Hey Beauty Birds! Did you know team SkinOwl is in Thailand? Well it’s just me actually, because I decided to add on a bit of traveling after our SkinOwl trip to Maui for Annie’s wedding. I’ve been in Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand, for almost three weeks now and I’m having such an amazing time. Because Thailand is such a hot travel destination at the moment, I thought I’d share my SkinOwl approved recommendations for visiting Thailand, specifically Chiang Mai.
Where We’re Going
When most people think of Thailand, they definitely think about spending a day with the elephants. I mean it’s all over Instagram! So naturally, I had to go.
I had such an amazing day! The elephants were so big, beautiful, and gentle. I got to feed them, take photos, and even give them a mud bath! If you want to visit the elephants, make sure to go through an elephant sanctuary and don’t ride the elephants! It’s cruel. If you want to learn more about my experience at an elephant sanctuary, check out this blog post here!
One Nimman is an outdoor shopping area with food, stores, and activities. There’s dancing in the courtyard multiple times a week and even a natural beauty store that’s worth checking out! My personal favorite spot was the food area. It allows you to enjoy street food without worrying about getting ill!
This is the beautiful, famous temple on the mountainside looking over Chiang Mai. I haven’t had the chance to go yet, but it’s definitely on my agenda before I leave. Chiang Mai is actually full of temples and I highly recommend spending one afternoon walking around the old city visiting them. Make sure to cover your shoulders and knees if you want to go inside!
The White Temple and Blue Temple of Chiang Rai
The White Temple is a famous temple outside of Chiang Rai, a city to the north of Chiang Mai. The temple is honestly unlike any religious structure I’ve ever seen. The locals even refer to it as heaven thanks to its magical appearance.
The Blue Temple is another gorgeous temple in Chiang Rai and my personal favorite out of the two as it’s a bit calmer and less touristy. I recommend visiting both and using a tour company, as the drive to Chiang Rai is a bit treacherous for non-locals.
Where We’re Eating
Rustic and Blue
Looking for a truly instagramable dining experience, then give Rustic and Blue a try. They have a wonderful menu with tones of vegan options, my favorites being the coconut sesame smoothie, the vegan nachos, their smoothie bowls, and the veggie burger. They also have a beautiful open courtyard making it the perfect place to meet friends or snap a few photos. Don’t forget to check out the back dinning room as it has the cutest pink wall!
Free Bird Cafe
This cafe is special because it’s a 100% social enterprise restaurant that sends all its profits to support a learning center for refugees in Burma. Being a plant-based (vegan) restaurant, it’s the perfect spot for a guilt-free bite. My favorite thing on the menu is the Pad Thai. It’s fresh and light and made with tones of delicious veggies.
For those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, iBerry is definitely the place to go. They have an amazing selection of ice creams and sorbets, my favorite being the mangosteen sorbet. Any OG SkinOwl lovers remember our Mangosteen Beauty Drops? Never thought I’d be able to get my serving of super fruits in ice cream form.
Looking for a good breakfast spot? Good Souls is a must visit vegan cafe that serves delicious breakfasts for every palette. They’re also a great spot for lunch as they offer a wide selection of both Thai dishes and more westernized choices, such as vegan burgers and pastas.
Searching for vegan desserts? Definitely check this place out. Each of their menu items contains coconut in some way shape or form. My personal favorite was their coconut “nice cream” paired with a vegan brownie! Perfect for any chocolate lovers like myself.
This specialty coffee place is a coffee lovers paradise. They’ve won international awards for not only the taste but the designs in their coffee. If you’re looking for a picture for the gram and a delicious cup of joe, definitely check this place out!
What We’re Doing
If you end up visiting Thailand, you have to go to the spa. No only are Thai massages famous around the world for their therapeutic value, but they’re also so in-expensive. I’ve gotten a few massages since being here and I have to say, my favorite spa so far has been the Kiyora Spa. A little bit more luxurious than the spas you see advertised on the street, Kiyora Spa is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. I recommend starting off your trip in Thailand with a massage; it’s the best way to recover from traveling long hours.
Yoga and Meditation
Another amazing perk about Thailand is the abundance of yoga and meditation. Spirituality is a huge thing here and if that’s something that appeals to you, then definitely take advantage. Personally, I don’t do much yoga, but I have a bunch of friends who love it, so I thought I’d mention some great places: Mahasiddha Yoga, Yoga Tree, and Wild Rose. There’s also free yoga in the park! You can check it out here.
So far I’ve had such an amazing time here in Chiang Mai! Please let us know if you have any questions or if you have any favorite places in the comments below!
Looking for more things to do while in Thailand? Check out this post: 8 Things to Do While in Thailand.