I Heart Chiang Mai
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January 13th, 2010 – by: domnicella
From there we walked to another local market, where we poked around and ogled some of the more exotic foodstuffs for sale and sought (in vain) some "authentic" textiles. We spent the morning perusing the market and walking along one of the main arteries in Chiang Mai's newer city, popping in and out of various stores as we went. We stumbled upon a particularly ornate temple, oohing and ahhing and enjoying the zen feeling of the place.
We split up for a few hours in the afternoon, me having a horrible waxing experience (I'll spare you the details) and a late lunch of spicy papaya salad from a street cart as I hobbled home.
In the evening we went to Palaad Tawanron, a restaurant that had been recommended to BJ as being one of the best restaurants in Chiang Mai, if not the world (apparently it made the top restaurants of the world list a few years ago). It's set in the hills west of Chiang Mai overlooking the city, and the lush outdoor setting lends this place some serious charm. It's absolutely packed with Thais, who are enamored with both the live music and the food.
We had a good meal: duck (and assorted accoutrements) and rice and vegetables for BJ and Colin,, and spicy seafood and a pomelo salad for me.
I love Chiang Mai. It's so great here. There's so much to see and do, and it's also a very easy town to chill out in if you don't want to see or do anything. We all agreed we could easily spend another week or longer here, and were sorry our time was coming to an end. I can see why so many people love it here, and return to it again and again. I have no doubt I'll be back.
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