Trying to arrange my trip to Thailand for December and not sure when to visit Chiang Mai. I could either fly up to Chiang Mai for 2.5 days at the start of my trip or spend New Year’s Eve there at the end. I’ve heard that there is a candle lantern release on New Year’s Eve and it’s pretty chilled. Is this the case? I’m trying to decide whether to spent New Years here or on ko Lanta.
I know I won’t see everything in 2.5 days but that’s ok as I tend to get overwhelmed seeing too much at once and I forget some of it. I’d rather see a few key places knowing I can always come back and explore another time. What I really want to do is a cooking class and visit some temples. Could this be done in the 2.5 days?