Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: Chiang Mai, New City

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features my new city, coincidentally known in local language as New City: Chiang Mai.)

View of Chiang Mai, Thailand from Doi Suthep
View of Chiang Mai, Thailand from Doi Suthep

I decided to settle in Chiang Mai after backpacking around Asia for around six months. Even though technically, I will only be here for a few months as I continue to move around Asia (albeit a lot more slower this time), I still consider this my city. All my life I have lived in Manila and having been based in Chiang Mai since March, I think I can allow myself to call it my new city now. Coincidentally, my new city is, in the local language, called new city. Chiang Mai literally means new city in Thai, named so after King Mengrai of the Lanna Kingdom in northern Thailand established a new capital city here more than 700 years ago. The thing is though, my apartment is in the old quarter of Chiang Mai, paradoxically called Old City. So I guess that makes my new city the old city of the new city! Get it?


Which cities did you decide to live in for a few months or even a few years?


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