Woah! Bangkok was an adventure, from there we went off to Chiang Mai! We flew inter island airlines. The airlines there are super cheap ($30-80) a ticket when traveling in between cities in Thailand. We would be the day before incase we had any last minute changes. In Chiang Mai we stayed at an Airbnb and places right in the city. So grab your pad thai some yummy tea and lets dive in!
1.Shop till you drop in Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai is AWESOME for shopping. There was hundreds of vendors every night. Everything from authentic food, clothes and souvenirs. Make sure you haggle with them and don’t take their first price.
2. Stay near Bazaar: This is central in Chiang Mai and if you do tours they will even pick you up from your location if you’re staying in this area. Lots of food, shopping and MASSAGES!! ohhh yeah.
3. Try a Thai cooking class: We lalalaloved our cooking class! It was on an organic farm that produced their own veggies and fruits. They take you to a local market where you can really see how Thai people eat and live! It was one of our favorite things of the trip. Then you cook so much food (do not eat before you go!). Then at the end you get a cook book of all the food you cooked! They have vegetarian options too! We did Thai farm cooking class!
4. Elephant sanctuary: YOU HAVE TO DO THIS. Guys if there is one thing you get from all my post it is this is not an option. We did Baan Chang elephant sanctuary, where this does not hurt or drug the animals. They take elephants and feed them and help them get back into the wild. We fed them, bathed and rode them (make sure you do not do a elephant guide that puts seats on the back of the elephants this is a huge sign they treat them horrible). It was truly life changing, Keloni and i are so grateful we did it.
5. Where to eat: You can not go wrong with any food in Thailand! Keloni and I usually love to go to where locals are at or suggest. We walked around and would find hole in the wall places and they were the best! I can’t remember any restaurant names we did (there is literally so many). Remember Thai people love their food spicy! Make sure you say no spice if you can’t handle heat. But a tip is to make sure its not overpriced, look super high end and ask some locals where to eat! p.s. street food is to die for!
7. Thai Massages: Thai massages are amazing! I love the ones with oil, they are absolutely everywhere in Thailand. Make sure you don’t pay more than 300 baht. That equals out to be about $9.00 ( SO CHEAP).
8. Try a tuk tuk: Tuk tuks are fairly cheap, if you are going to a restaurant that you don’t want to walk to wave down a tuk tuk (plus you can get some fun photos).
10. Saturday/Sunday markets: Keep an out for these markets, they are amazing to try street food. The street food was some of the best food we had in Thailand. They are HUGE these nights. They usually start when it starts to get dark, make sure you have some cash on you for this. They also will communicate price through a calculator. So if you want to counter just enter it into the calculator to communicate back.
now off to Krabi where we take traditional Thai boats to Railay Island!
** I say this every post, but we get a lot of questions on where we stay when we travel. We used AIRBNB to stay at affordable and darling places! This is locals who will host their places or rentals like a hotel. They have background checks and are put through a process to “host”. We have found some of the greatest and most favorite places this way. We have a $40 coupon link if you sign up on your first stay with AIRBNB. You can see we have used for all over the world… Thailand, Italy, Greece, Paris, Tennessee, New York ect.. have fun!**
Airbnb: www.airbnb.com/c/kharris7?s=8 (will get you $40credit)