Thailand is essentially the land of diversity. Countless temples, incredible wildlife resources, amazing national parks, big cities, great food and unparalleled shopping – there’s a lot to experience here. In this post, we will focus on Chiang Mai, which is also considered the spiritual capital of the country. Around 1-hour flight from Bangkok, reaching this destination isn’t hard. Here’s what you can enjoy here.
- Rendezvous with the elephants. Head to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, which is known for the work it has been doing for the giant animals. Hang around, bath the elephants, but don’t ask for a ride! Yes, there are places where you can go for an elephant ride, but keep in mind that this is not recommended. These animals require our love and attention – that’s all. If you don’t mind paying more, Elephant Nature Park is a good choice too.
- Temple hopping. WikiTravel says there are more than 300 temples in and around the region of Chiang Mai, so it is likely that you won’t be able to cover it all. Wat Chiang Man is the oldest of the region, while you can also make time for Wat Phan Tao and Wat Chedi Luang. Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is also globally famed.
- Be there for the Sunday Night Market. The Sunday Night Market is something that even the locals recommend. Check for the cheap arts, handicraft items, but do remember to haggle – much like other parts of Thailand. The food here is actually more authentic than what you will find in Bangkok.
- Enjoy the stay. Some of the boutique hotels and luxury resorts Chiang Mai are pretty famous. If you have the time, we suggest that you spend at least two nights. The good thing is you can make the bookings in advance, and some of these hotels actually have great deals. What can be more fun to have a relaxed room at the end of the day.
- Indulge in massages. Thai massages are well-famed, but talk about ‘value for money’, and it is hard to beat Chiang Mai. If you want to do more than a massage, go to Women’s Correctional Institution, where you can get a massage from a prisoner. Foot massages in the Sunday market are also famed, and you can also try one of the spa centres offering Balinese massage.
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