We still have sand in our undies and smell of sea and sunscreen as we wait at the Bangkok airport ready to catch our plane to Chiang Mai. Far away from any beach we are ready to become city dwellers for a few days.
When we get there we slowly explore our little hood. It’s beautiful. Quirky shops are jostled around pretty tiled courtyards oozing an upmarket style. We found a coffee shop ‘Local cafe’ that we want to live in, glass, concrete and industrial interior design, our creative juices are going gangbusters. We order coffee and desert. It comes out in the cutest cups, with perfect square sugar cubes, every detail is immaculate and funky. The desert- well that will be talked about for years to come, the kids are in heaven. I am squeaking with delight and James is going crazy taking photos. Style and funk overload, all senses have been sated.
Markets galore to choose from in Chiang Mai. We head off to the special night market, along with about 50 thousand other people. So many bodies. So many stalls. So much food. We walk, we buy we eat and we get tired. What a place.
The food is cheap, like feed a family of 5 for $10 NZ cheap. And good. Lots of rice with duck or chicken served with a kick arse sauce that will have you coughing and yummy noodle soups that are a pleasure to eat. We love food and we love Chiang Mai.
The elephants, we wanted to experience them in their natural habitat and admire these great beasts. We searched the internet for hours reading reviews, finally finding Dumbo Elephant Spa that didn’t cost the earth and treated the animals with respect. Two hours driving in the back of a rickety old truck, bumping along windy roads and we are there. We get a bag full of soft black bananas and are led to meet two beautiful mums and one adorable baby. We spent hours, watching, feeding, swimming with and respecting these beautiful creatures. A real highlight for us, that will be remembered forever.
Chiang Mai, we all enjoyed you so much. I just wish we had stayed a bit longer……
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