Chiang Mai

There are places in Thailand that everyone has heard about, and one of them is Chiang Mai.

Before I’d even set foot in Thailand it was a place that was mentioned regularly, whether it from friends that had travelled there or blogs that I read – it seemed that everyone deemed Chiang Mai as a place worth visiting.

After arriving in Chiang Mai you can see why so many people love it.

It’s peaceful, has beautiful surroundings, is clean and pleasant. On paper it’s perfect, but for me, there was just something missing, something I couldn’t put my finger on, and after a few days I found myself missing the enigmatic energy of Bangkok.

But whilst my personal preferences are for a city which buzzes with more energy, I still enjoyed my time in Chiang Mai, and whilst I couldn’t feel the energy that so many others had talked about (maybe it was the time of year I visited in?) I could still see the charm of the jungle-side city.

It was culturally significant, artistically proud and housed some of the friendliest people I’ve ever had the chance to meet. Taxi and tuktuk drivers would approach you, yet it was never to hassle you. Instead they would walk over to talk to you, to find out your story and how you ended up in Thailand. Something that shocked me, after all of the times people had approached me Bangkok with the sole intention of trying to rip me off, it was a welcome shock.

People would smile at you as you walked past, and it was never for an opportunity to stare, just a simple greeting as two humans passed each other.

The street food was abundant, and it was easy to relax as you roamed through the streets. It was also the place that I got to meet these beautiful creatures.

And for that it will have a special place in my heart forever, but more on that tomorrow…

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