MY SHORT GUIDE TO CHIANG MAI
I personally enjoyed Chiang Mai a lot more than Bangkok. Although the chaos in Bangkok has it's appeal and character, I found it too overwhelming for the senses, favouring the atmosphere of the more relaxed and slower paced Chiang Mai.
I should highlight that I spent a week in Chiang Mai and only a few days in Bangkok. I should also add that I spent the majority of my time within the walls of the Old Town in Chiang Mai, only venturing further afield during some of the tours.
Here are share with you my guide of what to do whilst visiting Chiang Mai. Some are recommendations of activities I personally took part in, others are things I wish I had done but didn't have the chance to do and a few are general attractions which are very popular with the tourists and worth a mention. Without further ado...
MUST DOS IN CHIANG MAI
1. Elephant Sanctuaries - Read about the one I went to here
2. Cooking Classes - Read about the one I did here
3. Spas - There are many, below is a picture of the one I went to twice and I loved it both times!
4. Eating out. The are so many amazing restaurants in Chiang Mai it is almost too hard to chose. Some of my favourites were Dada Kafe, Dash Restaurant & Bar and Cooking Love.
6. Jungle Trekking
7. Hill Tribe Tours
Here are a couple of links to websites I found helpful...check them out for more information and of course always do your own research!
Whatever you do, have fun, be safe and be ethical i.e. no riding elephants or pictures with chained tigers :(