Having lived here for 23 years, we can and do tailor your excursions to the absolute best places, authentic local haunts not overrun with tourists, to bring you up close to the real Thailand, not just the sterilized, guide book versions of what foreigners think other foreigners ought to do.
Say you want to go elephant trekking, and you should, it’s a singular Chiang Mai travel experience. We researched every one of the 25 places to choose from around here, selected our own short list of the best. Once we determine what you would like on your elephant excursion, be it hard core jungle trekking or a leisurely four legged stroll among the palm fronds, then we send you in exactly the right direction with the best operator.
If you eat like me, a visit the local food markets makes for some of Thailand’s most edible memories. I always do this in every destination where we travel, as it exposes you to the real life of the people rather than some glossed over ‘culture’ some hotels think is what you should see.
Chiang Mai city tours can also be seriously wonderful, at least ours definitely are – taking you to explore our Chinatown and the bountiful tropical flower markets among our other favorite stops. Beyond its image as the starting off point for hill tribes and elephants, Chiang Mai is actually a wonderful place best enjoyed for at least 3-4 nights as there is so much to see and do!
We do hope you’ll leave some time to enjoy the exceptional Chiang Mai accommodation that is Howie’s HomeStay — the Thai spa services in your own home, swimming in your pool or just chilling out, eating and relaxing under the sun by your sparkling swimming pool, a freshly concocted tropical cocktail in hand.
This life can’t be beat!