Sightseeing Chiang Mai
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November 12th, 2009 – by: elam
There are few big, several medium and small Wats. Wat is a name for a Buddhists temples. We saw the major ones. Once we were bystanders of begining of new year at Thai school. It was combined with some prayers and participation of Buddhists monks.
We saw old school cars and probably monk houses. Around each temple we saw own-less dogs, chickens, young monks playing with theirs self phones or each other.
We saw a lot of students. They had different uniforms depending on school they went to. Sometimes it was a polo t-shirt with normal pants. Sometimes it was a typical white shirt and skirt for girls and black pants for boys.
Near schools we could find a sweet dried bananas or other fruits. At the afternoon children were taken to their homes by scooters, vans or cars. Thailand is one of the country where almost everyone have a scooter, especially schoolchildren.
Before you start visiting temples it is worth to wear longer pants. In Chiang Mai we could have pants knee long, but in Bangkok my friend had to borrow longer ones. Remember to cover your shoulders.
It is polite to ask a monk before we take him a picture. I heard that women shouldn't ask for making a photo with a monk, but I am not sure whether it is true.
In Chiang Mai it is worth to go everywhere by foot. Otherwise you'll miss what is the best in this city - students on the streets, food, lazy atmosphere, markets with food.
Do not stand with your bag near the border of pavement because it happens that some people riding on scooter can rob you by grabbing your bag.
Always haggle on everything: tuk tuk fare, clothes, souvenirs. The price of the typical food is rather constant and not negotiable.
Always choose one day trips if you have only 2 or 3 weeks for travelling. I am not sure whether longer stays at trekking can give you better impressions. We had opportunity to have 2 or 3 days with elephants. I think one day is enough no matter how much time you have.
Never pay for the entrance to the templates in Chiang Mai. They are like our churches. Only one entrance we had to pay it was to the Grand Palace in Bangkok and to ruins in Ajuthaja.
CHIANG MAI DAY COSTS:
300 BHT for double fan room at Mojito gesthouse
70 BHT LEO BEER
30 FRUIT SHAKE
40 BHT SOUP
20 BHT 0.5 L COLA
27 1,5 L FANTA
50 BHT COCONUT MILK at night market
40 BHT Pineapple with rice at night market
10 BHT Banana Chips
15 BHT NESTLE WATER 1.
460 BHT 3 THAI BAGS at night market (souvenir)
35 BHT Hand Made Small Doll at night market
ELEPHANT DAY COSTS:
2400 BHT Elephant Park
15 BHT WATER 1.5 L
300 BHT Hostel
45 BHT Laundry (3 kg = 90 BHT /2 persons = 45 BHT)
2x 25 BHT FANTA 1.5 L
50 BHT PEANUTS
2 x 10 BHT BANANAS CHIPS
TREKKING DAY COSTS:
300 BHT Hostel
800 BHT 1 DAY TREKKING (Butterfly farm + Elephant show + Going to Waterfall through the joungle)
2 x 20 BHT Bananas for elephants
1 x 10 BHT Bananas for people for diner
2 x 10 BHT Pinapple for people for diner
100 BHT Picture in the frame from rafting
2 x 20 BHT Fanta 1.5 L
15 BTH Water 1.5 L
750 BHT NIGHT BUS to Ajuthaja
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