Chiang Mai- Thailand

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