Chiang Mai Arrival

Goodbye Bangkok

We said goodbye to Bangkok with a nice breakfast at our hotel overlooking Wat Arun.

After breakfast, we went to the airport to begin the next leg of our journey to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.

Most of the day was taken up with travel, but we arrived in Chiang Mai and got settled in time for an excellent dinner at a small restaurant owned and run by a mother and daughter. They had a lot of the typical Northern Thai dishes, like Khao Soi, which is a weird but good pork/curry/coconut milk/noodle soup dish. It was not like anything I had eaten before. We also ordered the sausage that is common in Norther Thailand and another pork dish that was a lot like Chile Colorado, only with Thai spices instead of Mexican spices.

After dinner, we ventured a little ways out of the main area of town to a night market. (The central part of Chiang Mai is all within one square with a wall and moat surrounding it.)

The Night Market area was really cute. We perused through some of the shops set up along the sidewalk and then ventured into an area with a bunch of food stalls set up around a sitting area with live music.

It was here that we discovered that Thai people, or at least Thai musicians performing for tourists, love the song Country Roads by John Denver. We sang along to this bands' rendition...and we have since heard the song no less than half a dozen times from other musicians.

At the Night Market, we came across this great sign explaining directions to the men's and women's bathrooms.

On our way back to the hotel, we also came across a statue that I really liked. Some statues warrant a pose...