Chaing Mai was a whirl wind adventure. The trip was spur of the moment and only for a short weekend. I had only been back maybe a week, if not two, from visiting the U.S. and I jumped on another opportunity.
Since I arrived in October of 2017, I haven’t seen too many places in Thailand. Hell, I haven’t even seen the palace, and I live about 2 1/2 hours away. Sad, right? Well, it’s been an off year to say the least.
Instead of boring you with a long post about how wonderful Chiang Mai was, I’ll try to keep it nice and short, more like a photo collage!
Things to See
Doi Suthep is a mountain full of wonderful views and intriguing history. Take a moped drive up the mountain for scenic views to see the Winter Palace and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The golden structures and intricate details will catch your eye. It is a great escape from the city below and full of culture.
Wat Chedi Luang
Located near the Three Kings Monument and Night Bazaar, this ancient temple is a sight to see! Originally built in 1391 and completed in 1475, this site was made to hold the ashes of King Ku Na and later held the holiest object in Thailand… the Emerald Buddha. The Buddha no longer resides in this residence. It has since been transported to Bangkok where it resides today still.
All around Wat Chedi Luang, you will find images of ancient serpents, elephants, and images of Buddha. This monument has withstood centuries and an earthquake.
Three Kings Monument
Three Kings Monument is located in the center of Chiang Mai. On certain nights, you’ll find a large market, also known as the Night Bazaar.
The Night Bazaar is one of the best markets to hit up in Chiang Mai. You’ll find an array of memorabilia from paintings and clothes to pottery and jewelry. People walk around trying an assortment of foods and stopping to listen to school kids singing or the occasional violin player.
Only a two minute walk from the bus station, you can find this little shopping plaza. The British theme will surprise you as you’re in Thailand. Restaurants feature homemade pizza, beer, traditional Thai tea, and a gorgeous lawn on the roof to take in the view of the mountainous region.
Central Festival Chiang Mai
This mall is decorated to the T. Each section has a different art display floating between the numerous floors. As you go up each level, you’ll find that some things get more expensive. You will find a mixture of Western and Thai stores. You can find anything and everything here in Central Festival. The bottom floor is great to take a break for lunch and grab some khao soi or try an assortment of fruits.