Thailand

Chiangmai

Chiangmai, the rose of the north, is the second biggest city in Thailand. The ideal time to visit Chiangmai is around December to February when the weather is cool but we were there in May at the invitation of our best friends in Thailand, Mr Suvit and family.

We stayed at the Dusit D2, a 4 stars hotel about 5 mins walk to the night market/night bazaar and 10 to 15 mins walk to the east gate of the old part of the city. The rooms are clean with good air conditioning and bathroom facilities.

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The street where the night market is

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Artists at work in the night bazaar

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Day 2

For today, our friend, Suvit had planned for us to visit the Measa Elephant Camp and later in the evening, to visit the Chiangmai Zoo and partake in the night safari. That’s our friend, Suvit in the following photo motioning to our driver to come over to pick us up.

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At the entrance of the Maesa Elephant Camp. There are performances by the elephants such as painting, playing football, throwing darts, etc. And if you are game, you can also go elephant riding.

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Paintings done by the elephants
Paintings done by the elephants

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Deers at the entrance of the Chiangmai Zoo (Night Safari). The entrance ticket includes performance by artists, buggy ride to view the animals in their enclosures and also a performance at the end of the evening involving tigers.

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Day 3

On our final day in Chiangmai, we visited Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and the Umbrella Factory. The temple is about 30 mins drive from Chiangmai town and is up on a hill.

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The entrance to the Umbrella Factory.

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I am looking forward to return to Chiangmai for another visit. The city is really slow pace (compared to say, Bangkok) and can be used as a base to visit the surrounding areas, like Chiangrai, etc.

All images shot with a Nikon D610 + nikkor 35mm f1.8g lens.

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