Chiang Mai, Thailand (August 2018)

When I first night we touched down in Bangkok, I was super overwhelmed. It’s a crazy city with tight sidewalks, heavy traffic in the streets, and aggressive vehicles. To be honest, even though I’ve lived in NYC all my life, I was uncomfortable. Thankfully, the very next morning, we flew to Chiang Mai because that was the scene I was ultimately looking for. Chiang Mai is a smaller city, north of Bangkok. When I was doing research, Chiang Mai was the most mentioned city besides Bangkok to visit so I knew I had to go. There are tons to do here – from cheap eats and massages to Temple hopping to seeing elephants to street markets to cooking classes. Chiang Mai to me was the chill, adventurous, spiritual sister of Bangkok.

Day 1 – Wednesday

  • Arrival at Hotel at 1:00pm
  • Walk around area
  • Lunch at Its Good Kitchen (actually pretty good)
  • 1-hour Thai Massage at Lila Thai Massage
  • Wat Phra Singh Waramahavihan
  • Walk down Rachadamnoen Road to Old Gate, window shopped
  • Coffee break at The Coffee Club
  • Dinner at Krua Dabb Lob (it’s ok)

Day 2 – Thursday

  • Elephant Nature Park all day
  • Dinner at Kanjana Restaurant (very good)

Day 3 – Friday

  • Thai Akha Cookery School
  • 2 hour massage at Lila Thai Massage
  • Ploen Rudee Night Market
  • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
  • Walk around night bazaar area
  • Dinner at Ploen Rudee Night Market

Day 4 – Saturday

  • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
  • Lunch at Its Good Kitchen
  • Monk chat at Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara
  • Dinner at Cafe de Thaan Aoan (it’s ok)
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