Chiang Mai, situated in Northern Thailand is a city bustling with activity and plenty of things to do. We stayed there for 6 nights and were simply spoilt with exciting options of activities and day tours to fill our trip with. We managed to cram in river tubing, trekking, temple visiting, white water rafting and meeting elephants to name just a few of the things we got up to! And that’s even with one day as a bit of a write off because of bad weather (we had massages and visited a cat café on that day – it was amazing!)
But what really impressed me was something that wasn’t really advertised very much and I can’t recall seeing in any of the tour shops. Up in the mountains, a good 45 minutes or so drive away from the centre of the city we accidentally came across the Doi Pui Hmong Hilltribe village. We had originally taken a songthaew (a pick up taxi truck) out to visit the glorious Doi Suthep temple which was a half an hour drive away from our hostel. The temple was stunningly beautiful and is definitely worth a visit – we spent a good hour exploring the grounds and admiring the views. However as we were just about to slope off home, we noticed taxi sign posts for trips further up to the Doi Pui Hmong Hilltribe for about only an extra 100 baht each (approx. £2 pounds). Intrigued, we decided to take up the offer. As there weren’t too many taxis driving up to the village our driver insisted that he wait whilst we visited, giving us an hour to explore. We thought an hour would be all we needed, but I can safely say that we could have definitely stayed a lot longer.