Sunday, February 22, 2009

Pit Stop 3: Chiang Mai, Spectacular Cultural Experience

10 June 2008 @ Chiang Mai, Thailand

We reached Chiang Mai at 9.50am after about 14 hours of journey in the train.

Before we got out of the station, someone approached us on the package for trekking in the jungle. Well, our main objective in Chiang Mai is to go trekking anyway. We took the 3 days 2 nights package after comparing the prices and routes.

After deciding on the routes, we asked about accomodation. The tour agent's sister own a guesthouse! So, we stayed at Ben Guesthouse - a really nice place to stay.

The staffs are friendly, the environment is clean and the food is nice!

After checking in and cleaning up, we borrowed the bicycles from the guesthouse (for free) to go to town for lunch and stocked up for the trekking.

The bikes were rather difficult to ride but we managed to ride around town and hunt for food.

We stopped at a small local shop and ordered some noodles. The food is cheap and nice but the down side (as always) is the communication problem as we can't speak Thai.

Kao Soi [Chiang Mai Curry Noodles]

Kuey Tiao Soup

Then, we walked around the market. Nothing much interests us. Bought a few pairs of socks for trekking and rode off to the nearest Tesco, situated inside a petrol station. We bought a dozen of water and some snacks to bring for the trekking the next day.

We head back to our rooms, played cards while wait for the tour guide to come to give us briefing. Then we had our first dinner in Chiang Mai right at the guesthouse.

Masaman Gai

Tom Yam Kai

Fried Mixed Vegetables

Sweet and Sour Pork

Refreshing Fruit Shakes

As usual, we'll order rice and each of us will order a dish. The dinner was really satisfying, especially the fruit shakes - cool us off in the hot weather.

Our 3D2N trekking begin the next day. Billy, out.

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Borneo Falcon said...

Those bicycle looks old. Not the mountain bike type. I bet there is no gear on its transmission system

leo said...

wat is "kao soi"..
wonder how it tastes..haha..

Billy said...

[Borneo Falcon]
yes the bicycles are old and without gear. That's why it's quite hard to ride on. Hehe... Good observation. =P

Kao Soi is Chiang Mai Curry Noodles
*editted in my post*
Honestly I forgot how it taste like already... hahaha...

JeromeFo 令狐冲 said...

AWesome* FoodzJourney*
Can try so many variety of ThaiFoodz

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