We recently spent two lovely weeks in Chiang Mai and the country side. We really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere you find in this charming destination. People are very friendly and welcoming. There are precious temples everywhere and the food aromas at the markets and eateries really touch your olfactory senses. We also spoiled ourselves with massages every day.
Then there’s the laid back countryside where you find the traditional way of living. The stretched out paddy fields are bright green, full of live and surrounded by trees and mountains. We loved to cycle through the countryside and visit different places such as temples, local farms and even a ‘Grand Canyon’ filled with bright blue water.
A true highlight was a visit to an elephant camp which has been on my travel list for years! We drove all the way to the mountains, through forests and then into the jungle. Here we learned about the elephant’s habitat. We spoiled the elephants with treats, mud baths and we played with them in the river. It was amazing …
Chiang Mai has surprised us in many ways. See it yourself in a travel video we made to inspire you. Enjoy!
Places we visited:
WAT CHEDI LUANG
An impressive ruined temple in the center of Chiang Mai, dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.
WAT PHRA SINGH
This is Chiang Mai’s most revered temple. It’s dominated by an enormous, mosaic-inlaid sanctuary.
SATURDAY WALKING STREET
A cool night market taking place every Saturday at the southern part of Chiang May town. People sell handicrafts and typical food.
FOOD MARKET (EVERY NIGHT)
Just in front of the southern gate there’s a very nice food market with food stalls serving barbecue dishes, fish, soups and tasty fruit juices. Highly recommended for it’s laid back atmosphere and affordable, tasty food.
Mae Rim, 20 km north of Chiang Mai
Lovely private bungalows set in the rice paddies, at the foot of the Mae Rim mountains and surrounded by nature. Owned by a British/Thai couple who really make you feel at home. We loved the swimming pool and the lounge area where you can relax and look over the paddy fields.
You can rent bicycles or motorcycles to visit many major tourist attractions locally, some within just a ten minute cycle ride on flat country roads.
Address: 274 Moo 3, Tambon Huai Sai, Chiang Mai, 50180 Mae Rim, Thailand
‘GRAND CANYON’ CHIANG MAI
We rented a bicycle at Little Village Chiang Mai and cycled to Tuang Thong Canyon View, also known as Grand Canyon Chiang Mai.
VISIT THE ELEPHANT JUNGLE SANCTUARY
Ethical elephant adventure, no riding the elephants
The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is an ethical and sustainable eco-tourism project located approximately 60 km from the city of Chiang Mai. It’s a joint initiative between the members of the Karen Hill-tribes and Chiang Mai locals who are concerned about the welfare of elephants in Thailand. We consciously opted for this elephant camp to support the animals; we didn’t want to ride on elephants or make them do tricks. We believe this organization does a good job at protecting the animals and their habitat. Although the ride to the camp is quite far (approximately 1,5 hours) and bumpy, we enjoyed the beautiful landscapes and the adventurous ride.
The camp offers a half day tour for a very good price but you can also stay one or more nights to have a full experience.