The City Chiang Mai
The architecture is impressive
There are over 300 Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai. Take notice of how clean the streets are in all these photos.
Mountains in the background of this alley
Gate to the Old City. The Old City is a square shape with old gates remaining on all four sides. There is also a water-filled moat surrounding the Old City.
Close-up of gate
From outside the moat that surrounds the Old City. Thai shops bookmark a 7-Eleven.
7 floors in Maya Mall. It's one of four large malls in Chiang Mai.
The movie theaters sit above the food court level
Higher priced VIP theater with leather recliners and waitress service (free refills throughout the movie).
VIDEO - Central Festival Mall has an ice rink below the food court and arcade. Adult Westerners even play in local hockey leagues here.
Thais like to get together in groups to eat and drink late into the night. So any space becomes parking after dark. Here is a daytime shot at the Honda dealer with their new bikes on display.
Same Honda dealer at night. People just park their bikes where the new vehicles would be during the day.
Beside Maya Mall is an empty parking lot during the day. Each night the vendors show up and the customers arrive in droves on motorcycles.
We're talking a LOT of motorcycles
If you have a helmet you just leave it on your bike. Theft is not a problem in Chiang Mai.
Even the mail is delivered by motorcycle in Chiang Mai
VIDEO - You don't carry your helmet around with you in Thailand. You leave it on your motorcycle and walk away. Day or night, theft is not an issue here.