MangoVine
Adventures in East Asia

Chiangmai Streets

I was looking forward to visiting Chiangmai since it sounded more relaxed and leafy compared to busy, urban Bangkok. Linh and I had just come from a varied ten days visiting Bangkok and then Siem Reap in Cambodia before flying there.

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Chiangmai is meant to be the start point for many a trek or excursion out to the hill tribes, mountains, or animal based attractions and for this reason, it seems to be criticised for being too touristy.

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Its true that we found alot of crap in the markets aimed at tourists and though the town feels relaxed, when it came to services like transport, tuk-tuk and songthaew (small red bus) drivers could be quite pushy. However, we didn't find this to be much different from many other cities where you just have to take it on the chin. No one forced us into doing anything we didn't want.

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Having said all that, we still enjoyed looking through all the markets and having a few odd massages. Actually, I've never had so many massages in such a short space of time. There were plenty of places near where we stayed.

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As usual, there are quite a few posts after this one, about our experiences in Chiangmai. Meanwhile, here are some picture moments.

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