Guest post from Alicia Hill
Chiang Mai receives thousands of tourists every year. It is one of the most unique, and popular, destinations that Thailand has to offer. There are a lot of tourists that visit the city more than once because they loved it so much the first time. After the first time, tourists may be looking to do something weird, but wonderful, to partake in. Listed below are some of the most unique, and cultural, experiences that Chiang Mai has to offer.
Hunting for Graffiti
Chiang Mai is home to some of the best graffiti in Thailand. It is hard not to see this graffiti as your travel throughout the city. Many tourists love to take pictures and research the different artists of the artwork they see. The graffiti has been described as "out of this world" and will keep you intrigued for hours. Viewing the graffiti is one of the most popular things to do and see in Chiang Mai.
Visit The Cat Cafe
Cat lovers flock to this cafe when they visit the city. The Cat Cafe has some of the best coffee and food in the area, but also offers guests to chance to make a furry friend. The whole environment of the cafe is cat themed, and it is catered to those who are wanting to get their cat fix while drinking their morning coffee.
Take A Trip To The Museum
The Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is known for a specialty in showcasing some of the world's coolest insects and nature. It is highly unusual and unique, especially compared to the other museums in the area. The museum is in a convenient location within walking distance to other cultural landmarks such as the Nimmanhaemin. The museum is two floors and contains plenty for you and your family to explore.
Explore Wat Umong
The Wat Umong was built in 1297 by the Lanna King Manglai. It is a fifteen-acre temple that is located in a beautiful park. The castle has a handful of tunnels that have a special story and meaning to them. Visitors can explore the tunnels and learn more about the rich history of the temples. When packing for the big adventure don't forget to pack plenty of active clothes as well as water, and a camera!
Tourists can also practice meditation at the temples if they want to take a nice rest from all of their travelings. There is a pond filled with catfish and ducks which love being fed by those that are visiting. Visitors of the temple love the "talking trees". The talking trees have proverbs engrained on them that are all written in English.
The Elephant Poo Paper Park
This souvenir shop is popular because visitors are simply curious about the name of the shop. There is even an admission fee that visitors must pay when visiting the store. The store is filled with t-shirts and paper products that have puns printed onto them. The paper is legitimately made from the poo of elephants. You can see this creation process as you walk through the park. Employees even give visitors the chance to actually touch the dried up elephant poop as they walk through.