Chiang Mai is Bangkok on training wheels. Actually, the vibe here is completely different, sort of like comparing San Francisco to New York. I live in San Francisco so it’s understandable that Chiang Mai is more my speed.
All the guide books warn against tuk tuks, the open-sided three wheelers that whizz through the streets like a swarm of crazy bees. Personally, I don’t understand why every urban center doesn’t use them, maybe an electric version with a smaller carbon footprint. They are economical, fast, available, and more exhilarating than a zipper ride.
Though I still prefer the view from the ground.