Chiang Mai is a small town in northern Thailand, surrounded by mountains and jungle. With about 170 000 people, next to Bangkok’s 8 million people, I think we can call it a “small town”. It gives an amazing energy!
Meditation, Thai massage, Yoga and Thai cooking classes are very popular. It’s a great city to relax. And a good place to get in touch with your inner peace at a very reasonable price.
Nevertheless, the city never sleeps. If you’re trying to improvise a Monday night party, you can! And it will be crowded!
Many Buddhist temples surround the city. You can also find a lot of second hand bookshops.
Doi suthep, the temple on the hill of Chiang Mai is a must! The nice little serpent road takes you all the way to the top of the city, along several scenic areas. You can visit the temple. If you continue a little further up the road is a Hmong village. They sell handicraft. On your way back down, if you feel like taking a shower/ swim in a waterfall, take a right, before the Zoo.
From Bangkok to Chiang Mai, train/ bus or plane? The train, for a “bed” is 550/650Baht (+/-15$) for 15-17 hours of train. The bus is 350 Baht and 12-15hours. A flight with Air Asia cost about 30$.
Useful addresses in Chiang Mai:
Leather Handmade in Chiang Mai: Gypsy House. I have searched Thailand for the perfect leather belt. Trust me, this is the place to be! You can even order your own designs! But their creativity is limitless. The cute boots, bags,…
Gipsy House in Chiang Mai:164 Rachapakinai Rd., Phar Singh, Muang, Chiangmai, Thailand 50200. firstname.lastname@example.org. skype: pi.juck.saptim. Pi-juck Saptim, Tel.: 084-3531483. Located next to Tae Phae Gate.
Gipsy House in Pai: Pi-juck Saptim, Tel. 084-3531483. Shop in Pai. 42/1 Ketkelang Rd., Amphur Pai Maehongson, Thailand 58130.
Chiang Mai sunday night market: On Sunday’s, the whole town turns into a giant night market. Local handicraft, around the temple it’s food heaven, …
Kradangnga, thai herbal massage: Wonderful massages and courses, 17/1 Rajwithee Rd. T. Sripoom A. Muang Chiang mai 50200 Thailand, T. 053 418175, email@example.com.
Backstreet books: 05387 4143; 2/8 Th Chang Moi Kao. Second hand bookshop. Well organized, great variety, even several French books! Next to Tapae Gate.
Rent a car: 99 Moonmuang Rd. Sripoom, Chiang Mai. 053 418356 or 081 4795999. We’ve rented a motorbike, Honda wave 125cc, manual, for 2500 Baht for one month (+/-50$).
Wat Suan Dok: The Monk chat program, the path to a peaceful mind. Informally talk with Buddhist Monks, to know about monk’s life, Thai culture and Tradition. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5PM- 7PM. Meditation retreat Tuesday- Wednesday (weekly) and Tuesday- Friday (the last week of the month). More info on www.monkchat.net, T. 053 80 8411, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thai Cooking: We asked one of our favorite “little lady”, who cooks for us every day, to give us a cooking class. It was awesome! We went to the market together and learned how to cook all our favorites! But most importantly, we learned how to cook Bow style, her way! It was her birthday and we ended up celebrating together for 12 hours with the whole family!! We had the best time! Thai people are so, ALEGRE!! Her contact on facebook is Saranya Saranghaeyo, if you want the most typical thai cooking class in town!