The humidity is way more bearable in Chiang Mai than Southern Thailand
I was in Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Phetchaburi and Bangkok for about 3 weeks. I absolutely hated the humidity, I left southern Ontario, Canada because of this exact reason, and didn’t know I’d deal with it again in Thailand. After a horrible 3 weeks of mainly hanging out in the air conditioned hostel, I’m happy I went up to Chiang Mai to relax in the nice weather. If you’re looking for that Thailand feel, but not exactly wanting the humidity, definitely hit up Northern Thailand! I find it way more beautiful anyways 🙂
I could ACTUALLY see myself living in Chiang Mai
I actually fell in love with Chiang Mai. There are so many foreigners, especially bloggers. I met so many lovely people and learned so much from all of them! If you’re working online, Chiang Mai is the place to be! After a month of typical Thailand, Chiang Mai blessed me with beautiful gyms, a bunch of malls, western grocery stores and a beautiful condo with a pool I ended up living in for a month! What a relaxing place to focus on yourself and your goals!
Investing in a mask is probably a good idea
I kept asking myself why everyone was wearing a mask whilst on their scooters, thinking they just looked silly. Little did I know I really wanted one myself after being there for a week. I stuck it out for the whole time, but looking back I really wish I had got one! For health reasons of course. I really didn’t want to be breathing in all the vehicle pollution. I once had a microdermabrasion session where they deep clean your face with a diamond end, anyways, by the time I had driven back home after doing some errands, I wiped my face with a cloth and black came off. Clearly from the ride around town, since I’d just gotten my face cleaned. It was pretty gross!
If your a backpacker visiting Chiang Mai, you're probably going to have bandages on your knees
Including me, weather you were drunk or not, you’re probably going to fall off your scooter and get bandages on your knees. Walking around Chiang Mai, there were sooo many foreigners with white bandages. It was hilarious, walking by and nodding to the other fellow scooter accident friends. If you are one of the few who has gotten away without this beautiful mark, well good for you! But it’s also a great scar to look at and remember the good times!
There is always some westerner charm in Chiang Mai if you're feeling homesick
If you’re like me, and obsessed with cafes and cute places to eat, Chiang Mai is where your heart will be at home. Although this city is so Thai, it is also so Western. I’ve never seen so many cute places to eat, cat cafes, vegan cafes, cafes with chill boho vibes, or a bear teddy cafe, there’s even a place to make a pancake of your face! I’ll add that photo below!
If you're taking the bus from Chiang Mai to Pai, you're 99% going to vomit
Nope, I’m not joking! There are designated puke stops on the road to Pai. I had to use them both ways, it was horrible! If you’re fortunate enough to get the front seat of the bus, you may not have this problem, but any other seat, you are screwed! I’d highly suggest renting a scooter and doing the trek that way. Being more in control of the windy road will make it a lot easier on your stomach, I promise!
I hope you won’t have to learn the “falling off scooter lesson” first hand, but definitely check out Chiang Mai! It stole my heart and made me feel completely at home, in a place where I wasn’t feeling so at home. Let me know if you’ve learned any lessons from Chiang Mai, or Thailand, I’d love to hear about them!