Arriving in Ching Mai was such a relief. As soon as I got of the fully packed bus I could sense the calmness after the hectic atmosphere in Bangkok. I got to the hostel around 7 am so I went for breakfast and a walk around. My hostel was in old town which is the perfect location to access all beautiful temples.
Every Sunday night there is a night market in old town. This night market is the biggest market I’ve been to, it would never end. You can find all kinds of stuff here, food, toys, lamps, artwork, clothes, music, dance performances and a dog with glasses.
I love nature and about 3 hours from Chaing Mai is the highest moutain in the country. I decided to go on a full day treeking up the moutain. I had seen pictures of the view from the summit and it looks absolutly stunning! We did not have luck with the weather though 😦 It was raining most of the time and the fog was so thick you couldn’t see very far. For a couple of seconds it became a bit clearer. But still…grey was all over the place!
On a good note the guide was knowledgeable and told us about the opiom trade that was a big deal for the people living up in the moutains back in the day. These people migrated from China and Burma and survived on opiom trade. At that time it toook about 3-4 days to walk down to town and opiom in comparison to vegatbles took less space to grow and lighter to carry down the high hills.
He also showed us orchids that grow up there. The way to determine if it is and orchide or another type of flower is by couting the leaves. If it’s 6 then its and orchide. There are more than 300 types of orchides. Due to humans the amount has decreased lately so the univeristy of Chaing mai are growing orchides on campus and then placing them in their natural environment, up in the moutains.
After getting down the mountian we went to a small village that are known for their high quality coffee plantations. We got a free tasting. Very strong which I like!
The coffee tasting was followed up by waterfalls. That’s the good thing about it raining all day was the massive waterfall we got to see 🙂
I need to mention something important about Chiang Mai. It has one of the best resturants I’ve ever been to. It’s a wonderful vegan resturant called “Goodsouls”. I accidentally walked in there when I needed to pee but got a glance at the meny and decided to stay. The food was so increadibly delicious and well made. I hade a mushroom burger with homemade fries and veganaise with a side sallad. This spontaneuos visit happened on my birtday, it was the highlight of my day, like a suprise present 🙂 So I had to go there again before I left and this time I brought along the brazilian beauty Noah (Gabriella). Great finish to my time in Chaing Mai.
Oh yeah and I had to make a visit to the dentist!