Sawatdee ka! – Chiang Mai Day 1

23 Dec 2012, Sunday


Reached Chiang Mai, checked in into the lovely Yindee Stylish Guesthouse. Visited Wat Chiang Man , Wat Chedi Luang and the Sunday Walking Market. Sue reverted to her diehard shopaholic nature at the market, happily squandering (actually I should rephrase, sue=many stuff bought, little money spent, me=little stuff bought, a lot of money spent!) and quoting, “好开心啊!可以花钱!” while I walked until I couldn’t feel my legs anymore.

overnight sleeper train from bangkok to chiang mai

It’s nice to sleep on the train: it’s almost like sleeping in the cradle! I slept like a baby!

The reason why we chose to take overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai: “train 13 will show you more of the scenery approaching Chiang Mai in daylight”.

So, I made sure I woke up at 6.30am to welcome the scenery when the rest of the cabin mates were still in slumberland, only to find myself staring into the barren land…

overnight sleeper train from bangkok to chiang mai - breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed! Bliss!

handle for paper cup

Oh! The smart handle!

taking train from bangkok to chiang mai - scenery

Finally, something scenic!

taking train from bangkok to chiang mai

Too bad, woke up too aggressively early, I got sleepy again and went back to sleep and missed all the “scenery approaching Chiang Mai in daylight”! >_<

taking train from bangkok to chiang mai - toilet

I had to keep an eye on the door gingerly when I used the toilet : the door would spring open whenever the train reaches a kink in the alignment!

taking train from bangkok to chiang mai - sinks

the sinks in the train. It really tested my balancing skill washing my face and brushing my teeth on the moving train. Luckily I don’t put on makeup, cannot imagine how can one draw eye lines or eye brows here!

taking train from bangkok to chiang mai

we were wondering how Ishita and Simrun managed to lift their baggage to this compartment on top.

taking train from bangkok to chiang mai - upper berth

Sue wanted to have a feel of sleeping at upper berth.

taking train from bangkok to chiang mai

the entry step at this end is normal though!

Chiang Mai train station

Set foot in Chiang Mai!


shoe bag oh shoe bag! I still miss you!


While waiting, 2 tuk-tuk drivers exchanged greetings.


At the back seats, their passengers helped each other to take photos! 🙂

jazz from yindee guesthouse

Jazz, owner of Yindee Stylish Guesthouse, giving an introduction of Chiang Mai history and places of interest. Recommending this guesthouse!


the guard dog of Wat Chiang Man! With uniform! And such agility!

the land of smiles

Thailand, the land of smiles! 🙂

thai condiments

from the condiments, you can tell Thai people like sweet and hot spicy food.

wat chiang man

Wat Chiang Man: the 2 zabos who tried to assimilate.

wat chiang man

Wat Chiang Man: How to reach the building in the middle? Long jump?

wat chiang man

Wat Chiang Man:  the 2 zabos who ran out of idea to pose.


First time seeing this kind of flowers.

chiang mai sunday walking market

We have good ambassadorship (star scout us! star scout us!): it’s only us when we started our massage session.

chiang mai sunday walking market

and soon after!

chiang mai sunday walking market

Green hat now, soon, it’ll be brown! Good value for money! :p

thai local snack with betel

Local snacks. I find any snacks with betel leaves=yummy!

chiang mai sunday walking market

we decided that we wanted to have “travel-partner-pants”!  *raising eyebrow*

chiang mai sunday walking market

chains of fish balls!

wat chedi luang

Wat Chedi Luang and the moon.

chiang mai fried insects

Fried insects! Crickets are not for us!

*Before I parted with Pin in Bangkok*

Pin: please don’t have too many grasshoppers, I worry that your stomach is too delicate to take them. Maybe you just try a leg? Silkworms are fine, they are like french fries!

Me: So I can’t have a whole grasshopper by myself???

chiang mai fried insects

They ended up in our stomachs…

chiang mai sunday walking market

Training my stomach to be as adventurous as my mind! Silk worms were not bad actually but grasshopper was a bit gross to me.

Day 1: BangkokDay 3: Chiang Mai 2 | Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai (a), (b) | Day 5: Chiang Rai | Day 6: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong | Day 7: Chiang Khong – Laos | Sue’s


2 Responses to “Sawatdee ka! – Chiang Mai Day 1”

  1. 1 A Thai passeerbay. January 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

    chains of fish balls! >>> Not fish balls. They were made from pork. This is “Esarn” (Northeastern) style of sausage.

    Look like you enjoyed my hometown. Welcome back and be our guest again anytime! 🙂

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