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Doi Suthep – beautiful temples, magical views and picturesque nature


Chiang Mai area really has a beautiful nature. Just outside the city Doi Suthep mountain, temple and natural park are waiting to be visited. Today we spent most of the day there. Straight in the morning we hired a songthaew (local red coloured pick-up truck where there are 2 benches in the back, used for everyday transport) which took us up the hill to the temple. The temple itself was also gorgeous but the main attraction is still the view to the city and neighbouring mountains and villages. After looking around for a while we went for a little hike to the main viewpoint, the nearby village and the waterfall. It seemed that everyone else was either riding a scooter, driving a car or sitting in the back of a songthaew. But as said before we like walking. It has had quite an effect, during the 10 days in Thailand I have already lost 5kg’s and I definitely have stronger leg muscles :). But the views from the mountainside were something special (there will be a lot of pictures coming to my Instagram/FB + also a video). And so was the nature, we had never been in such a jungle before. Greenery, bamboos, beautiful flowers and trees everywhere. And some sort of funny insects (we presume cicadas) who live in the treetops and make really really strong electric alien voices. You just have to hear it to understand! We also passed by Hmong village where you should supposedly see how the local culture of the tribes living in those mountains look likes. But it still was greatly a touristy place. Nevertheless the village was interesting to see and a short walk from the village a picturesque Doi Suthep waterfall and flower garden was located. Once again would definitely recommend a visit!


On the way back from the mountain our driver stopped at a small temple middle way down to the mountain. Right next to temple was this beautiful waterfall and all in all this was one of the most beautiful temples and locations we have been so far. It seemed that the reason why we stopped was that one monk (who was also in our songthaew) wanted to go there for a moment. And how could you say no to that. Either way we were very happy that we had an opportunity to see this place :).

Besides these adventures we went to the cinema and one of the biggest shopping malls in the city yesterday. We took a long walk through the city to catch a glimpse of how the locals are living. So on the way we saw for example a woman walking her goat with a nice pink collar near downtown Chiang Mai. Why not! 🙂


The movie which went to see was Blade Runner 2049. It was pretty good although rather dark. But the ticket was 100 baht each (about 2,55€) and the cinema was really fancy. More like being in a theatre, not watching a movie. And who doesn’t know yet – before every movie in Thailand anthem is played and you have to stand up to show respect.

Shopping mall was huge. Really can’t compare shopping malls in Estonia to the ones in here. Every one of them has at least 5-6 floors and numerous shops and dining areas. After the movies we went for the first non-local food so to say and had a pizza. It was good but compared to local dishes very expensive.

I can say already that if you plan to visit Thailand, definitely come and see Chiang Mai :).

Once again sending sunshine back home!

Chiang Mai zoo

Today we went to Chiang Mai zoo which is a bit tired so to say but otherwise a fabolous place to visit! In some places you could see the hands of time working their magic so some of the roads and paths were already devoured by nature. But in a way it was extremely beautiful! It’s like a mixture between concrete and jungle. We especially liked the bird park where you really couldn’t understand that you were in a zoo (except the net holding the birds from getting out). So many beautiful waterfalls, paths through the forest and much more. A truly blissful place! And it was only 2 of us in there, not a person around (probably because it was raining at the time we visited it).

In addition we saw many animals we have never encountered before and one huge plus for this zoo is that the animals are really close to you so if you want you could go and touch everyone (except for lions and other similar creatures of course).  Our favorites were the penguins, hippos, tortoises and giraffes. I think we just stood for 10+ minutes and watched the penguins swimming around 🙂

To get there we used an official city line bus. They started only lately ( I think in 2016) and there are 3 lines currently available. No matter how long the journey, the cost is always 15 baht (0,38€) per person. So it’s really comfortable and cheap way to get around.

But go and have a look for yourself :). Here’s the first video of Chiang Mai