Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

My travel buddy and I have one week to explore Thailand and we decided to go North as well as South beginning our last week in Thailand in the North of the country. By bus we headed of to Chiang Mai for a four night stay at the Green Tulip House. This hostel was just what we needed in the center of Chiang Mai with a friendly staff and very clean rooms. Although we wanted to take a highly recommend train ride to this northern city the train was fully-booked and we took a night bus, which was a nice experience as well and apparently more comfy than the night train.

On Saturday, we visited the most famous temples in this cosy city guided by our National Geographic travel book. It was a beautiful walk especially because everything was fairly close and there were a lot of modern coffee houses and little restaurants on the route. When in Chiang Mai you definitely have to visit the most important temples, you cannot visit them all there are just too many of them so pick some. Some pics of our walk through the city:

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Saturday night we went to the night market which is one of the must-do’s in Chiang Mai! This city is by a lot of backpackers known as a city of parties which we wanted to experience ourselves before believing it. We headed to Zoe In Yellow, the place-to-be for youth in Chiang Mai. It is the spot to meet fellow backpackers from all over the world and natives as well. Here we became friends with some Americans from Seattle, a Brazilian guy from Sao Paulo and a native Thai. All of them were wonderful persons and we had lots of fun together. Zoe In Yellow is a nice place to go out with several other bars surrounding it and every night of the week you can find music and people at this night life spot.

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On Monday we booked a one-day trip to Chiang Rai which is not that expensive and we can recommend to everyone. Our trip included visiting the White Temple (WOW), exploring a native village (this was a bit disappointing because we only could see the market), a trip to the Golden Triangle (WOW, again) and a stop at the border with Myanmar before heading back to Chiang Mai. The White Temple as well as the nature at the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar come together were stunning, we did not expect such beautiful places and when in Thailand you have to take this day trip to Chiang Rai, it is totally worth the two and a half hour bus ride!

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The atmosphere in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai is completely different as Bangkok’s. Heading North is a good idea when visiting Thailand and also done by most backpackers. In the neighborhood of Chiang Mai there are a lot of sites and smaller villages such as Pai that are worth a visit as well!

Now off to our next stop!

See yah in Krabi

L.

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