The primary reason I decided to make Chiang Mai my first destination was to meet up with my friends from Laos. It ended up working well for me when I found a great deal on a motorcycle. I left Chiang Mai a few days ago, and thought I’d comment a bit on it. Everyone who has been to the north of Thailand raves about the awesome, laid back atmosphere of Chiang Mai. I was a bit surprised when I arrived to see an almost sprawling metropolis. Granted it is no Bangkok, not even close, but high rises abound regardless.
I was a little bummed with the atmosphere as well, it seemed that everyone was just into the tourist main attractions. Tiger kingdom, elephant treks, cookery classes, ridiculous Muay Thai fights (2 midgets vs 1 blind folded average fighter etc.). Not exactly my cup of tea, regardless, I stayed in the city for 5 nights, biding my time, waiting for my friends to arrive from Laos.
While in the city I got some experience with congest Thai driving, an experience which warrants its own post.
Went to Mak Fa waterfall.
Ate some awesome food.
Ate some bugs. I had no problem with the mental displeasure that many people seem to harbor regarding the ingestion of bugs, but to be honest, they weren’t terribly great tasting.
Went to the Sunday night market. Mostly every market I’ve encountered in Asia has had the same selection of mass produced items. This market wasn’t much different, I didn’t buy anything, just mostly indulged in food.
After Chiang Mai I went to the awesome little town of Pai just 120KM to the northwest. More on the later.