Chiang Mai - A Moated City

Trip Start Dec 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 03, 2011

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Rux-Thai Guest House Chiang Mai
Read my review - 3/5 stars

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Plan today was to have no plans at all. Basically a blind exploration of the city until my feet gave up. Retracing my path last night to the city's eastern moat gate, there were still remnants of last night's bazaar - mobile stalls covered in tarps and sleepyheads still in siamese dreamlands. Looking for breakfast was a challenge when I realised I was wandering in the residential district, not until I found a proper stall serving a hearty meal of rice, fried egg and chilli minced pork. Chiang Mai's oldest temple - Wat Chiang Mun, was just around the corner, at the northern side of the city square. My first visit to the many temples to come.
A little wander out of the city moat, I headed for Warorot Market - a proper local market, for a taste of the local's daily shopping. There are something about these megalithic multistorey market complexes - old school, dim and grotty. We used to have that in Singapore. I miss them in a strange way. Crossing River Ping on foot bridge, you began to appreciate the scale of the city. On this side of the river you can seek refuge from the searing heat at Wat Gate. If there were any methods to this, the lovely temples were actually fantastic rest points as I made my way back to guesthouse on foot. And there were many numerous stops for me along the way, including the magnificent Wat Oopakoot with its intricate cravings.
The evening stroll along Kalare Night bazaar was pleasantly relaxing, owing to the fact that the temperature was alot cooler. Besides the exact replica of last night's city night bazzar, here one can find the conveniences of Burger King, McDonalds and modern shopping malls. Crafts and snack stalls lined the pavements on both sides of the street. Perpendicular to predictable, one will find Anusarn Evening Food Market, serving the cheapest dishes to the more extravagant seafood on grill. My choice was definitely a return trip to last night's southern street stalls.
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Yassie on

Great photos, the Architecture is so intricate ... wonder if you felt a sense of history when you saw them?!

wilsonheng on

Yassie, the entire trip felt like a trip back in time actually.

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