Once we had got the unfortunate roommate incident out of the way, had found a map of Chiang Mai and checked in to a new abode, we decided it was high time to get out and explore the city. Everyone I know who has previously been has loved it and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about!
We began by having breakfast at a lovely little restaurant called The Corner, before strolling along the eastern edge of the old city next to its surrounding water. We then spent the next 5 hours getting lost in the old city’s grid (partly through choice and partly because we could never work out where we were on the map). We visited two beautiful temples; one of which is a ruin which dates back to the thirteen hundreds, wandered through some of the most colourful markets we have seen yet and strolled idyllically around the leafy residentially streets. It’s hard to believe we are in the same country as we were yesterday! Chiang Mai is so chilled out and easy going, compared to the quite frankly mental ways of Bangkok.
This evening we are going for dinner at a lovely rustic restaurant before heading to the Sunday walking night bazaar. Three locals have stopped to tell us about it today so we feel it only fitting that we check it out!
Tomorrow we are heading to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary for an overnight stay so I won’t be able to post for a couple of days; rest assured however that when I’m back I will spam both here and Instagram with many a picture of these glorious creatures!