9W Boutique Studio
Travel Blogs from Chiang Mai
... went through a lot of tourist information on the map and showed us to our room. Liz had phoned ahead and arranged a cake to be put in our room for my birthday and it came accompanied by a handmade card made of recycled paper - a very nice touch. Dinner was had at an English pub (typical) but I managed to have a great pint of Guinness before we headed to a night market. We were back in the room for a early night as we had a early start on ...
... three-storey building is close to the riverside and easy to find. Outside the market buildings are fruit and vegetable vendors selling highland varieties that are considered exotic to central Thais such as mangosteens, lychees and many other bizarre fruits and vegetables. When I pushed my way through the thick barrier of vendor stalls and locals bickering, I found the interior market selling pickled products, pre-made curries ...
... of buckets (for each day of the week, for good health, prosperity, etc.), building sand castles (to return sand that people might have taken out of the temple on their feet; only down during the water festival), among others I can`t quite recall.
Right now is the third Thai new year of the year - they observe the main world new year, the Chinese New Year, and this one, called Songkran. It is a water festival, which began, I suspect, as a fertility rite ...
... our eating area. An Amish like community construction project - it was incredible work. The women sat producing rafters, they showed us how to use a machete to carve a notch into collected branches. It was a lot harder than they made it look. Emma and others hacked away without success when our teacher did it in two swift cuts. I helped the men slice bamboo into thin string strips which were used as ties for the tiles. By spinning the thin bamboo round and round with your fingers ...
... camera itself, but the memories it held. A little perspective of what's important. Materialism, and all that noise. ;)
I sent frantic emails and got a response saying my camera is being held for me, so I'll be able to pick it up when I'm back in Chiang Mai to visit the Elephant Nature Park next month. I've witnessed so much poverty in the last month, seen so many pick-pocket warning signs, heard so many horror stories I never thought I ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service