Looking to find somewhere that does not mean lots of transfers and travel as have the initial flight from Australia already. And that the accommodation is safe for an exploring 2 year old but that it is not too "touristy"
Chiang Mai is lots of fun; there are temples a plenty and a pretty groovy Elephant park nearby.
see http://journals.worldnomads.com/simon_monk/post/2261.aspx and http://journals.worldnomads.com/simon_monk/post/1267.aspx
We stayed here: http://www.baanorapin.com/index.php which is recommended. about 8 years ago