Chiangmai at the north of Thailand is also called the Rose of the North. It captures the rich heritage and culture of Thailand. Unlike the modernity of Bangkok , Chiangmai offers a colorful and historical perspective. There are no words except for one to explore it for themselves. The weather, the food, the history, the culture and a smiling people to welcome you. Enjoy !
Elephant rides is one of the option to explore the rich flora and fauna in the jungle of Chianmai
Most of the elephants are tamed, friendly and well-trained
Most of the elephants are once used for logging in Thailand. Since logging is ban due to excessive logging, the elephants are now trained to be used in shows like this.
I don't mind conversation and supporting tourism. But there is another review to suggest that some of these elephants are abused by animal rights. The iron hooks were quite unsightly.
This Elephant is trained to draw.
Another option to see the jungle is via bamboo rafting. I was told there were no crocodiles.
One of our highlights was definitely the Tribal village of the Karen people.
Among them were these woman called the Karen Long Neck tribal village.
Theirs was a sad history when they were driven away during the civil war decades ago. They fled Burma (Myanmar) and settled as refugees at the borders of Thailand.
Many of them have settled here and became Thai citizens. Some called the place a human museum. I think we need to treat them with dignity and support them in their causes. Any support like buying their artworks and clothes go a long way to bring financial relief.
Another place to explore in Chiangmai is Doi Suthep. A temple monument up in the hills
Doi Suthep is for Buddhist pilgrimages but it is also a scenic place to enjoy the many flowers, flora and fauna. The weather around December till March is cool and lovely.
One of the many flowers captured by my camera
A moth camouflaged among the flowers
The Chiangmai night market is a great place to hang out for the night.
What is Thailand without a foot massage. Here, in the night market, people are lined up for a session
Plenty of food at the night market. The suggestion is to go slow and eat small portions.
Some of the many street foods at the night market.
The prices are cheap and reasonable.
One of their national dishes. The mango pudding.
Another item not to be missed is the tom yam. The suggestion is to eat at a local Thai restaurant where the locals eat.
The Thai green curry. You can choose the degree of spiciness according to your taste.
The morning glory vegetable fried with fresh garlic.
Resting my legs on top of the hills of the tribal village. I hope you enjoy my simple adventure in Chiangmai, Thailand.