Welcome to Chiang Mai, otherwise known as the travel blogger capital of the world. It is easy to see why this location is such a popular spot for travel bloggers and tourists. It is a big enough city to have an interesting night life yet laid back enough to feel like you are in a smaller city. The countryside is surrounded with adventure opportunities with treks to hilltribe villages, hiking, rafting, and the ever popular riding on an elephant.
When I visited Chiang Mai, I only intended to stay three days. Two weeks later I finally left, and I did not want to leave then either. The last three days I had a ticket to leave and each of those days I woke up and walked to the train station and changed my ticket to the next day.
Many people seek out the beaches after leaving Bangkok, but I would prefer to head north. I recommend you do too.
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My old stomping grounds. i came here for the first time in 1992. It’s changed.
I first came in 2005. I hope to get back soon.
Chiang Mai – total paradise. I really hope to get back here soon. I can totally understand why you weren’t ready to leave.
Erin at The World Wanderer recently posted..A Weekend in Washington State.
It is hard to explain the vibe to people who have not been, but is sucks you in as attested by hundreds of travel bloggers.
LOVE Chiang Mai! Especially in the winter.. so nice and cool:) And the food… oh… delicious tom yam!!
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Can’t beat the food and the vibe. The temperature is quite nice too after the heat of Bangkok and the south.
“Travel blogger capital of the world” haha… Glad to see a city mentioned on your blog, Ted. 🙂 Btw I haven’t been to Chiang Mai, but a trip to Asia is in the works for next year, so who knows.
Pola (@jettingaround) recently posted..My five favorite dishes in Ecuador
This is the place for Jetting Around. You might never leave.
I remember a friend telling me about a beautiful night market in Chiang Mai and always wanting to go. Can see why you didn’t want to leave.
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The night market is great and also every Sunday the whole town turns into a giant market.
Never been and never really heard of it until I got into this travel blogger world. Why was it so special?
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Hard to explain Mrs. O. It just has an appealing laid back vibe combined with great food and many fun activities both in town and outside. The people are amazing as well as is true with most of Thailand.
I’m another travel blogger staying in Chiang Mai now for a while!
It’s indeed a great place with urban life yet with a small town feel. And the longer you spend here the more in love with the city you fall.. it’s not an “obvious” place but I’m sure learning how to appreciate it more and more each day!
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You are lucky to be entrenched in one of my favorite places. Hard to explain the allure to those who have not been.
definitely liked chiang mai more than bangkok. but i didn’t spot one travel blogger in their natural habitat!!
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Did you not look in the mirror once when in Chiang Mai?
would love to hit chiang mai some time! maybe next time i make it to that side of the world! would love to see what all the fuss is about! 🙂
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You would approve Lola, especially if you liked Cambodia. It is kind of similar in a way.