EXPLORING WITHOUT AN AGENDA
One of my favourite things about travelling is stumbling upon those unexpected moments of discovery. Nick and I love wandering around, just seeing what lies around the corner. Our friend Kirkie calls it ‘loose structure’: Have an idea of where to start, then just let things happen. We often started at a known tourist attraction, such as the beautiful wats around Chiang Mai’s old city, then stepped outside and just started walking. One of our favourite finds was the little back alleys of the city, dotted with tiny cafes, hostels, restaurants and food stalls. We got a taste of daily life unrolling  in these quiet, narrow lanes. High-res

EXPLORING WITHOUT AN AGENDA

One of my favourite things about travelling is stumbling upon those unexpected moments of discovery. Nick and I love wandering around, just seeing what lies around the corner. Our friend Kirkie calls it ‘loose structure’: Have an idea of where to start, then just let things happen. We often started at a known tourist attraction, such as the beautiful wats around Chiang Mai’s old city, then stepped outside and just started walking. One of our favourite finds was the little back alleys of the city, dotted with tiny cafes, hostels, restaurants and food stalls. We got a taste of daily life unrolling in these quiet, narrow lanes.
Golden Parasol
A little watercolour of this monk who was walking ahead of us across the bridge on a hot Chiang Mai morning. He was carrying a luminous golden parasol that I thought was just brilliant. What a great fashion statement — though I don’t think he was intending on making one! High-res

Golden Parasol

A little watercolour of this monk who was walking ahead of us across the bridge on a hot Chiang Mai morning. He was carrying a luminous golden parasol that I thought was just brilliant. What a great fashion statement — though I don’t think he was intending on making one!
Lunch time at the wat
We arrived at Wat Phra Singh, located within the walled city of Chiang Mai, right around lunch time. Marigold-wrapped monks, many of them young boys, were taking their lunch, gathered convivially around low tables in the temple. They didn’t seem to notice the tourists much. One of the head monks spoke to them after eating over the microphone, followed by chanting. Afterwards, a gong sounded and they were all up on their feet, cleaning up and putting away the tables. It happened all so fast…it seemed within minutes they had all disappeared! High-res

Lunch time at the wat

We arrived at Wat Phra Singh, located within the walled city of Chiang Mai, right around lunch time. Marigold-wrapped monks, many of them young boys, were taking their lunch, gathered convivially around low tables in the temple. They didn’t seem to notice the tourists much. One of the head monks spoke to them after eating over the microphone, followed by chanting. Afterwards, a gong sounded and they were all up on their feet, cleaning up and putting away the tables. It happened all so fast…it seemed within minutes they had all disappeared!
Chiang Mai Journal
Last summer we travelled to Northern Thailand for the first time. Chiang Mai has been on my go-to list for quite some time so I was delighted to finally make it! But…to be honest, Chiang Mai was a slow burn for me, not quite the love-at-first-sight affair I had with Bali. But slowly, slowly, I began to appreciate her charms. As always, Thailand for me is about a certain joie de vivre, an easy-going spirit laced with ancient traditions. In Chiang Mai, we found that and more: Invitations to dine with strangers who could barely speak English, Thai massages to die for, witnessing the transcendent chanting of monks, glittering temples in gold and weathered in teak, art galleries and the conviviality of night life. It’s all here in Chiang Mai…so shall we take a wander through this ancient city over the next few days? Come along as we revisit our trip and warm up this February weather with some Thai sunshine… High-res

Chiang Mai Journal

Last summer we travelled to Northern Thailand for the first time. Chiang Mai has been on my go-to list for quite some time so I was delighted to finally make it! But…to be honest, Chiang Mai was a slow burn for me, not quite the love-at-first-sight affair I had with Bali. But slowly, slowly, I began to appreciate her charms. As always, Thailand for me is about a certain joie de vivre, an easy-going spirit laced with ancient traditions. In Chiang Mai, we found that and more: Invitations to dine with strangers who could barely speak English, Thai massages to die for, witnessing the transcendent chanting of monks, glittering temples in gold and weathered in teak, art galleries and the conviviality of night life. It’s all here in Chiang Mai…so shall we take a wander through this ancient city over the next few days? Come along as we revisit our trip and warm up this February weather with some Thai sunshine…