Charming Chiang Mai; old city and a coffee break (part 3)

"Thailand evokes images of serene beaches, ancient temples and 
delicious coffee.Chiang Mai city centre has plenty of places to 
begin your 'coffeesploration', for something quick and special to 
start the day. The beans here are sustainable, harvested locally, 
and have a reputation for producing some of the best coffee in 
Thailand".
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Everyday in Chiang Mai is Spring season

Good morning from Chiang Mai, today would be the last day here. I wish I could stay longer but my friend gotta go back to work. Never mind, next time I will stay longer! By the way, if you haven’t read my previous posts yet please read the first and the second parts before this post so you won’t miss some beautiful parts of Chiang Mai 😉

Today we plan to just chill in the Nimmanhaemin area and explore some more cool spots for coffee lovers. Nimmanhaemin Road is a popular area for cafes and coffee shops. You’ll have no problem recaffeinating as necessary while you spend a day exploring in and around the city. And we starts our day at one of the famous cafes here, Cheevit Cheeva. Cheevit Cheeva has branched on several location of Chiang Mai. And the one we are visiting is on Nimmanhaemin road, at this branch has a cafe and the spa.

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Cheevit Cheeva on Siri Mungkalajarn Soi 7
Cheviot Cheeva is a professional coffee franchise brand. It would be best known for its Bingsu, which is a popular Korean shaved ice dessert, with toppings of chopped fruit, condensed milk, along with other bites. In Thailand mango would always be the popular chopped fruit topping, no different to Mango sticky rice and it obviously was what weordered , the Mango Bingsu.
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Mango Bingsu served with mango syrup and sticky rice

It tastes excellent as it’s the signature menu here and this menu is 169 THB (5.08 USD/3.91 GBP). It isn’t bad right when compares to a grande size of a famous coffee brand in the same price lol.

After we started our morning with this lovely dessert, it’s time for lunch. My friend asked for some protein because we barely had a real meal in this trip. There you go girl, we stopped by the Wichian Buri Roast Chicken. It’s a street food stall nears our hostel on Nimmanhaemin Soi 11. It was so busy during lunch as it’s cheap and tastes fine. We ordered roasted chicken, papaya salad and sticky rice. And it was 200 THB (6.02 USD/ 4.63 GBP) for lunch. Once you visit Thailand, you must try some local street food as it’s cheap, fresh and taste great.

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Papaya Salad with salted egg

After lunch, it’s time for some coffee. We walked to Nimmanhaemin Soi 13 and stopped by one lovely cafe because of the fancy exterior design of this spot, Waan Cafe. “Waan” in Thai means Sweet. This cafe located in the front of Hello Nimman Hotel. As I told you that we stopped by here because the exterior not because of following any review. But I’ve known later that this spot is one of the popular cafe in the area.

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Iced Latte and Thai iced tea

My friend ordered iced Latte and I got Thai Iced Tea, I didn’t about my friend’s coffee but my Thai Iced Tea tasted so great. Have you ever try Thai Iced Tea? If you visit Thailand, this is a must-try drink! My drink was 2.41 USD (1.85 GBP).

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We stayed in Waan Cafe for 2 hours then it’s time heading to the new spot! We were walking to another famous coffee shop, everybody who visits Chiang Mai always come here for a quality cup of coffee, yeah I’m talking about Ristr8to.

"Ristr8to is touted as being one of the best coffee shops in the city, it stands out for its award-winning owner and barista, and delicious, signature hot and cold coffee. The tourists from Thailand and another countries all come here for a proper coffee".

I came to one of Ristr8to’s three locations in Chiang Mai. We came to the wrong branch actually because my friend wanna take me to the another one on the next street where the owner who is also a barista works there. My friend said he looks hot hehe! What a pity 😦 Never mind we only come for a good cup of coffee, don’t we?

