Chiang Mai was my second stop during my travels around South East Asia, and a wonderful contrast to the chaos of Bangkok. Although it's referred to the capital of the North, Chiang Mai's atmosphere is more laid-back and a perfect place to relax and 'go with the flow'. Although it still has the hustle and bustle of the city (it's the largest city in North Thailand), it's easy to retreat to the surrounding national parks and countryside for a breath of fresh air. Whilst arriving from Bangkok, I was instantly captivated by the beautiful scenery surrounding the city; I was lucky enough to land at sunset and was spoiled with a spectacular approach from my window seat as the sun disappeared behind the mountains.
Here's my guide to a few days relaxing and exploring the 'Rose of the North', Chiang Mai!