often warned that if they stop in Chiang Mai, Thailand, they may
While it is the second largest city in Thailand, it manages to retain the slow pace of its northern neighbors. This combination - the charm of an ancient Thai town with the conveniences of a modern city - is a winning one.
While there are more than 300 temples surrounding Chiang Mai, there aren't too many traditional sights. Most visitors stay busy learning about Thai culture through classes, which are offered in abundance.
The monks at MCU Buddhist University, on the grounds of Wat Suan
Dok, recently launched a program called Monkchat as a way to educate
foreigners about the tenets of Buddhism.
University Chiang Mai Campus
Thai cuisine is easily one of the most popular in the world, and eating out is usually one of the highlights of a vacation to Thailand. Part of what makes the dishes so delicious comes from a particular way of chopping and blending ingredients, a skill that can only be learned from Thai chefs. I had a blast learning to cook my favorite Thai dishes, like Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup), Som Tam (young papaya salad) and Green Curry at the Thai Orchid Cooking School. Other popular cooking schools include Gap's House and the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School.
Thai Cookery School
Martial arts - Muay Thai boxing
Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing, is a form of martial art that involves kicking, punching and striking opponents. Chiang Mai has emerged as one of the sport's capitals, attracting aspiring boxers come from throughout Southeast Asia to its training camps. A number of the camps, like the Lanna Muay Thai Boxing Camp, welcome beginners.
Busaba Muay Thai Camp
About the Author... Jessica Arriola Marati