love, love, love this place! chiang mai is a must visit city in thailand in my opinion. located up north with a bazillion things to do in and around the city, it totally kept us occupied and we left with a list a mile long of places and activities we still wanted to check out.
for starters, we stayed at the cutest hostel, gap’s house. it has a great central location and you feel like you are staying in the jungle with all the great plants they have. the rooms were super cheap, clean, and had tons of character. the only “annoyance” was due to all the wonderful plants, we generally were applying more mosquito spray to our bodies than we were sunblock. there is a reason they put mosquito nets inside every room.
the food in chiang mai has much more of a burmese influence so the food native to the north isn’t quite as spicy and is a bit more greasy we found. we made a point to try all the local specialties, plus other random stuff too. don’t worry, everything was delicious.
lastly, who doesn’t love a little randomness a city has to offer?