Chiang Mai is a city with temples at every corner! It is very touristic but still has a lot of charm. The old city is surrounded by a square wall and laid out in small streets where cute restaurants, craft outlets and cosy guesthouses have grown.
We arrived in Chiang Mai by train from Phitsanulok. The trip starts in the middle of rice fields, and as we go North, mountains appear on the horizon. At that time I fell asleep and when I woke up, the train was already struggling to ascend the railtrack in the middle of the forest. This trip was the most scenic train route we did during our crossing of Thailand. It was also the last one as the train does not go Norther than Chiang Mai…
During two days, we wandered in the streets of Chiang Mai, mostly visiting temples! On Sunday, a big part of the old city becomes free from cars and full of food stalls and crafts.
In terms of food (we cannot write an article without talking about it!), we discovered the blue sticky rice!! It is sticky rice (a specific sort of rice that is cooked in a basket to become very sticky) which is colored in blue thanks to a flower, the butterfly pea. It is served with mango and coconut milk. It is one of our favorites!
We also ate Green curry again and again!
And for our last evening, we rented a scooter to go and see the sunset on the top of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep which dominates the city.
The next day, we took again the road, heading to Chiang Rai by bus to reach our last destination in Thailand, a Buddhist temple where we are going to spend a few days!