An old city within a new, separated by a mote and large brick walls is what one will find in Chiang Mai, Thailand‘s third largest city. Chiang Mai doesn’t even come close to the sprawling metropolis that is Bangkok – its vibe is more relaxed, its landscape more beautiful, and its streets are easily navigable.
Or so I thought.
Riding through Chiang Mai’s convoluted streets was the first time I was terrified behind the wheel of a motorbike. Certainly, I was scared several other times as passenger, but up until February, when I met my friends Duke and Heidi, I had only driven in and around the quiet alleys of Suwannaphum.
The three of us each rented a bike and drove out of town toward Wat Phratat Doi Suthep– the most famous temple in the area, with a foggy view overlooking the city – crossing four lanes of traffic and blending in with the herd of other motorists. It was thrilling.
So I did it again. I deemed the temple a must-see and when I returned to Chiang Mai with Nicole, we checked into a stuffy room in Old Town and then headed for the hill.
- Bangkok to Chiang Mai via Overnight Train (jessicajhill.com)
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- Travel tips in thailand – Chiang Mai, Thailand (travelpod.com)
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