Chiang Mai Thailand is quickly becoming the cultural capital of Thailand. It’s a growing city but it feels complete with its art filled markets, quaint little backstreets, shops filled with local wares, open doors where its possible to look into see busy locals working away at their crafts, and old men sat at benches repairing watches and looking at jewellery through a jewellers eye. All this is wrapped up in a dreamlike setting of emerald mountains, glittering waterfalls and an atmosphere that is unique to this area of Thailand.
The area around Chiang Mai and the Doi Inthanon and Doi Suthep-Pui national parks are dotted with nature retreats, health spas, tranquil resorts and fitness centres, so no matter what you’re looking for – it’s all quite easy to find. So if you’re ready to turn your senses over to nature and spend a few days in these idyllic settings then you’ll be rewarded with picturesque rolling hills, fresh mountain air and access to some of the finest retreats in all of Thailand. Whether you’re thing is lazing away the days in a romantic spa, taking to the hills to experience life in a traditional Lanna village or meditating amongst the rice paddies – it’s all here. Even if you’re coming to Chiang Mai to get fit – you can take part in a boot camp and then stay a little longer in the spa to get some much needed relaxation.
If you need a little more inspiration then you’ll find that it’s so easy to just walk the streets and take in the
atmosphere. If you’re heading in to the city, then start early in the morning and take in a market, browse the food stuffs on display at the Ciin Haw Market that’s frequented by Burmese and Chinese merchants, there you can browse everything from asian fashions to technology, but most importantly you can stop and breathe in the fresh scent of herbs, spices and freshly cooked hot food dishes like the Burmese Mohynga which is a delicious fish soup made with rice vermicelli. After this a stroll through the moat enclosed old city will let your senses relax a little as you take in the sights and sounds of the 30 plus temples, monks collecting alms and the rustling sounds of sandals against stone.
After this, a trip to the Elephant Nature Park will enliven your senses; the scents of the jungle and the sounds of wildlife, and a chance to be up close and personal with the majestic elephants. There’s no riding here, instead you’re encouraged to interact and befriend them – a magical experience for everyone. Then you could visit one of the temples in the area, either Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep where you can enjoy enchanting vistas from high above the jungle and take part in a meditation group, or the atmospheric Wat Chedi Luang which was once the home of The Emerald Buddha. After all of this, it’s time to head into a spa, indulge in a Thai massage, or wind down with an evening yoga session.
If you want to get inspired here is the link to Lonely Planets page on Chiang Mai where you will the best places to visit http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thailand/chiang-mai-province/chiang-mai
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From the Fresh Start Fitness Holiday boot camp in Thailand
Fresh Start is a fitness, wellness and weight loss holiday located at the idyllic Spa Health Resort Chiang Mai Thailand. They have unique all inclusive fitness holidays which operate all year round. You can come for as long as you like and the fresh Start team will be with you through your transformation.