Ban Nong Pa Khrang

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  • Day14

    Koh Lanta - Chiang Mai

    December 15, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Check out and travel day today as we are heading up to Chiang Mai. We went for our normal breakfast and then decided to laze by the pool topping up our tans. As twice wasn’t enough at the vegetarian restaurant we decided to visit a third time for lunch. This time I went for the classic club sandwich minus all the good bits like chicken and bacon obvs. Blake went for a spinach salad sandwich.

    We booked a transfer from Koh Lanta all the way to Krabi Airport as we couldn’t be bothered with the faff of taxi-ferry-taxi. We were collected at 2.30pm when the minibus was around half full. There was no boot so he managed to squeeze us and our bags in like Tetris. We then collected another couple and another couple and then a few single passengers until the van was so full no one could barely move. Turns out they sell seats for passengers but don’t really care about the space required for their luggage too. There’s only one thing you can do in that situation and that is sleep until you arrive. Fortunately we managed to baggsy the front seats so we lucked out on the space!

    For some reason our flight time was changed from 6.15pm to 8.10pm which was a bit annoying as getting somewhere late usually means taxis are more expensive and there’s no time for dinner. Luckily however we managed to switch to a flight that was boarding in like an hour. Having landed and jumped into a taxi we were at the hotel in no time.

    Once at the hotel we realised we were only about 200m from the Saturday walking street market so we had a quick wash and made our way to look around the stalls and find some yummy street food. The market was HUGE selling all kinds of bits and bobs. We refrained from buying anything this time, holding off for tomorrow’s market which is supposed to be a lot better.
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  • Day15

    Chiang Mai

    December 16, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    There are over 100 temples in Chiang Mai so for our first day we explored the city on foot. With a temple on every corner (sometimes 2) we found a walking tour route online which highlighted a few of the more interesting ones as well as some other interesting sights the Old Town had to offer.

    Chiang Mai is very different to Bangkok. The Old Town area is located within an old stone wall, remenants of which can be found around the city and a canal runs around the outside, resembling a moat. We now understand why people say Bangkok is crazy as Chiang Mai is so much more relaxed!

    As we wandered around we saw some beautiful temples including:

    Wat Chiang Man or the Temple of the Fortified City which is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai, built shortly after the city was in 1296 and one of my favourites with a tower supported by 15 elephant statues.

    Wat Hua Kuang with its beautiful architecture.

    Wat Kun Kha Ma or the Golden Horse Temple which as the name suggests is surrounded by loads of gold horses.

    And many many more...

    We also saw many sections of the old wall including the White Elephant Gate which is the North Gate into the city (there are 5 in total with bridges over the surrounding canal). There are only remenants of the old wall left now as most of it was torn down during WWII so that the bricks could be repurposed however some of these have been rebuilt since. The gate gets it's name as it is said that the 8th Lanna King in Chiang Mai, King Geuna, had a piece of Buddha's shoulder bone and let a sacred white elephant free out of this gate to find a spot to build a shrine, of which is the Doi Suthep Temple outside of the city.

    For lunch we stumbled across a very cute garden cafe where Si indulged in an enornous club sandwich (with real meat this time) and chips whilst I tucked into a scrummy spinach and cheese roti.

    After lunch we checked out a few more sights before making our way back to the hotel. As we were heading back they were setting up for the big Sunday night market and I may have accidentally purchased 4 lovely glasses!

    In the evening we headed back out to the market with our haggling game face in search of some more goodies, returning with a rather large thai cushion which we can hopefully squeeze into the suitcase and some other random trinkets.
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  • Day19

    Day 3 - Chiang Mai

    December 20, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    It's our final day in Chiang Mai before we take the overnight train down to Bangkok. For our last day we booked ourselves into Siam Home Cooking Class. We were picked up in a tuk-tuk and taken to a local's food market just outside of the Old City where we met Nancy our cooking teacher. Here she showed us all of the traditional Thai ingredients including the fresh fish counter. The fresh fish counter was nothing like the one in Asda and instead there were numerous buckets of fish swimmimg around. You could literally pick which one you wanted and they fished it out and chopped it up in front of you!

    After the market it was back on the tuk tuk and off to the cooking school. When we arrived we were able to choose 7 dishes from a menu to create which included a soup, stir fried noodles, curry, dessert, salad, stir fry and deep fried.

    We started off with the soup, tofu coconut milk soup for me and wonton soup for Simon. Nancy showed us how to chop the ingredients and then put them together to make the soup. We then sat down to enjoy our dishes which were delcious. Turns out my tolerance to spice has significantly improved whilst we have been away. I put 2 green chillis in mine and found it quite mild!

