I’m heading to Chiang Rai today, and in the next couple of days, I’ll be taking the slow boat to Luang Prabang, Laos. So, before I officially exit Thai soil, let me give you a quick rundown of what I did in Chiang Mai.
Of course, no trip to Chiang Mai would be complete without visiting its many temples. In the Old City alone, there are already about a dozen – some of which were actually very close to where I first stayed at.
The temples are different from the ones in Bangkok mainly because of its Lanna architecture. But after visiting a handful, they all started to look the same to me.
Night Market & Food Tripping
The Sunday Night Market starts from 5:00 pm until 11:00 pm. The whole Ratchadamnoen Road is closed to traffic and lined with stalls selling everything imaginable. You can buy trinkets for as low as THB10.00; clothes are usually from THB120.00 to THB250.00; and street food, usually from THB20.00 to THB60.00.
It was just a bummer that it started raining about 8:00 pm so I had to go back to the guesthouse. Good thing it was literally just a few steps away from the night market.
Don’t worry if your trip doesn’t fall on a weekend. You can just go to Warorot Market. All the merchandise are from there anyway. Also check out the food court. This is where the locals eat.
Elephant Mahout Training
Rest & Relaxation
After my jam-packed first few days, I wanted some downtime and got just that at Siripanna Villas Resort & Spa. I was welcomed by the lovely staff and management, and treated to a sumptuous dinner buffet at their Slee Banyan Restaurant.
The room and facilities were superb! They even have a working rice field where guests can try rice planting. I tried it too!