Northern Thailand: Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

After arriving in Chiang Mai, it's easy and affordable to get around in "red tuk tuks" which are basically pick-up trucks with a roof and seats in the back. 
Of course the traditional "tuk tuk" are still dotted around the city.

I stayed in deejai hostel, which was in a good location within the walled old city, it also offered great coffee and breakfast.

The hostel also had its own pool, which is always an added bonus.

Exploring the city on foot is pretty easy, there are many temples within the old part of the city, along with some outside. 

The temples all have their unique parts and are elaborate in character. 

It is interesting to see monks within the temple grounds and out with in the community .

Street venders are everywhere, including the sale of fresh coconuts for around 60 baht, which is equivalent to £1.50. 

Flowers and greenery grows well in this part of Thailand and often decorated the entrances to hotels and shops.

The coffee in Chiang Mai is incredible, where coffee shops litter the streets and offer freshly ground coffee from the locally grown arabica beans.

Once more, the choice of food within the city is incredible. I found that the traditional offerings are cheapest and tastiest. Here I had noodles and stewed beef one lunch time for around £1.50. The food is cooked fresh in front of you and is some of the tastiest combinations I have ever tried. 

The temples surroundings can also be very interesting. 

The city centre is far more touristy and to be honest I didn't like it as much as the old part of Chiang Mai.

The old part of the city is walled, an interesting historical feature.

The side street within the old city are the most interesting with fruit stalls, homes, hotels and a variety of shops. 

More great food, the mango sticky rice dessert is a must try. 

Thai boxing experience, not for the faint hearted. 

Day in the rainforest, chasing waterfalls.

I took part in "flight of the gibbons" which is a zip line through the forest, with a homemade lunch afterwards, which was delightful. 

Eating lunch in a hut made of bamboo and leaves was a great experience. 

Chiang Mai night market. 

Variety of Asian food before going to see the lady boys show.

Lady Boys show adjacent to the market, this was a fantastic experience.

The last coffee before departing for Chiang Rai.

A pit stop between Chiang Mai and Chaing Rai for freshly cooked eggs from the hot spring. 

The "white temple" in Chiang Rai is a must see attraction, designed by the artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, it is a modern take to appreciate the Buddah. Complete with movie character heads hanging from trees and an intense level of detail to every aspect. This has to be my favourite temple of the trip.