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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 9th 2020

One of the things I really love about living in Chiang Mai is having friends stay over. I get to show them the sights and sounds of the city, which helps me rediscover them as well. Recently I hosted my friend from Australia. She had come over to Thailand to take a TESOL course at Seu TESOL and needed a place to stay for a few days while finding an apartment. Of course, I thought this was a great opportunity to do a little exploring and to show off my city. Finding A Place To Stay As always when searching for an apartment, we had to look at a few before finding something that was just right. I have to admit, I got a little concerned as the first few places we looked at weren't really ... read more
Chiang Mai Grand Canyon
Saturday Night Out at The Hard Rock Cafe
Northern Food

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 24th 2020

It's a Monday morning in Chiangmai ...... and my last Monday here for this trip. The sands of time are visibly running out now and each day is precious. How shall I fill it? Well, Monday morning was filled with finishing off my last blog and downloading photos. I sat under the old house and had good company from the dogs. Nui was watering her garden and Kong was tidying up the empty rooms. The only guests this week are me, Ronda ( who leaves on Wednesday) and Richard who is a long term resident. The water on one side of the house (where Ronda and I are staying) has been turned off as a crack developed in a pipe last night, and a water feature was created behind the building! So the sisters are waiting ... read more
Frankie. Baan SongJum
BamBam relaxing on his Chinese daybed
Dear Frankie

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 22nd 2020

Start Saturday with a challenge.The plan is to walk up the mountain trail of Doi Suthep to the temple , Wat Phra That Soi Suthep, high above the city of Chiangmai. When I first came to visit Dorothy with Kath and Bob five years ago, Dorothy was in training for her own personal challenge: to climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro to celebrate her 70th birthday. She would trek up and down the mountain about 3 or 4 times a week, at dawn when it was still cool. Kath, Bob and I joined her on one of these hikes up the trail, and I found it really difficult, although I was wearing silly little canvas slip-on shoes with no grip, which kept falling off my feet. Dorothy stepped lightly on ahead ... seemingly no effort. And ... read more
Dorothy and Paul in the forest temple.
Dorothy in the forest temple
Forest temple statue .

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai February 7th 2020

I'd only got a 30 day 'Visa on Arrival' when I entered Chiang Mai. Partly because I wasn't sure if I'd go off somewhere else for a few days or so anyway. But having settled into life in Chiangmai I didn't feel I wanted to arrange anything else. The alternative is to go to the Immigration office near the airport and apply for a 30 day extension. I expected it to take a good two hours, and all the advice on the internet was that it would be less crowded after 1pm. So I started my day by walking to the acupuncture clinic for my dose of needles in the back. Hardly feel them going in - it's just a pin prick. And then there's the gentle throbbing, almost like a pulse, when the electrical current ... read more
Queuing in the hot sun outside Immigration
Ping River at night
Pad Thai dinner at the Twgina restaurant

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 29th 2020

Archie and I just got back from our Cambodian trip. We had a wonderful time with Archie’s family. After a few days, my parents called to inform us that they would like to come and visit us at our home in Chiang Mai. I was so excited to see them and wanted to make them try new things this time. It was challenging to think about things to amaze my parents. And you know wasn’t that hard since I know how much my family and I love food so I started searching for best restaurants and bars in Chiang Mai to take them to upon arrival. Our main concern was finding a café that offered tasty food and great music, without appearing to be too loud, especially taking into account my parent’s advanced age. Eventually, ... read more
The Best Burger in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Live Music
Local Live Music!

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 27th 2020

Chiang Mai airport seemed much more techy this year ...... and I was very soon through Immigration and waiting for my bag beside the carousel. It was late afternoon and the sun was still shining ...... the hazy mountains a great backdrop for the airport.( although I understand that hazy probably means that it's a bad day for air quality!) It seemed quiet and it took no time at all to get a taxi. But of course , then I realised it was Sunday and traffic was sparse. No weekday homeward bound workers. The taxi driver dropped me off by the front steps of the condominium across the road and I trundled my bag down the familiar dusty alleyway towards Baan SongJum (translates as House of Memories) , where the purple bougainvillea spills over the top ... read more
Nui demonstrates her yoga skills under the old house.
Baan SongJum vegetation
Eco Lodge swimming pool reading

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 27th 2020

The start of a new week , and I'm determined not to continue with this faffing about in the morning and late breakfast malarkey. So I made an appointment at the acupuncture clinic for 9am. The river looked still and reflective as I crossed over the bridge and wove my way through the narrow streets inside the old city, arriving in good time. Yet again , a different doctor and this one looked about ten years old! Never mind - he must be recently trained and qualified. I donned my blue cotton hospital gown and climbed up on the bed. As before , needles were inserted (painlessly) and a mild electric current that felt like a beating pulse, travelled between the needles around my shoulder blade. The time whizzed by and I was soon back out ... read more
I can’t resist another temple view
Shrine outside the Acupuncture Clinic.
Can’t resist the flowers too

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 22nd 2019

I have been living here in Chiang Mai for five years now. I bought a home with my husband just two years after moving into this place, and this just shows how much I love this place. My husband is actually from Australia, and we keep two cats and a dog in our beautiful home in Chiang Mai. In this piece, I will cover five reasons why I love living here. 1. Excellent Food Most people travel so that they get a chance to try new things. If you are into trying new delicacies like me, then you have to visit Chiang Mai. It is one of the few locations in the world where everything tastes great. Mention any food from any part of the world, and you got it. Also, there are many places that ... read more
Cooking Class
Chiang Mai Night Market
Christmas's Party at Work

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai June 28th 2019

Having a friend come to stay in your city is always exciting -- and it's even more exciting when your friend is preparing for an adventure like studying abroad. My old school-friend is planning to attend a university in England so she's preparing with a study abroad prep programme at Quinn. At first, I was a little worried that we wouldn't be able to find a suitable apartment here in Chiang Mai for her. We looked at a few places that just weren't right. Luckily we found a wonderful place just a few minutes away from Quinn. It's not too small and has a great view out over the city. I just know she'll be really happy there as she prepares to study abroad in the UK. Getting to Know the Neighbourhood Fortunately, my own place ... read more
Let's have some milk
Doi Suthep Hiking

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai March 27th 2019

The night bus took me to Chiang Mai in 10 hours. Half way it stopped, so we could get some food. I didn't really know how it worked, so I just got in line with some others. When it was my turn I could choose a drink. Then I went to the food counter, but they signed that I already used my ticket. I saw the girl that sat next to me in the bus, so I tried to ask her. She didn't speak english, but she got what I meant. She walked with me to the drinks counter and probably explained the guy I didn't know the system. I gave back the drink and he gave me back the ticket. Then I had to walk to the food counter where I got noodle soup (there ... read more
Yummy Khao Soi
Dragon stairs to Doi Suthep

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