My curiosity about Chiang Mai started when I read a lot of Tweet updates from fellow travel bloggers sharing how they love this place in the Northern part of Thailand. The urge to visit became stronger when Mica, a blogger I wanted to meet for the longest time invited me to come over last year. Unfortunately, the lack of funds deprived me from booking a flight and the idea of flying to Bangkok and taking a long bus trip to Chiang Mai dreaded me. I found more blog entries where the authors have nothing but good words about the place.
Later on, more and more digital nomads express their love for Chiang Mai. Friends like Flipnomad, Frameless World and Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler mentioned it as one of the most ideal places for location independent travelers. On our way from Bangkok to Siem Reap, we met a Slovenian couple and they narrated how they love Chiang Mai and all the activities they did that weekend. The prices are much cheaper compared to Bangkok, the hotels in Chiang Mai are really cheap, the climate is very nice, so many activities and many, many more words of praises coming from non-bloggers. Woot. There’s something about Chiang Mai, really.
I didn’t entertain the idea of pursuing a trip to Chiang Mai much because I only have 9 days to spend in Bangkok-Siem Reap. Thanks to my curiosity and the convincing powers of my beloved friends that I can do it, I decided to extend my stay to 16 days to explore Chiang Mai on my own.
I stayed in Chiang Mai for four days and I can say that I couldn’t blame those travelers who fell in love with Chiang Mai because even I did! What I love about it is the fact that it is a Walking City – you can explore the Old City or even the outer part by walking. The people are a bit more friendly and relaxed compared to those in Bangkok.
The fusion of city and laid-back life is also very visible. The climate is nice, the internet connection is fast, food is cheap and there’s a lot of activities to do! I only have a few money left on my pocket that time so I had to live within my means. Here are the highlights of my Chiang Mai trip:
- Traveling Solo in Chiang Mai – The Ups and Downs
- My First Roomorama Experience
- Chiang Mai’s Night Market
- A Day at Chiang Mai Zoo – First Time to see Pandas
- Wat Pan On – My Favorite Temple in CM
- The Magic of Mrs. Pa’s Smoothies
- First Mixed Dorm Experience at A Little Bird Guesthouse
- Shopping at Saturday Night Market and Eating Quirky Snacks
- Early Sunday Market Shopping
- Meeting Travel Bloggers in Chiang Mai
I surely missed a lot of activities, but I can say that I am quite contented with my first Chiang Mai trip. I will be blogging about these adventures!
For the meantime, you can check out this short teaser I created about my Bangkok-Siem Reap-Chiang Mai trip last February. I have so many backlogs and I would like to share my adventures asap. I am hoping that this simple preview post about Chiang Mai caught your attention =P
Have you been to Chiang Mai? How do you find the ‘Digital Nomad Haven’ of Asia? Share your thoughts as I’ll share more of my Chiang Mai trip notes soon. Stay tuned!Â