This place is small and always packed with the clients. It’s not a place where you can relax like other cafe we have been to! The time we came was in the late afternoon so it’s super busy but we could find a space for two people, Lucky us:)

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The options here are great too, not only for the variety of drinks 
you can order - but the coffee itself. Ristr8to sells coffee from a number of different countries - Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Columbia, and Thailand.

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As I can’t drink any caffeine, I got iced cocoa and it tasted great. My friend got the Flat White which was fantastic!

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A cup of Flat White with the giraffe on top

“Not to say this is a perfect spot. Not at all. It’s too small for the large number of clientele, it’s generally too noisy to work in, service can sometimes be a tad slow and the tables just aren’t big enough. But despite this it’s still a favourite because it gets the main thing right – fantastic coffee at prices that would only get you so-so coffee elsewhere” .

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After we had been staying in Ristr8to for 1 hour, yeah only one hour as it was getting busy and busier by that time. We grab the shared Songthaew to go to Tha phae Gate in the old city.

Why Tha Phae Gate is special ?

Tha Pae Gate is one of the most famous landmarks in Chiang Mai and is part of the crumbling city wall which once acted as a fortress for 
the ‘Old City’ (and still today acts as a geographical boundary). The gate area is an epicentre for tourism in Chiang Mai, boasting more 
hotels, bars, restaurants, cafes, massage parlours and shops than anywhere else in the city.

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As Tha Phae Gate is a popular tourist attraction, there are always full with the tourists coming here for a photo, feeding pigeons.

Staying near Tha Pae Gate not only means you’ll be surrounding yourself with fellow travellers, but it also means you’re well-placed to walk to many of Chiang Mai’s main attractions such as the Night Bazaar, the numerous temples in the Old City, and even the Riverside area (at a push).

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Then we crossed the street to the Sunday walking Street Market. The Sunday Market (or Walking Street) is a large market located right in the centre of the old walled city area of Chiang Mai. Starting at the Tha Phae Gate at one end the Sunday Market extends for roughly 1 km down the full length of Ratchadamnoen Road. You can go to the Market every Sunday from 4pm till midnight.

At the Sunday Market you will find lots of tourists and Thai locals all gathered together having a good time looking for bargains. The Sunday Market is growing bigger every year and has now started to spread down many of the side streets off the main road, as well as the big open area around the Tha Phae Gate itself. In my opinion, I prefer the Wua-lai Market that I went on Saturday night than this market because here was even more overcrowded and super busy! people were everywhere. But you should visit once as this market is surround by some beautiful temples. But I didn’t have much time to stop by because I had a late night flight to go back to Bangkok.

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I bought some hair accessories from this lovely stall xx

The handicraft products displayed are perfect as gifts or beautiful and useful items to decorate your own home. You will also find many vendors selling shoes, jewellery, souvenirs and clothing like 100% cotton eco t-shirts or Thai Silk boxer shorts. And well at Tha Pae Gate you´ll find anything you don´t want to find as foreigner: Mc Donalds , Burger King, Starbuck, … you got it 🙂

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And here was where we finished our journey. We came back to a hostel because we dropped our luggage at the hostel when we checked out in the morning. So we went back there by the shared Songthaew (30 THB/0.90 USD/0.70 GBP). Then we used GrabCar to take us to the airport and I had a safe journey back home. Today I spent only 464 THB (13.96 USD/10.75 GBP) as we had only one real meal lol.

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Let’s see how much I spent over the trip which include my flight tickets. Overall I’ve spent 7,899 THB (237.62 USD or 183.11 GBP) in 3 days 2 nights. If without the plane tickets, I only spent 3,899 THB (117.28 USD/90.36 GBP) in Chiang Mai so I got some money left as I bring 5,500 THB. This is super cheap when I compare to 3 days I spent in London lol. it can’t even compare really!

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3 days 2 nights isn’t enough to explore Chiang Mai if you plan to come oversea to visit this charming city, you should stay at least a week and the perfect time to visit would be in the winter time in November-early February (High season). But the time I’ve visited Thailand is between summer and rainy season, lucky me that there was no rain during my trip but the heats lol.

