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.
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.
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.
Got to have an iced matcha tea!
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.
If you’ve yet to explore Chiang Mai, I would highly recommend adding it to your travel list.