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    Chiang Mai, Thailand (August 2018)

    When I first night we touched down in Bangkok, I was super overwhelmed. It’s a crazy city with tight sidewalks, heavy traffic in the streets, and aggressive vehicles. To be honest, even though I’ve lived in NYC all my life, I was uncomfortable. Thankfully, the very next morning, we flew to Chiang Mai because that was the scene I was ultimately looking for. Chiang Mai is a smaller city, north of Bangkok. When I was doing research, Chiang Mai was the most mentioned city besides Bangkok to visit so I knew I had to go. There are tons to do here – from cheap eats and massages to Temple hopping to seeing elephants to street markets to cooking classes. Chiang Mai to me was the chill, adventurous, spiritual sister of Bangkok.

    Day 1 – Wednesday

    • Arrival at Hotel at 1:00pm
    • Walk around area
    • Lunch at Its Good Kitchen (actually pretty good)
    • 1-hour Thai Massage at Lila Thai Massage
    • Wat Phra Singh Waramahavihan
    • Walk down Rachadamnoen Road to Old Gate, window shopped
    • Coffee break at The Coffee Club
    • Dinner at Krua Dabb Lob (it’s ok)

    Day 2 – Thursday

    • Elephant Nature Park all day
    • Dinner at Kanjana Restaurant (very good)

    Day 3 – Friday

    • Thai Akha Cookery School
    • 2 hour massage at Lila Thai Massage
    • Ploen Rudee Night Market
    • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
    • Walk around night bazaar area
    • Dinner at Ploen Rudee Night Market

    Day 4 – Saturday

    • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
    • Lunch at Its Good Kitchen
    • Monk chat at Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara
    • Dinner at Cafe de Thaan Aoan (it’s ok)

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