In my opinion, Everything in Chiang Mai which include accommodation 
price also the average living-expenses is quite low when compare to 
the capital like Bangkok or the popular southern city, Phuket (Phuket is so expensive!!). People and the tourist here are all friendly and the city  is safe enough for a solo backpacker like the Ukrainian 
girl I met on the shared taxi. I do love everything about Chiang Mai 
and I hope you feel the same and fall in love with Chiang Mai like I do. Goodbye for now, until we meet again, Chiang Mai 🙂

For more photos, visit my INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/ladycandyko

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At Tha Phae Gate, Chiang Mai

P.S.

-Thank you to all of you who finished reading this post also the other parts of Charming Chiang Mai trip, I hope it’s useful and inspire you to book a tickets and come visit Chiang Mai.

-Thank you my partner in crime for joining all trips and took me all beautiful photos since I came to Thailand, love you<3 and Thanks my bro who took us around Chaing Mai for one day, I will see you in the Uk 🙂

 

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Charming Chiang Mai; Old city and coffee break (part 2)

Let’s explore Chiang Mai with me and try a cup of local coffee, you will fall in love with this charming city 🙂

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"Northern Thailand has a unique sense of style and creativity. Chiang Mai in particular is known for its thriving arts and culture scene, both with traditional Thai handicrafts, such is wood carving, umbrella making and weaving , and contemporary arts and craftsmanship" (paperplanesblog.com).

Good morning world! after yesterday I introduce Chiang Mai to you and took you around this lovely city for a little bit on my first day there. Now let the second day of my trip starts! Oh wait! in case you haven’t read my previous post yet, I wrote my first day trip in Chiang Mai on my last post. Check it out before you begin reading this post please.

Today we woke up around 9 am, I wish we could wake up earlier but we were so tired from yesterday. We came down stair to grab a breakfast from the hostel, yes the breakfast is included…

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Charming Chiang Mai; Old city and coffee break (part 2)

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"Northern Thailand has a unique sense of style and creativity. Chiang Mai in particular is known for its thriving arts and culture scene, both with traditional Thai handicrafts, such is wood carving, umbrella making and weaving , and contemporary arts and craftsmanship" (paperplanesblog.com).

Good morning world! after yesterday I introduce Chiang Mai to you and took you around this lovely city for a little bit on my first day there. Now let the second day of my trip starts! Oh wait! in case you haven’t read my previous post yet, I wrote my first day trip in Chiang Mai on my last post. Check it out before you begin reading this post please.

Today we woke up around 9 am, I wish we could wake up earlier but we were so tired from yesterday. We came down stair to grab a breakfast from the hostel, yes the breakfast is included. But it’s a continental one like coffee, tea, milk, cereal and toasts.

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Breakfast from the hostel
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My friend was enjoying her breakfast

After we got ready, we started our morning with the first cafe in the neighbourhood. The Laboratory & A Cross the Universe, yes it’s a name of the coffee shop, restaurant and the hotel. I would say in a part of a coffee shop as we came here for the coffee and of course pictures! lol This place is very popular because of the interior design like you are in the science class or the lab, so people like to come here to get drinks and taking a photo.

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Iced Green Tea and Black Esspresso

We got a cup of black coffee and iced green tea for 4.50 USD (3.45 GBP), which were not bad for the amazing atmosphere. We were lucky that we came here a bit early so we can take a pictures everywhere without photobomb. Because they have only a few table and it will get busy around lunch time, so it’s better to come here earlier.

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We hanged in there from 11 to 12.30 PM until we got enough photos from this place, then  a good friend of mine came to pick us up. I know him because we both study at the university of Lincoln in the UK. He is on his school break and came visiting his hometown, Chiang Mai. So today he was gonna be our driver, how nice!!

