Thailand – Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai was our starting point in Thailand. Choosing this city in the north allowed us to generally head south for the remainder of the trip…

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The only things we’d prepared was the flight there and a few nights in a hotel on the northern city moat.

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Admittedly, Chiang Mai can appear quite over-touristy if you persist in staying in the middle of the city.

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But seen from our vantage point, we found brilliantly blue skies, quiet temples capped with gold, elephant reserves and excellent restaurants and cafes of all kinds.

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Elephant Nature Park deserves a special mention: if you’re ever in Chiang Mai, have an interest in elephants and in having a positive impact on their lives – rather than just doing the “isn’t it pretty, let’s ride on it” tour, book a single or multi-day visit to Elephant Nature Park.

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It’s a bit pricier, and no, you won’t be on your own there, either; but it’s the best way of experiencing elephants and helping them, too!

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The temple complex of Doi Suthep is built on a mountaintop overlooking Chiang Mai in the distance.

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Before you board one of the collective cabs leaving from near the north gate, make sure you’re not feeling queasy. The winding road makes delicate stomachs turn.

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There are more images from Chiang Mai to come, before we head due south…