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Discovering Chiang Mai’s Old City

Chiang Mai is northern Thailand’s largest city and Thailand’s fifth largest; it’s not as progressive as Bangkok but it has its own charm — it is slow yet lively, old yet exotic, it is also filled with culture and history. To better appreciate Chiang Mai, Hubby and I decided to stay 15 minutes outside the Old City by tuktuk (read about our resort here), taking advantage of the life outside the City walls, but close enough that we can commute there in a quarter of an hour.

Driving from Chiang Mai International Airport to the Old City isn’t a spectacular experience but once you arrive in the Old City, everything transforms in sight.

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Thapae Gate. Photo credit: Chiang Mai Places

Wat Chedi Luang. Photo credit: self

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An unforgettable experience: Learning how to cook Thai food in Chiang Mai

It was our first time in Chiang Mai, and Hubby and I were looking forward to trying authentic Thai food. Fortunately, we didn’t just get to eat authentic Thai food, we were lucky enough to have stumbled upon tons of brochures on the road about cooking schools in Chiang Mai and choosing Baan Thai Cookery School wasn’t a difficult decision to make — it’s rated as “Excellent” by TripAdvisor and recommended by Lonely Planet!

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Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa: An oasis outside the Old City of Chiang Mai

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Photo credit: Open Chiang Mai

I have sent my review of Siripanna Villa Resort & Spa in Chiang Mai to TripAdvisor and have copy pasted it here:

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Biking around Sukhothai — the cradle of Thai civilization

Sawadika! Hubby and I decided that to better understand the culture of Thailand, we need to visit one of the oldest cities of the country. We chose the ancient city of Sukhothai — the cradle of Thai civilisation, very first capital of Thai Kingdom and designated as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1991. And the name Sukhothai literally means “dawn of happiness.”

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Photo credit: travelthailandhappy.blogspot.com

Sukhothai Historical Park is 427km north of Bangkok. Normally, tourists who want to visit the Park would stay in Phitsanulok — one of the oldest cities of Thailand and the birthplace of King Naresuan who freed his people from the Burmese colony in the 16th century — and do a 2-hour drive from Phitsanulok to Sukhothai. Or some who stay in Bangkok, would take a flight straight to Sukhothai in the morning, and come back to Bangkok at night (Bangkok Airways operates 2 flights per day). However, due to time constraint, we opted to stay in Chiang Mai and take a 4-hour drive to Sukhothai instead.

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