Now we all were hungry, we stopped by the famous restaurant of Chiang Mai, Oh Ka Ju. This place is famous for their steaks and salads from its own organic vegetable farm. If you come here at lunch, you have to be on the queue at least 15 mins. I had been on queue for 20 mins. We ordered 3 entrees and 1 dessert; Quinoa salad, Mango-salmon salad, Fried Tempura Salad and Butterfly Pea Pudding. Yes this meal was super healthy, everything are organic!! This lunch was 20.43 USD (15.67 GBP) with a super healthy meal for 3 people, not bad right?

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Quinoa Salad
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Mango-Salmon Salad
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Fried Tempura Salad
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Butterfly Pea Salad

After the meal, we were heading to the highlight of today, the Grand Canyon Chiang Mai. This place is a bit far from the centre, but today I got a driver hehe! It took us half an hour to reach there. Before I came here I had no idea what it was but my friend told me it should be good as she saw it on some show on TV so why not!! If you don’t have a car, it can be difficult to come here with a public transport because it’s a bit far and the road is under construction. There are 3 entrances to visit different zone and you have to pay separately for each entrance about 2 USD each (1.5 GBP). We only paid for the first two zones not the third zone as it is a Water Park. So we paid 100 THB per person ( 3 USD/2 GBP) And here is the first zone.

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The Grand Canyon Chiang Mai
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University of Lincoln students 😉

It’s hard to describe this place in words. It’s kind of like the grand canyon in green/blue water. It’s truly stunning and you should definitely head there if you like the adventure, swimming or jumping off cliffs. It’s also beautiful by itself or for taking pictures. Beware that there are signs up which say no swimming due to a recent incident where a tourist drowned. Here are some pictures which will convince you to go!

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What if you don't have a car, how can you get there? 

First of all go by scooter. It’s kind of the only way to go except for maybe renting a car. Easiest way to navigate is using your smartphone and google maps. These are the coordinates you have to type into google maps: “18.697053, 98.893398“.

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It was humid today with 35 degree (95 degree Fahrenheit) so i was burned by the sun! therefore, we could stay here only 1 hour. Then we head to the next station, Baan Kang Wat to get some coffee.

Baan Kang Wat is artists’ village with cafes, a market, public workshops & many handicrafts for sale. It’s no entry fee so it’s perfect after the Grand Canyon lol. By the way, this place isn’t far from The Grand Canyon, if you wanna visit both places, just put them on the same day plan.

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A series of shophouses, designed to highlight traditional and modern Thai architecture elements, have been built up around a small amphitheater to create an outdoor lifestyle mall that is pretty dang cute. This place can make you feel like you relax in your back garden with a cup of good coffee. Grab your book with you and come here since it's a perfect place for reading in the afternoon after the Gran Canyon in the morning.

Again, it’s a bit far from the centre so you can get here by a rented scooter or a taxi but a taxi could be overprice. Lucky us that today we had my friend took us around so we could go a bit far from the centre. Thank you to him again for the hospitality, see you in the UK 😉 We stayed there for 2 hours, then my friend picked us up and dropped us off at our hostel in the evening. We really need a shower and get some rest after a long hot day.

After we got ready, we called a red Songthaew to go to a Saturday Night Market Walking Street on Wua-Lai Road (local people called Wua Lai after the road name). It was 40 THB (1.5 USD/1 GBP) per person to get the shared Songthaew to Wua-Lai market.

Wua-Lai Walking street was highly recommended by the locals. Here is where they would go to find local crafts and street food. The price is relatively cheap compared to the shops and way much cheaper than the Night Bazaar. You can find local crafts and genuine items here.

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I highly recommend you  to come here because everything here is so cheap!! This is my favourite night market in Chiang Mai. But it is always busy and packed as locals and tourists from across the world haggle vigorously for carved soaps, novelty dog collars, woodcarvings, Buddha paintings, hill-tribe trinkets, Thai musical instruments, T-shirts, paper lanterns and umbrellas, silver jewellery and herbal remedies.

