Located on an elevated plain, surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, Chiang Mai has become one of the main choices for many to settle down. Compared to the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, Chiang Mai is much greener and quieter, providing the relaxing and peaceful mind to both locals and visitors. Being the hub of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has changed from an ancient city to a modern dynamic city by combining its rich histories and traditions with its increasingly modern side. It is a city that manage to develop without sacrificing the old ancient elements, hence leading to a cultural significant city.
About 3 weeks ago I traveled to Chiang Mai for a week long with my friend, Eong Xien. Like many other backpackers, we started exploring the city after we dropped our backpacks at the guest house. We didn’t even bother to take public transport since the main town is small. We just grabbed the free local map at the guest house reception and started walking our way to the local interest points. Of cause, with our camera on our hands.
The Sunday night street market along Ratchadamneon Road from Thapae Gate to Wat Phra Singh is a paradise that one who visits Chiang Mai should not miss. Unlike the typical night bazaar that fills up with imitation products, this Sunday night bazaar offers numerous of arts and craftsmanship from Northern Thai people. Many independent vendors sell their own products and their quality of work is superb. Its like a mass art exhibition from different artists to show off their work. Street performers are also covering the whole place, with their unique high standard performances. Also there are a number of hawker stalls, restaurants and coffee shops along the road providing local specialties, as well as western food.
And not to forget the modern part of Chiang Mai.
Well, like what the last photo says, most places and local point of interest in Chiang Mai are easy to find, but the awesome experiences we have are hard to forget.
Nikon D80, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 AF Lens
Chinon MA-8, Kalimar 50mm f/1.7, Soligor MC 24mm f/2.5
Kodak Ektar 100