As you read this we will have already started our overloaded 3 day Hong Kong itinerary. But, travel continues after Hong Kong. There will be a short two hour flight to Chiang Mai, Thailand. And I didn’t fail to make an extensive plan for that trip either. The compulsive over planner in me led to creating a 6 day Chiang Mai itinerary. Though travels to Chiang Mai will last 13 days, I only planned six. See, I can be spontaneous.
Day one of the Chiang Mai itinerary quickly starts with the Segway Gibbon tour. Though I have already been segwaying through the streets of Barcelona, it is a great way to get your bearings on a city, without forming blisters on your tootsies, especially on the first day.
After stopping to smell the flowers we will walk across Nawart Bridge and take the Mae Ping River cruise. This boat trip will take us on a scenic adventure along the river to a farmers house to learn about the cultivation of Jasmine rice.
Then it is off to the Night Bazaar to explore another Chiang Mai market and watch the free Thai boxing show which happens every Friday night.
After a wild bug night at the Night Bazaar, which is probably tame compared to what any twenty-one year olds evening would be, coffee first thing in the morning will be a necessity. And Ristr8to will fit the bill, mostly because of their amazing coffee art. The things these people can do with a little bit of foam and a shot of espresso is impressive.
We are awake by now and ready to stroll down the classy Nimmanhaemin Road. The Rodeo Drive of Chiang Mai. This street boasts trendy cafes, fashionable boutiques and & the hottest night spots.
We will catch a taxi from here to head to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, said to be one of the holiest temples in Chiang Mai. But, to get to this holiness you must climb 300 stairs, 163 less than climb to the top of the Duomo in Florence and just 32 more than the steps to Big Buddha in Hong Kong where we just came from.
After all the walking…and climbing…a relaxing, traditional Khantoke Dinner will be welcome.
From here it’s all about getting foot massages at Chiang Mai’s Womens Correctional Institute where inmates give massages as part of a vocational training program. There is almost always a wait, so we will enjoy lunch at their cafe while passing the time.
The evening will be spent eating (and drinking) outdoors at Dash Restaurant.
My hubby Peter will be departing Chiang Mai at this point and I will be a solo traveler in Thailand for the next week. With no plans. Not even one. What should I do?
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