Travel Photo Thursday — December 19th — Chiang Mai Bound

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Destinations, Featured, Thailand - Chiang Mai, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Hi, and welcome! This is the last Travel Photo Thursday before Christmas, and our 156th episode. I can’t believe it. The year has absolutely flown. This time tomorrow I will be putting the finishing touches on the suitcase. In the afternoon I’ll be heading to the airport and a late evening flight to Bangkok. Because of what is going on in Bangkok right now I have opted to head directly to Chiang Mai. I’ll be in the airport for a few hours before my 7:00am on Saturday morning. This is when I appreciate my Priority Pass lounge card! Anyone who follows Travel Photo Thursday know that I spend a lot of time in Chiang Mai. I never tire of the city, and looking forward to experiencing my favorite things over the next two months. Here’s a few things I’ll be doing…

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The food!


I can’t wait to tuck into the best Pad Thai in all of Chiang Mai!


The Best Pad Thai in Chiang Mai


Som Tom Salad is another favorite. My tongue is itching with the thought of those hot chilies!

My favorite salad maker…


The best in Chiang Mai!

The best in Chiang Mai!


The Best Som Tom Salad in Chaing Mai

Those beautiful chiles…

Chili Madness in the Market -- Chiang Mai, Thailand

 The Temples…Chiang Mai has over 300!



Temple Stupa -- Chiang Mai

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And of course…the awesome Chiang Mai cats!!

Hanging Out at the Temple in Chiang Mai

Cat for sale, only 60 Baht, NO return? Chiang Mai


Not to be left out…the beautiful people of Chiang Mai…


At the Office, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Floating By, Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2013

Wearing a traditional Hill Tribe head peace -- Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2013

Flute Player, Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade 2013

Chiang Mai Monks


Wherever you spend this holiday season, let it be filled with love, laughter and kindness…MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


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  1. Have a safe trip, Nancie! Thanks for showing us all the different sides of Chiang Mai but the food has me drooling. I remember those adorable cat pictures and here\’s hoping you get more shots. That is surely a lot of temples! If I don\’t get the chance, have a Merry Christmas!

    • Thanks, Mary! Yes, I made myself hungry with this post. Should never write a post mentioning food before breakfast…haha Merry Christmas!

  2. Thanks Nancy for hosting Travel Photo Thursday. I am so happy that my linkup problems are over. I have posted 2 links this week, I hope you don’t mind, my Oodnadatta post (as I was so late last week), and a special happy Christmas post.
    Thank you for taking us to Chiang Mai – no wonder our friends have been there several times.
    Have a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas, and all good things in 2014.

  3. I love the picture of the lady with hands in the pot and lucky you having cheap but delicious pad thai.

    Hope you have a wonderful time in Thailand. Are you there for 2-3 weeks? I’m sure it will be nice to be in a warmer climate. Tonight it’s supposed to feel like -33C – though it’s only a one night off cold snap.

  4. Hi Nancie, Yes, I have noticed that you have spent a lot of time in CM and figured that you like it a lot. I can see why. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of a good pad thai myself, and of course, those lovely temple and people. Have safe travels and a wonderful Christmas in CM. Take care.

  5. Your Chiang Mai posts always make me want to visit there Nancie and this year you have done it again! I’m salivating looking at the food photos…I’d love some authentic Thai street food. Though I’ve been away for most of the year, thank you hosting Travel Photo Thursday and best wishes for a fabulous Christmas and New Year.

  6. Let me join with Jill in thanking you for hosting Travel Photo Thursday! It has become such a part of my life and I so look forward to touching base each week with the friends I’ve made in the blogosphere, thanks to you bringing us together. The photos are great and I know you will add more wonderful temptations from Chiang Mai as your time there progresses. Merry Christmas to you, my friend, and the happiest of New Year’s as well!

  7. I love the photos of the people of Chiang Mai- even your favorite salad maker.

    Safe travels to you and have a Merry Christmas!

  8. I need to give Chiang Mai another go. Last time I was located next to the night market, and the food was terrible – it was all weird Thai/European. Where would you recommend staying?

  9. Beautiful place and great photos, Nancie! Thanks for this trip to Chiang Mai (^_^)
    Merry Christmas!

  10. Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for hosting this Link Up each week. Do you realize how much it has affected my travel plans? We spent a week in Chiang Mai last April inspired by all your wonderful posts. Jill’s blog posts about Singapore inspired my trip there in September. And everyone else has me adding more and more items to my Travel List. I truly appreciate it.

  11. Ahhh… THAILAND! I’m so in love with it. Their food, temples, architecture… ! In fact, some of my 2014 New Year’s resolutions include visiting this fabulous country and discover Asia for the first time!

    Funny, just yesterday I wrote a blog post about how am applying for 2 scholarships to study Bahasa Indonesia in-country. If I’m lucky to be one of the selected scholars, I plan to hit several Southeast Asian countries either on the way there or back. Ahhhh I can’t wait! I’m praying hard, I really hope I can do this next year.

    You go have some fun and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    -Maria Alexandra

  12. that is one yummy looking Papaya salad.

  13. My favourite of your photographs today is the black cat in the library. I love using those huge mortar and pestles, unfortunately mine at home is much smaller. Have a merry Christmas Nancie.

  14. Hope you have a safe and wonderful trip Nancie. Oh, for some real Thai food this Christmas – your pic of the Pad Thai stall was a little too much for my tastebuds right now 😉 Thanks for hosting Travel Photo Thursday, it’s such a wonderful venture and I’ve met some great new travel bloggers through you this year. Thank You! Have a very merry Christmas!

  15. How I miss Chiang Mai! This place is truly magnificent. The food, people and nature are great. You have a wonderful photos. Thanks

  16. I’m catching up here, Nancie. This photo series is a great recommendation for Chiang Mai. Love that sleeping cat pose, too!


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