Every year, my family and I will fly somewhere together and spend quality time with each other. This year, we went to Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand over the Labor day long weekend.
I heard many people say to see and taste the real Thailand, you must go to Chiang Mai. Because Bangkok is just another international city in Asia and Phuket is a beach town full of party people, Chiang Mai still keeps the authentic Thai food and nature at its best form. My sister and I were very looking forward to eat yummy street food, find those small hidden family-run restaurants, go to spa and have girly nights during the entire stay in Chiang Mai. The two of us went to Bangkok together back to 2011 and we had so much sister fun, we wished to have a Round 2. Just a week before the trip, my sister told me that she is pregnant.
My sister is pregnant- which means – She can’t eat seafood and deep fried food. She can’t have spicy food and drink cold stuff. She can’t have massage. She can’t do any of these interesting things such as mud bathing with elephants. And most importantly, she will whine the whole time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sister and I’m super happy for her that she is pregnant. It was just the news killed all the expectation and fun. We had to change plans and made the itinerary easier for her. We had a good time in the end, of course, but I wish she could enjoy herself more.
Where to go
Chiang Mai has a lot of outdoor activities to offer, for example, the Elephant Sanctuary where you can feed and mud bath with them; mountain trekking and rafting, etc. However in my case, there are only limited activities for my just-got-pregnant sister.
The Old Town 清邁古城
Spend one whole day and explore Chiang Mai old town. There are countless beautiful temples that you can’t visit them all. You can walk from one temple to another or take a tuk tuk to get around. In Wat Phra Singh, you can visit the small market where they have every Saturday and Sunday. I also visited the beautifully ruined Wat Chedi Luang which reminded me of the temples in Bagan in Myanmar.
在古城𥚃有幾百座寺廟，我們只到了帕邢寺（Wat Phra Singh ）和柴迪隆寺（Wat Chedi Luang ）。 每逢星期六、日帕邢寺都有小市集吸引遊客前往，，而柴迪隆寺則比較像緬甸蒲甘的寺廟，古老的矗立在充滿遊客的小城中。
Wat Phra Singh
Wat Chedi Luang
Doi Inthanon National Park 茵他儂國家公園
We joined a one-day tour to visit the National Park which is Thailand’s highest peak. First, we started off at the peak and walked in the rainforest. Then, the tour guide took us to the Royal pagodas which I found a bit unworth and wasting time. But the tour got more interesting at Wachiratharn Waterfall.
The Wachiratharn Waterfall is park of the National Park and it is a very beautiful and powerful scenic spot. You can walk down the steep stairs to the river and have some water fun. We didn’t go down to the river and we were stuck at the little cafe by the waterfall because of the heavy rain of 20 minutes.
University Night Market at Malin Plaza 清邁大學夜市
We spent most of the nights visiting night markets. This university market is my favorite in Chiang Mai as there are a central food section in the market. It’s not just food stall. You can choose from local northern Thai noodles to the typical Thai pad thai and seafood and the price is so cheap. We had our dinner there for only 220 baht(5.75 euros)! For four people!
There are also many clothing, accessories and digital gadgets stores.
Saturday Night Market 週六夜市
To me, this is the market for Asia newbies. If you’ve been to a bazaar market in Asia before, you know what I mean. You see they sell jewelries, small little cute souvenirs, T-shirts with funny quotes and etc. Food stalls are spread out but mostly for snacks.
It’s a no brainer to get a massage for much cheaper price in Thailand. I had two massages in this trip. I went for a foot spa including scrub, massage and foot/legs mask with my mama. Two nights later, I had the most comfortable Thai herbal massage ever with my papa. Both are reasonable price.
Foot spa: Nimman House Spa
Thai herbal massage : Varalee Massage (opposite to Mango Tango on Nimman Soi 13)
腳部: Nimman House Spa
泰式草藥按摩 : Varalee Massage (Mango Tango對面，Nimman Soi 13)
What/Where to eat
Show Soi 咖哩麵
Khow Soi is a northern Thai style curry noodles with chicken or beef. It is must-eat and you can find it almost everywhere. Try to find Khow Soi in those small restaurants rather than in the fancy places or in hotels for the authenticity. I had my delicious Khow Soi in Khuakai Nimman next to the popular ice cream shop iBerry.
The River Market restaurant
If you are looking for a quiet, romantic and nice Thai style decor place to eat, you should visit The River Market restaurant where it faces the river and the other side of the city. They do not only offer Thai dishes but also western menu, for example, pasta and burger. They also make very good drinks from their bar.
如果要選擇一間有情調，有氣氛的餐廳，可以到The River Market restaurant 一邊欣賞河景，一邊享受美食。除了泰式美食，這餐廳也提供西餐例給，漢堡，意粉類等食物。
Where to stay
I stayed in one hotel BED Nimman during the entire stay. The hotel is located in the hippest area of Chiang Mai where many restaurants, cafes and bars are around. I walked around the area with my mom and my sister at nights and you don’t have to worry about getting bored.
BED Nimman has a great pool where you can relax in after a long day exploring the city. I had the pool for myself most of the time. The hotel room is all in minimal design with black and white furnitures and decor. One thing I really like about the hotel room is all the natural lighting you get from the window. It lights up the room completely and I like to get ready for the day with the natural light.
The service of BED Nimman is also very warm and professional. You can get free bottles of water, coffee, fruits all day long from the fridge in the hotel lobby. Staff are also very friendly and serve you with a big smile.
我強烈推薦Nimman Road上的BED酒店！地點位於潮人區，交通方便。酒店服務十分周到，每天24小時冰箱都準備好水，水果給住客。每天觀光完回到酒店，我都會到游泳池曬太陽。BED 是一家很舒服，很貼心的酒店。