We weren’t supposed to be here but..what hey you have to go with it.  A plane to Luang Prebang was diverted and we had to make the best of it.. and make the best of it we did.

FLOWER SOAP

CHIANG MAI SUNDAY NIGHT MARKET
What an unexpected treat!   We happened to time our unexpected trip to Chiang Mai on a Sunday.  Every Sunday from 4pm on, the main road is closed and there is a night market.  Not selling the crap you see in most markets but real Thai handicrafts and tons, I mean tons, of food stalls.  Fresh delicious papaya salad, which we ordered baby spicy and still couldn’t eat it, pad thai, sticky rice, scary looking insects, more and more.  The best thing about it is that it wasn’t only for tourists.  The majority of punters were Thai!

RACHAMANKA

THE RACHAMANKA
Phra Singh, 6 Rachamankha 9, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand: +66-53-904111

Again we were so lucky, we had a friend who was staying here so, after the plane fiasco, she texted us the name of the hotel and off we went.  We begged a cheaper rate than usual (about £120) and settled into this beautiful hotel to drown our sorrows on the Mojitos our friend had ordered and were waiting for us upon arrival. The hotel is right in town – walking distance from everything.  There are just 22 rooms and a gorgeous pool.  It was built by architects in the Lanna style (goggle it!) and feels so luxurious.  This was the best hotel of our trip and we weren’t even supposed to be there!

 

Monk chat

 

BEST WAT-TAGE: MONK CHAT
There is a definitely a tie for the most beautiful WAT  – Chiang Mai’s Wat Phra Singh and Luang Prabang’s Wat Xieng Toung – the glass mosaics add that disco bling you want out of a Wat.

Still, only one Wat had the je ne sais quoi factor of MONK CHAT:  Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai.  MONK CHAT provides a chance for foreigners to ask deep, meaningful questions to ready and willing monks.  Actually, it seemed more of a way for the monks to have free English lessons….don’t call me a cynic, I partook and had a laugh doing it.