chiang mai day 1


Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand's mountainous region, is an ancient religious center founded in 1296 as the capital of the then-independent Lanna Kingdom. Vestiges of its colored history remain in the numerous temples and ancient city walls that still stand to this day. We spent our first day in the city admiring the impressive Wats and bustling ancient town center. As it happened, we were there on a Sunday, which meant we had the pleasure of stumbling upon the baffling Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market. The festivities and vendor stalls of this weekly tradition seemed to unfold endlessly as we made our way along Rachadamnoen Rd and the many side streets adjoining it. Pad Thai omelette, pomelo salad, sweet thai crepe, mango sticky rice, and Chang beers helped energize us to navigate the excited crowd. Pictured is one of the many (adorable) street performers lining the walks of the market.