Where to stay:
The Chai Lai Orchid: Get the ultimate experience during your stay in a cozy bungalow at an elephant camp, just one hour outside of Chiang Mai. Enjoy a breakfast of fresh fruits while watching the elephants stroll by your bungalow each morning. Spending the afternoon napping in a hammock, rafting down the river, or giving an elephant a bath. Choose between bungalows that accommodate 2 to 5 people at about $50 USD/night. http://chailaiorchid.com/ Escape into the jungle and experience the harmony of nature.
Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel: Step back into the exotic, exquisite colonial era of Thailand when booking a room at the Ping Nakara. The attention to detail in each of the 19 guest houses will wow you, decorated in Thai silks and colors. Treat yourself to the spa during your stay. Rooms begin at $140USD/night http://www.pingnakara.com/
Where to eat:
Kalapela: One worry many American’s may have while traveling the globe is how and where they are going to get their Sunday brunch (it’s a must for most of us!). While walking around the busy streets of Chiang Mai, you need not look further than Kalapela. A quaint wine bar and cafe known for having some of the best tea in all of Southeast Asia, this place receives rave reviews from travellers and for a good reason. Not only do they have a great selection of French wines and the Oasis Vert iced tea, Kalapela has some of the friendliest staff you will ever meet. You’ll be greeted by the smiliest owners from Japan who won’t hesitate to answer any of your questions about the food. We recommend trying out the Earl Grey creme brulee. So delish!
Cooking Love: After eating a lot of the delicious Thai food that Chiang Mai offers on the streets, you may find yourself needing a healthier option (which can be hard to find while on the road). This little, open-air restaurant located in the Old City is quite small and fills up quickly, so give yourselves time to wait for a table. Slip off your shoes and enter this family-run restaurant serving fresh, homemade curries and smoothies to sooth your belly. We recommend going for the mango curry and it’s only 3 bucks! http://www.chiangmaifoodcritic.com/restaurant/cooking-love/