Exploring around Chiang Mai: Monjam

This is my third visit to Chiang Mai and certainly my most enjoyable visit. I visited Doi Suthep on each of my first two visits and Doi Inthanon during my first visit; both places are worth visiting, especially as Doi Suthep is such a quick trip up the mountain. This trip was more wandering around Chiang Mai, I rented a bike and cruised as much of the city as I could. The beauty of Chiang Mai is the small streets, the older architecture and endless number of small shops and cafes.

Today I took a 45 min drive out of Chaing Mai early in the morning.  The drive was mostly up a mountain- the destination was Monjam. While there isn’t much to do in the way of stores or cafes, the view is amazing. The roads up to Monjam are very small and steep, meaning the big tour busses cannot make the trip, and that’s a great thing.

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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