A Relaxing Guide To Chiang Mai

chiang mai relaxed guide

You most likely already know that I am in love with the mountainous city of Chiang Mai. A city full of history, temples and modern funky cafes. I have in fact written a lot of times about this city already, from full itineraries to day trips around town, you’ll find a lot in my Thailand section, feel free!

So today, I let Ryan and Ahm take the stage. Because many visitors to Chiang Mai’s hottest tattoo shop called Panumart Tattoo regularly ask the shop owners for advice on what to do in Chiang Mai. Here are their top 5 places to spend a relaxing time in the Rose of the North.

Goodvibes Cafe-CNX

For anyone looking to relax their eyes and mind, Goodvibes Cafe serves up delicious drinks served along with very fast Wifi.

goodvibescafe Chiang Mai
goodvibescafe Chiang Mai

CentralPlaza At Chiang Mai Airport

Malls are a great way to mix in with the locals. And enjoy a bit of aircon in those hotter months in Chiang Mai.

At CentralPlaza you can enjoy a great food market on the base floor, which also is a great place to find fashionable and affordable local clothing brands.

Upstairs you can enjoy some finer dining and then nibble on some delicious popcorn at Major Cineplex, which is a great movie theater.

Thanin Market

A trip to an authentic day market is a must-do in Thailand. The Thanin Market is the best one I know of in Chiang Mai.

You’ll have your pick of fresh fruit and produce and prepared foods, as well as a la carte dining. The adventurous traveller can venture to the butcher’s section where they will encounter bizarre sights and strong smells. Not for the faint-hearted!

goodvibescafe Chiang Mai
goodvibescafe Chiang Mai

Royal Park Rajapruek

The namesake of this park comes with an admission fee, for which you’ll gain access to beautiful flower gardens.

But I prefer to hang out in the free area where every afternoon hundreds of locals come together to walk, run, cycle and relax in the gorgeously manicured garden area.

Panumart Tattoo

Located in their home, in Chiang Mai’s rural suburbs, Panumart Tattoo offers a personalized, hanging-with-friends spin on tattooing.

The shop is owned by Ahm and Ryan, both of whom seek to give travellers to Thailand a memorable experience. In addition to a great piece of ink, you’ll enjoy relaxing views of nature, air-conditioning, wifi, the music of your choice and some local food. What a souvenir to take home! 

tattoo shop chiang mai
tattoo shop chiang mai thailand
shop tattoo chiang mai

Are you planning to travel to Chiang Mai anytime soon?

Tell me about your travel plans in the comments below!

By | 2018-01-11T10:58:01+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Southeast Asia, Thailand, Travel Tips|2 Comments

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Hi there! I’m Carolin, passionate traveller soul and digital nomad. I’ve been globetrotting for many years. Today, I entirely make a living as a digital marketing specialist and running Breathing Travel while travelling the world and seeing amazing places. I love the beach, sunshine, surfing and adventures. Home is where my heart is.


  1. Linzi January 16, 2018 at 6:24 am - Reply

    Inspiring article with some great tips but I may give the tattoo parlour a miss!

    • Carolin January 16, 2018 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linzi, totally up to you if you’d like to get a tattoo or just explore Chiang Mai the relaxed way, happy this was helpful either way!

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