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Chiang Mai Trip – Dec’07 (Part 3/5)

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3.1 Day trip to Lampang

Based on the recommendation of Nine (innkeeper of our guest house) we rented a private car and a driver. Our driver’s name was Mr. Kon and he was our driver and tour guide for the day. He able to communicate in English and was really a nice chap. Our destination was Lampang, about 1 hour+ drive from Chiang Mai City. The driver pick us up from our guest house, then we visited a old temple which i forgot the name of it, then we went to Lampang for elephant ride, bamboo rafting, visits Elephant Conservation Centre, day market and ends with a visit to massage center (which is a complementary service by Mr. Kon as it was not in our original travel plan). Here’s some photo taken during our trip to Lampang.

We have never ride an elephant before so the initial feeling was “WOW!!!” It was quite scary as we sit on the back of the elephant and the mahout sitting in front of us. It was quite a bumpy ride and at times we felt that we were going to fell off. Anyway its quite amazing that the elephant moves without much noise considering the size of it. The whole adventure consist of riding through a flat land, then into the jungle, up and down a hill, then the mahout suddenly went down from the elephant and asked me to be the mahout by sitting right on top of the elephant’s head. I was quite scary because I dont know if the elephant likes me or not. Then I got to ‘drive’ the elephant to go down hill and across a small river and back to our starting point. That’s quite an adventure for us πŸ™‚

Our shadow, with Mahout in front and 2 of us sitting at the back

Elephant actually is quite an hairy animal πŸ™‚ When I sat on top of his head I can feel his solid hair piercing through my jeans, quite uncomfortable actually.

We decided to take the bamboo rafting through a river, rather than white water rafting. Hehe I scared of drowning as I can’t swim at all. Anyway the bamboo rafting was quite interesting as we travel through the jungle’s river. The air was so refreshing that we hope we can spend more time there. By the time we reached the end point my pant was all wet. Luckily they have stall selling shirts and pants so I just purchase a new one and change it on the spot πŸ™‚

Lots of negative ions, very refreshing! Lots of fun too.

Some part of the river is quite calm and some the current is quite strong.

Then we visited the Elephant Conservation Center. There was this colorful elephant parade as we arrived there. Noticed this long elephant tusk ? I wonder how old this elephant is.

Elephant Show. Mostly demonstrated was the skills the elephants have used in the logging industry in the past as well as other skills that show us how amazingly intelligent they are.

“Picasso” at work. I have heard that elephant can draw but seeing it doing a live performance is unbelievable.

His drawing skill is 100 times better than me πŸ™‚

If I didn’t tell you would you have guested that this drawing came from an elephant ? πŸ™‚

This centre does a lot of good work in supporting and caring for elephants that have been born, orphaned, injured or donated. Here I am feeding a baby elephant. I didn’t know that elephant eats apple πŸ™‚

Awww… ain’t he cute ? πŸ™‚

Mother elephant grabbing dried grass from my gf. Mother elephant’s name is Pung Pompong. Cute name πŸ™‚

On our way back to Chiang Mai city we stopped at the day market along the road side. Its quite a huge market place and there was a lot of weird things on sale. Quite an eye opener actually. After this we felt really tired and our feet sored, so our driver sent us to a massage center for full body massage. Then he pick us up again and sent us back to our guest house. It was a really tiring but exciting day for us.

3.2 Day Trip to Doi Inthanon

On day 3 we booked a day trip to Doi inthanon National Park. Doi Inthanon is the highest peak in Thailand which is 2565m above sea level. Along the way there were various waterfalls and tribes villages along the way up to the summit. The tour agency pick us up in front of our guest house, in a 10 seater van. In our group there were some Thai people, a Japanese and we Malaysian.

Our first stop was the Wachiratharn Waterfall, a beautiful waterfall indeed. It’s one of the many waterfalls in Doi Inthanon and I think this one provides the most beautiful view (But we didn’t visit all the waterfalls so there maybe some other which are breathtaking as well)

A quick visit to the Karen’s village.

We stopped at the Royal Garden Siribhume. Very beautiful garden!

Lot’s of people camped here. I think they were here to celebrate 2008 New Year.

One thing we didn’t expect to see was Sakura flower. I thought we only able to see Sakura in countries such as Japan or Korea or China πŸ™‚

Beautiful isn’t it ? Calm and peaceful feeling.

