A WALK AROUND CHIANG MAI

Thailand's Second Biggest City

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Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second biggest city and is located in the north of the county.  I’ve previously spent a lot of time in Thailand – the last time I visited was for 3 months, however I’d yet to explore the north of the country.  So I decided that was exactly where I was going to go this time around.

The city has many of the trappings of Bangkok, but a much more chilled out pace. There are temples, markets, an abundance of amazing cafes and restaurants, not to mention some incredible natural scenery just a stone’s throw away.

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Soon after I arrived in Chiang Mai I was keen to get stuck right into exploring. I jumped in a taxi and asked them to take me to whichever temple they’d most recommend.  I ended up at Wat Phra Singh which had some very impressive gold pagodas.  One of the things that I’d really missed about Thailand were its temples.  I find them incredibly calming and peaceful.  The smell of fresh jasmine and burning incense brings back so many good memories from my first ever trip to Thailand.

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Chiang Mai doesn’t just benefit from its rich culture and history, but also the fact that it has a fantastic array of shopping destinations, restaurants and cafes.

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Got to have an iced matcha tea!

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One of Chiang Mai’s top attractions is the Tha Phae Gate, in the Old City.  The surrounding area is buzzing with things to see and do, as a result of the tourist footfall that it receives.  You should definitely check it out when visiting Chiang Mai.

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If you’ve yet to explore Chiang Mai, I would highly recommend adding it to your travel list.

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