Located in the country’s peaceful, mountainous north Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s most-visited tourist destinations. In addition to the old city and its famous night market, Chiang Mai boasts temples, breathtaking landscapes and wildlife, including flowers, snakes and even tigers.
Would you believe me if I told you it was possible to sample all these Chiang Mai attractions in just one day? It you get an early start (I’m talking 8 a.m. early) it is. Here’s how!
“SONG THEAW” is the Thai name given to the red pick-up trucks you find anywhere in Chiang Mai. Ask any song theaw driver about half- or full-day sightseeing transfers. As of September 2012, you shouldn’t expect to pay more than 1,000 Thai baht for the whole day, or 600 for half.