Thailand was on the list of places to go. It was between mountains or beaches. Many of our friends would go to Phuket or of course Bangkok. Considering this was a family trip, Bangkok was not going to be on the list. I was also using airline miles to travel, and the “cheapest” city to go to at that time was Chiang Mai. I knew nothing of the city before I booked the flights. After I booked the flights, I started to do my research. In the end, I am happy with my decision.
Thankfully, I had enough points from travelling that we were able to get our rooms on points at the Holiday Inn Chiang Mai
The hotel had a shuttle service to take us back and forth from the markets and other locations near the hotel. The breakfast at the Holiday Inn was very impressive and was a great way to start each day.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was a beautiful temple with gold and on a sunny day the whole place just glowed warm. Woman did have to dress appropriately. Cover-ups were provided for no cost.
Doi Inthanon was unlike any place I have ever been. We had to hire a driver to take us there. Tips:
- Go during Songkran , the Thailand New Years. I was not aware of how Thailand celebrated New Years until we were caught in the middle of a city wide water fight.
- Do not ride the elephants
- Eat! Eat! Eat!
- Get daily massages