We took a one day tour, that we arrange our self of-course. We took off from our home 06:30 AM and when to pick some good friends in the central part of Chiang Mai, and off we went to Doi Inthanon. Even this is not the most popular time of year to visits the highest spot in Thailand, most people prefers to go there in December or January, where the weather is nice cold and there is wonderful birds every where. But here in September where we still have the raining season, it is still a major experience to visit this wonderful spot where the magic inside the wooden tracks is just fantastic and must to do then in Chiang Mai.
After the highest spot in Thailand ( 2.556 meter ) we visits on of the many wonderful waterfalls – and this is for sure the right time of year to do that. The magic just keep going on….:)
Back in Chiang Mai we went to the very old and fascinating temple of meditation Wat Umong and we just get in to the right mood to visit Doi Suthep and the wonderful temple on the top with a stunning view of Chiang Mai city.
For 6 persons we pay only 500 Thb per person for transportation ( hole day ) and 330 Thb for tickets, so totally 830 Thb per person it is around 27 USD per person…:)
A good way to use a sunday in Chiang Mai is to raily some friends early in the morning, and best situation is if this friends are new to the area and are not familiar to Buddhist traditions. And for this part bring them to westeren part of Huay kaew Rd., just outside the university area, buy some small food offerings, and offer it to the many monks the roam the streets in the early morning. This is a 100 % uniqe experince – and this have to be done in Chiang Mai.
After that wonderful morning blessing, we went for at good coffe in Caffe Mong Pearl, and then as we like to do with all our good guest, we bring them see the wonderful view to Doi Supthep from our apt on 9th floor. We have to admit it – we do have one of the best view in hole Chiang Mai – and we do live in one of the most charming condos in Northern Thailand
This morning was so wonderful as a nice frech morning in the rainyseason can be, so we took a small walk to see the famouse boxing club i Chang Kiang, and ofcouse visist Wat Chang Kiang after that, where we got a nice present from the monks..:)
After Chiang Mai is world famouse for its fantastic handycarft, them ofcouse we also visist San Kamphaeng handy craft centere….
And after a super good local, and very cheap lunch, we went to San Kamphaeng Hotspring, where we realy got our feets in the hotwater…:) A absolutly perfect way to spend a sunday in Chiang Mai….:)
This is the time where more fresh weather come to Chiang Mai, even it can not really compare to the fantastic weather in December and January. But it is close and we do have days where temperature goes down to around 28 celcius and the wind is blowing cool and fresh from the mountains. I am sure that every one living close to any mountain can recognize this feeling
For us it is a very special time. Brian is back from Denmark and Apple is back from Danish school in the south, and we have around 2 months before the round tours start again. This year Brian got a job in a danish travel company’s office in Chiang Mai, so we have some kind of normal life for a while up where in Northern Thailand.
But the most special part right now for us is that next year, same time, we will live in Danmark, in either Holstebro or Odense. And our life here is be in our bag-bone as the place we had some of our wonderful times ever. The feeling make us very excited..:)
But before that we are fully enjoying all the good things that Chiang Mai have to offer, good food from all over the globe, shopping, good friends and we live with the a bit more negative things also, like poor air-quality inside the city, traffic-jam and slowly internet.
But still Chiang Mai have it fantastic charming way to keep its people. Like the Traffic police tuk-tuk we saw in front of our favorite shopping mall, Kad Suan Kaew. It is so charming and show just a bit of the big mountains of small experience we get in every day living in Chiang Mai.
We wish that all you will have time to come and experience Chiang Mai by your self. But remember to get your self in to a hotel in the western part of the city, it is the best way to avoid to get caught in the tourist area..:)
This summer is different from all other summers we have been together. Maybe mostly because we are fare away, but that is not the first time we try that. The job of Brian is to travel, so…:) In the beginning around 9 years ago, when we first meet, then we both had the job in the same place, with only a few round tours. The last 4 summers we went together to enjoy Danmark, but this summer Apple went, together with a good friend, to a place south of Hua Hin to take 2 months Danish course. And that maybe one of the best investments we ever made Apple is a very fast learning og clever women and she is really serious enjoying learning.
Brian Went to Danmark to do a few job in Europa and one in China, plus he want to try to find a base for A & B when moving to Danmark next year as our plan is. In Denmark he have also learned new things, like had first time boxing mach in Copenhagen.
While we are both learning something we are so much looking forward to be together again, and that will be home in Chiang Mai – and we will have about 2 months together before Brian go for work again So good time to enjoy each other and good time to enjoy the very good city life of Chiang Mai….:) there are so many wonderful cafes, restaurants and shopping areas, and of course our good fitness also
Finally ! We got holliday and we both had time to get away from the smoke and noice in the city of Chiang Mai. The city is wonderfull in the winter time, but now we are in the warm season, and the nice cool city transform itself into an unplesant mixed of smoke and exstremely hot weather.
We called our driver and took off around one hour to Hang Dong area, and we checked us self in to the wonderfull place “Bella Villa”. So lucky we where, the weather turned cooler, and we got rain – a lot of wonderful fresh rain.
We used the days to completly relax, and special after we had upgrad us self to deluxe room, ( cost around 300 THB ekstra!) then we just got the most wonderful view.
We can truly recomend Bella Ville to anybody that want to relaxe, to listent to wonderful birds singing in the morning..:)
One of the best thing we did in this holliday was to join Elephant trekking! They have no basket for the tourist to sit in, so the only way is the Mahut way It was absolutly the best elephant experience ever…! See the video from Elefant trekking here
Apple is relaxing…:D
Cute small elefants…:)
Wonderful view to hotel…
So fantastic Elephants…:)
there we go….:)
and we are ready…:)
Big wonderful hug from Elephant – the name is Pud Chan..:)
After a wonderful Loy Krathong in end of november, we where ready for the good and long month of december, where we really had time to enjoy life and each other.
