Unique Things to do in Chiang Mai

Do Not Leave Chiang Mai Without Trying…

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Gemma and Craig are full-time workers with a life-long travel habit. Flirting with 30 and let loose on the world! Gemma writes, Craig looks good in the photos.

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  1. Great recommendations! It seems that you enjoyed the time spent there! The visit to the National Elephant Park changed everything I knew about these beautiful animals.

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      Thanks Jeremy, me too – it was so lovely to see the family of elephants walk towards us for feeding! What else would you recommend for people visits Chiang Mai?

  2. Excellent Gemma and Craig! Chiang Mai is one of our fave spots on earth. We hit the night market all the time and the mango with sticky rice is to do for. We’ve spent some 10 months there over the past 46 months. We live in the Southwest corner of the city, a bit of a distance away from the Gate. A lady on Chiang Mai Lamphun road sells THE BEST mango with sticky rice for like 60 Baht. This is Thai neighborhood so even the farang pay Thai prices 😉

    Thanks for the share guys and keep up the great work!

    Ryan

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      I ate in a Thai restaurant in Edinburgh called Ting Thai Caravan which is the closest to the quality of food I ate in Thailand. Unfortunately they had no mango and sticky rice which is a sin!

  3. Chiang Mai is a great place and we love Thai food in general, but while in one of the city markets we tried those huge fried bugs and it was a food experience we wouldn’t like to repeat!

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      We ate bugs in Bangkok too, we didn’t go as large as you. Tasted salty! We offered a local, who was walking past, the rest of the bag and he chomped them down like a packet of crisps!

  4. Nice list of suggestions. I’m considering to stay there a long season. Never been before. Would be great to read your suggestions about that.
    Keep travelling!

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      Personally I’m not sure if I could live there but Ryan and Jeremy from the travel community (comments below) may beg to differ! More information about our stay here. Have you stayed anywhere in Thailand or South East Asia before? That’s exciting.

  5. I’ve been poring over bloggers’ Thailand posts for ages, each time adding something new to the list, but getting a massage from a Thai prisoner is a new one for me! Sounds like a very interesting experience!

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      It was fun! We had to take a number and wait about an hour so set aside some time – it’s well worth it. First ‘dry’ massage and best I’ve had (I had many in Thailand!)

      You must go to Pai though, serious big love for that place! Have a ball.

  6. Pai looks like an incredible place to visit! I also would love to visit the elephant sanctuary and eat food from the cooking class! I love curry and sticky rice. 🙂

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  7. Great post. Going this May and will stop in for the dry Massage. I like the idea of mopeding it up to Pai. How was the driving? Did you drive back or just one way? You mentioned some stops on the way are they well marked? Thanks so much.
    Crystal

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      Glad to be of help Crystal! We drove both ways, I was on the back. Craig found it easy. The waterfall and hot springs are well signposted, just keep a look out for them – they are before you get to Pai. You are going to have a ball – this was a highlight of the trip.

  8. AMAZING! I can’t wait until I can get to Thailand. I have this feeling that once I see Chiang Mai I won’t want to leave!

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  9. Nice list! I would also add the Doi Inthanon park & Doi Suthep, great places and definitely worth a visit! Thanks a lot for those inspirations, time to get back there again.

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      Definitely with these additions – just done a wee Google search! Thanks for reading and the advice.

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  10. You are so cool! I do not believe I have read through anything like this before. So wonderful to find someone with a few original thoughts on this topic. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This site is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

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  11. Hey Gemma, did you stay overnight in Pai, or just do a day trip? It sounds like a lot of driving, but on the other hand, how would you get your luggage on a moped? Trying to put this Thailand trip together before we leave on Monday….

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      We stayed overnight and left bags with Chiang Mai hotel, taking just a day bag. I think you’ll really love Pai (or the journey up for sure)! Come back with any more questions

      1. Awesome! We still haven’t decided anything, but might do 5 nights in Chiang Mai – love the idea of going to Pai for one night. I kind of want to see more than one place anyways! Need to find a cooking class that can do all vegan for us too! 🙂

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