Sakura flower close up. This is the first time my gf saw Sakura flower and she was very excited πŸ™‚

This small girl was selling dried flowers. Its quite pity that they have to work as such a young age. Anyhow when she asked for “free money” I hesitated and didn’t give any because I felt that she need to understand that nothing is ‘free’ in this world. But I bought 2 bunch of dried flower from her.

There’s a military setup on top of the Doi Inthanon. I think its a radar center. After I took this photo then I realized that photographing of the center is totally prohibited πŸ™‚

Highest point in Thailand, too bad it was too crowded so we didn’t manage to take our photo there. The weather was quite cold, around 11C so anyone going there should at least bring along a jacket.

On top of the Doi Inthanon there are 2 chedis – Napamaytanidol Chedi. These temples were built to honor the 60th birthday of the King and Queen in 1987 and 1992 respectively. The Chedi was facing each other on neighboring hills, about 100 meters from each other.

Yours truly.

There was this beautiful garden around the chedis.

Buddha’s statue inside the Queen’s chedi.

Since no one there to help us so we have to take our own photo by ourself πŸ™‚ Anyway the view is breathtaking and we enjoyed our trip to Doi Inthanon very much. Definitely a must-visit place for anyone visiting Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai Trip – Dec’07 (Part 2/4)

Thailand is really a food and shopping heaven. In this part I would like to share some interesting photos related to food and night market during my trip to Chiang Mai. This is continued from my first part of the travelogue which you can see here.

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2.1 Food (Damn nice food to be exact)

Nice food is abundant in Chiang Mai. You can buy local delights at the street stall, or you can enjoy nice meal in one of many restaurants available just anywhere. We enjoyed the food there very much and we would like to go back for more πŸ™‚

Some sort of pancake. Looks delicious but by the time I shoot this photo all been sold to a customer 😦

Grilled banana. We didn’t try it as its our 1st day in CM so got to take care our stomach πŸ™‚

Our very first candle light dinner. Very nice food at the “The Riverside” restaurant. Reasonable price even though it was packed with tourist. Its located along the riverbank so the scenery is very nice especially at night. They have river cruise dinner as well.

Deliciously looking strawberry. It is mixed with salt so you get the sweet-sour-salty taste which is quite nice blend. Available at night market.

The famous Chiang Mai sausage. Tasty!

Meatball. Regretfully we didn’t try this one as well (too much food, only 1 stomach… sigh )

Our favorite stall located diagonally opposite our guest house. It was introduced by Douglas (guest house owner). It serves several kind of noodles and pork leg. We ate at this stall for several nights – dinner as well as supper πŸ™‚

The noodle is quite different compared to what we have here. Slightly thicker than our mee hoon. It has a spicy taste. Very nice and cheap, 30 Baht for a bowl.

I can’t get enough of the pork leg!!! If not stopped by my gf I can eat this again and again, each and every night… hehe…. 50 Baht.

This restaurant near to Night Bazaar has menus in many languages.

A street stall selling all kind of deep fried food. Fish, prawn, meat, sausage and etc etc…

Dried lotus root, available in day market (we saw this at Warorot Market)

“Kalamae” – a popular northern Thailand dessert. Sort of our “Dodol” wrapped in banana leaf. Very nice!

This is another version of “Kalamae”. You can get many kind of flavors such as pandan, strawberry, coffee, chocolate, banana and of course…… DURIAN! We bought plenty of this back home.

A stall selling pancake with comic character. You select the character you want, then she will draw it on the hot metal plate and then press the pancake onto it. I think we can sell this idea at our Jonker Street as well πŸ™‚

This is a fried pork rice prepared specially by Stella (the co-owner of our guest house) She is a great cook. She always think of something special for her guests. Price is reasonable. I miss her Green Curry πŸ™‚

Packed food that can be bought at the night market.

Cuttle fish ready for some grilling actions πŸ™‚

“Kao Soi” – Chiang Mai famous curry noodle. Most of the restaurant serves this. Unfortunately we tried a little bit only because both of us were down with sore throat. It has a nice smell and creamy curry taste, and the mixture of boiled noddle and deep fried noodle is fantastic!

