In less than four days, we had developed a serious liking for the city of Chiang Mai & the wider Chiang Mai Province. We were beginning to understand why so many expats settled in Chiang Mai, Thailand‘s Northern capital which has most of the things that Bangkok offers but is much more relaxed, much prettier and a far nicer climate. Chiang Mai Province provides spectacular scenery, including water falls and national parkland, many activities for the outdoor enthusiast, including elephant camps that offer treks.
We checked out of our delightful boutique hotel and were met by Ben (our driver), who had agreed to take us to the Doipothiyarn Wat caves and then the Sankhampaeng natural hot springs, this was a good idea as our next stop was the airport! After the hot springs, we both had an excellent Thai massage and felt relaxed before our flight to Bangkok. We planned to spend the night at Bangkok airport and catch an early flight for Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).
We had decided to return to Chiang Mai Province in a few weeks. First our trip to Myanmar for two weeks, followed by a week in Bangkok. We had agreed to use Ben again for an extended trip around Northern Thailand, including the Burmese border, the Golden Triangle and the Mahongson Loop.
So please watch this space for further stories about spectacular Myanmar (Burma) and more “Beautiful days in Chiang Mai Province – Thailand”.