We had heard mixed reactions to Chiang Mai, some people loved it, some were underwhelmed. We absolutely loved it! It felt rich with culture and history, and there seemed to be something new at every turn. We spent 4 days in Chiang Mai, and while we did spend some time by the pool, here’s our top 4 things we did!
1. Get a Bamboo Tattoo
You can get a Bamboo Tattoo almost anywhere in Thailand, but something about getting one inside the “walled” part of Chiang Mai felt special.
2. Take a Cooking Class
The way Thai food is cooked in the North is different from the South. We took ours at the Thai Farm Cooking School and I cannot recommend it enough. Not only did we cook 5 meals and learn to prep curry paste, we also were able to explore an organic Thai farm out in the middle of nowhere. It felt special to be taken out of the city and onto a farm to experience the differences between home!
3. Visit the Night Market
This was the largest Night Market we had encountered so far! The streets, as well as three or four marketplaces were filled with vendors. This is where we did all of our souvenir shopping! There was also an International Food Market, which is where we our dinner 2 of 4 nights. We had sushi, bao, Japanese burgers and more! And it was all fantastic! The food carts/trucks made me feel like I was in Toronto – Toronto you need this!
4. Take a walk around the city.
We only took taxis and tuk Tuks when we absolutely had to. We wanted to get in as much walking as possible (which was a good thing, I probably lost weight over the course of our trip). We found temples, gardens, the Chinatown, a Cat Cafe, the Art in Paradise 3D Museum, delicious restaurants and more, just by walking around!
That’s the end of the recap series! I have a few more posts I might make about our trip, but I hope you enjoyed the photos!