Second stop in Thailand was The Anantara Hotel in Chiang Mai. This hotel was gorgeous – everything was minimal and beautifully designed.
This watercolor birds of paradise top was a nice contrast to the beautiful hotel. I’ve been wearing a lot of Ganni lately because I love the resort vibes of their collection while they also incorporate edgy, youthful fits. This Viva Creatures tote was also a perfect match and really was my go-to bag throughout all my travels in Thailand – from airport carry-on to computer bag to boat cruises – I took it everywhere.
After checking into the hotel and taking a tour, we jumped right into a Muay Thai lesson. I’ve done a little boxing before and it was pretty similar. Our teacher was a champion fighter and incredibly sweet.
After boxing we took a boat around Chiang Mai and enjoyed wine and appetizers with Butler service (so fancy!) It was a relaxing time to enjoy the sunset and people-watch as we cruised around. We finished the night at the restaurant at The Anantara called The Service 1921. I can’t even tell you what an amazing dinner this was. The entire restaurant is colonial themed with a secret-agent vibe. I felt like I walked into a scene from Indiana Jones. All the staff were dressed from another era and we walked through a secret library door/prison gate to get to our table!!! The food was amazing and the resident mixologist was the best I’ve ever witnessed. We had reverse-infused cosmopolitan drinks made with liquid nitrogen that steamed from our tea cups. And that was just the first drink! If you ever make it to Chiang Mai – this is a MUST-visit.
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The second day was an adventurous one! We took on two excursions – both physically challenging but worth every effort. We started the day headed to Wat Chalermprakiat. This is a beautiful temple that sits atop mountain pinnacles. There is a 360-degree panorama view of Lampang and the surrounding valleys. After climbing 800 meters of stairs – as the monks do each week to pray – we sat atop a prayer room deck and just took it all in. Later that day we did a similar trek up stairs to visit a waterfall where we hopped in to cool off. What a day! I can still remember the exhaustion mixed with wonder and awe of our surroundings.
The last day in Chiang Mai was epic! Of course I was excited to see and interact with elephants but I had no idea what intelligent animals they are! We took some time to feed them bananas and got to ride around on them as well.
You can check out the Thailand Tourism site to see all of the activities Thailand has to offer and book everything I did here at Book Thailand Now.
Photos by Michelle Mosqueda