2.2 Bizarre Food

Ya we heard of all kind of bizarre food that one can get in Thailand. We do came across a few of them during our stay in Chiang Mai. Here’s some of the weird food.

All kind of deep fried insects are available. We didn’t dare to try though πŸ™‚

Silk worm – me no balls to try it.

Bamboo worm. Actually I took some other photos of the insects-on-sale but it was blur so I wouldn’t be posting it here. There were small cricket, big cricket, grasshopper and etc… You can get these at any of the night market.

Can you recognize what’s that ? hehe… its grilled frog… my goodness… They also sell life frog in plastic bag that you can bring back and BBQ it πŸ™‚ Do you dare to try this ?

My tour guide told me that’s cow’s uterus. Not sure true or not but surely very bizarre…..

Fried honeycomb. My gf tried 1 piece, weird taste πŸ™‚

2.3. Night Market

Chiang Mai is really a shopping heaven too. There are several night markets just like our pasar malam and there’s a permanent night bazaar located at Chang Klan road. You can buy lots of goodies from the night market. Just be sure to bargain. Most of the sellers can speak some English so bargaining is quite easy. Just make sure you bring enough cash because they don’t accept plastic money. hehe… by the time we reached home we were totally out of cash as we spend most of them buying things from the market.

Bustling with activities. The night market seems to go on and on and on with no ends. This is weekend market which located nearby our guest house.

Good place for ladies to hunt for all sort of things. Here’s my gf is trying out different hats before buying a nice one.

Cute hat πŸ™‚ Very colorful…

Handmade decoration items. Next time when I am going to move in to my new house I will definitely shop for decorative items from Chiang Mai.

All sorts of decorative lightings available.

I will get the Doraemon one next time πŸ™‚

Earrings. Plenty of design and selections.

Aren’t they cute…

Handmade wooden cat doll.

Bear attack!

Did I mentioned that you can get everything here – both imaginable and unimaginable πŸ™‚

Packed with people – Night Bazaar which is located about 20 minutes walk from our guest house

Too bad we were full so we didn’t try out the food at the food court.

Am I sexy ???

Banana Rotee

Unique handmade umbrellas. One of the special item in Chiang Mai.

Hand crafted flower from soap bar! Definitely a must buy but need to bargain hard. I got it for 120 Baht per piece but actually can be cheaper.

Cute looking pepper/salt container. Looks like a couple hugging each other but actually its 2 different containers.

Bought these t-shirts from the night bazaar.

Cute elephant t-shirt, for me and my gf.

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Huh! That’s it for part 2 of my Chiang Mai travelogue. Its quite troublesome to post multiple photos into this blog. I hope WordPress will improve the image posting module so that multiple images can be posted at one go. Stay tuned for part 3 πŸ™‚



Chiang Mai Trip – Dec’07 (Part 1/5)

I went to Chiang Mai, Thailand last December with my girl friend. This is my first ever true vacation ever since I have started working in this company (11+ years). I have taken 1000+ photos and have to filter out those that are good enough to be posted into my blog as travelogue. So here you go, please enjoy, but do take note that this is a quite a huge post so if some of the photos can’t be seen please press the Refresh button in your browser. This travelogue will be divided intoΒ  4 5 posts so stay tuned πŸ™‚

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We planned a 7 days trip to Chiang Mai from 29th Dec until 4th Jan. We choose this period because its a nice period to visit Chiang Mai as its dry and cool weather (15C – 28C). We also wanted to spend the New Year’s eve somewhere other than Malaysia. We read a lot of travelogue on the internet about Chiang Mai, but we didn’t plan much about our trip. I just booked a guest house online and after some emails exchange with the owner of the guest house, we were convinced that we should be able to plan our journey after we checked in. Its a risk as usually I prefer to plan everything beforehand but this time we were a bit adventures. Well, everything turn out to be much better than expected!

Oh ya, another thing that we did prior to leaving to Chiang Mai is getting my colleague in Bangkok to help me to buy a map. I saw lots of good review about this map by Nancy Chandler I decided to ask my colleague to buy one and post it to me. The map is very unique as it looks like a hand drawn map with lots of details. You can also buy the map from her online store.

I will arrange my travelogue according to several categories and post some interesting photos along. Do enjoy!

