Chiang Mai has always had a special place in my heart. My grandfather was born there. And although he left when he was very young, he had always wondered about it. When I went for the first time to Chiang Mai in 2007, I took as many pictures as I could. I printed these pictures to show my grandfather at his birthday party. He was so happy to see that I was able to go there and see where he had lived even though he doesn’t remember much of it. My grandfather passed away a month after I showed him the pictures.
This time around, I picked Chiang Mai as my easy escape from Myanmar as I head to Laos. It was also a good place to recover from all my internal issues.
After not eating for two weeks, I spent my two days in Chiang Mai eating all that I could. Thai curry is yummy…
I did see a few temples, but after the bombardment of Burmese temples, I was a bit “templed” out.
I spent a good deal of time on a bicycle in Chiang Mai. I really felt like going to a mall. So I rode to a mall near the airport. And when the first mall didn’t have what I was looking for, I biked 10+ km the other way. I also ended up on a highway for cars. But all good. I survived.
I also had to partake in a Thai massage. It was nice… And of course, I had to meet up with my old colleague, Derrick, who arrived in Chiang Mai after leaving Vietnam in a blaze of glory.
My time in Chiang Mai was short but sweet. Thanks Grandpa!