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Chiang Mai

June 4, 2012


Chiang Mai was a pretty stark change in this trip. After weeks of slowly island hopping and experiencing gradual change, suddenly I was in the north of Thailand. This was over 1000 km north of Ko Tao, where I’d left just three days earlier.

I took the night train up north. The train itself turned out to be a lot of fun. I spent the evening in the dining car and drank beer with a large group of Thai grad students. They were going to Chiang Mai to study tourism. I suppose I was too.

I noticed that there was a chain of burger joints around town called Mike’s. It looked fairly good. While sitting at a bar on my first night, I noticed one right by the bar. I asked the dude sitting next to me if he had ever tried it. “Um, I’m Mike,” he said. What are the odds? I should have hit him up for a free sample.

I have a bit more to say about Chiang Mai and may return to edit this post later, but I’m on Khao San Road, I’m tired, I’ve been traveling all day, and I’m doing it again tomorrow. I think I’ll let the pictures tell the story. Lots of them this time.

Wat Chiang Man. This is the first of many temples that I visited.

Malak House, where I stayed. I dug it quite a bit. My room was clean, had wifi, and cost 5 bucks a night. The lady who ran it (Honey) is as sweet as they come.

The Hut Cafe. This place became my go-to restaurant. Good, cheap, and super nice people. Kind of a running theme in Chiang Mai. They even let me run a tab over a couple of days.

Motorbike number four. Chiang Mai was the most urban place I’ve driven so far. I also rode up a mountain.

The stairs to the temple at Doi Suthep, at the top of the mountain. The site was chosen because monks here saw an elephant circle around, trumpet, and then drop dead.

Must be lots of Koreans around this temple. There was another sign saying to keep quiet, but it was only written in Thai and English. I wonder why no Korean on that one? Koreans aren’t really known for being a quiet people.

Here’s the temple at Doi Suthep. Worth the ride for sure.

I went to Chiang Mai Zoo on my way back into town. I’m pretty sure this was the closest I’d ever been to an elephant.

Until this. Baby was out of the enclosure, along with a big adult.


Pretty awesome tree.

Wat Chedi Luang. It was largely destroyed by an earthquake 400 years ago. It was a hard building to walk away from.

This sounds like a failed public access show.

Dogs at the night market.

A night out in Chiang Mai. Anytime one can enter a bar alone and then leave for the club with 6 or 7 girls, it can’t be considered a bad night.

Riding a songthaew. New Camera! Pics should be better from now on (except for my Pai post, as I didn’t have it yet then).



Wat Phra Singh.

This guy was not real. It took me a couple of minutes to figure that out though.


Again, not real, although these didn’t look as real as the first figure I saw. On last picture from Wat Phra Singh – the jade Buddha.



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