We went from Ko Lanta to Aonong Beach near Krabi for 2 nights before flying up to Chiang Mai in the North. The flight was just over 1 hour and much easier than a bus or train. We originally booked for 2 nights, not sure if we would like it or not. We ended up staying 7 nights and we really enjoyed our time. We didn’t do a ton and actually skipped many of the tourist things.
Some of the things we really enjoyed were the following:
Our guesthouse! We actually stayed at 3 different places but spent 4 nights at the Arte House. It was a great location in the old city and although it didn’t have a pool the price was great at just $22-28 a night depending on the size of the room. The Arte House is new and had only been open about 7 months. The owners are great and Jason loved the little coffee house out front.
The Old City. We can’t imagine staying elsewhere. Being within the walls of the old city, we were able to walk to most everything and enjoyed seeing the monks walking about early in the morning collecting Alms.
Temples, Temples everywhere! Nearly every street seemed to have an elaborate temple or wat. Each was a bit different and interesting to explore. We also were able to attend a Monk Chat where we sat outside and talked with a monk for an hour. We asked him questions and he asked us a few as well. It was a great experience.
We also went out of the old city to visit Wat U-Mong, a large temple complex with lots of monks and some interesting tunnels to explore.
The Sunday Walking Streets of the huge night market. We really enjoyed this night market and liked the mix of locals and foreigners. The streets are closed for blocks and filled with vendors and people. The market had everything you could imagine and more! There was some great food to try and you could easily spend a few hours wondering around.
The food! Chiang Mai is a vegetarian’s paradise and Simone was in heaven. With so many vegetarian and vegetarian friendly restaurants, we tried to sample as many as we could. Some favorites included Aum, Nice Café, Blue Diamond Bakery, Freebird and Khun Churn, an amazing all-you-can eat vegetarian buffet. The food was delicious and the cheapest we had encountered yet.
Stay tuned for our second Thai cooking class, northern style!