Chiang Mai in Thailand is a travel hot spot at the moment and while there has been much written about all of the cultural activities, we thought we might share with you just 5 of the hedonistic things that we enjoy doing in this delightful little city.
We have been there 3 times and we will be going back. It is an easy pace of life, really lovely people, and great food and just has the very relaxed feel about it.
These are our hedonistic delights in Chiang Mai.
Gordon loves a massage, and Chiang Mai offers some of the best. He is particularly fond of sitting under the trees and having his feet massaged while watching people wander about. Occasionally he will have a Chang or a Singha beer while he is being pampered. I also like the massages and we will often wander up some dodgy looking stairs to have deep tissue massages. Of course, going to a lux spa is also on the list.
2. Flowers, flowers, flowers
The markets of Chiang Mai have some of the most beautiful flowers and at ridiculously cheap prices. It was birthday when we were there and we bought bunches of the beautiful yellow chrysanthemums. I could have bought any flower imaginable but I love these flowers particularly. They also have a Flower Festival each year in February.
Chiang Mai is home to the lychee festival and the crowning of Miss Lychee Festival queen. This happens in May and there are competitions to eat as many lychees as possible, which we won, and many other activities involving lychees. I love lychees and these are the best by miles that I have ever had. They are actually a super fruit and have great benefits for you.
The Night Bazaar at Chiang Mai is just total fun.The Sunday Walking Street Market at Ratchadamnoen Rd is what everyone does. You wander around on a lazy Sunday afternoon and enjoy the arts and crafts on display and just maybe buy some jewellery.
Thai food differs from region to region and the food in Chiang Mai is a little hotter, chilli wise than in Bangkok, which suits, be just fine. Street food is brilliant plus some little hole in the wall family run cafes. You can barely go wrong in Thailand or in Chiang Mai when it comes to food. Tom Yum Gai remains my firm favourite as well as Chiang Mai mango cheesecake.
While Chiang Mai is a cultural hub of Thailand its charm lies in the fact that you can also pamper yourself with some of these hedonistic pursuits.