I got one top for 1.65 USD (1.26 GBP) and I got changed to my new top after I purchased because it was so hot on that day as the market was overcrowded and got barely space to walk. If you don’t like the overcrowded place, don’t come here because people is everywhere.

And I found the cool spot here in the market, the lady sells a bottle of local wine for 220 THB (6.61 USD/5.06 GBP). I know you might not surprise for this price as you can find a cheap bottle in CVS or Tesco. But in Thailand, the regular price for a bottle of wine isn’t a joke. But this simple spot is where you can meet people from other parts of the world, drinking and sharing experiences.

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A local wine bar was packed by the tourists 🙂
On the Wua-Lai road has a beautiful temple that makes you want to visit, Wat Srisuphan temple. Wat Sri Suphan is also known as the Silver Temple because of its impressive hand crafted silver decoration. 

The silver ubosot (ordination hall) at Wat Srisuphan is covered inside and out with silver, nickel and aluminium panels, embossed with elaborate repoussé-work designs. The effect is like a giant jewellery box, particularly after dark, when the monastery is illuminated by coloured lights. It is so amazing at night as the photos I took below!
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Wat Sri Suphan (Silver Temple) on Wua-Lai Rd.
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The colour keeps changing

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We had been walking around for 3 hours and I was completely tired so we grab a Songthaew back to Nimmanhaemin road. I need some alcohol so we stopped by a bar nears the hostel, a 550-ml bottle of Asahi beer here is 110 THB (3.30 USD/2.53 GBP). And here is how we ended the second night in Chiang Mai, good night:)

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Asahi’s the Japanese beer, it tastes ok

P.S. let me tell you how much I spent on the second day in Chiang Mai.

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Thank you for reading my stories and I will see you guys on my last day post of Chiang Mai trip. For more photographs, please visit my instagram ID : ladycandyko or by this link >> https://www.instagram.com/ladycandyko/

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Charming Chiang Mai; old city and coffee break (part 1)

 

 

“Thailand evokes images of serene beaches, ancient temples and delicious coffee. this country has a growing coffee industry and caffeine-seekers can find a cup of jo basically everywhere. The northern city of Chiang Mai is particularly known for its coffee outlets serving locally grown coffee and making for a welcome break between visiting temples and shopping for souvenirs” (lonelyplanet.com).

After my last trip in Hua Hin, I came up with a new trip in one of famous tourist cities of Thailand, Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is a famous tourist city in the North, this city itself has the international airport so you can book a direct flight to Chaing Mai. Or you can fly directly from Bangkok, it will take you only 1 hour like I did and the plane tickets would be between 30 USD – 60 USD ( 22-50 GBP ) for one way ticket, I purchased the one way ticket for 39.06 USD or 29.94 GBP on Airasia Airline.

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Thailand Map

In addition, if you are a backpacker who want to try the most saved budget transport, you can take the bus or the train from Bangkok like my friend did. This option will cost you around 20 USD (15 GBP), but you will hang in your transportation for 8-10 hrs so I suggest you to start your trip at night and you will arrive to Chiang Mai in a very early morning so you can have a full day trip there. In my opinion, I suggest you to take the plane because the ticket price is cheap and there are many low-cost airline to get there. It saves your time as well as your budget.

I arrived to Chiang Mai at 3 pm. and I took a taxi to my hostel that I booked on Booking.com, a taxi costed me 7 USD (5 GBP). I know this price is nothing when it is in USD or GBP, but guys you can get a shared taxi (local people called Red truck or Songthaew) and you only pay 1 USD or 0.80 GBP per people. But if you can’t wait for the Red Truck like me, grab a taxi or use UBER or GrabCar. Don’t worry guys, as soon as you arrive to the airport there are many options there (not like in Phuket, if you’ve been there you know what I’m talking about).

