Chiang Mai, Thailand
After spending our first few days in Bangkok, we flew to Chiang Mai for the second stop of our five-week Southeast Asia trip. Located in the mountains of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a completely different world compared to Bangkok. Within city limits we enjoyed visiting temples and trying different types of street food. Outside of the city we took day trips to zipline through the jungle and play with elephants at an elephant sanctuary.
We first arrived in Chiang Mai on January 30th. In total we spent six days in Chiang Mai, however we chose to make it two 3-day trips with a stop in Pai in-between.
Exploring the Temples of Chiang Mai
Founded in 1296, Chiang Mai has plenty of history to offer travelers. Home to over 300 temples ( or “wats”), one of the best things to do in the city is to walk the streets stopping at whichever temples catch your eye. Some of our favorite temples were Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and Wat Buparam.
The Back Streets of Chiang Mai
One of our favorite things to do in a new city is to walk the streets aimlessly. Rather than look a destination up ahead of time, we wander the streets and get lost. By doing this we usually end up in a part of town we wouldn’t have otherwise seen.
Flight of the Gibbon
During our first stay in Chiang Mai we decided to go ziplining with Flight of the Gibbon, who are located an hour outside of the city. Their course features 18 ziplines including one that is nearly 800km long! There really isn’t a better way to see the jungle than to fly from tree to tree on a zipline!
Elephant Jungle Paradise Park
We knew we wanted to visit an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai, so we decided to book a day trip to Elephant Jungle Paradise Park during our second stay in the city. Not only were we able to play with the elephants on land, but we had the opportunity to give them a mud bath!