In my quest for fun and exciting places to visit that are a tad off the beaten path I travelled to Chiang Mai, Thailand. All I can say it is one of my favorite places I have ever visited. It offers everything a traveler could want from adventure and unique activities to sightseeing and shopping. Even though the town is the second largest in Thailand, it does not appear to be that big and is fairly easy to maneuver. The old town is surrounded by a wall and a moat. There are numerous places to stay from quality 5 star to the basic bed in a room. Doing my usual extensive homework I stayed in two different places (had to visit Chiang Mai twice), links and reviews below and to both places;
Proximity of both hotels to the night market are a must if you are a walker. However, do not think that the night market is the end all be all of shopping, eating, and enjoying. The night market is actually surrounded by so many great things – you could spend a week just in the area outside the night market. For the adventurous at heart try;
I was reluctant at first but Tiger kingdom was an amazing once in a lifetime experience. I also spent the day at an Elephant preserve ( there are three main preserves so it is up to your budget) and you will have to pay to wash, feed , ride and spend the day hangin’ out with your own elephant. Siam River Adventures offers a fun day of rafting and a bit of sightseeing. One of the cultural activities I did was cover the five main temples (there are over 100 in the town) of Chiang Mai, with a good city map I took a tuk tuk to the farthest one and made my way on foot back to the city center. I could go on and on about this, great town but if you only have one stop in Thailand make it Chiang Mai.