra Sing
- Doi Suthep (it's about 15km from old town and is known because of the mountain temple)
- Tha Phae Gate
- Suan Buak Had Park
A few days after some search for the perfect tour we chose the Baby Eco Tour.
It was perfect, we were fortunate to go alone doing the tour with our guide Chon and we loved it. The guide was super friendly and always in good mood. By going alone we had more freedom in our time which was great.
We started by going to a local market to buy bananas to give to the elephants we were going to find later in the trip.
After we drove about an hour until we reach the forest. And here began the adventure.
Bamboo rafting: entered the top of things to do in life and thailand.
We thought it was going to be something "boring" but nothing like that. Loved it!
Feed the elephants with the bananas we buy and bathe them. And the best was this happened in the middle of the forest and not in any park. One more top of thailand!
Lunch at a family home by the road side tasting the flavors of the area.
Small trekking through the forest until we reach the waterfalls. Once again we were lucky because we were the only ones there. We showered, sunbathed, felt the energy of the place and were lucky enough to get to know and talk to a nice lady who had a small wood bar in the waterfalls... And two funny dogs.
In the end not being programmed our guide took us to Doi Suthep.
It was a fantastic day and it will be forever in our memory.
Chiang Mai deserves and should be visited. We'll be back someday!
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