Known as “The City in the Mountains”, Chiang Mai is a miraculous place with so much to see. The 300 temples alone with leave you wandering throughout the town for days, and theres a surprise at every turn. The delicious food is flavorful (and cheap!), the temples are stunning, and a quick trip to see the elephants is a must! Kris Anne was recently in Chiang Mai and has some wanderlust worthy photos to entice you to make this place your next destination…
Kris Anne was born in the Philippines and raised in New Zealand. Having visited Thailand for a month earlier this year, she returned with her boyfriend recently to explore more of Chiang Mai. Their stay lasted two months and they had the chance to adventure through many parts of the city. Their stay allowed them to rent out a condominium, so if you’re ever in Chiang Mai for a long period of time, check out Play Condominium!
The city is known for its abundance of temples, and although you may not see them all, there are a few that are worth noting and marking on your map! Wat Chedi Luang is a top favorite for most visitors, as it is one of the highest temples in Thailand and built in the 14th century. It features the emerald buddha and elephant statues, which makes it one of the top temples to visit.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is known for its stark gold temples and popular views of Chiang Mai. This temple is highly sought after by both Buddhists and Hindus, and is home to the emerald buddha and a statue of the Hindu God Ganesh. Access to Doi Suthep is easiest by car or local transport, but its worth the trip! Don’t forget to dress appropriately and remove your shoes whenever entering a temple!
A lesser known attraction is the Queen Sirikit botanical gardens, just outside the center of Chiang Mai. The botanical gardens purpose is to study and research Thai plants but also allows visitors to come and enjoy the flora and fauna. Its a great place to relax and take some photos!
“A favourite memory of mine was attending the annual Yee Peng and Loy Krathong Festival where they set off thousands of lanterns in the sky and floating candles and flowers on the river – a celebration to wave goodbye to misfortune and make wishes for the coming year!”
A major highlight of Kris Anne’s trip was visiting an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai. She recommends this (as do other travelers!) if you’re ever in the Chiang Mai area. Just make sure to find a sanctuary where riding elephants is forbidden and they are looked after with care. We recommend Elephant Nature Park a place that has an established sanctuary where the money you spend goes right back to the elephants and into the organization. The park allows visitors to stay at work, or you can visit for a day and do several activities with the elephants!
If her photos haven’t convince you, just ask Kris Anne about her time spent in Thailand.
“I love the laid back lifestyle, good internet, and many activities to do and sights to see. Chiang Mai is cheaper than bangkok, and it has VERY nice and authentic people! During the high season though, Chiang Mai is packed with tourists from all over the world.”
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