1.1 Guest House

We spend the whole trip while in Chiang Mai staying at Green Tulips guest house. Lots of people recommended this place as it is cheap and very clean. We done our booking through online but we were not required to pay for any deposit until we checked in. When we arrived at the guest house we immediately fall in love with it. Its super duper clean and tastefully decorated! The owner is a Singaporean guy-Douglas and his wife Stella , as well as the in-keeper Nine. They are all awesome! Very friendly and helpful.

The ground floor of the guest house is a restaurant. Stella is a great cook as well and we ate several dishes prepared by her, its among the best food we ate while in Chiang Mai!

Initially we booked a room with bathroom attached and with air conditioner, for 850 Baht per night, then subsequently we changed to a smaller room with shared bathroom, for 450 Baht which is really value for money. The shared bathroom is even cleaner than my own bathroom at home! Everything in the hotel is very tidy and spotless. We will definitely check in at the some guest house again if we go to Chiang Mai next time πŸ™‚

Location on map

It shows as Golden Tulip on the Map, was a typo.

Green Tulip guest house

Green Tulip. great color!


Nice, cozy, air-cond and attached bathroom for 850 Baht per night.

Outside of our room, really cozy, I like the wooden floor!


Everything is so colorful!

Tastefully decorated!

1.2 Transport & Street

Tut tut

The fastest way to travel is by Tut tut, but we have to bargain to get a good price.


Chiang Mai’s street is not as packed as Bangkok’s. Its quite easy to cross the street.


Song Thaew (Pick Up taxi) can be cheaper than Tut tut, just flag 1 down and hop on if the driver is driving on the same route as your destination. Different color for different routes.


There’s a button to be pushed to indicate to the driver to stop. Payment is made after arriving at the destination.

We spend a lot of time just walking along the streets, nice and calm.

Pretty flower along the street.

Street sign

Most of the street signs are wonderfully decorated.


You need so many mirrors to be safe on the road ? Cute though πŸ™‚

Prawn law?

Prawn law ? What ?? Hehe..both of us saw the same thing but it was actually “Prawin”, not “Prawn”.

Messy Cablings

Messy cabling dangling down. Looks dangerous but no one seems to bother.

Tourist friendly

2nd best ? I don’t think being honest is a good marketing strategy πŸ™‚ Since its only 2nd best so we didn’t try it. hehe…

1.3 Dogs

Shih Tzu dog

Chiang Mai people LOVE dogs. There are a lot of cute dogs around.

Roaming the street

They go everywhere with their dogs and some even with cloths on. Cute!

Handsome dog

We chased this MPV down so that I can take this photo πŸ™‚

Proud owner

A very proud owner indeed. All in Pink! He was very happy when I took this photo.

Cute doggie

We play with this doggie for 30 minutes and wanted to smuggle it back home. We missed him so much even after we come back. Sweet memories!

1.4 Wat/Buddhist Temple

There are a lot of Wat or Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai (More than 300 temples). Some of the temples are quite unique while others quite alike-design wise. There were quite a few temples located within walking distance from our guest house. After visiting several Wats we have a feeling that all the Wats start to look alike. They are all beautiful temples nonetheless, but I don’t think visiting several Wats in a row will be a good idea.


A typical Lanna style Buddhist temple (unfortunately I forget its name)

Buddha\'s statue

Buddha’s statue, quite different compared to Malaysia as they place some photos of their King and Queen in front of the statue.

White Pagoda, Golden Buddha statue

A Buddha’s statue in front of a white pagoda.

Buddha’s statue behind steel bars. Not sure why, probably the statue is made of real gold.


Some temple has nice garden around it. This one with cute statues of various animals.


Nice statue.


People giving offering to the monks. They put some coins into the urns.


Thai people making New Year’s Eve prayers at Wat Phra Singh. Its located few steps away from our guest house.

Wat Jedee Luang

Wat Chedi Luang. was the home of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred cultural treasure. Damaged during an earthquake in 1545, the structure is still impressive with a naga (water serpent) staircase on each of its faces and wonderful statues of elephants adorning the base.

Chat with monk

I spend some time to chat with a monk at Wat Chedi Luang. He is a student in Chiang Mai university and was able to speak fluent English. We talked about some difficulties I faced in my life. Its quite spiritual and meaningful.

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