It was my first time visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand and I must say that I prefer Chiang Mai over Bangkok, though, the latter is best known for shopping. If shopping is not your thing, and you’d still like to experience great Thai street food without the deafening hustle and bustle of the city, then Chiang Mai is for you.
Chiang Mai is also known as the “New City” of the 13th century ancient Northern Kingdom of Lan Na, crucial in the then political histories of Southeast Asia. Despite the progression of many centuries later, the people of Chiang Mai today are very proud of their heritage as evidenced by the documentation, presentation and superb execution of all things tourism that is Thailand.
I spent almost two full days walking the Old City of Chiang Mai alone with my trusted Fuji X-T1, just wandering aimlessly through the streets and alley ways. It was really an enjoyable experience without any definite plans. It was just knocking around into different sounds, sights and smell of a place filled with tasty street food. Here are some photographs from this first-time visit to Chiang Mai.