Thailand day 5 - Chiang Mai December 24th 2011 For those who have been to Japan, comparing Bangkok to Chiang Mai is like Tokyo to Kyoto. Chiang Mai may still be very busy (and smelly) in the central 'old town' within the moat, but you quickly fall in love with its surrounding beauty, its people and its culture.
There's expansive markets day and night, unique shops and shopping centres and supermarkets within easy distances. Trav ... read more
Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy.... ... read more