Night Bazaar

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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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  • 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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  • Day88

    Loy Krathong and Yi Peng

    November 24 in Thailand

    These past three days have been the Thai festivals ‘Loy Krathong’ and ‘Yi Peng’. Loy Krathong is a celebration that translates into ‘to float baskets’. The baskets (krathongs) are made out of thick slices of banana tree trunk, pieces of banana leaves, pretty flowers, and you stick incense and candles in it, then, once you’ve lit the candles and incense, you float them down the ping river, on the first full moon of the twelfth month (Thai lunar calendar). Make sure you make a wish when you float it! This year it was November 22. Yi peng is at the same time, but for yi peng you float lanterns into the sky. There was so many people in the main streets that you could barely move at all! If you’ve been to one of these festivals before, comment your experience!
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  • Day4

    Day 4/72: Bangkok to Chiang Mai

    October 31 in Thailand

    A relaxed travel day today. We woke up in Bangkok, packed up our stuff and had a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast. We had that kind of time where there's not quite enough to do anything, but too much to warrant doing nothing, so we got an taxi to the airport early and had some spicy beef ramen noodles, a mango smoothie and watched the world go by. The flight was easy, and gave us each a free meal! After an hour and a half we arrived in Chaing Mai.

    We got quickly shepherded from the airport, into a taxi and were at the hostel in no time. Nice homely place, and the desk guy was very helpful and showed us around. We put our kit away and went for a wander. In many ways Chiang Mai is similar to Bangkok, the smell, noise, the traffic, tuk tuks, crazy mopeds, temples, stalls are all the same. However the environment is different. Overall, it's calmer, but things seem less separated. Where Bangkok is mental most of time, the tranquility of temples and gardens is astonishing. It always seems impossible that just beyond the wall of the temple gardens we were being bombarded with taxi and tuk tuk offers.
    Here, there are no skyscrapers and less busy roads, and much more green wildlife. People are chilling outside shops and just watch the world go by. However it's all closer together and you have 15 tuk tuks driving right up to the entrance of a temple which is an interesting contrast.

    We wandered around some stunning shrines and then down the main road to a Tailor. Tom, lacking a tux, wanted to get one made with a snazzy lining and it can be done very cheaply in Thailand. We had a chat with a shop owner who talked us through all the materials and prices (he loves his cashmere) and decided to possibly come back the next day to sleep on it. Then we wandered back taking in the sights, stopped at a 7/11 for some supplies and headed for a coffee shop to get some ideas for our stay. A rough plan has been made and we're going to do some hiking tomorrow!
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  • Day31

    Chiang Mai

    September 27 in Thailand

    Gestern sind wir mit dem Nachtzug von Bangkok nach Chiang Mai gefahren, dies war ein richtiges Erlebnis. 🚃 Die Stadt mit ihren vielen kleinen Märkten, besonders der Nachtmarkt, haben uns richtig gut gefallen. Tagsüber haben wir uns den Dschungel und die Elefanten in ihrer natürlichen Umgebung angeschaut, wir haben sie gefüttert, geputzt, mit ihnen gebadet und mit ihnen gespielt. 🐘🎋💦Read more

  • Day62

    I have to tell you all about three exciting things that have recently happened to me here in Chiang Mai.

    First of all, my Thai is improving quite rapidly. My active vocabulary (if I can remember everything) is now around 1300 words and expressions, with 208 more in the “memorization pipeline.” My goal is 2000 words, so I’m getting closer! I have two teachers. I go to a language school for an hour private lesson twice a week with Ms. Lek, and have a Skype lesson for thirty minutes DAILY with Ms. Taantawan. I hold “free conversation” with both of them, as they scramble to note all the new words and expressions that I need. These notes fill my vocabulary notebook. I meet with my language exchange partner Wisamun every day at 6 PM sharp, with our thirty minutes of English and then Thai.

    In my Add1Challenge, we are into our second month (there are three months altogether) and I get many ideas from other language learners. One of the best is the use of “Glossika,” an app which allows me to repeat many short sentences at native speed for a “session” of about twenty minutes per day. I was skeptical at first, but I’m finding that it is indeed living up to its promise of fluency: my brain is actually getting re-wired to speak with much less hesitation!

    The second thing that has happened is that I’ve had wrist surgery here. Yes! A tendon in my right wrist was too large for the sheath it had to pass through, causing me great pain. Instead of waiting until December for surgery in the States, I investigated having it here. I went for a consultation with a noted hand specialist/surgeon at the Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai, and HAD THE SURGERY TWO HOURS LATER. The total cost for the doctor visit, the surgery, and pain pills and antibiotics was $420. I thought they forgot to add a zero to the bill! In the US, when I had the same surgery done to the other wrist six years ago, the bill was way over $7500. My insurance covered it, but please note the difference.

    And then, the third event was that I did my first “visa run.” It involved crossing the border into Myanmar, and coming back into Thailand with a new Thai visa for thirty more days. It was ten hours on the bus there and back—a bit grueling—but the journey was broken up by a couple of hours at the border, and a nice lunch of one of my very favorite dishes: lahpet thoke, fermented tea leaf salad. There is a picture of it in this entry.

