Four Days in Chiang Mai

We have just spent four nights in the capital of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai. It was a return visit for me, but the first for my parents, so we spent the time exploring some of the popular attractions around the city. Some of the things we did included: We ate at a variety of places including: For two days we used a hire car/driver (essentially a private taxi) for visiting attractions. This was organised from just outside the hotel (800 Baht for most of the day up Doi Suthep) and via the concierge (500 Baht for half a day to Mae Sae and surrounds). The third day we used a songtaew to go to the Mae Sa Elephant Camp and Monkey School - 500 Baht for about half a day. All were ok, except you have to be extra clear about saying where you want to go. That is, don't rely on the driver to show you around - try to go with a list of places you want to go to and make them clear to the driver. Other than touring, we spent our time at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel, which I enjoyed. Plenty of photos are available in the gallery. In summary, Chiang Mai is a great destination with plenty of things to do and see. We focussed on nearby attractions, but there are also a lot of full day tours as well as overnight tours and treks.