Why I fell in love with Chiang Mai, Thailand
Nestled in the foothills of beautiful mountains, this North Thailand city is a travellers dream come true. It is the biggest city in the north, however a haven after the hustle bustle of Bangkok. The city has two parts to it — first is the so called “Old City” which is within the ancient walls, now marked by moat canals that mark the outer limit of it. This is the part where most travellers spend their time,it has the most hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and it also has some of the most well known temples here. The outer city is the more modern part of the city with malls and multiplexes and what not. There is a nice riverside slightly outside the Old City which has the Sunday Market as well as a lot of very nice river side restaurants and bars.
If you like the sound of that introduction, trust me, you are going to fall in love with the city just like I did just on my first visit there — I went there without doing much research and no pre-conceived notions, and as I spent time there, it started revealing its beautiful sides one by one, making it one my favourite cities in the world and I slowly understood why so many expats from around the world have chosen Chiang Mai to be there home. Here are some of the reasons this city stood out for me.