We where so lucky to start december with visit from Odense, Denmark, a good chance for us to go trekking to Chiang Dao, 80 km north of Chiang Mai. Before we did so, we join many Thai people in the celebration of HM King of Thailand 85th Birthday on 5th December. It was truly a proud day for Thailand…:) To stand with the candlelight and you know that milions ( beside the 100s of people next to you ) of people in the country is doing the same thing….is just a fantastic feeling…..:)
On one of the most beautiful mornings on 7th December we set out to the starting point, Chiang Dao Nest, a wonderful lay back resort surrounded by mountains. after a very warm welcomes af the host, we drive around 30 minutes to the starting point. The weather was absolutely perfect! completely blue sky and not to hot. That clear sky gave one of the very fantastic experience, when we, in the evening, sit and look at the stars – and we saw the satellites running full speed over the sky – but I was the only one that saw a shooting star..:) It was a great moment..! It almost got beat by having breakfast in the shade of the most wonderful mountains and enjoying the morning fog come up from the downhill fields…:) It just make the local grown coffee taste even better….:)
we did trekking for 2 days, and visit Lasu and Hmong hilltribe people, and add the fantastic nature, good company, then this was just a fantastic combination.
The next big thing for us in December is today,, the 15th December…:) Patarathorn and I have been together for 8 years, and that is a very special time for us. We have a lot of good time and some bad time – but we will always be together…:) It is simply the only right thing for us ..:)
And as more plus add, we have wonderful friends that help to arrange a nice evening for us in their cafe – Mong Pearl Cafe in Chiang Mai…:)
So a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all of you and remember that we are all creating our own life…..:) for the most basic part anyway….:)
It is just a day before Thailands Loy kratong and the old Lanna festival Yi-peng will start. It is a fantastic sight when the big parades is slowly moving true the city of Chiang Mai – it is a parade where even the most creative in the world have to be impressed.
Loi literally means ‘to float,’ while krathong refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle which can float on the water. Originally, the krathong was made of banana leaves or the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. A krathong contains food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks, candle and coins. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam. A bread krathong will disintegrate in a few a days and be eaten by fish and other animals.
A low value coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits. During the night of the full moon, Thais will float their krathong on a river, canal or a pond lake. The festival is believed to originate in an ancient practice of paying respect to the spirit of the waters. Today it is mostly a time to have fun.
So in the day before it all start, and loy Kratong is allways on the full moon day in the 12th month of the Thai calendar, normally in november, most people go out and buy lanterns, loy kratongs, betel nuts and so on, and that really make the markets more colorful then normally. The big market in Chiang Mai, Kad Luang follow that princip to
We are looking forward to show you photos from Loy Krabtong, Yi-Peng festivalen, and also from the Kings birthday on 5th december
Where to go for getting the absolutely most authentic local food when we go traveling ? That is often one the questions that we often get find the answer for. Many restaurants today just don’t make the food like the owners grandma use to do.
But today I wil say the we got a lunch that where very close to the fantastic food my Wife remembered her grandma made. This restaurant just make the traditionel Thai food so every different plate have a different explosion of super tasty rainbow variety of different herbs, spices and other good things
when they serve this art of food, they do it in the right way, many small plates, and it is just so tasty that you don’t want to eat it to fast. For drinks we took fresh coconut, then we hade dessert also
For the hole table full of fantastic food, to coconut and also one drinking water, we payed…..450 THB!!! It is just as cheap as it is fantastic good! We wil recommend all that visits Chiang Mai to come an enjoy the one absolute best traditional Thai food restaurants in Chiang Mai…:) The name is Hong Taew on Nimmanhemin Rd, close to Huay Kaew Rd. ENJOY
One thing that is very important for all Thai people, and for most other people, both travelers and residents are..Ta-lad Nad. Ta-lad is a place where you can get almost everything like food, snacks, clothing, electronics ( Chinese things cheap from the border to Myanmar ). Nad means something like a meeting point, and in this case the meeting is one time a week. Ta-Lad Nad is a market that is hold on a fix date or fix weekday.
So we are talking good old local markets when it is best! Many travelers often see the tourist markets like the “Night market” here in Chiang Mai, but often we only have to travel a short distance to see a much more local life. For Chiang Mai there is a very nice one every monday on Soi Chang-Kien. It is a side Soi to Huay Kaew Rd. Turn left just after Canal Rd and you are there – Almost there. In the first part of Huay Kaew Rd there is a Greenmarket every day, past that and continue until you see the famous “Chang-Kien Muay Thai boxing school” – and just after that – a heaven of local experience will open for you!! If you want to buy some thing is anogther part, but just to take a walk, feel the reel Chiang Mai coming to you, while you enjoy the big mix of Northern Thai People.
The place of marked is also a functional cremation yard! So it is there they have the big ceremony, for that area, when some one need to get cremation. So it is truly a multifunctional spot.
This time I did buy some thing, a pair of fancy rubber booths for 180 THB. I need them for my next Roundtour to the jungle of North Sumatra, indonesia. We did also buy some very nice sweets, Ka-nom Kai-nok-kra-ta ( small balls made basic of flour and sukker ) . They are just perfect with a cup of coffee after the market.
The best time of this market is just before sunset. The fresh wind will come from the mountains and when back to Huay Kaew Rd to get the local transportation Song Taew ( two benches ) then you have the chance to see a absolutely stunning sunset!
There is only one way – come to Chiang Mai soon and experience this wonderful city…:)