Chillin’ in Chiang Mai

Upon leaving Chiang Mai for Bangkok I thought: I can’t believe that almost three weeks have passed since I left India.  Where has all the time gone?  What have I done?

I’ve been enjoying my comfy 400 baht  or $13.40 a night room that comes with a fast internet connection, a/c, desk, chair, cable TV, private bath with hot water, closet, reading light and daily cleaning service.

I’ve managed to put a dent in editing old posts.  The oldest ones have reached the ripe age of around seven months.  I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for that long. The edits are a part of my anal-retentive demeanor.  I don’t want any posts to look sloppy.  I feel that this slight compulsion for neatness is integral in going forward with this fledgling earth drifting project.

As mentioned, I’ve been editing endless photos from India.  I’ve finally backed everything up on Photobucket.   This is time consuming.  I’ve gotten used to it.  I’m even enjoying photo manipulation as I can now genuinely attest that photography has become a hobby for the first time in my life.

I haven’t done a whole lot of touristy stuff, except for watching orchestrated, pseudo Thai boxing, a show that brought in only a couple of handfuls of western tourists.  Apparently there aren’t as many vacationers as usual because it’s low season, and rainy. Thais who work in the tourist industry say that there are less globetrotters here than normal for this time of year.  This could be because of less consumer confidence in Europe and the United States.

A self-employed chauffeur with an air-conditioned SUV said:

Last year this time there was more American here.  I not get business now.”

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to give him my business because I prefer to walk.  I’ve been strolling aimlessly all over Chiang Mai.  I feel that this a great way to get to know a place.  It’s also a mild form of exercise, and can provide for stellar photo taking opportunities if you drift with a keen eye.

I’ve hung out with a couple of friends here, at which point I’ve eaten at touristy restaurants.  I prefer to limit eating at tourist places as I have a passion for Thai street food and interacting with vendors.  I’ve done my share of this now and am finding it to be one of my favorite travel endeavors.  It allows me to improve my limited Thai and
learn about Thai food through eating it.

On some evenings, after walking for hours during the day, I’ve received soothing reflexology treatment.  I’ve also had face massages, head treatment, and fish spa therapy.  The cost of this therapeutic tourism is just a fraction of what I can’t really afford to pay for back home.

Besides sampling street eats and getting massage treatment, drifting through the streets of Chiang Mai has brought me to countless temples that provide eye candy for the layman and architectural buff alike.

In the posts that follow I plan to show and write more in-depthly about the above activities.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Sounds like you’re having a memorable time just drifting and taking in the uniqueness of the city. I look forward to seeing some pictures of the streets of Chiang Mai.


  2. Posted by Seantonio on August 10, 2011 at 12:58

    My girlfriend and her dad enjoy the chicken feet in soups as it’s common to eat them in Perú. I have not yet taken a liking to them, seems they’re just skin and bone. I look forward to seeing pics of the temples you mentioned.


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