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Exploring Thailand - 4 Days in Chiang Mai

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!

Flying With LogTen Pro

As a pilot, it's important to keep track of the hours we fly. There are various rules and regulations regarding the amount of time we can operate monthly and annually, and once we reach a certain amount of total hours our employers may decide that we are qualified to land the aircraft in stronger winds, or be ready for an upgrade to the left-hand seat and to become a Captain. 

For the last year, I've been useless at keeping my paper logbook up to date, and although I'm always aware that the hours I'm flying are legal, I've let my logbook get so out of date that it's ended up becoming a big job to add up the total amount of hours I've completed. Coradine state that their LogTen Pro app is the 'world's most advanced pilot logbook software', so I tried it for a month and here's my opinion...

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

I was lucky enough to visit Chiang Mai during its 41st Flower Festival, a celebration held every year during the first week of February. The city, also affectionately nicknamed 'Rose of the North', lives up its name and is transformed to showcase local flowers and beautiful plants, especially a variety of the Damask Rose, which is only found in Chiang Mai!

24 Hours in Bangkok

Bangkok has recently become the most visited city in the world; so chances are if you’re visiting Thailand, your first stop will be the City of Angels. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of things to see and do, with the contrast between the serene temples and the crazy hustle and bustle making it feel like you’re in two different locations at once. Although there’s an endless amount of culture and tourism in Bangkok, I felt that 24 hours was more than enough time for the city to make a grand impression. Here’s my guide to a short stay in Thailand’s capital!