Chiang Mai Province

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  • Day106

    Fish spa

    December 12 in Thailand

    Last night when we were on our way home from Muay Thai, we came across a ‘fish spa’ which was a bunch of cushioned benches, and at the bottom of each bench there was a fish tank with at least 50 fish in it. Malcolm and I were the only ones brave enough to try it (my dad was too chicken to go near it). We got a 10 minute treatment for only 60 baht each (less than $3 each). First, you have to clean your feet with a wet cloth, then you stick them in the tank and all the fish come and nibble at your feet. Everyone who walked by was staring and smiling, and a few people decided to try it after seeing us do it. It almost felt like they should be paying us instead of the other way around because we attracted so much attention! Malcolm had to take his feet out of the tank after about 5 minutes because it felt so weird. It felt really weird and tingly but after a while it felt pretty good!
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  • Day109

    Lara sent me off with the Doi Suthep Walkers early this morning. The Walkers are a collection of local hiking aficionados and the current Chiang Mai travellers lucky enough to stumble upon their Facebook page (myself included). We climbed for close to three hours to a small hill tribe village where we enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by one of the families from the village. It was fun to be out with other travellers and talk shop, although none of them were also escaping from their young children for the day. Hikers from our group represented England, Romania, Finland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Malaysia, China, and the good old US of A.
    - Geoff
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  • Day88

    Normally I don’t post food photos, but the cuteness factor here was so over-the-top, that we just had to share. If your kids are cranky from heat, math, and Muay Thai sore muscles, the fix in Chiang Mai is apparently sweets shaped like bears (with a latte for mama and a bacon burger for dad)! The café is also equipped with stuffed bears at the tables. I think Malcolm has finally found his birthday meal restaurant... so we’ll be back in 3 days.Read more

  • Day81

    Hedgehog cafe

    November 17 in Thailand

    Last night we explored around our neighbourhood, and we came across something called a ‘hedgehog cafe’. I think it’s kind of like the cat cafe in Ottawa but I’m not sure because I haven’t been to the cat cafe. At the hedgehog cafe, you bought a combo of
    — 1,2,3, or 4 drinks
    — a waffle or piece of cake
    — and a pass to ‘enjoy the hedgehogs’
    We got three mango smoothies, and a water. The lady brought two hedgehogs to two separate glass cages with open tops. She also gave us each a pair of gardening gloves, a towel (to clean up) , a pair of tweezers and a bowl of dried meal worms. We got to play with the hedgehogs and give them meal worms. There was also a bunch of guinea pigs, and we got to feed and play with them too! They were so cute!!
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  • Day81

    Malcolm and I wandered through the old city to a physical education park where we found the Chiang Mai Table Tennis Club. For a whopping 2$ we acquired day passes and enjoyed a couple of hours of ping-pong. After a while we invited a young Thai fellow to join us. He was much better than both of us, but very polite with his play. His parents were so excited to see us playing together that they asked to make a movie with their phone, so I grabbed a picture too. We couldn’t say much to each other except smile and laugh at ourselves. Before we parted ways, we exchanged a wai (a bow with the hands clasped in front of our chins) and more smiles.
    - Geoff
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  • Day87

    Muay Thai

    November 23 in Thailand

    Yo everyone, its Malcolm😜
    Muay Thai is a kick boxing fight that uses eight limbs to fight. To be a fighter you have to have a strong set of fists, knees, legs and elbows. Muay Thai is just like boxing but using legs to kick your opponent. We take a Muay Thai class twice a week with a training group half an hour away from our house. At the start of training we do skipping with heavy ropes for 15 minutes non-stop but most of the time, Dale and I get on huge bouncy tires and jump with weights in our hands. After that we do stretches for 10 minutes but for me its more like break every bone in your body because all the trainers keep pushing me to do extra work. After “stretches” we all get seperated into 3 groups: Dale and I go with Sep, the adults go with Bagi, and Chloë works with Tam. Everyone works on different stuff for most of it but sometimes we all go to the punching bags for fist strengthening. At the end we all come together to repeat the stretches.
    That’s all for now but I will talk to you all soon!
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  • Day5

    Day 5/72 - Hike up to Doi Suthep

    November 1 in Thailand

    Fantastic day today! The plan was set to follow a monk trail up to a temple at the top of one of the mountains surrounding Chaing Mai. After a decent night's sleep, we got up, donned our walking boots and headed to a bakery to stock up on food before our hike. A couple of croissants and pastries down the hatch and some bacon and pepper bread things in the bag, we hailed a red pick up truck style taxi and headed for the start point.

    We were dropped off at the bottom of the hill, on the shanty outskirts of Chaing Mai. We started our watches and headed up the hill. The first part of the hike was on steep roads past shacks and the Chaing Mai zoo, but soon lead to a single footpath that took us up the mountain. It was tough, steep walking but felt so good to be trekking through the jungle. The butterflies danced around as we ducked under vines with trails of huge ants criss crossing over us. The path itself was rocky and muddy, and Tom in particular was very pleased to have walking boots to give his glass ankles the support they deserved. The trees kept the heat in and we were soon drenched in sweat, but as well climbed the air cooled. After an hour or so we came across a small temple like area overlooking the city, here the river split into small waterfalls; it was a stunning little hideaway.

    We crossed one of the winding mountain roads and plunged back into the jungle on the other side, the path becoming more and more overgrown. The more we climbed, the steeper the path became and almost an hour later we shimmied over our last fallen tree and climbed up onto the road leading to Doi Suthep. We looked terrible but it was very gratifying to have 2 people trot down the steps to the temple saying, "wow have you walked all the way from Chiang Mai?! Like, through the jungle down there?!". The temple was looked after by monks who lived in the wooden houses teetering on the hillside. We wandered around the viewpoint and platform, taking in the views with fresh water and a magnum, whilst Izzi peered over the edge and fretted about the height. It was incredibly high. The aircraft taking off from Chaing Mai Airport began their turn below the level we were at. We took in the sights for a little while longer and then headed back down the hillside.