    We were then back up to make our stir fry, tofu and cashew nut for me and sweet and sour chicken for Simon. It was at this point we both really regretted eating breakfast. I was already full and had another 5 courses to get through! They weren't small portions either.

    Before the next course we got to have a little break and a walk around the neighbouring lake to 'help digestion' as Nancy put it. After a couple of laps (it was a small lake) we started on the salad course. I went for a green mango salad and Simon made a sweetcorn salad. My salad was very sweet and not because of the mango as you may think but the lashings of palm sugar that went into it. Salt and sugar appear to be key ingredients in Thai cooking, with 1 - 2 spoonfuls going into every dish! As we were finishing up our salad we were joined by another couple (up until now we had our very own private tour).

    Next up was the deep fried and noodle course. I opted for the vegetable spring rolls and Simon for the fried wontons. Turns out Si is a complete pro at constructing the wontons and I also smashed the spring rolls! Both of which were delicious! Unfortunately I wasn't able to try any of Si's dishes as they all contained meat and fish sauce (even the salad had fish sauce).

    After popping our fried goodies on the table for later we started on the noodle dishes. I opted for the traditional pad thai and Si for Pad C-eaw. Despite loving Pad Thai, this was actually my least favourite dish. It just didnt have much flavour. Si wasn't a fan of his either (he is still traumitised from all of the stir fries he ate in South America) and it contained large noodles which were a bit slimy.

    After polishing off the noodle dishes, spring rolls and wontons we moved on to the curry course and making our own curry paste with a pestle and mortar. I quickly discovered that the most effective method of making the paste was to simply bash the crap out of it, much to Si's amusement! It was actually pretty easy and smelt delcious! I reckon its something I may even be able to do at home. For the curry course I made a Khao soi which is a traditional dish for Northern Thailand and Si made a massaman curry (one of our favourites). This was by far my favourite course but I was so unbelievably full by this point I couldn't eat much. It was quite good that we were joined by another couple as we got to see a few other dishes being made.

    We then finished off with a dessert of sticky rice with mango and banana and coconut milk. Im a big fan of sticky rice and mango which on the face of it sounds really healthy but again was full of sugar.

    We thoroughly enjoyed our cooking class and Nancy was lovely! We will have to cook up a Thai feast when we get home.

    Feeling completely and utterly full we headed back to our hotel to grab our bags before heading to the train station. We were a couple of hours early but so was our train so we were able to sit in our first class carriage instead of on the platform. We were greeted by a very grumpy lady thrusting menus in our face and asking if we wanted to order food. When we asked if we could also buy food from the food cart she snatched them out of our hand and stormed off! Rude! Fortunately we have stocked up on lots of snacks as the food is supposedly terrible and we ate a 7 course lunch!

    A lady came around 7pm to convert our cabin into sleep mode so after a couple of episodes of netflix we downloaded, we tucked in to get some sleep. We will let you know how that was tomorrow.
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  • Day74

    Chiang Mai, THA

    November 12, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Wir genießen die Zeit hier in Chiang Mai. Hier sind wir nun auch ganze 12 Nächte - so lange waren wir bisher noch nirgends. Wir leben in den Tag hinein und schauen einfach auf was wir gerade Lust haben. Uns macht es vor allem Spaß die Shopping Malls und die Lebensmittel-Supermärkte zu durchforsten und die für uns fremden Produkte zu entdecken. Hier in Chiang Mai haben wir ein kleines Apartment mit Küche und wir freuen uns sehr endlich mal wieder selber kochen zu können!

    Die Bilder zeigen unseren Besuch beim Tempel Wat Phra That Doi Suthep und dem Bhubing Palast.
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  • Day4

    The beauty of Chiang Mai

    April 7, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Eenmaal aangekomen in ons hotel in Chiang Mai doken we meteen het zwembad in. Na dat benauwde weer in Bangkok waren we toe aan verkoeling. In de avond vertrokken we naar de night market. Nou je raad het al, ook hier weer veel, heelveel eetkraampjes, happy us!! Niet alleen streetfood, je vindt er ook kleding, sieraden, traditionele thaise sjaaltjes, sandalen, livebandjes nd manymore! Heel gezellig in ieder geval!

    Gister hebben we onze angsten weer overwonnen met iets super vet! We zijn gaan Ziplinen in de jungle van Chiang Mai! Dit was een van de gaafste dingen die ik mocht doen. Hoog in de bergen, slingeren als tarzan van de ene boom naar de andere boom. Natuurlijk helemaal beveiligd met riemen vast aan de lijn! :-) We liepen op hele smalle, waggelende touwbruggetjes over stromende beekjes. Best wel eng als je naar beneden kijkt! We sloten de dag af met een heerlijk verzorgd thais buffet.

