There is so much to do in Chiang Mai that it seems nearly impossible to get a sampling of all it has to offer in the span of a week. My favorite was it's Old City quarter. It's only one square mile and surrounded by a moat, but there is plenty to do inside the Old City's Walls. I loved wandering around the quiet, narrow alleys, stumbling across the many wats scattered throughout.
As with most cities in Thailand, the surrounding countryside is beautiful, with tiny villages and happy kids running around, playing together (exploring the countryside quickly became my favorite part of arriving in each new place).
And of course, one of the main reasons for our visit: to spend some time with the creatures I love most in the world: Elephants! I'll write all about that next :) I hope everyone enjoys the holidays!