I give entertainment an A+
Theres lots to do and see in Thailand. You can choose to do the touristy stuff or find out what else they have available. I thought about taking a photog class that takes you around to sight see and learn how to photograph at the same time. Seemed like a wonderful idea but I found some other things I wanted to do instead.
In Chiang Mai we took an art class at a wonderful shop by the name of Noina's Art Studio. It was a peaceful and open establishment where you choose your medium and the amount of time you want to work. The cost is wonderful and it was one of the best things we did there.
We also took a cooking class at Siam Rice Thai Cookery School. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. When you go, take the entire day class as you get to cook and taste more things. You leave with a cook book of every available recipe. I would definitely do it again...and what they say is true-dont eat before you go. No matter how hungry you think you may be.
We also did some off roading in dune buggies which was fun. The place also has some other fun things you can do if interested. That was my first time doing something like that and I enjoyed it.
We also watched a muay thai boxing match which was SOOOO MUCH FUUUUUN. It was a little strange because they began with little kids so you dont know whether to root for them or be enraged,lol. The girls fight was the best. (link not of the actual fight we saw)
We didnt do anything with elephants or monkeys-didnt want to get dirty. But we did go to Tiger Kingdom and went in with the second to smallest tigers (not the bottle feeding babies but next up in size). Based on how it looks in Bangkok, Im glad we went in Chiang Mai.
hmmmm. what else?
Id call shopping entertainment and we did lots of it. Ill have to post pics of what we got. Most of it was a steal. I felt guilty for how much I paid for some artwork that I loved because it was so cheap. Handling the market was fun and good for a night out because you dont know what you will find.
We did most of our activities in Chiang Mai. In Bangkok our only entertainment was the malls, which was great. Of course, there is a lot of available adult entertainment that you cant help but see because theyre shoving pamplets in your face as they describe the types of shows they want you to see. You will say no 50 times walking down a street...unless of course you decide to say yes.
And with that said, when you take a cab, they will take you to places where they get a kickback for bringing tourists. We asked for a restaurant and he took us to the "gay district" and told us we could have entertainment after we ate. I was so confused as Im pretty sure we look like a regular heterosexual couple and all we wanted was some food!
If you want to have a massage or to do something recreational, ask someone who wont be transporting you (ie hotel concierge) as you will get less costly options. . .and if you are staying in multiple cities and are counting your baht, do your activities in the cheaper city.Im so glad we did.