    At the bottom of the hill we spotted another red truck taxi at the end of the road we were dropped off on, and although we must have lost a good few years off our lives with the fumes that clouded the truck as it lurched through the city, it was great to know a shower was at the end of the journey. After we'd washed up, we went in search of food and almost immediately walked across a pizza place with great recommendations. Feeling a little cheeky for not solely eating rice and noodles for dinner, we had a delicious pizza with watermelon shakes (incredible.), and promised ourselves that we'd get thai food the next day. This turned out to be a very easy promise however, as we wandered through a night bazaar lined with all kinds of chefs, playing with fire and tossing an array of food and cutlery. The night bazaar was brill, and we had some quick frozen ice cream made with bananas and oreos right in front of our eyes. As we ate, entertainment filled the square and women dancing with umbrellas, scarily long finger nails and masked dancers put on a performance to the crowd. After this, a Thai band came on and sang a plethora of pop songs from the 00's. A reggae version of Adele's "Someone Like You" has never been so well received.
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  • Day6

    Day 6/72: Chillin in Chiang Mai

    November 2 in Thailand

    Today was a reasonably chilled day. We started late- Tom had got up early and gone out to get pastries from a local bakery (bacon and cracked black pepper bread twists: game changing!).
    We meandered around Chiang Mai for a lot of the morning, wandering to the wall of the old city and diving across roads to avoid being hit by the ever erraticly driven mopeds: when a motorbike heads up onto the pavement towards you, you get out of its way. We looked at the Friday Flea Market and various other shops supporting one-of-a-kind tokens, then looked at the next 5 stalls which all had the same thing.

    We made our way to Wat Chedi Luang: a 15th century Buddhist Temple believed to protect the city, and marveled at the peacefulness and tranquility around the Buddha sat on a huge pile of bricks. (best described by seeing the photo of it...)

    We went and had rice and garlic chicken for lunch, with watermelon smoothies, and stopped for frozen yoghurt on the way back to the hostel for an afternoon of chilling (accidentally both took a 3 hour nap- so much for getting used to a different time zone).

    This evening we headed out to the Night Bazaar, an evening of watching traditional Thai dancers, eating Roti (what seemed to be pastry deep fried; delicious), a huge platter of sea food to be eaten with our hands wearing gloves, and ice cream frozen on a cooling plate right in front of our eyes. Then we sat back and listening to Country music and big band music while drinking Chang beers.
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  • Day7

    Day 7/72 Water parkin

    November 3 in Thailand

    We spent today at a water park just outside Chiang Mai. The weather was absolutely stunning- blue skies and 35 degrees so we needed some water to cool off in. Grand Canyon Water Park was a huge quarry that kept flooding, so they filled it with water and made a water park with huge cliff jumps, climbing walls over the water, trampolines 15ft in the air, inflatable obstacle courses and a small wake park. We ended up racing along the obstacles, falling in the water more often than not, while Thai lifeguards tiptoed around us putting everyone to shame.

    We splashed around until lunch, where we got chips and burgers from the cafe on site, then headed over to the wake park to get some wakeboarding in. A good few hours and a good few falls later we were exhausted, battered, bruised and thoroughly content, and the we headed out as the park was closing at 1800.

    Catching a taxi back into town, Tom decided to pretend to be in a music video and pose at the back of the taxi watching the sunset (pictured below).

    This evening we headed back to the night Bazaar for a night of eating pad Thai, steak and way too many roti, listening to bands play the didgeridoo(!) and make it sound really quite musical.
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  • Day79

    We're in Thailand!!

    November 15 in Thailand

    We just got to Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand, yesterday morning at 6:30 am. We were so jet lagged, that we fell asleep a few hours after we got settled into our new teak house, and when we woke up, we thought it was the next morning, even though it was only 3:00 in the afternoon! Afterwards, we went exploring around our neighbourhood, and discovered a day market selling clothes, shoes and Thai food/sweets. For dinner last night, Malcolm and I had pork satay and rice, and my parents had green curry chicken soup, and chili cashew chicken (Dale had a peanut butter sandwich, of course!). When we went to sleep for real, every single one of us woke up at 1:30 in the morning, because we were still so jet lagged. I ended up getting out of bed at 11:00 am. Then we went out for a snack and card game at a local bakery, and on the way home we stopped at a Thai restaurant, and had rice, chicken pad Thai, and spicy pork with basil. The whole meal only cost 130 Thai baht, equivalent to 5$ Canadian! We live in a teak house, which is an old wooden house, where only the living room, bedrooms, and one of the bathrooms are inside. The rest of the house is outdoors. I only have one pair of shorts out of three, that apparently aren’t too short to wear in Thailand, and only two t-shirts out of five, that cover my shoulders enough. The bad things here, are that we have no washing machine, or dishwasher, but it might be okay, because there’s a laundromat around the corner, and my guess is that we won’t be doing many dishes anyways. I don’t think we’ll be eating at home very often, because getting groceries is more expensive than eating at restaurants here! The temperature here is 33 degrees C outside right now, so that means most of our house is hot. A few yeas ago, someone turned this original teak house into a bar, but it closed down because it’s across the street from a temple! Now it is a house again! All the cars and motorbikes drive on the other side of the road, which can be annoying for me because it’s not what I’m used to.
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