Does travel make you more creative? More compassionate?Yes, if you travel with those intentions.
Here was our plan for where to stay. We wanted to have a place reserved for when we first got there, but wanted to leave it open to other possibilities once we got there. This was a good idea. This hotel, Yaang Come Village Hotel, was well-reviewed and we went to look at it while we were exploring. It is completely on the opposite side of Chiang Mai from where we first stayed. It is also a hotel, rather than an AirBnB, so we got the hotel experience too. And this place is worthy of the good reviews.
From here, we were close to other things on our list: such as the Night Bazaar (another market) and this cute cafe located next to the the Terracotta Arts Garden. It seems that both are the same attraction, but not sure. It was a nice relaxing place to have lunch.
This day was our one really rainy day in Chiang Mai. We waited out the rain first in an antique store, where we met this charming couple. The wife gave us little Buddha charms and the husband gave us Buddhist philosophy:"Think good, speak good, do good." Wish we had taken pictures there, but didn't. We also waited on a ledge on the sidewalk out of the rain, watching the world go by.
We found the Night Bazaar and had dinner here. Of course had to have the khao soi.
When we went to the Doi Suthep, we met a singing bowl seller who was very nice and told us a lot about the singing bowl. I think he actually "sold" us on it, but we were not prepared to buy at the time. But when we saw a shop as we walked around at night, we decided to buy one. It is my treasure from Chiang Mai.
I have traveled quite a bit, and am using this page to record some memories. Travel is a wonderful education, expanding your view of the world, of other cultures, of the beauty of diversity.