After finishing my 2 weeks in the south of Thailand, it was time for the north! Northern Thailand is known for their rich culture, beautiful landscapes, animal sanctuaries and food of course. I think I had AMAZING pad thai at least once a day.
1st Stop: Bangkok
Bangkok is an amazing city with a vibrant nightlife, plenty of markets, malls, and beautiful historic architecture. My first stop was the Grand Palace which was the official residence of the Thai King in the 1700’s. The buildings were all extremely intricate with little gold pieces built into the designs.
While in Bangkok, I also went to several markets. I visited two floating markets where I was able to buy coconut ice cream in an actual coconut, as well as pad thai from a boat! During the night market, I decided to be a little more adventurous and did the unthinkable – I ate a cricket! In Thailand, they would fry the crickets and spray them with soy sauce. It weirdly tasted like an extra crunchy Lays chip #noregrets
2nd Stop: Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai was definitely one of my favourite cities. I was lucky enough to be in Chiang Mai during their famous Songkran festival! Songkran is Thailand’s New Year festival where they celebrate by having a 3 day water fight. People of all ages roamed the streets, ready to battle with their Super Soakers in hand; it was an amazing experience!
I also had the opportunity to visit an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai. This sanctuary was focused on rehabilitating abused elephants and restoring their health. It was a fantastic experience where I got to help bathe the elephants, give them a mud bath, and help feed them. I highly recommend anyone visiting Thailand to visit either the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary or Elephant Nature Park as these two sanctuaries are some of the few that do NOT allow people to ride them.
The last activity in Chiang Mai was visiting a 3D museum, which was definitely unexpected. I went with my best friend and three new friends we met travelling and had a huge photoshoot. It was a great way to escape the heat for a couple of hours!
3rd Stop: Pai
Pai was my last and final stop in Thailand! Pai had many beautiful things to offer like canyons, waterfalls, and gorgeous sculptures. My favourite activity was the hike to Pai Canyon, the view was absolutely incredible!
Another amazing site was the famous “White Buddha” statue. It is a temple at the very top of a hill giving you a view of the entire city.
And just like that, an entire month flew by! Thanks for reading and please check out my Thailand video: