Well it’s been a loong, quite an eventful while. The last time I wrote was before I left for my Southeast Asia journey and now here I am, back in Finland, on my very own couch. Lots of things have changed over the past two months, biggest of them being me. There are hundreds of aspects from which I could write about this trip, but I thought that first the simplest thing would be to just split the trip in parts and introduce the places I went to. So, I thought I’d do a little series since many people have been asking for something like that: first Chiang Mai, then Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
I thought I’d keep Chiang Mai as a photo diary-based piece for a few reasons. First of all, it was just such an interesting and pretty place to photograph. Second, Chiang Mai was my first week so for half of that I was just very tired from the traveling and the second half otherwise a bit lost and starting to get used to the whole idea of being on the road. Trust me it took some time… But that’s exactly the reason why I’m so glad it was my first stop. So that also meant that I didn’t “do” that much, I just did a lot of wandering around, eating and sleeping my jetlag off, as well as some trip-planning since my plans were very open.
Chiang Mai is a fairly “easy” city and felt like a soft landing I guess with lots of other travelers and it’s very easy to get around in. It also had one of the best food scenes, especially smoothie/vegan-wise 🙂 For anyone who’s going there and in need of some good places to eat, check out Ratmakka Rd, especially Dada Kafe and Taste of Heaven (their vegan brownie is the best). Also Ratchadamnoen Soi 5, a little alley, full of really cute places to eat with raw and vegan food and ice cream. Also the temples are maybe one of the prettiest I saw on my entire trip and there’s SO MANY of them! You don’t have to look for them, you’ll just suddenly realise you’re stadning in front of (or in) one when you’re walking. So much gold it’s going to make your eyes squint. Things that also happened: too much Pad Thai, getting lost on the alleys at least four times a day, trying to squeeze through the incredible crowds at night markets, walking past a snake that apparently could kill me and having the biggest mosquito bites on the whole trip (the first ones are always the worst). Okay I’ll just let the pictures do the talking now since I wanted this one to be about them.