I spent the last month traveling through Thailand with my sister. After two days in Bangkok, we continued to our first stop in the north: Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is a province in the northern region of Thailand which has so much to offer. The city of Chiang Mai is full of locals and young students attending the universities the city is known for. Throughout the city there is a landscape of beautiful temples (64 in total) that are each more impressive than the one before. Staying here for a week really helped us learn about the Thai culture and made us feel like a part of the community when exploring the many local markets or simply doing a bicycle tour through the city.
Chiang Mai was not as touristy as many of the southern parts we visited but still offered enough tours and trip opportunities to make it exciting. We went on a three day trekking tour through the jungle and hiked up a mountain to a hill tribe village without electricity or any technology. Here, we stayed for two nights, while we used the days to wander through the jungle region and find waterfalls in the midst of all the green. Our stay in Chiang Mai was truly exhausting but it was a beautiful experience at the same time. We got closer to understanding the local culture as well as cuisine and enjoyed every single moment in Chiang Mai.
Scroll down to see some of my impressions from the Chiang Mai region:
I am so glad we had this much time to stay and get to know this beautiful city and the surrounding areas. There was so much to do and so much to see. I’m happy we didn’t miss out on it or had to rush. The second part of my Thailand travel diary will also be uploaded shortly. I am looking forward to share the dream beaches of the south with you.
But until then: Get inspired!