Chiang Mai, Thailand
I arrived in Chiang Mai from Siem Reap via Bangkok at around midnight. There were taxi cabs available in the airport for a fee of 120baht regardless of the distance. I stayed at Trigong Guesthouse, which was highly recommended by travelers in tripadvisor. I had the most wonderful time in this hostel. The room was huge, clean and I felt safe. I stayed a total of 4 days in Chiang Mai, and I could have stayed longer if I had more time. On my first day, I did the Elephant Conservation Park tour. I was picked up at around 8am from my hostel by the company and then we went to the market to buy some vegetables and fruits for the elephants. After a meandering journey up to the surrounding mountains of Chiang Mai, we finally reached our destination. We saw at least 20 elephants in the park. We got an orientation about the tour, and eventually fed and bathed those adorable elephants. I also had the chance to attend a Chiang Mai cooking class through Baan Thai Cookery School. I also joined a tour of the Chiang Mai Night Safari, as well as a trip up to Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai’s most revered temple. Since I was there over the weekend, I got the chance to check out the Night Bazaar, where I had the most wonderful and authentic Thai massage in the busy Anusarn Market for 120bath! I also got to experience the Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Market, where I got to buy some inexpensive trinkets and souvenirs. I would love to visit Chiang Mai again. There’s so much to do in this calm, yet lively city.