Chiang Mai

I really like Chiang Mai! My first stop in Thailand, there’s something about this city that just feels right. A lot of what I did here over the last 3 days was not picture-appropriate, such as walking in markets and getting massages.  So I’m putting all my days into one post!

I arrived in the afternoon, on the last day of Songkran.  Songkran is their New Year’s Festival in which the country partakes in a 3-day massive waterfight.  I didn’t arrive in time to get my own watergun but I was soaked many times over on my outing that evening.

My hostel offered free rides to the weekend night market, so I decided to check out the Saturday one.  I met a really nice Dutch girl on the ride down, and we ended up spending the next few days together.

The market was amazing! I got some amazing food, and just wondered at all the beautiful things that I couldn’t fit in my bag to bring home.  I realized at the end I took zero pictures, so here’s a few things that caught me eye. Mom, don’t we have those bears?

The next day I walked around the old city to see some of their temples.

From here I went to the three kings monument and met my new friend Odelia.

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We got an amazing hour long foot massage (so good!) and then decided we needed more rest so found a great cafe and hung out there for over 2 hours.  We were sitting beside a little waterfall, they had giant koi fish, and great live music.  Plus the food and drinks were delicious!

From there we split – Odelia heading back to the hostel, and myself going to see more temples.

In the evening I went to the Sunday Night Market and bought way too many things.  My perfectly packed bag is now stuffed to the rim.  Oh well, only 7 weeks to lug it all around!

Yesterday I spent the day with elephants (BEST. DAY. EVER), and today I returned to my temple going ways.

An iconic temple in Chiang Mai, the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple is located on top of a hill.  While you can drive most of the way up, you still have to climb 309 steps.  Very fun. It was very foggy for my entire visit, so I couldn’t see the great views of the city.  But that also meant the temple wasn’t so crowded, so that was nice.

From here I headed back down the hill and got a Thai Massage – so good! I also checked out the folklife museum, and walked around the city before getting dinner by the water and walking around the weekday night market.  Though I didn’t buy anything material, I did get a very fancy ice cream!

The perfect end to a perfect few days.

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