Chiang Mai for Christmas


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My first impression after arriving in Chiang Mai was that the city in northern Thailand looked a lot like Bangkok. I thought to myself, so this is what people have been raving about? I guess I had this vision of mountains and trees all over the place, but of course Chiang Mai is well developed. However it didn't take me long to figure out why people talk so fondly of Chiang Mai. It really is a remarkable place.

I don't know why it took me this long to visit Chiang Mai, but I'm glad I got there in the end. It was the perfect Christmas getaway, really, especially from the heat and smog of Bangkok. The air feels so much cleaner and fresher up north and the whole area has a kind of earthy glow.

We stayed at the Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel. For the money I thought it was a pretty good 4-star, although the most impressive part was clearly the lobby, as you can see here:

It's easy enough to get around Chiang Mai with lots of tuk-tuks and songtheaw drivers ready to strike a deal. We did most of the tourist things that people do in Chiang Mai, like visiting the zoo where Thailand's favourite panda, Lin Ping, lives. Here she is eating lunch.

We also saw a slow loris. Very weird and cute.

Speaking of food, we had Christmas dinner at the Ratilanna. It was more of a buffet really, with all kinds of awesome meats. We were full for about three days after that one.

On one day we took a tuk-tuk out to the hugely popular Royal Flora Ratchaphruek Fair, which runs until March 14. It's kind of a massive flower/eco festival with lots of exhibits and things to walk around and see. It's worth a visit and we easily spent a day there, but there were some mixed messages being relayed. I didn't quite see how huge displays from Bangkok Air, Air Asia and Toyota were a good fit. But otherwise, it was pretty cool.

We also visited a temple, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which is famed as the site where a baby white elephant came to rest and die while carrying a fragment of Buddha's shoulder bone. It's a long, winding, uphill drive to the temple, so you need to hire a songtheaw really. It's a nice temple, but a bit of a tourist trap and if you go in the middle of the afternoon like we did then you will find yourself forever ducking out of the way of people's camera lines. It's also cold up there, so take a jumper.

Here are a few photos from the trip:

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  1. Glad that you enjoyed Chiang Mai so much, and can now see why people rave about it. Its so different to Bangkok! One needs to venture a couple hrs out of Chiang Mai city itself, before you start seeing mountains. I highly recommend exploring these rural parts of northern Thailand though, Chiang Mai city is just the surface!

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