After spending 6 days in Krabi and Railay beach we flew up to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Everyone was recommending us to see both South and North of Thailand and I’m so glad we did. In Chiang Mai I would definitely advise you to stay as close to Old City as possible. We walked everywhere and it was amazing. We did rent a pink Hello Kitty scooter for a day and it was only $8. Vadim picked pink and I couldn’t have been more proud. Real men aren’t ashamed to roam streets of Thailand in pink haha.
Chang Mai is famous for elephant camps, hiking, 1000000 temples, good coffee, tea plantation and cooking classes. On the first day we went to see elephants at Maetaman Camp. I wouldn’t suggest going to that camp. It was more like a circus, elephants were trained and did a whole show, even painted a painting. We decided to check out another camp Chiang Dao Training Elephant Center. It was an hour away from the city so we spent the whole day out there. Tour mini bus picked us up in the morning and drove us to the camp. It was a LOT better than Maetaman Camp. We did elephant tracking for the whole hour through the jungle. Then we floated down the river on a bampboo raft, had lunch and headed to the Orchid Farm and Butterfly Garden. Next time we go to Chang Mai I would love to visit a camp where you can bathe elephants and ride them without those heavy seats.
Exploring Old City was the best. I don’t have as many photos since we just wanted to eat lots of food, explore, ride a scooter and eat more food at the night market. I would love to mention cooking class that we did together with Vadim. I booked it a month in advance and some dates were already full because it is that good and famous. We went to Thai Farm Cooking school. Again it was a whole day deal and we made 6 different dishes. They also gifted us with a book with recipes. It was a lot of fun!
I already can’t wait to go back to this amazing country.
These are candles carved out by hand. How beautiful are they?!
Hand painted Tshirt anyone?
Ok this guy is awesome! He makes the best coffee just on the side of the street! A lot of american coffee shops should take some lessons from him. He used an electric drill to grind the coffee!!!!! Like what the heck!!! haha His name is Sawang and you can like his Nomad Coffee page on Facebook. You can usually find him on Phonon Rachadamnoen Alley road in Chiang Mai. He is also a writer and loves cycling. He takes 3 months break every year and goes biking all over the country.
I feel like this is the obligatory Thailand thing to do. Fish spa. I couldn’t stop laughing for like 15 minutes until I got used to it
One of the famous Thai desserts. Mango sticky rice! SOOOO good! I miss it in my life right now!
Vadim felt bad for the old guy and helped him rafting through the river the whole entire way. Yep, that’s my husband!
Don’t you hang out in the Orchid farm like that? he he