Monday, March 19, 2012

Chiang Mai - March 2012 : Day 04

This is the last day we will be spending our time in Chiang Mai. The next day we will be taking the morning flight return to Kuala Lumpur.

We woke up at 9++am , took our rented bike and heading somewhere nearby the Chiang Mai University for our brunch. I read in Nancy Chandler's map wrote that you can find nice and cheap food nearby the university. We went 2 round on the same street and finally choose one of the decent local restaurant for our meal.

If you want cheap food, try to hunt for food near Chiang Mai University.This is one of the shop we visited and the food is really good!! trust me is REALLY REALLY GOOD!!!

We tried their Fried Kuay Teow, simple and damn yummy food for our Brunch. It only cost us only 35THB. Their Tom Yum Noodle Soup, 35THB .... yummy too!

After filly up our tummy, we begin our journey to Wat Doi Suthep. This is one of the must visit temple in Chiang Mai, located at the Hill Top. You may need a little bit of workout here as you will need to walk quite a number of staircase to reach the temple. Check out my pictures here and you will know what i mean. Luckily along the way up you will get to to see some stalls selling clothes and souvenirs so somehow it helps to divert your attention towards the steps. :P 

Doi Suthep Temple

You need to pay the entrance fee of 30THB entering the temple. Make sure you wear proper attire to enter the temple else you will be ended up like me have to make some donation and get a rope to wrap around you. ( I was wearing my bermuda which is shorter than my knee length) 

In Wat Doi Suthep

In Wat Doi Suthep
Wat Doi Suthep - The suuroundings

 After visiting Doi Suthep, we remembered we passed by Chiang Mai Zoo. Since we did not know where else to go and Chiang Mai Zoo is just on our way back to the guest house. Well the zoo is al-right but i wont said anything fantastic. The only special animal you get to see i guess is the panda. I'd been to Taronga Zoo just 6 months ago, so i guess i tend to compare Chiang Mai Zoo with Taronga Zoo in Sydney. I would think if you only have little time to spend in Chiang Mai, i guess you can skip this.

Chiang Mai Zoo

Since this is our last night in Chiang Mai, we were thinking to have a more luxurious place for good Thai food. We went to this restaurant called The Riverside which is recommended by the our River Cruise tour guide. The Riverside it has 2 part. Along the Ping river it is a pub where you can enjoy live band there. Trust me if you love loud music and party. This is one of the recommended place. But for us we want food. so we went to the one across the street. Here the ambience is very different, it is more for dining. It has live band as well, but playing different type of songs. The food was great, we love it so much and the price is reasonable - highly recommended by me! :P

Dinner at The Riverside , Bar and Restaurant

Day 5 is our day returning to KL. I am not going to write much about day 5 as we took the early morning flight and there is no time for us to explore further. But overall i did enjoy the entire trip and do hope to come back again in the near future.

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  1. ...You may need a little bit of workout here as you will need to walk quite a number of staircase to reach the temple.... >>> :)

    There is a tradition that CM resident will walk uphill to Doi Suthep every Visakabucha (The day Buddha's born, enlighted, and die). Also students of CHaing Mai University, esp. fresh men, will walk 14 kms. from CMU to Doisuthep to worship the Ched every year. (Not to count the stair case). Her's the clip of the trekking last year.