In many ways I found shopping in Chiang Mai
to be far more enjoyable than Bangkok. The city's small scale
and rich history of craftsmanship- minus the choking pollution
and crowds- all chalk up to one stellar shopping experience.
Chiang Mai may not have the glossy mega malls with aquariums and
Ferrari showrooms that you'll find in Bangkok, but what it does have
is plenty of independent boutiques where it feels as if you're
shopping in someone's home. We found ourselves buying
way more items here than in the capital. Some of the
best buys include ceramics, silks, lacquerware and...