I arrived in Chiang Mai early yesterday morning. It was a long bus ride (for me) but I got a little sleep. Some passengers on the bus were already booked in for a day’s trekking that day. All I wanted to do was eat and sleep. Chiang Mai is a little cooler than Bangkok and quite pleasant weather for south-east Asia.
Traffic is much lighter which is also good for a change. Central Chang Mai is surrounded by a square moat and apparently has as many temples as Bangkok. It is not surprising that is seems to have quite a large expat community. Today (Sunday) they had a market along the main streets, with people selling food, crafts and souvenirs.
I am out of touch with the news, but they have CNN on where I am writing this and it is just two days until the U.S. election.