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Hub Hostel Chiang Mai
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Welcome 🙂

And here we are, I arrived at my hostel, Hub Hostel Chiangmai. I want to tell you that this is my very first hostel I have stayed in my life. Actually, I can book a hotel as the hotel price in Chiang Mai is not high but I heard that the hostels in Thailand have their own character, well design and of course save your money pocket. And there are so many hostels here in this city, depends on which area do you want to stay. The Old City and Nimmanhaemin road are the most popular areas to stay. If you have never been to Chiang Mai before, you might wonder which area you should stay? Me either!! Luckily, my friend who joined me the trip has been there every year so she knows every single part of this city. She suggests that we should stay in the Nimman area as the purpose of this trip is to go to lovely cafes and try their coffee and tea. On Nimmanhaemin road has many cute coffeeshops, restaurants, hotels and hostels which you can walk around or biking. But most of the tourists don’t know this area much especially European and American, so they are likely to stay in the old town area. The old town area is also good because you can visit a lot of temples which located in the area and see the Northern cultures, architecture and meet people around the world.

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A Map of Chiang Mai central

Now we come back to the hostel where I stayed, after I told you guys a bit about the areas so it could help you make decision when you want to book a hotel! As I told you that I’d never been stay in a hostel before, so I want to give it a try!! I’ve been searching for the hostel which suits me for a few days. First, I want a hostel which costs less than 40 USD a night (30 GBP), it has to be cleaned and of course well decorated ( as my friend and I are architects so we love the design). And I ended up booking Hub Hostel on Booking.com, we got a private room with a bathroom which is 28 USD a night ( 21.78 GBP ) yes it is!! The room design is Loft style, very simple but look nice. I assume that they only have 2 private room, if you want to stay here don’t hesitate to book because the rooms can be full easily.

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The Hostel lobby is way too cute!
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My room in the Hub Hostel
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I love the interior here

Or if you are a group they also provide a dorm room for 4 people-8 people with a shared bathroom. The hostel also provides the washer and dryer machine with a small counter and the fridge. For the dorm room, it is 10 USD/people/night (7.78 GBP).

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My mate after a shower in the Hostel lol

After we checked in, dropped our luggage and yeah took a shower in the evening, we started walking around Nimmanhaemin side-streets as there are restaurants and cafe’ waiting for us to explore. And here is the first place we grabbed our dinner (first meal of a day) at Kua-Kai Nimman. Kua-Kai also is a name of the food. Basically, it is a Thai wide noodle with chicken. We got 2 signature dishes, Thick stir-fry rice noodles on a sizzling hot plate with egg and chicken with 2 soft drinks. This meal costs 5.71 USD (4.44 GBP) for 2 people. It tasted excellent but their portion can be too small for a foreigner, make sure you order an appetizer if you don’t want to get hungry again after 1 hour lol. 

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First Meal in Chiang Mai at Kua-Kai Nimman

After we finished our meal, we walked to the next door. Yes next to the restaurant is a famous ice cream shop, iBerry Garden. They serve drinks, homemade ice creams and desserts. This place is a café with a large garden area and one of the strangest art pieces in Chiang Mai. The tourists who visit Chiang Mai always stop by here. I stopped by here as well but just for a picture as we were still full from our Kua-Kai dishes.

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iBerry Garden Nimman

The rest of the café is equally interesting, with a beautiful tree covered in fairy lights and a window shaped like Mickey Mouse. Look for the cartoon heads on the wall – they are actually hollow so you can put your head inside and take a photo with them.

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Love the window shape 😀
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The huge pink dog sculpture

Now we already got some cool pictures, then we move on to the next place to find the best ice cream in the area. But we gotta stop by this lovely cafe’! Omg there are many lovely cafe around this area. If you ever visit Nimmanhaemin road, get your camera ready please!! This lovely cafe is SS1254372, yes I know these numbers are the cafe name.