    There is always much to learn, and much to experience by living in foreign countries. My immersion in Thai/Chiang Mai life has been thrilling for me. It’s the first time I’ve been so ambitious in learning a new language, the first time I’ve seriously dealt with visa issues, and the first time to ditch the US medical system for one that seems vastly superior in how treatment is delivered. Every day I wake up eager to get going on everything.
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  • Day44

    Chiang Mai Downtown

    February 15 in Thailand

    In der wahren Altstadt der 2. Grösten Provinz des Landes hat es mich hinverschlagen. Ein kleines guests house hinter der Altstadtmauer. Natürlich war mir klar, auch in chiang mai wirds wohl sicher ein paar Tempel geben, aber mit 50 stk. nur in der Altstadt habe ich nicht gerechnet. So fällt es nicht schwer in den ein oder anderen hinein zu stolpern. Der älteste hier wurde im 12. Jahrhundert errichtet. Aber gut...kennste einen, kennste sie alle 😉 Muss sagen diese Stadt hat ohne Zweifel ihren eigenen Charme. Mit 1.5 mil. Einwohner geht hier alles enspannt zu. Keine Staus, kein gehupe, keiner rast beim Linksabbiegen einfach hinaus, weil er eh immer vorfahrt hat. So relaxt und gechillt, wirklich hammer! Wenn ich es nicht wüsste, könnte ich meinen, ich wäre schon wieder in einen anderen Land. Morgen ist chiny new year und die Vorbereitung in der Stadt sind schon im vollen gange.
    Meine natürlich auch...😁✌
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  • Day49

    Chiang Mai am Meer

    February 20 in Thailand

    Nein, natürlich nicht!

    Das wäre aber nicht schlecht. Was macht man dann bei 34 gefühlten 40 Grad Celsius?
    Man sucht sich einen schattigen Platz an der riverside und versucht konstruktiv einen neuen Reiseplan auszuwählen.

    Variante A: Hanoi - Sapa ( der Norden, Reisterassen, kalt und kein Meer ) - Halong Bay - Hanoi ❄⛆⛈☔
    Variante B: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hoi An - Hue (alte kaiserstadt ) - die küste wieder hoch nach Hanoi 🌝🏖🚣🦈

    Wer schon mal in Asien war, der weiß, man sollte nicht zu viel planen. Aber grundlegend sollte man auch als Individualreisender sich zumindest auf eine Richtung festlegen.
    Endpunkt ist wieder Hanoi, weil von dort mein Weiterflug nach Malaysia schon save ist. Könnte theoretisch den flug umbuchen, aber nur den Tag, nicht den Abflughafen 😏
    Glaube es ist nicht schwer herauszufinden, für welche Variante ich mich heute entschied ...😁
    By by...🤗😎✌
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  • Day51

    Sonntag-Relaxtag und Sunday Night Market

    December 17, 2017 in Thailand

    Wir sind nach unserem Tag im Elephant Nature Park umgezogen.......😮 Wieso?

    Das Lemur Resort liegt ziemlich weit vom Schuss und ca 1 km vom Flughafen entfernt, wo im Minutentakt Flugzeuge starten und landen.....Pool und Frühstück waren auch nicht gerade einladend..

    Also haben wir mal befragt und das Duang Dawan Hotel mit 72 % Preisnachlass in der City mit schönen Pool gefunden. Da wir nach unserer Tour mit den Elefanten gleich in der Nähe des Hotels abgesetzt wurden, wollten wir direkt buchen...
    Es gab keine Chance den Preis von zu erhalten (nur den 3 fachen Preis).....also haben wir online gebucht und dann eingecheckt und zum Lohn noch ein Upgrade auf ein Businesszimmer in der 20. Etage bekommen.
    In diesem Hotel haben wir mal ordentlich am Pool relaxt und das fantastische Frühstücksbuffet genossen.

    ....und abends ging es dann zum vielbeschriebenen Sunday Night Market im alten Chiang Mai verbunden mit einer nächtlichen Sightseeing- Tempel- Tour.
    Chiang Mai hat aber auch viele schöne Tempel....
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  • Day50

    Nature Elephant Camp

    December 16, 2017 in Thailand

    In Chiang Mai gibt es unzählige Angebote für Elefantentouren, wobei es mittlerweile auch schon etliche gibt ohne Elefantenreiten, Elefantenvorstellungen und ohne, dass Elefanten Ketten tragen müssen.

    Wir haben uns schon vor unserer Ankunft in Chiang Mai für den Elephant Nature Park entschieden.
    Hier haben verletzte und alte Elefanten ein neues zu Hause gefunden ohne Ketten. Und im Nature Park kamen auch schon Elefantenbabies zur Welt.
    Die Elefanten leben hier auf einem großen Areal direkt an einem Fluss zusammen mit Hunden, Katzen und Büffeln.
    Den Elefanten wird hier mit grossem Respekt begegnet.

    Für uns war dieser Tag im Park in unmittelbarer Nähe zu den Elefanten ein wunderbares Erlebnis.
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