Chiang Mai

The impression of Chiang Mia is that it’s a remote city in northern Thailand. To our surprise, Chiang Mai is a bustling city that is growing rapidly. Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand and was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. It is considered one of the most culturally significant cities in the region. It was one of our favorite places that we visited.

At its historical center is the Old City. The Old City is a 1.6 km walled and moated square that’s home to over 30 Buddhist temples, some of which are as old as the city itself. But despite the historic heritage, Chiang Mai has expanded well beyond the Old City. It has modernized to appeal to the growing expat and NGO community.

We stayed outside of the Old City near some of the newer developments that offered trendy coffee shops and foodie restaurants. We discovered so many new coffee drinks, we only wish we could bring them back here to the states. The coffee comes from neighboring villages and if we ever go back, we would plan to visit the coffee regions. Along with the coffee, we made a daily stop for a fresh coconut or mango smoothie. Good thing we did a lot of walking!

One of our fondest memories was an unplanned trip to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, or commonly referred as Doi Suthep. We happened to visit during a very special day of festivities and Buddhist celebrations. It was like walking into a Nat Geo documentary. As well – we spent a day as care takers to rescued elephants. If you’re interested, you can read what our daughter wrote about that experience here.

What we learned during our time in Chiang Mai:

Jannelle

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Leilana

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Greg

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Verona

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