    Er is zoveel te ondernemen hier in Chiang Mai. Je moet wel keuzes kunnen maken, want de georganiseerde activiteiten zijn niet goedkoop. Ook voor kinderen is het super leuk! We komen veel gezinnen met kinderen tegen. Wij besloten een scooter te huren en de omgeving net buiten de stad te verkennen. We reden langs uitgestrekte groene mais- en rijstvelden, via de bergen naar de welbekende Sticky Waterfalls. De weg ernaar toe was al een heel avontuur! En het uitzicht is super mooi! De Sticky watervallen ( Bua Thong ) zijn heel bijzonder, je kunt ze gemakkelijk beklimmen zonder eraf te vallen. Dit komt omdat er een laagje kalk op de stenen achterblijft waardoor je veel grip hebt. Klimmend en klauterend kwamen we door het stromende water boven terecht. Een avontuurtje rijker!

    De sfeer hier is heel aangenaam. Ook de mensen hier zijn vriendelijker dan in Bangkok. Ik zou hier wel een week kunnen blijven! Morgen vertrekken we naar het hippie dorpje Pai. Een klein dorpje hier 134 km vandaan waar we ook weer 3 dagen verblijven. Ik heb al een heel cool verblijf op het oog. En het kost maar 11 euro per nacht! I’ll keep you posted!

    Groetjes vanuit Chiang Mai!
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  • Day8

    Fun day!

    April 17, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 88 °F

    We woke up at the mountain float... There was some sore heads that didn't make it to breakfast! Lol we had another play on the kanoes, sunbathed etc before heading back. Nats dad dropped 2 of the couples off at the market for them to get a taxi to their next destinations.

    We headed to the tiger farm... me and Jack went in and of course I wanted to go in with the large tiger... its safe to say we were both shitting it haha Jack actually hid behind a table lol. I didn't like the tiger farm as I felt it was such big animals in little cages :-(

    After the tigers we visited the 'long neck karen' village where the women stretch their necks to enhance their appearance... They showed us some of their scares underneath... looks painful!

    We then headed to the elephant sanctuary and when we arrived it had just closed! Gutted was only 2.45pm too!

    We went out for tea afterwards as nats dad's treat which was lovely. Followed by a night at a local accommodation, we got ourselves the most painful massage in the world! This was accompanied with the worst night sleep on a rock hard bed ready for a 5am start... great! Lol
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  • Day8

    Pause in Chiang Mai

    September 11, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    In Chiang Mai haben wir die Zeit etwas zum Ausspannen genutzt. Tagsüber haben wir in der brütenden Hitze ein bisschen gechillt, gezeichnet, gelesen und die weitere Reise geplant. Und abends sind wir mit dem gemieteten Roller jeweils eine halbe Stunde in die Stadt gedüst um uns auf den Marktständen durch das Street-Food durchzuprobieren, eine Thai Massage von blinden Masseuren zu genießen oder auf dem Nachtmarkt verschiedene Kunst zu bewundern.
    Die Fahrt war immer recht wild und aufregend, man muss mutig und ein bisschen dreist sein um als Roller-Fahrer in Chiang Mai ans Ziel zu gelangen 🛵
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  • Day6

    Auf nach Chiang Mai per Nachtzug

    October 4, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Ich hab ja schlafen können im Zug, Maxi leider weniger :(

    Zum Anfang:
    Wie bereits erzählt haben wir uns am ersten Tag in Bangkok gleich die Tickets nach Chiang Mai gekauft. Bis zum Einstieg wussten wir nicht was uns genau erwartet.
    Zu unserem Leidwesen hatte der Zug 20 Minuten Verspätung. Mussten nun weiter am Bahnhof warten, in der Hoffnung von keiner Mücke gestochen zu werden.
    Als der Zug eintraff waren wir erleichtert, es war nicht so schlimm wie gedacht.
    Die Matratzen waren einfache Kissen und die Abteile mit Vorhängen abgetrennt. Alles etwas älter und ungepflegt aber wie sollte es anders sein...

    Ich lag im Hochbett und konnte neben der Klimanlage gut schlafen, Maxi hatte leider nur 4 Stunden schlafen können.
    Er hatte in der Zeit CandyCrash gezockt und sich den vorbeihaschenden Dschungel angesehen als es endlich hell wurde.

    Achja, es war übrigends wieder a*schkalt dank der Klimaanlage. Nun zahlte es sich aus, alles mögliche dabei zu haben (Buff, Jacke, lange Hose, feste Schuhe, Handtuch als Decke)

    Nach dem Ankommen in Chiang Mai sind wir mit dem Taxi zum Hotel.
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Ban Nong Pa Khrang, บ้านหนองป่าครั่ง

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