S and I are determined to wash away last night’s icky experience and find a side of Chiang Mai we like. We start the day by visiting various Wats.
There’s so many Wats here that the variety and differences are plentiful. Some are over the top and garish, while others are more understated. One is even made out of teak wood.
After getting our fill of Wats, we visit the Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Massage. This is an initiative that takes prison inmates who have 6 months or less left on their sentences and teaches them massage skills. There is also an adjoining restaurant and lovely courtyard to sit and have a drink while you wait.
Lunch is nearby at Sirichai Restaurant where we sample kao soi – a noodle soup dish that is specific to northern Thailand.
Kao soi is mix of deep-fried crispy egg noodles and boiled egg noodles, pickled mustard greens, shallots, lime, ground chillies fried in oil and meat in a curry-like sauce containing coconut milk.
Lunch for two and washed down with some Beerlao sets us back all of $6AUD.
We then jump into a taxi and ride up the hill to Doi Suthep. Located on Mount Suthep, this temple is reached by walking up the 300 or so steps (or you can pay $1 to ride the lift – guess we option I took).
From up here, you can also get a nice view of Chiang Mai below.
As we head back to town, the rain starts falling. Despite the fact we are travelling in the rainy season, we have not really been affected too much by the rain. We’ve been very fortunate in that regard.
That night, we head to the South Gate of Chiang Mai’s old town and find an amazing street food market. We’re on the hunt for a great green curry and lo and behold there is a lady serving it up at this market.
We take our first bite and HOLY MOLY it is the best green curry I have ever had! I keep telling her how great it is as she blushes and giggles. The curry is so good I even have to take a picture of her.
After sampling a few other street food items, we tuk-tuk over to a bar called Sangdee. It is attached to a music school and students give performances each night.
We enjoy some live music from a guitar/violin duo who are exceptionally good. We call it a night and head back.
Oh, also, right in front of our hotel is a bar called John’s Place. Euro2016 has started and John’s Place is showing most of the games. That worked out well, didn’t it?