Travelers on the Northern Thailand route would usually visit the rural town of Chiang Dao – if the hamlet even makes it to their itinerary – after spending some time Chiang Mai. But since I had an expat for my guide, and was already in the rural mountain area, I found my way there before I’d “done” the city action of Chiang Mai.
About 75 miles north of city, Chiang Dao translates literally to mean “the City of the Stars,” and I enjoyed a spectacular show from the heavens each of the five nights I spent there. It was the sunsets that really got me camera-happy though. Doi Chiang Dao, a jagged mountain standing about 7300 feet, looms over the town, lending its mysterious majesty to every view.
I was lucky enough to be transported to Chiang Dao by truck, courtesy of wonderful Dave, and this gave me the opportunity to check out the various lodging options without being hampered by my oversized backpack. Continue reading