Two days in Chiang Mai
23.09.2011 - 24.09.2011
So we have been in Chiang Mai two days now, and are loving the more chilled out atmosphere compared to Bangkok. The locals are friendly, there are cats everywhere and almost every person must have a moped! Just now I ate street food from a woman who had her kitchen setup on a motorbike and drove around selling chicken skewers amongst other random meats! it was delicious and i paid 25b for a big portion, around 52p.
There are loads of market stalls in Chiang Mai and you can buy pretty much anything, and the knock off clothes look cool and are so cheap its worth not bringing anything with you and buying it all here. We walked around the old city which is built in a square with a moat around it it was built to protect the city from Burma by King Mengrai. It was build to succeed Chiang Rai as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, and means new City. All the history can be found online and has probably been written about countless times before so ill spare you!
Last night we went on a bar crawl around Chiang Mai with two British guys we happened across whilst out looking for a bar. It was a great and crazy night and as one of the guys was celebrating his 24th birthday we went to a couple of great bars including a Jazz bar; North Gate Jazz Co-op opposite Chang Puak Gate and a reggae club called Roots Rock Reggae bar which were both great banter and served cheap beer and cocktails. There were loads of backpackers there which made for fun conversations about travel. We then headed out and ended up in two nightclubs before heading back to the hostel by tuk tuk.
Today we walked around the city and took in the sights, checked out a couple of temples, most of which were closed as it was so late and i took some pictures of Chiang Mai's graffiti (graffiti being one of my favourite things to photograph, you can check out my photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/eimearmck/) tomorrow we are planning to go to the Tiger Temple to see some tigers and who knows what else!