The first few times we were in Chiang Mai is very long ago. The impression we have of Chiang Mai is that it is a nice, quiet town.
At our last visit before 2010 this was different.
From Chiang Rai, by visiting the Chiang Dao cave, we drove from the north (or east???) to Chiang Mai. A busy road with no central reservation, so a dangerous road. It's not really clear when we enter the city. It is becoming crowded and the buildings are getting closer. The signage is not clear.
Suddenly a point of recognition, the city wall and moat. We turn left at random, we know that at the Tha Phe gate we should go towards the river. It's crowded, chaotic, many cars and more and more pedestrians, who are walking everywhere in between.
Then we are at the gate, and we try to go towards the river. After much searching and a drive through very narrow streets we finally arrive at our hotel.
In the evening, the impression is otherwise, a very busy restaurant, but more on that later, and an amazing silent night market.
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