January 9, 2018

Chiang Mai (Thailand Part 2)

After our time in Bangkok, we flew to Chiang Mai, a large town in northern Thailand. The culture here was our favorite part of Thailand. The food is amazing (and cheap) and the scenery and people were as well. 

We stayed three nights at the U Chiang Mai in The Old City. We really enjoyed their breakfast and location. We spent one day walking ALL over The Old City thanks to our Lonely Planet Guide Book's walking tour. There are too many temples in the Old City to count. We toured several of them and really enjoyed seeing all the young monks and learning more about their culture. Interesting fact: In Buddhism, you can become a monk for a month or a lifetime. Afterwards you can go back to your family and resume your life or you can continue as a monk. 

Our room at the U Chiang Mai

View from our balcony






Lunch for $1.50 USD
On our second day in Chiang Mai, we had signed up for a day at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. We were picked up at our hotel and rode in the back of a truck for two hours up into the mountains. This was an unforgettable, amazing experience. Talking to the guides and learning about their life as a member of the Karen Tribe was also so interesting. During our time there, we fed the elephants bananas and bamboo, made them vitamin balls, gave them mud baths and cleaned them off in the river. 







On our last day in Chiang Mai, we pampered ourselves at a spa - I think we spent $40 USD for two hours of massages and body scrubs! Then we went to a really cool restaurant called The Service 1921. The whole place and staff were completely themed out like the 1920's secret service. So cool and great food! 

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