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May 12th, 2009 – by: sleepingsunshine
The hostel was run by a Thai lady that doesn't really speak English, so we had to use our body language to communicate with her. We checked in to a 12 persons dormitory. The room was quite spacious, and I love the color of the bedsheets and pillow cases, orange and green, very exotic.
The first stop was to get some lunch, we were really really starved. We went to a small food stall nearby our hostel to have our lunch. it was like 5 minute walk from the hostel. So we tried to ask for a menu, but they didn't understand us coz they don't speak English. By the time the guy understood what we were asking for, he came to us with menu, finally, in Thai, ha ha! Luckily there was a really kind lady that speak English, she was the customer eating in the food stalls, she came to help us translated to the guy, and taa daa! We got our food!
Our next stop was the tourism office, because we needed to book a tour to Laos, and decided what we were going to do tomorrow since we only have 2 days in Chiang Mai.
Finally we arrived at the tourism office. There was 4 really young girls sitting by the counter ready to answer our questions. It was like 6 of us surrounded the girls, and bombarded our questions to them, from where to go and what to do, to where are they come from, where they go to college.
So after spending almost 2 hours in the tourism office, we went to a tour company next door to book a tour to Luang Prabang Laos, via Mekong River. It cost us 1700 baht, and the package including a mini van to Chaing Khong, accommodation in Chiang Khong, dinner, breakfast and lunch, boat ride to Pakbeng and then to Luang Prabang, quite a good deal. What happened next was the lady rejected my money when I wanted to pay her because she told me she never see these money before.... damn... So I had to go to a bank to see what's wrong with my money. Apparently the money I got from the money changer was the old notes and they weren't in used anymore.
It was quite late then to go anywhere further so we decided to walk around the town and visit some temples. There was a lot of temples in Chiang Mai, I mean A LOT. It was like every corner you turn into you will see a temple. We went to few of them, which were worth visiting, according to Lonely Planet. I tried to remember the name of the temples we went to, but I just couldn't. The only one that I remembered was Wat Phrathat Doi Suithep, the one that we were going to visit the next day.
We had dinner later in a local restaurant before heading to the night market. The night market was huge! You can find almost anything here, from fabrics, dresses to silver jewellery and accesories. And the store owners were so ready to bargain with you. There isn't a lot of people shopping in the night market i think, so as long as the prices you offered are reasonable they will accept it. I didn't really plan to shop, but still I ended up buying few stuffs. Oh well... :p
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