This post was written by Bruno Barroso, a marketing analyst, travel blogger and digital geek. From the Azores to the world!
Chiang Mai is the spiritual capital of Thailand and it’s located in the north of the country. I had the chance to visit it as part of my three-week tour around Thailand. While the rest of the country is stunning, Chiang Mai is special. It has got that extra something. Somehow I got hooked and felt an immediate connection. Yap, and it’s not only because of the food or the ridiculously cheap Thai massages!
1. How did you hear about Chiang Mai?
Since the first time I heard about Chiang Mai on a travel blog, I got fascinated by how idyllic it sounded. It just seemed the ideal travel destination: safe, with good food, unique experiences to try and super friendly people. Now I can confirm this is all true.
2. For how long did you stay there?
We stayed in Chiang Mai for 5 days. Enough to get a grasp on the laid-back vibe of the city and to explore a bit of the amazing natural scenery and experiences in the surroundings.
This amount of days were enough to get to know the city, but still I would have stayed a few more days. Heck, I would live there! (that’s something I’m considering to do for a few months actually).
3. How did you prepare yourself for this trip?
My trip to Chiang Mai was part of my three-week tour around Thailand. I got my accommodation in advance as it was peak season and didn’t want to waste any time looking for a place to stay. I also got my ticket to a zip-lining tour in advance, but to be honest, it wasn’t needed. The price was the same as buying it there and there were plenty of spots available.
4. Why did this place become so special to you?
Do you often think about a place where you can care more about your own emotional and mental well-being, less about money and objects – and be happier? Well, Chiang Mai IS that place. Add great value-for-money in basically everything and you got the recipe for an unforgettable place.
5. If you could come back but just go to a single place there… Which one would you choose? And why?
I would probably choose to go back to the exact moment where I got to chat with a monk in one of the many temples of the city. Great afternoon and an eye-opener for me in different aspects in life.
6. Can you leave us some special places for staying, eating or visiting in Chiang Mai?
Don’t miss Cooking Love. Such a quaint restaurant and lovely food!
Categories – Countryside || Nature || Mountain
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Best time to visit – I went to Chiang Mai in January, which is the peak season. I guess anytime outside the hot season (March-May), when temperatures reach 40ºC, is fine.
Best way to move – Rent a bike.
Cost – Between 20 and 30 € / day, everything included