I spent three nights in Bangkok, where the traffic and noise are extreme. We visited some temples including the Marble Temple and a gem factory where we were able to watch the craftsmen set gems in rings and necklaces. The following day, we visited the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market which is a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Bangkok. We traveled by boat through the market, which is a must! When we wanted to see something at one of the stalls, the driver would pull over so we could look at the item and begin bartering. Food was also sold from the boats that you could buy. It was a fun experience.
We then flew to Chiang Mai, a much smaller and quieter town. Our guide met us and took us to our hotel, the Rati Lanna Resort and Spa. It was a beautiful and very relaxing hotel – I would have loved to stay here for several days. We visited five different temples here and saw what remained of the city wall. The next morning, we traveled to the Elephant Sanctuary, a one-and-a-half-hour drive. We fed the elephants bananas, interacted with them and took pictures. Then the elephants went for their bath, where you threw water on them and then they were off to the mud baths. It was a great experience.
Thailand has a lot of different experiences to offer from the bustling city of Bangkok, to the quieter city of Chiang Mai and beautiful beaches in the south of the country. There are so many things to see and do or do nothing at all. Thailand is a very exciting place to visit.