Street Parade

Trip Start Jan 22, 2012
Trip End Feb 15, 2012

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Flower parade

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

We got to Chiang Mai about 9am and the train station was full of people trying to give us a tuk tuk, taxi or mini van ride. 200 baht. We ended up getting one for 150. We arrived at our hotel and were straight away impressed. The foyer is gorgeous high backed can chairs, and highly decorated tables with good lighting made us feel at home already (My home - I wish!) We were taken straight up stairs for the club check-in as we had booked a club room. On arrival we were given a Pandan drink (I liked, Rols didn't like) and then shown our room. They had decided to upgrade us to the Studio suite. Wow! I have never stayed in a hotel room that is so big. We have a huge bedroom, huge bathroom, walk in wardrobe, Lounge area and desk area. Talk about awesome. After showering after our train ride we headed out. First stop was breakfast which gave us a view of the Flower parade as well. The parade was bands, schools and other groups dressed in traditional Thai dress playing drums, playing other instruments and also the floats with the stars on them. For breakfast we had a watermelon shake, pineapple shake, noodle soup and fried rice. The noodle soup was simple with rice noodles, vegetables and chicken. Very much like a basic Vietnamese soup. Really tasty. The fried rice was also really tasty. The bill was 165 baht. (5ish AUS). We watched the rest of the parade and then booked some tours for the next couple of days as well as dropped of our clothes ($1 AUS per kilo) for laundering. We then walked a big loop around the block and returned to our hotel for Club room drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
After our 5-7 complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres (little bits of pad thai rolled in egg, little pieces of fresh spring roll (not fried), baked cheesecake, lattices of crackers and bowls of peas and nuts) we were both a bit cheery and decided to head out to the night Bazaar. Well the night went well with us increasing our bartering skills and then we headed to the Arabia Muslim Restaurant for some dinner. We ordered way too much food; however, the mutton curry was to die for. That with rice would have been suffice for my dinner. We also had chicken tandoori, garlic naan and pakora. The dinner was expensive but the mutton curry mmmm. They also took our pictures at the restaurant so if you check facebook we are on there on the Arabia and also Phuket Scuba club. We are practically famous. After our feast we headed back to our hotel to rest as tomorrow is elephant sanctuary tour.
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