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Published: July 14th 2018
We woke early to depart Bangkok and fly to Chiang Mai. The domestic flight is only an hour long. We stayed at the Rustic River Boutique
just outside the old city walls of Chiang Mai. Upon checking in the lady at the front desk was very friendly and helpful. She gave us an overview of the area, food recommendations, and a few activity excursions that we could try. Kristy the planner already had researched a place for lunch. We got settled then headed out for lunch.
We walked the narrow streets of the city out to Khao Soi Lam Duan
for some lunch. The restaurant is an unassuming roadside greasy spoon, just our kind of spot! The interior was quite modest and reminded us of a Thai Sunshine General Store. The proprietor of Lam Duan greeted us and asked “Chicken, Beef, Pork?”. We both said chicken, unsure of exactly what we were getting. The Khao Soi that he brought out was fantastic. Khao Soi is a spicy curry broth soup with noodles and meat seasoned with lime and coriander. We devoured our soup then headed back to the hotel to make a plan.
In the afternoon we toured a few of the temples in Chiang
Mai. We had already seen many temples in Bangkok so we quickly viewed a few of the smaller wats. We spent a longer amount time at the largest temple in Chiang Mai, Wat Chedi Luang
. Chedi Luang dates back to the 14th
century and was built for a king to bury the ashes of his father. In 1545 the top 30 meters of the structure partially collapsed in an earthquake. The damage actually left a unique aesthetic to the edifice. There is a small temple
off to the side of the property that is for men only. Apparently, if women were to enter while menstruating there would be a risk of social instability. Brad checked out the inside and found it quite peaceful.
After the temple tours, we stopped for an afternoon treat. Across from Chedi Luang was an ice cream stop. Kristy had a mango and sticky rice dish and Brad had a durian plate. Both were delicious. From there, we got Thai massages. Kristy definitely enjoyed the massage. The two most notable things were the popcorn noises coming from Kristy’s back and the masseuse’s reaction to Brad’s sweaty back.
To cap off the night we walked the night bazaar
. There were many street vendors similar to Bangkok, except the people were much less aggressive in Chiang Mai than in Bangkok. Live bands were playing mostly covers of Western music. We found the food court in the bazaar and sampled several items. We found the Chiang Mai sausage which was tasty but none of it compared to the Khao Soi from earlier. We also sampled a banana and Nutella Roti which is a crispy crepe which Kristy easily finished even though she was so tired. Kristy almost made it to 9:00 pm after avoiding a nap all day.
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