Chaing Mai

Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Finlays Cottage
What I did

Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We left hot and sticky bangkok yesterday to fly to the north of thailand, Chaing Mai.It was an incredibly short plane ride, that felt more like catching a train, as we got to the airport, checked in and walked to the gate and boarded. no waiting. perfect.we took off in a massive monsoon storm, which was exciting, i do like a good storm!

arrived in chaing mai, left the airport, and ahhhhhhh, it was so much cooler and fresher, i could breathe! amazing! i could breathe.

we drove through chaing mai and my first impressions were great, it is still a city, and quite a busy one, but really green, lots of healthy happy looking dogs, and Hundreds of temples, more temples here than bangkok.

we arrived at our guesthouse and it was pretty much love at first sight. it is just so relaxed here. i have claimed my chair and think i will be spending rather alot of time in it. this place is a home from home. staff are friendly, but not in your face, it is more of a home stay in a big old style wooden thai house.There is an outside seating area, where people seem to congregate, eat, drink, smoke and chat.

we blobbed about when we got here, and then decided to go for a little wander and get some lunch at a curry place that is cited to have the best curry in town. the place was huge, like a school dining hall, but opened sided, and the food, well the food was great! after lunch we had a mini wander, and i am ashamed to say, ended up in a starbucks....adem found it hilarious that i sat there and said how i was really dissapointed in myself that i was in a starbucks because multi national conglomerate giants like starbucks don't need my money, and how i want to give my money to thailand, and then said ' but i'm comfy, i'm cool and i'm really enjoying my drink!'

and i really was enjoying our drink, it was the same drink i have in england, but it was just better, i have noticed here that, even products that are the same brand as in the UK taste sweetier, perhaps the asian palatte is different than the western one and they have increased the sweetness in drinks etc because of that?

after the guilty starbucks we came back to the lovely finlays cottage, and snuggled down in our chairs, and just chatted, sheltered from the massive rain storm and just whiled away a few hours doing a whole load of perfect nothing.

in the evening we went to the Night Bazarr, which everyone tells us is touristy and more expensive than the giant weekend markets, but i really enjoyed it. i do like a good market. what was nice about it was that there was no pressure to buy, and you felt you could look at the products in a more relaxed way without the terror of being pounced on.

i bought a couple of things, a knock off tiffany bracelet that i bought simply because it had a charm on it that looked like my dearly departed four legged friend. i am still such a sucker for anything vaguely westie related. i also found a stall selling factory seconds of posh makeup, my idea of heaven! i am not sure if the products were genuine or not, she was showing me her certificate to say she was authorised to sell the makeup, but it was in thai, so she could have been showing me anything, but i got a few bits, lovely Mac eyeshadow set and mascara. (i tried the makeup this morning, so if the next post is titled, giant puffy eyes, we will know it was bad!)

We had another great meal in another recommended restaurant called, lemongrass, adems meal was beautiful. was a bit jealous, i had been craving some veggies, so just had a plate of steamed veggies and garlic, while he had this glorious yellow curry with mounds of steaming fluffy rice.

we mooched on home via more market stalls and got chatting to a lovely english couple who were in Chaing Mai for a couple of weeks and had been volunteering with elephants for a week, sounded amazing!

i love chaing mai!

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