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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