Who can resist Thailand with its legions of dazzling golden temples, idyllic beaches on paradise islands, bustling markets, pulsating cityscape, rural charm, and the palate-pleasing cuisine? It was hard to decide: Bangkok or Chiang Mai? So we visited both.
In Bangkok, we embarked on a less touristy journey while in Chiang Mai we ventured on a more spiritual escapade visiting the amazing temples and countryside.
Bangkok: Far from the madding crowd
Our guide Michai took us to the parts of Bangkok not frequented by tourists down narrow streets in residential areas to get an insight into how the locals live. In the blacksmith and goldsmith neighborhood, there were a plethora of shops selling giant Buddha and religious statues for temples and private properties.