beautiful Chiang Mai
impressions and sensations
just a few impressions from a friend of mine in this beautiful City...i
Loves about Chiang Mai: The myriads of 2nd hand books shops, abundant vegetarian food, CHEAP vegetarian food, DELICIOUS vegetarian food, so many yoga studios, colourful early morning markets, the heat and humidity, cheap guesthouses some of which are just lovely, the gentle and beautiful Thai people, affordable most amazying thai-massages for only 4 Euro, cheap laundry, the proximity to Pai and Laos, meeting cool locals and other travellers, how some people take dogs on their motorbikes and publicly show affection to their animals, how the monks are obligated to look after any strays that wander into the wats, beautiful clothing and crafts at the day markets made by the various hill tribespeople and hidden in the back streets at wholesale prices, cheap and beautiful (hippie) clothes, the slow(er) pace of life and underlying vibe of the city. Being a tourist here is just so easy... I've decided it is NOT a good introductory prelude to travelling in India.
Awesome vegetarian eaties: Juicy4U, Gap's House (vego buffet for 90B every night), Blue Diamond (the restaurant, not the drug), Nice Kitchen, Mai Kaidees.
Places to stay: Sabai Garden (Vicky and the lovely staff, food and massages... ask for Porn - she knows what she's doing). Next time I come I want to try Spicy House.
Not so great stuff: Pollution + heat = smog, The tuk tuk and red truck drivers constantly beeping at you or hassling you into taking their tuk tuk, being a farang and having to pay more than the thais for some things (not so bad, they are locals after all and we are tourists being fuggen annoying tourists), food poisoning, being hassled at the night markets if you look at something for slightly too long or show any kind of interest in something for sale, sad clown dogs with mange or injured limbs or conjunctivitis, western eateries, watching other tourists being pains in the arse and feeling intensely annoyed at them, then even more annoyed at remembering you are one yourself.