(I hope this picture makes up for the duplicate below)
- Chiang Mai, Thailand
A bit out of chronological order here, but after hitchhiking a 3-hour ride in Thailand with a super awesome truck driver, I was dropped off about 4km's from the center of Chiang Mai, where I was headed for. As the clouds rolled over, I ducked under a shelter and watched the rain explode everywhere! I'm used to a 30 minute rain back home every once in a while, but I found myself chillaxing with a bag of shrimp flavoured chips for over and hour! No worries when you don't actually have anywhere too specific to be anytime soon.
Just to give ya a little smile, a couple minutes after the rain stopped I asked a cop how much further to go until the center (in Thai!), and he ended up giving me a ride. What made it actually cool was that he had a motorcycle and I had a 15kg bag. Not the smoothest ride I've been on. Swerving through traffic like that only happens either by asking a cop for directions or for selling crack on the streets.
yummy vignetting :)
Read more about Chiang Mai
Thailand's northern capital, Chiang Mai is the country's second most-visited city, yet in terms of size it does not remotely compare to Bangkok. With its smaller size and population, Chiang Mai has a lot in its favour for tourists and travellers alike, with the centre of town packed with glittering wats, excellent restaurants and expansive shopping markets all of which are easily taken in on foot.
If Thai temples are your thing, then Chiang Mai has a lot to offer -- the hill-top Wat Doi Suthep is the crown jewels, but the old city is packed with a vivid collection of traditional Thai temples, with Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Read our complete Chiang Mai travel guide