“As you sow, so you reap.” Buddhist proverb
The vast array of quality food at every turn and the numerous temples on seemingly every other block are prime example of why Chiang Mai is often said to be the cultural heart and gastronomical capital of Thailand. After a few weeks in the glorious chaos of Bangkok and after many suggestions to head north, that is exactly what I did and took the night train northward to find out first hand.
Chiang Mai is big enough to obtain most conveniences, but small enough to feel intimate and certainly much, much less busy than Bangkok. This is the perfect place to take it easy, kick back and eat and enjoy a Chang or three! With many options, including hiking and trekking, biking around town and the surrounding countryside, elephant watching, there is always something to do.
I was there during the rainy season and it did rain most days, but not all day and I certainly didn’t let it spoil the fun. In fact, there is a certain romance and coziness to the blotted skies and cooler temperatures of this mountain paradise during the wet. Once it sets in, the pounding of rain drops on the pavement makes good company for a few beers.