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11 Best Things to Do in Chiang Mai

2021

1. Take A Visit To Doi Suthep

The most famous attraction in all of Chiang Mai is this one! Doi Suthep, it was the most beautiful thing I ever seen! It’s 12km outside of Chiang Mai and there is multiple ways to get there. I ended up splitting a Songkran ride with someone to my hostel for a round-trip! Be careful the timing you go because, we went late and getting home.. YIKES if you do not have a driver set up. There is also a beautiful mountain that overlooks the whole city! You must go

Doi Suthep at Night.

2. Be Fashionable At Nimmanhaemin Road

Nimmanhaemin Road
Nimmanhaemin Road

Nimmanhaemin Road is the trendiest part of Chiang Mai, full of fancy bars and restaurants it is the place where all the up and coming citizens of the area hang out. I woudnt say its “Backpacker Haven”, but it is a trendy spot if you like that vibe Check it out!. There is also a shopping Mall close by

3. Take A Trip Down The San kamphaeng Road

San kamphaeng Road, Chiang Mai
San Kamphaeng Road

This is the ‘Handicrafy Highway’ 10km stretch of different locals who make a various degree of pottery crafts, silverware, sculpting, wood carving and silk production. Always support those local business.

4. Visit Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park: home to the highest mountain in all of Thailand, LITERALLY, THE WHOLE OF THAILAND!! an extension to the Shan Hills and made mostly from granite. In this park you will be amazed by the birds and overall scenic view.

5. Eat Khao Soi

If there is anything, that I miss about Thailand it is Khao Soi! Since im home due to COVID i need to try remaking it! (I am about to youtube a video and deter off this haha). Northern Thailand is famous for many things but its greatest export surely has to be Khao Soi. It has a coconut and curry flavored soup filled with yellow egg noodles and chicken,(if allergic to nuts I suggest you miss this) sitting on top of the soup are crispy fried egg noodles giving a real mix of textures to the dish. At the side you typically, get some sort of preservatives, but man this bowl is EVERYTHING.

Khao Soi

6. Shop Again At Warorot Market

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If you’re looking for a market that doesn’t inflate the price this is it. Local’s shop here and so prices are fairly low. They are only open in the morning. So if you’re not an early bird this market is not for you.

7. Cat Café

Cat Cafe

Popular in China and Japan, Chiang Mai now has its very own Cat Café and there is many!. Who doesn’t want to enjoy a Matcha Latte with a furry friend!

8. Chiang Mai’s Very Own Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, Chiang Mai

I’ve never been, but i heard good things about it. There is an entrance fee, so just be mindful of that when you budgeting your day. I suggest going with a group of friends from the hostel to cut down prices.

9. Have Fun Bartering At The Night Bazaar

Nigh Bazaar

Chang Klan Road is just another road during the day, but at night the whole place lights up as the stall holders drag out their stalls and get set up for the night. I had an absolute blast here! with my friend the road is extremely long, so just check prices along the way!

10. Make A Visit To Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Sing is a Buddhist temple and monastery that was founded in the 14th century.

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11. Hail a Songthaew

Songthaew

Chiang Mai is home to the Songthaew. I call them the red Taxi. Hailing one down was my equivalent to hailing down a Taxi in New York City, living my best Serena Vanderwoodsen Gossip Girl dream. Its the easiest and cheapest way to get around and it a ‘hop on, hop off’ type of vibe. You also get better prices versus riding a Tuk-Tuk which is a money grabber in my experience.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you so much for reading! And you know me here’s an extra!

Bonus: Try A Traditional Thai Massage From An Ex-prisoner

Chiang Mais Woman Correctional Institution

All over Chiang Mai you’ll find reputable massage parlours thats a given. However, on my tours around the world I like to always experience different things. This being one of them, try getting a traditional massage from a female Ex-prisoner. It’s incredibility difficult to find a job after serving your sentence and The Woman’s Jail, creates workshops and trainings to help support these women post-sentence serving. I enjoyed my massage thoroughly here.

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you in my next post xoxo

2021

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Top 10 Backpacker Myths I’ve Heard and People (Still Believe)

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Top 10 Backpacker Myths I’ve Heard and People (Still Believe)

10 Backpacker Myths

Welcome to my new followers, it’s so nice to have you reading! This week’s post is all about Backpacker Myths that I commonly hear. Most of these comment I’ve heard from conversations explaining to people why they should solo travel. Some of these myths do not extend to all people, but I think it’s important to know that all people regardless of their gender/sexuality and ethnicity should travel. There are so many lessons from solo travel/ backing – So why not try it out!

1. It’s Unsafe

I think I’ve heard this one the most. The truth is, backpacking is very safe in fact I felt safer at times in foreign countries than I did at home. You’re more aware of your surroundings and most people you find are actually good humans.

2. I Could Never Do it

I absolutely hate the word cant. Although… I do tend to use it haha don’t @ me okay we all have our days. You can defiantly do it. Just change that mindset and you will see that somewhere in the world theres beauty waiting for you to discover.

3. All Hostels are Dirty

Uhhhhhh. I admit I was a sayer of this, until I swallowed all my thoughts and booked my first hostel in Bangkok, Thailand and it started the journey of Somewhere in the world. I also started a ‘Hostel Series‘ to debunk this myth. The truth is most hostels are amazing and resemble in many ways hotel for a fraction of the price. Such as my experience in a hostel in Zadar, Croatia.

4. I Can’t Afford It

This is a big myth, backpacking is budget travelling and thats why I created this blog. To help others travel without burning their bank account. There’s many ways to save for an adventure and I constantly post tips on How To Save on my IG and on here.

5. That’s White People Stuff

I didn’t know there were things in this life that were strictly for white people or strictly for Black people. But, this is a myth and absolutely not the truth. I encourage Black women to Solo travel especially by Backpacking! And for those of you who live off this statement, Check out things Black women Travellers want you to know.

6. It’s only for Men

Not True. There are soo many women travellers. Check out the hashtag #femaletravellers #womenbackpacker #femalebackpackers to see where the party is at!. We are here and we are travelling !

7. You Can Only Do It When You’re Young

False. You can backpack at any age. I’ve met people who were 15 all the way to 65.

8. You Can’t Shower

Another solid False: Every hostel has a shower that you can use… The question is… Are you going to use it? Most of them are very clean so there isnt any worries other then you may not get the hottest of water which you end up getting over.

9. Everything at Home will Change and I’ll Be Left Behind

One of the biggest realizations I came upon when I returned from my first backpacking adventure in Asia is that no matter how long you’re away for, no matter how much you change and how many amazing things you experience along your joinery – you’ll return home and hardly anything will have changed. The only thing that would have changed would be yourself. You learn so much, you come back a whole different person.

It’s like the whole world is put on hold while you travel – people are still in the same jobs, relationships and stuff you left them in!

Don’t let the fear of being left behind stop your from backpacking, let the fear of not going anywhere force you to do it! ALWAYS remember to make memories that will last a lifetime.

10. It’s Hard to Plan

For a beginning, yes! this can be partially true but there are so many resources out there to help you have a successful trip. I also offer free travel help! if interested just leave a comment below and we can get in contact! I also wrote a post on how to start your adventure, as well as tips to find cheap flights. I got you covered for everything!

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As always with love and I’ll see you in my next post,

2020