We’re electrified, we’re ready to go! After a long flight with Filippo and all the other Overland guys, we landed in Chiang Mai (Thailand): we’re really looking forward to starting this new long journey which will let us discover the Southest Asia. Overland17 will guide us through three of the main countries of the Southest Asia: Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar. Chiang Mai is our first stop: this city is located 700 km north from Bangkok, the capital city, and is situated in the most mountainous area of the country, on river Ping shores, which is one of Chao Phraya’s most important tributary. Chiang Mai is a strategic city for commerce, the natural areas that surround it are rich in fascination and magic. Human intervention, as we can see foremost from religious architectural buildings, makes this corner of the world more and more colorful and cloaked in charm. The route of the first day included a tour around the city: a five-hour walking, four stops. As the beginning of each Overland, this time too we did an initiation rite: rental of vehicles, application of adhesives, technical tests and logistics meetings. The innovation of this #Overland17 is is given by the installation of the supply unit of Visirun, which is the made in Italy GPS software that will keep monitored our path for those who want to follow us from home… and will help us not to get lost. No lack of emotions in this trip, above all during the visit at Wat Phrathat temple, on Doi Suthep mountain. Doi Suthep, the mountain overlooking the city of Chiang Mai, is considered sacred since ancient times, as the Lua, the ancient tribe of this mountain, believe that the souls of their ancestors live here. The temple is one of the most important of all Thailand. At the entrance, the first thing you notice is the huge golden pagoda which towers in the middle of a marble courtyard: Lanna-style built in the fourteenth century (seven hundred years ago!), on the example of Lamphoon’s wat Haripunchai, and then expanded in the XVI century, it has an inverted bell shape and a spiral pattern, it preserves an important relic of the Buddha. After this spiritual break with the monks (you will notice them in the photos thanks to their traditional orange robes), it’s already time for dinner. We suddenly start to appreciate Thai cuisine with a typical local dish: pomelo, fried onion and shrimps. See you tomorrow!