Thailand … First Day in Chiang Mai … General Wanderings …

Hey Everyone … welcome to the next instalment of trip to Thailand … (Saturday 17th March) …

Woke up on the rocky train and eventually people started moving … getting out of their beds etc … the woman who had helped set our beds up last night came round again to strip the sheets and with the flick of a wrist and pulling on some handles put them all away again … allowing us to settle back down in our seats for the final part of the trip …

When we finally pulled into Chiang Mai station over an hour late … and after thinking we had been abandoned at there … we finally found our driver who took us to the hotel … it was a short ride but nice to see the area at a glance … my first impressions were the air was alot cleaner and humidity was virtually non existent … I was already preferring it here to Bangkok …

On arrival we were greeted by what appeared to be the entire staff of the hotel and shown to our room straight away … which turned out to be a villa and a suite of rooms … Perry did well finding this place 😀 …

It was gorgeous … and I loved it … the whole hotel or rather Resort is about 6km out of the main city … but its set in a lovely Garden area … there are a total of 7 villas so its all quite small and private … and other than us I believe there was only one other family staying there at the time … so it was very peaceful too …

We were invited to go and have breakfast when we arrived … so after taking a few mins to gather ourselves and freshen up we headed over to the restaurant area which had a deck area overlooking the large pond and gardens …

We spend the rest of the morning lounging around the pool and relaxing … enjoying the sunshine and just not doing anything … you can tell were no good at this relaxing malarkey cause after a couple hours we got restless and headed back to our villa to get changed and headed out into the city for the late afternoon/evening …

After managing to explain to the staff in rather broken English where we had wanted to go … the hotel’s driver Pom took us into the Old part of Chiang Mai where he dropped us off outside a restaurant called Dash! …

Perry had looked into restaurants before we came out here and this one in particular was rated No.1 in Chiang Mai on trip advisor … and after looking into it abit more he found out the owner offered Thai cooking classes … which had been something we discussed doing when we started organising this trip … so he had booked us onto a class for Monday …

What brought us here on that evening though was firstly we wanted to see where it was so we wouldn’t get lost trying to find it on the day … and secondly so we can have dinner there … we figured why not try the food … but as it was still too early for dinner at that time we consulted our map after being dropped off trying to figure out where to visit in the old town before coming back for food …

However, the owner Noi caught sight of us looking abit lost outside her restaurant and called out to us to see if we were ok … once we introduced ourselves and she realised we had booked a cooking class with her she quickly invited us in … handed us a couple of cold drinks and sat us down to have a chat about the class we were going to do and to go over what dishes we would like to learn …

She is a really lovely lady, very chatty and shows a genuine interest in what you are telling her … it turns out she lived in the US for over 15years in Seattle before moving back to Chiang Mai a couple years ago with her son Dash (the restaurant is named after him if you hadn’t already guessed) to build the restaurant on family land and finally opened up just over a year ago …

We had a great chat with Noi and after discussing the menu we were going to cook (about 12 different dishes and several sauces) … the plan for the day was set (going to a couple markets in the morning before hitting the kitchen for the cooking) … we were both very excited about learning to cook with her … especially as Thai is a favourite of ours …

We left after a while and headed to Wat Chedi Luang … which is the main Wat (temple) at the centre of Old Chiang Mai and stopped along the way for some street food of Chicken Pad Thai to keep us going for a bit (we hadn’t eaten since breakfast and needed some sustenance) … we also visited a few of the smaller temples that we wandered past along the way …

By the time we were done at the temple it had gotten quite dark so we started walking back via some of the smaller side streets of the Old City … and once back at Dash! we settled down in the garden seating area to have some dinner …

We ordered a shrimp Pad Thai to share … Perry had a massaman curry and I went for a Panang (one of my favourites) … the food was so good … I have never been the biggest fan of Pad Thai but this was so amazingly gorgeous Perry had to remind me that we were supposed to be sharing it and to leave some for him …

Once we had wolfed down our food we opted to go for some dessert … with a homemade coconut cake & espresso ice cream for Perry while I went for the amazingly gooey homemade brownie with espresso ice cream … both were so decadently yummy large portions … by the time we had finished them we were ready to pass out in a food coma!

After settling up we made a call to Pom who came and picked us up to take us back … the hotel/resort is in such a secluded place the regular taxi drivers dont know where it is … its much easier and less complicated to ask Pom to pick us up …

When we got back we pretty much rolled into bed and just about remembered to turn on our alarms for the morning … we had to get up early as we were off to play with elephants the next day!

But that is the subject of my next post so stay tuned …

Till next time …

Mina X

6 thoughts on “Thailand … First Day in Chiang Mai … General Wanderings …

  1. The Pics are so colourful and beautiful. You look beautiful too. Your hair is nice this way, I like it. The hotel is so nice I’d spent a lot more time there. All together a lovely post. Enjoyed reading it and the Pics as usual, exeptional. You both looked very relaxed. XXX

    • thank you for the recommendation however I didnt post this article until we were back from Thailand so unfortunately we couldnt go … but if were ever back in Chiang Mai i will defiently go check it out 🙂

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