R & R
Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
88Trip End Sep 26, 2010
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I wasn't sure how long I was going to stay at first but as the days kept rolling by, I realized I didn't really feel any great urge to wander around and visit more places I hadn't been yet so I just settled in and decided to stay for a while. I went back to Libra guesthouse where I stayed the first time I was in Chiang Mai. I enjoyed the company of the people there and was happy to see Dao and Bee again. I've been here 12 days now and I haven't accomplished much but that is OK because I haven't wanted to.
I went back and visited my favorite restaurant many times. It is just a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant down a random soi (back alley) but I decided when I came back to Chiang Mai that I wanted to try so many things on the menu so I have been going religiously every day. I have successfully eaten my way through the entire menu, trying all sorts of interesting and delicious things. From the standard Pad Thai and Pad See-Uw and other noodle dishes, to my favorites: Pa-Nang curry, hot pineapple curry, bamboo curry, pumpkin curry, and hot Indian curry. Not going to lie, I also did indulge in some fried strawberry ice cream which was obviously delicious.
I've been back to 2 Sunday night markets to browse some more and picked up a few knick-knacks along the way, sampling more street food as well like kebabs and ancient ice cream with interesting flavors like durian, black bean, taro, and red bean
One of the few real adventures I managed here in the last two weeks was Jungle Flight
The other really cool adventure I had was renting a scooter the other night then waking up at 4:45am and driving to Doi Suthep. Doi Suthep is a very impressive temple situated very high up a hilltop 20km away from the city with amazing views back towards the city. The drive up there on the scooter was awesome, the road was extremely winding and hilly, and since it was so early in the morning there was virtually no traffic, so it was fun zipping up to the hilltop on my bike. I went that early so I could catch the sunrise, and it did not disappoint. The view was stunning and I enjoyed my time at the temple. Biking down was much more of a challenge especially once I got back into the city with the bustling traffic, but I managed.
I'm planning on seeing a muay thai boxing exhibition tonight with 8 fights, so that should be very interesting. Tomorrow I am planning to catch the minibus to a small town about 3 hours away named Pai.
That is it for now!