Sean and I have already been in Chiang Mai for a week and it has flown by. We have fallen back in love with this beautiful country and are so grateful to have such an amazing friend living in Chiang Mai to show us around and give us countless tips on making the most of our limited time here.
Our first day or two here was spent relaxing and getting our bearings of the area. One thing we knew we wanted to do for sure was eat a lot of Thai food. So since we’ve gotten here, we’ve slowly been trying all sorts of Thai dishes.
After a few days here, we decided to hike along the Monk’s Trail from our apartment at the base of Doi Suthep to two temples up the mountain. The first temple was Wat Pha Lat which sat next to a peaceful stream and a beautiful overlook. The temple itself was dappled with sunlight coming through the tall trees overhead. There were only a few tourists, making it a very relaxing place to visit.
After getting a little lost during our very sweaty hike to the top, we finally made it to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This temple was very busy but still a humbling experience. We made sure to take a few moments to marvel at the intricate golden architecture and soak in the views of Chiang Mai.
After a few more productive work days, our good friend Stasha was super nice to organize a day trip around Doi Suthep. We rented a car and made several stops at some remarkable places. The first stop was at the Mae Sa Waterfall in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. I was definitely reminded of some of waterfall hiking I’ve done back in Asheville, NC which I love so much.
The next stop was at the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden which featured beautifully manicured gardens and a canopy walkway. I loved seeing the huge variety of plants which were grouped according to their environmental condition.
Our last main stop was in the Mon Jam hill village. We ate lunch at a restaurant that sat at the top of a hill, overlooking the valley, from a small open-air hut. Then we roamed around the gardens and enjoyed the expansive views.
Sean and I are so grateful to have a friend who has been so generous with her time and knowledge. Chiang Mai is turning out to be the best ending to our 6 month journey of Asia. That being said, we still have one more week so stay tuned for another update soon!