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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Other Things To Do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

So, you've already visited the must-see temples, spent time with the elephants, went trekking in the mountains and checked-out the zoo. You might have already went as far as Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle too. What else can you do in the city?

For a restless traveler like me, there's always something left to do and you don't have to go too far all the time to have some fun on your travels.

Here are some of the things that we did on our spare time in Chiang Mai:

1) Go on a Food Trip

I know, I know. I shouldn't be suggesting this anymore because just seeing and smelling them in the streets will surely make you try them!

If you are a little adventurous, go for the exotic ones. If you aren't, try something else. There are a lot to choose from. Whatever it is that you'll like, it will surely be absolutely tasty.

Foodies and non-foodies will definitely find Thai food delectable. I would travel to Thailand at any given time just for the food!

2) Shop Til You Drop

For girls, shopping ranks high on our list. There are several night markets in Chiang Mai and it is always a delight to shop there.

They are selling a lot of stuff - clothes, bags, scarves, cute souvenirs and a lot more. You will surely find something you'll like just by walking around the shops. Don't forget to haggle. :)

You can go shopping in the mall too. We checked out Central Festival Mall when we were there and we were surprised that a lot of great brands are on super sale (50% off). If we were on the final part of our backpacking trip that time, I would have shopped as much as I want.

Central Festival Mall
99/3 M.4 T.Fah Ham, A.Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000 

Night Bazaars can be found in the city center (inside the walled-city).

3) Try Their Local Milk Tea

Whenever we get tired from roaming around, we always find the nearest milk tea shop. Yup, they have great milk teas!

Packaging comes a little different if you'll buy from the cycle vendors or those who don't have an actual shop. See the big plastic and brown paper bag above? Cool, isn't it? :)

It's not the same as the Taiwan-style milk teas that we have here in Manila but they are good and a lot cheaper! For THB 30-35 (PHP 40-47), you can already have a large milk tea!

4) Visit the Minor Tourist Attractions

If you're done visiting the major ones, why not go around the city and see for yourself what else are you missing?

Three Kings Monument Square

On our last day, we decided to just cycle around and check out other places that might be of interest.

The nice thing about it is not being with a lot of other tourists. :)

5) Go Where The Locals Go

Still part of our last day when we cycled around, we just follow where the locals go. It was the Loy Krathong and Yi Peng season, so a lot of festivities were going on.

We could pass as Thais, so they really didn't mind us there. We joined in their hot air balloon flying activity, admired the beautiful lantern decorations in the streets and posed for pictures like them. :)

6) Try Buffet the Chiang Mai Way

Thai street foods are awesome, yes. But you can also try eating-all-you-can Chiang Mai style. Along with our fellow Couchsurfers, we tried the Sukontha Buffet.

There are griller with hot pots (moo kata) in the table and you can cook anything you desire to eat, all you can eat baby! It can be a nice way to bond with your travel buds. Conversations while cooking your food? Of course it's gonna be awesome.

Sukontha Buffet
Huai Kaeo Rd., Chiang Mai, Thailand 50300
Buffet Price: THB 210 (PHP 285) per person

7) Go Partying All Night

Chiang Mai has cool bars too. We also had a Couchsurfers' night out in Zoe in Yellow. Those who didn't make it at the buffet went with us in this bar.

We drank and we danced the night away! Still, the best part of this were the conversations we had with our fellow travelers and the new friends we earned.

Zoe in Yellow Bar
Boonyoo Market on Ratchavitti Road
Tel No. 0842229388

8) Watch Street Performances

When you're already drunk, who knows what else you can do? It's either you'll be the one strutting your stuff or you'll be the one watching what other drunk people do haha.

In my case, I was the one watching them. But who cares if you dance silly? If you are a tourist, nobody knows you there anyway. You can have fun and look like crazy for all they care.

By the way, that girl in the photo was really good. She totally nailed it. ;)


Those were the other fun stuff that we did in Chiang Mai. If you have anything to add, feel free to share it in the comments section below. :)

This is Part 9 of my Chiang Mai travel series.

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