It's 2017 and I've decided to stop writing trip diaries but instead let you guys know a little bit more on where and what to do at the countries I've visited based on first hand experience. I was recently in Chiang Mai, Thailand with my family and I'm thrilled to be letting you guys know that I had so much fun! Chiang Mai is such an underrated part of Thailand that no one actually thinks twice about but the scenic views, good food and great weather will blow your mind!
1. Take a closer look at the majestic elephants at Maesa Elephant Camp.
Maesa Elephant Camp is a privately owned elephant conservation centre.
It has a total of 80+ elephants in their idyllic forest setting with a waterfall welcoming you as you enter. I personally love this place because all the elephants are treated so gently by their caretakers. These elephants are also super adorable with the little tricks they have up their sleeve. You'll definitely have a great time watching these majestic animals bathe, draw, play soccer and do cool tricks.
2. Behold, the temple made of gold...Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Hidden up on the hills lay a beautiful temple made out of pure gold. Overlooking the city on its mountain throne, this sacred temple is known by all of Chiang Mai. The traditional architecture is breathtaking. The staircase up the golden temple is flanked by mosaic serpents and has about 300+ steps that challenges you to workout for a good view for sure!
3. Appreciate the local craft at SA Paper & Umbrella Making Centre.
Drop by the paper and umbrella making centre in Chiang Mai to catch the making of traditional paper fans and umbrellas by the pros. A very interesting factory with a wealth of education through the art & process of paper & umbrella making. There are various spots in and out of the factory that are filled with photo opportunities as well. Not to mention, a variety of designs and price range to the paper umbrellas they make, I think it's perfect for a souvenir!
4. Discover and learn about a whole new culture at Karen Long Neck Hill Tribe Settlement.
Discover the undiscovered at the Karen Long Neck Hill Tribe Settlement. These native tribes have been decreasing in size as the new era approaches. It was such a unique experience to see and learn about their way of life. The Karen girls believe that long necks are a sign of beauty, hence, why they wear layers & layers of thick metal neck cuffs to elongate their necks. In modern day Karen Tribe culture, these metal neck cuffs are worn from a young age until they hit puberty. Upon hitting puberty, they are given an option to give it up or continue wearing them for the rest of their lives. Women who wear them past puberty are unable to take them off ever again as their neck will collapse without the support of the metal cuffs. Support the cultural village by purchasing handmade goods from the tribesmen. It is their only source of income as natives who want to preserve their culture.
5. Get some snacks at Warorot Market.
A food haven, get your local treats here! What you cannot miss out at this market is definitely the fried silk worms and pig skin. I know it sounds odd but trust me, it's an adventure for your taste buds! The best time to explore this market is from morning to noon. Shops usually close in the evening. Explore the corners of the market and you might find some clothes and hidden gems as well! One of my favourite places for food and goods.
6. Enjoy a chill night out with good food and drinks at Ploen Ruedee Night Market.
Ploen Ruedee Night Market is a brand new night market/outdoor food court in Chang Kian Road. With almost everything from authentic Thai food to Mexican tapas, each and every store is designed beautifully to suit the theme of their cuisine. Food and drinks are extremely cheap and not to mention, the quality of it was not compromised. The night market also has live band throughout the night and bean bags for their customers to feel right at home. If you walk out of the night market and along the streets, you'll be able to find rows and rows of stalls set up selling clothing, souvenirs, hand made goodies and more!
7. Shop for some souvenirs and clothing at the Kalare Night Bazaar.
The Kalare Night Bazaar is filled with souvenir shops, boutiques and little hawkers. One of the best places to shop for yourself and others. From handmade crafts to local treats, everything you need is in one place. Not to mention, it is a great place for families to hang out and spend quality time together. The place isn't too hectic and everything is pretty much in order for your comfort.
8. Observe and enjoy the company of animals like you've never before at the Chiang Mai Night Safari.
I have not been a fan of zoos since I was a kid. I didn't like how the environment was for the animals caged for human amusement. Animal safaris not the other hand are amazing if you enjoy observing animals while knowing you're not paying for animal mistreatment. The only animal safaris I've been to were in Korea & Singapore. Chiang Mai impressed me with their amazing night safari that I ought to say was definitely bigger and better than the one in Singapore. It has a large variety of animals we could observe and even hand feed. The animals were not caged and were allowed to roam freely in the beautiful forest-like setting. This is definitely an attraction not to miss!
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