Chiang Mai – eating and exploring

Chiang Mai is a laid back tourist hub with coffee shops on every corner, good food easily available and a barrage of tourist activities – from treks to cooking courses to riding elephants.

As usual, the organised tours were beyond our strict budget – not to mention our newly acquired snobbery about paying for tours instead of hiring a cheapo motorbike.

We lucked out, staying in a hostel next to the best coffee place in town – the smell of roasting coffee beans in the morning doing nothing to dampen our coffee addiction.

Three days of flat whites after months of non-filtered filter coffee was a huge treat:

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Not to mention the pastries:

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And my double decker bacon sandwich (H-EAVEN):

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We also had our first taste of durian and promptly fell in love – it’s like a mix of banana and mango with a slightly plasticy texture, and it really doesn’t smell as bad as reported.

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We also sampled A LOT of kao soi – a local noodle dish garnished with crispy noodles in a spicy coconut broth. It also comes with a side of onion, chili and surprisingly delicious pickled celery. I had three bowls in three days… After a bit of research we hunted down the best (and ridiculously cheap) kao soi in town made by a couple of grannies who have a kitchen set up in a garden:

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Chiang Mai is also a great place to mooch around, with plenty of sparkly temples, orchids and pretty buildings to look at:

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Random wall of gold horses, presumably guarding this rather fancy disco wall:

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4 thoughts on “Chiang Mai – eating and exploring

    • It is very touristy, and the main sites can be crowded. But if you get to sites early and wander away from the main streets for food etc it’s not too hard to get away from crowds. You’re definitely on a well trodden tourist path here, but it is a lovely place to spend a couple of days. Hope that helps!

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