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Then we went directly to the destination, I Tim Baan Yaii. I Tim Baan Yaii is the lovely small ice cream shop in a quiet area of Nimmanhaemin. They made homemade ice-cream and serve drinks. This place doesn’t have the A/C so I don’t suggest you to come in the afternoon because it would be humid and packed by the tourists. I was lucky that I came in the evening because it wasn’t hot and no other customer.

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I got the Thai Tea Ice-cream and Blueberry smoothie for 3 USD (2 GBP) , they were fine like other cafe but this tiny scale cafe is just so cute.

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Blueberry smoothie and Thai Tea homemade ice cream
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the lovely tiny ice cream shop

After we’d some surveyed on Nimman side-streets for a few hours. We planned to go to one of the night markets. Chiang Mai has many night markets where you can find cheap clothes, souvenirs, handmade stuff, and local street food. And the one we were gonna go on Friday night was CMU Market (local people called Kad Na Mor Market), Kad Na Mor is a student night market nears Chiang Mai University. How can we get there? Most of this trip we always used Songthaews (The shared Red Truck). First you call them anytime you see this red truck coming on your way, then tell them where do you want to go? The red trucks are shared taxi’s. They drive around and everybody can ask the driver to bring them somewhere.  And the driver will tell you if he can take you or not, if so ask him how much is it gonna be? The average price will be 20-40 THB (less than 2 USD/1 GBP) in the city. Don’t let them charge you for overprice just because you’re a foreigner. When a red truck shows up, just raise your hand and wave a bit to the driver.

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The driver makes his route on the destinations of the clients. So it can happen that the driver pick you up first and takes more people along the road. Sometimes you can make new friends and share information as other tourists commute on the truck as well.

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And here we are at Kad Na Mor What can we find here? The answer is everything about fashion and more importantly, in a low and bargainable price. The market is very food-focused, with whole areas sectioned off and under the cover of metal roofs dedicated to mostly Thai and Japanese food. Most nights of the week there are lots of fashion stalls too, with vendors selling everything from vintage plaid shirts and second-hand shoes, to cheap makeup and accessories for the girls (and boys). We spent time here for a few hours, I got one cute dress for 4.5 GBP (6 USD) which I would wear in this trip too and got my nails done for 8.8 GBP (11.43 USD) as there are a plenty of nail salons here with a very cheap price. And here are my nails, I really do love them ( P.S. I used my Fuji XT10 and my friend’s Sony camera on this trip).

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After we had been walking around the market for 3 hours, we took the red Songthaew back to Nimman area. On the way back, I met one girl from Ukraine on the Songthaew. She came to Thailand alone and she were going to Chiang Rai the next day. This is why I love traveling as I can make new friends from around the world and share experiences. It reminded me when I went to Amsterdam alone and met new people, I really had a good time even I traveled alone. By the way, I hope she have a safe trip because some area isn’t safe enough to travel alone.

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Then, we came back to the area nears our hostel on Nimmanhaemin road and stop by the famous cafe yeah cafe again!! We got Butter sweetend condensed milk on toast for 1 GBP (1.5 USD) for a slice. It was so amazing!! If you ever come to Nimmanhaemin road in Chiang Mai, I really do recommend you guys to stop by Mont Nom Sod. They serve Thai dessert, drinks and fresh daily milk. Actually if you visit Bangkok, they also have several branches there as well. Oh my god, I’m craving for this toast right now when I’m posting the photo of toast below! It is just so good. And here was how we finished our first night in Chiang Mai.

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On my first day I spent 102.16 USD or 78.30 GBP which includes the accommodation for 2 nights. My friend and I split the accommodation and the food bills. The first day we barely spent on food as I arrived to Chiang Mai in the late afternoon, I had only one meal on that day lol. So let’s see on the second day. Thank you for reading my blog and see you guys on the second day trip in Chiang Mai. I hope I could inspire you to visit Chiang Mai;)

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