City Guide To Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is Thailand’s fifth largest city, and a popular destination in northern Thailand.

With its cooler climate and laid back atmosphere, people often stay longer than planned there.

It’s also a popular place for westerners to settle down for a few years, as it’s cheap and comfortable.

If you find yourself in this part of Thailand, here are three things to do in Chiang Mai…

Get Templed Out

There is an abundance of temples in Chiang Mai, and while you won’t have the time or energy to visit every single one of them, there are at least a couple which are well worth your time.

The most famous of all temples is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, perched on a hill outside of the city center, built in 1383.

Try A Cooking Course

There are many cooking courses to choose from in Chiang Mai, and they’re both informative and fun.

You get to learn the basics of Thai cooking and depending on which course you take, you get to make a variety of Thai foods to enjoy when finished cooking. Most courses also take you to the market to talk about the vegetables and fruits they use in their cooking.

Spend a Day With The Elephants

There are a number of elephant sanctuaries around Chiang Mai, where you can spend time with these huge animals and get a whole new understanding of them.

We would suggest visiting one that doesn’t make the elephants perform stupid acts like painting and other circus events, but one that truly cares for the animals and respect them, giving them a higher quality of life.

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