If you’re thinking about traveling to Thailand, skip Bangkok and head to Chiang Mai instead. Not only is it far safer than Bangkok (which can be a little shady), but it’s a much more laid back, and with 300 Buddhist temples and views of the mountains, it’s a picture-perfect place to be. Also, you don’t have to deal with the pushiness and sneakiness that you’d find in Bangkok. The people of Chiang Mai are far more welcoming and kind, going out of their way to make you feel both safe and at home in their country. It’s also an inexpensive trip, once you get the airfare out of the way.