Chiang Mai – THE Biggest Little City in the World

Reno has nothing on Chiang Mai.

This northern city is the second largest in Thailand but still has that small town charm. After Bangkok it’s my favorite place to visit in Thailand. Since it’s located in a mountainous area there’s no beaches here like Phuket, but it has so much more to offer. It’s one of the most culturally significant areas in the country with northern influenced foods (not easily found in Bangkok), thriving arts and handicraft scene, less congested than the capital, friendly locals, (usually) better weather than Bangkok…or as a traveling companion once said,”I can breathe here”. As a bonus, traveling here is more affordable than the already economical capital city. TripAdvisor lists this city as the top 25 tourist destinations in the world. So sit back and enjoy the photos. You’ll pick up more travel tips in the captions if you click on the photos to enlarge.

As a side note, I noticed that this city is (at the time of this trip) inundated with tourists from China whereas in the past there were more European and Japanese tourists. Here’s an interesting article related to this observation.

Part 3 of 4 of my Thailand trip. Click on Bangkok or Ayutthaya if you missed the previous parts. Coming next…Thai food!

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