I’m not sure if it was the slower pace of travel, the delicious banana pancakes, or the blushing pink sunsets that stole my heart when I ventured to Northern Thailand for our June features, but either way spending April in the Chiang Mai province was an experience that I recommend to anyone thinking of visiting Thailand.
Bordering Laos and Myanmar, Northern Thailand captures the hearts of many with its lush green forested mountains, Buddhist temples and adrenaline pumping range of outdoor pursuits.
It differs noticeably from the rest of the country, especially the southern part where many travellers come from after visiting the islands. Its cooler climate and rugged geography attracts those who wish to trek and see the diverse range of wildlife. The wide variety of freshly made, locally sourced food caters beautifully to vegetarians and vegans alike. And the sheer number of yoga schools and meditation retreats make it a hotspot for beginners and for those who wish to train as yoga teachers.
What’s new this month?
This month we will be showcasing the best of what Northern Thailand has to offer. We will be highlighting our favourite eateries, showing how you can interact with elephants kindly without contributing to the dark side of the elephant tourism trade, taking you to a cooking class (spring rolls and pad thai are served in almost every restaurant), and of course, guiding you to the best places to shop with an introduction to a few special brands that we’ve met along the way.
We will of course be welcoming some new international brands to the jiminy family, who have impressed us with their commitment to social and environmental development projects across the globe.