If you are going to Thailand, you should definitely think about a short visit to the North of the country. Sure, island hopping in Southern Thailand is fun and who doesn’t like white sand beaches anyway? But Thailand has more to offer. Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand has become kind of a hotspot for nomads and the hipster crowd. It’s the mixture between a new urban style and old traditions which makes Chiang Mai so interesting.
Hard to miss in Chiang Mai:
A visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous temple in Chiang Mai.
It’s located a little bit outside the city centre on Doi Suthep mountain. The adventure already starts by getting there: only the red cabs will drive you up the windy streets through the woods around the mountain – and the drivers apparently don’t fear speed and/or the numerous bad curves. Chiang Mai cabs are also kind of special, as they only have slippery benches in the back and no door, so be sure to find something to grab on when you’re heading up Doi Suthep 🙂
Up at the temple enjoy the clean air and the golden stupa and buddhas – it’s just amazing!
City centre – Doi Suthep and back by red cab ca. 400 THB for the whole cab, driver will wait outside for you (as usual, don’t be afraid to barter!)
Small entrance fee for foreigners at the temple