On my way back from Australia, I was fortunate enough to spend 6 weeks travelling around South East Asia. My first port of call was Chang Mai, to the north of Thailand.
Although I feel some of the areas I visited in Thailand have lost their cultural ambience, Chang Mai still boasts rich colourful markets and shops selling traditional art and textiles.
Many pieces of textiles sold in the markets are pieces of traditional-style tribal clothing. If you dig deep, you can be lucky enough to find little antique gems!
If you’re interested in the production of silk, and want to buy some high quality silk fabric, there is a silk factory, Jolie Femme, where you can see how silk is made.
Chang Mai is home to a variety of inspiration. Temples, known as Wats, can be found on almost every corner, each with individual intricate patterns and details.
If a culture shock is what you wish from a travel experience, then Chang Mai might not be for you. If you want to experience an easy-going holiday with a difference and a touch of culture, then it is a great place to visit. You can afford a little luxury but still walk around the nitty gritty streets of Thailand!
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I am a textile print designer/maker, with a strong passion for striking prints. textiles, design, colour, texture, interiors, fashion, travel & different cultures.