Chiang Mai boasts over 300 temples and you can easily believe it when walking the streets of the old town. Some are more impressive than others, but they are all well-maintained and very peaceful to wander through.
Since we were in Chiang Mai on Saturday and Sunday, we were able to visit the 2 big weekend night markets. As night falls, over a kilometre of streets and side streets are blocked from traffic and are filled with hundreds of vendors selling, food, art, electronics, souvenirs, etc. The Sunday night market crosses the old town all the way from the east to the west gate. It was huge and had a nice selection of wares to admire, so we liked it the best.
During the week, we also visited one of the art markets that happens every night outside of the old town - there were a handful of amazing artists that we could watch in action but the majority of the stalls were sadly closed down, likely due to the impacts of covid 😢.
You cannot experience Chiang Mai and its night markets fully unless you try the food!
Some of our favourites were the Chiang Mai sausages (super flavourful with curry with lemon grass), Roti with bananas and sweet milk, and the delicious fresh fruit smoothies.
During this trip, we also discovered an excellent Thai dish that was new to us, called Khao Soi. It’s sort of similar to a curry Laksa, but less spicy, super flavourful, and has crunchy noodles on top. Our favourite place was at a place called Mr. Kai Restaurant.