Me and the missus were in Chiang Mai from 18-23 December and I was surprised at just how busy it was !
Its a long time since I have been there.The last time I stayed at the Royal Princess hotel,near the nightmarket,but this time we stayed near Thapae Gate in the old city which was better.
Mixing with hordes of Chinese tourists and young chav farang couples day and night !
The area around Thapae Gate was great to stroll around with plenty of nice temples and shopping and dining options.
A sangthaew takes you anywhere within the old city for just 20 baht per person.
On Sunday the road from Thapae Gate to the old town (over a mile in length) is pedestrianised for a Sunday market from 5pm to nearly midnight.It was absolutely heaving with people and in the evening I tried to walk from our hotel to a restaurant about 1 mile away,at around 6pm,and it took me 40 minutes
coming back about 10.45pm it still took over 30 minutes.
But,overall,we certainly enjoyed Chiang Mai.....
One funny story was told to me by an English guy who went to do his 90 day report at Immigration on 22nd December.
It was very,very busy with about 200 people in there.At about 3pm he was surprised when a group of schoolchildren suddenly appeared behind the Immigration Officers desks and started singing Christmas carols......and whats more the Immigration Officers stopped their work and joined in the carol singing for about 15 minutes !
Maybe,something for our Immigration Officers here in Udon to take on board for next Christmas ? :-"
Until then,a very Merry Xmas to all my readers....
Just when I thought our chance had passed,you go and save the best for last.