How did we get here?
You can easily take a plane from Bangkok, Phuket, Ko Similan etc. or you can (as we did) take a night train from Bangkok.
It was very convenient to take a train during night. I slept whole journey like a baby (it takes about 14 hours). And don’t be scare it is very safe there. We couldn’t get tickets in first class, but the second class was good enough.
Chiang Mai is both a natural and cultural destination. The city centre retains a ‘small-town’ intimate feel and houses numerous historical temples and attractions within walking distances of each other.
Just under half an hour’s drive, Chiang Mai’s verdant countryside and mountains offer limitless possibilities for nature explorations as well as visits to many fascinating ethnic hill-tribe villages.
Doi Suthep is a constant part of life in Chiang Mai. A Thai saying goes, “If you haven’t tasted Khao Soi or seen the view from Doi Suthep, you haven’t been to Chiang Mai.” This regal mountain overlooks the city from the northwest, providing commanding views from its summit.
The highest peak in the park is Doi Pui which tops off at 1,685 meters (5,528 feet), making it the eighth largest mountain in Thailand. The forest is also home to a variety of wildlife, including many small mammals and birds as well as the rare Crocodile Salamander, which is only found in four places in Thailand.
Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Chedi Luang’s massive chedi (pagoda) was built sometime between 1385 and 1402. At its peak, the chedi measured 60 metres across at the square base and 80 metres tall and was once the home of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred religious relic.
Day Trip in Chiang Mai Area
We stayed in Chiang Mai almost a week. During this period we have booked different trips. The furthest will be in separate posts (Trip to Chiang Rai and Doi Inthanon Nation Park) but reportage from the trip in Chiang Mai area will be below.
The day trip was including:
-visit in Tiger Garden;
-Workshop “How to make eco-paper from an elphant’s poo-poo?”
-Trekking in the jungle;
-Visit in botanic garden;
-Rafting and Elephant ride;
My opinion about Chiang Mai
I have really enjoyed staying there. Chiang Mai is known as a perfect place for “back packers”. There is completely different style than in the South or Bangkok. The prices are also lower due to less tourists. If you like hiking, trekking, rafting, mountain biking-Chiang Mai is the right place.