An old city within a new, separated by a mote and large Bangkok – its vibe is more relaxed, its landscape more beautiful, and its streets are easily navigable.is what one will find in ‘s third largest city. Chiang Mai doesn’t even come close to the sprawling metropolis that is
Or so I thought.
Riding through Chiang Mai’s convoluted streets was the first time I was terrified behind the wheel of a motorbike. Certainly, I was scared several other times as passenger, but up until February, when I met my friends Duke and Heidi, I had only driven in and around the quiet alleys of, where I teach English abroad.
The three of us each rented a bike and drove out of town toward Wat Phratat – the most famous temple in the area, with a foggy view overlooking the city – crossing four lanes of traffic and blending in with the herd of other motorists. It was thrilling.
So I did it again. I deemed the temple a must-see and when I returned with Nicole, I took her on a self-guided tour of Chiang Mai. We checked into a stuffy room in Old Town and then headed for the hill to visit Doi Suthep again.
Planning to visit Chiang Mai? There are man more beautiful temples to see. See this guide to the Temples in Chiang Mai.
- Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a temple on Chiang Mai (roixcroix.wordpress.com)
- Travel tips in thailand – Chiang Mai, Thailand (travelpod.com)
Chiang Mai’s Most Famous Temple