Chiang Mai - Thailand
28.12.2008 21 °C
Well we made it to Thailand - Chiang Mai to be exact. We have reached the halfway mark of our trip. Annie and I took a plane ride from Siem Reap to Thailand. We made a brief lay-over stop in Bangkok first then we landed in beautiful Chiang Mai. We had a small scare with our luggage when we arrived in Chiang Mai. We thought that our bags did not make the trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Lucky for us they were found at the other end of the airport in the international arrivals. Annie and I were thankful that we still had clothes and our things.
Chiang Mai is in the northern section of Thailand. It is surrounded by hilltops and mountains. Annie and I were a bit nervous to see where we were going to stay. The hotel that we booked did not have too much info on the booking website but in order to have a place in such short notice we booked ourselves at the Ayatana Hotel. Ayatana is amazing. It is located in the hilltops of Chiang Mai City. The place is beautiful and we would recommend it to anyone who is planning to come to Chiang Mai.
After we checked in and got settled, we made our way to the city below. Our mission was to catch the Sunday Night Market in Chaing Mai City. When we arrived it was packed to the max with people. Vendors were stationed on both sides of the street, sometimes in the middle. The market went 6 blocks deep with vendors spilling over to the side streets. It was so crowded, it felt like we were packed in like sardines. So many things were for sale from clothes, carvings, paintings and food. Annie and I had some of the local dishes while we were in the market. We tried the fish balls, Thai sausage and Ramen noodles. We also had a freshly made strawberry shake and a delicious Thai Ice Tea. Needless to say we had a long night of walking up and down the market street viewing all the beautiful things and sampling the local food. We ended the night by taking a ride on a Tuk-Tuk. Annie and I thought that we saw the last of the Tuk-Tuk taxis in Cambodia, but they are here in Chaing Mai. They are a little different but they have the same feel. Our driver was a little crazy but we got to our hotel fast and safe.
Tomorrow we will go into town during the day and see the local Wats in Chiang Mai City and then check out the old Night Bazzar Market located outside of the city. Hope all of you back home are well.