We didn’t think we’d ever do a post on the Top 5 Places to Revisit, but here we are. We’ve always treated every single trip of ours like it’s the last time we’ll ever go there (so that it feels like the trip of a lifetime, every single time). But there are some places we left little pieces of our hearts, and we know we aren’t done with those places
San Kamphaeng is a district just outside of Chiang Mai (in Nothern Thailand) that we’d been told was well worth the half day trip. The local umbrella- making industry, silk factory, honey factory and of course the hot springs. At a good 40 kms away, we contemplated the day long detour, especially since we also needed to drop by the Grand Lanna at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi for lunch
Chiang Mai really did surprise us. In part it was also due to the magical phenomenon that is the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. Set in the outskirts of the city, the sprawling luxury resort has been modeled after the kingdom of Siam. They had successfully incorporated every cultural and historical element to render it authentic, all the while ensuring they never scrimped on luxury. Getting around the sprawling property could
1. Street Food For two foodies, who are on the verge of resigning to the fact that we’ll never ever be fit given how we eat, Thailand was wonderland. The street food was cheaper than we imagined (40 THB for a noodle soup), and available in enough varieties to let you survive on noodle soup alone for the entire trip. It was fresh, filling yet light enough for us to
Charles has spent a fair amount of time tracking elephants in the wild in Southern India several moons ago. I’ve been faced with one only at a sanctuary as a little child. When I heard about Chiang Mai’s Elephant camps and forest walks, I jumped into it without thinking twice. The fact that I was intending on doing something completely outside of my comfort zone, hit me only too late.
When our Thailand frequenter friends who are foodies told us the street food in Thailand is so good you won’t want to eat in a restaurant, we didn’t believe them. Then we spent 3 days in Bangkok and 1 in Chiang Mai, and we understood what they meant. But that didn’t mean we weren’t curious to find out what a restaurant experience would be like. What would a gourmet Thai meal comprise?
The fact that Chiang Mai is over 700 years old (despite it’s name meaning the new city) is clear from the 300 wats (temples) that dot every main road and nook of the city. While we didn’t have enough time to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and its 300 steps since that is nearly a half day activity, we did do an evening walk through the old city, to