Chiang Mai is simply, “just one of those places.” Chiang Mai has that certain quality that leaves an everlasting impression on the soul. The city is a popular destination for the 21st century blogger/digital nomad/healer/artist/you name it/ well intentioned wandering soul. It is a hub among hubs. The city naturally ushers in expat communities worldwide to touch and tune in to the very fibers of ones authentic nature. The cafés, restaurants and city streets are a buzz with innovative projects and creative endeavors, lifting spirits worldwide.
Chaing Mai is located in Northern Thailand, surrounded by majestic mountains and hill tribe communities that lie beyond the “Old City” walls. Spiritual pilgrimages and outdoor adventures beckon the traveler near and far to jump in a tuk tuk, songthaew, taxi, motorcycle or bus and weave with care through the bustling city streets to a world far far away.
Dating back 700 years, Chiang Mai is home to over two hundreds golden wats that are interwoven throughout and beyond the city walls. Wats are monasteries or (schools with temples). A monastic life in Chiang Mai is very much alive today. Monks are seen walking the streets of Chiang Mai on any given day. Monks are very much appreciated and honored for their simple, yet brightly illuminated path. It is written that eighty five percent of the population in Chiang Mai practices Buddhism, today.
Whisked away by this charm filled city, many gems await to be discovered. Ancient trees with giant sun lit Buddhas adorn the streets. Luminous gongs, labyrinths and sacred spots invite a pause inside a world of simplicity and grace. A walkabout throughout the old city of Chiang Mai often inspires a slower rhythm of life, spontaneously encouraging one to take a giant leap of faith and perhaps begin a new chapter in ones life.