07.17.2016 - 07.17.2016 86 °F
Today was a pretty fun day wandering through the old town. We started our day off a little later that we intended but it all worked out because we got to start off with brunch. We went to a diner recommended by our landlord called Better is Butter and we were not disappointed. I ordered fried eggs, bacon, and has browns and Justin got his standard eggs benedict. Everything was delicious! Once we were all fueled up and ready for the day we started to make our way to the old part of the city to wander around and explore some of the temples. We walked all the way up the entire street that normally has the night market and stopped at various temples to take pictures. We also stopped at a huge tshirt shop to pick up some souvenirs. I got an elephant tank top and Justin got a Thailand shirt
Soon we made it all the way to the main gate, which is where we'd visited before. At this point it was starting to get pretty steamy and hot, and I'm still not feeling 100%, so we decided to head back home so we could go out longer at night for the Sunday market. We sweated our way back to the apartment and I decided to take a nap while Justin went to check out the gym at the apartment for a workout. It was a perfect amount of time for resting, and soon enough we were heading back out for some dinner and the market.
I found a highly rated Indian food place called Rajdarbar, so we thought that'd be a good thing to try tonight. It was also right on our way to the night market. I did the ordering again and we feasted on chicken tikka masala, aloo gobi, daal, basmati rice, garlic naan, and a new addition of onion raita (I think we'll have to add the raita to our standard order now). Everything was incredible and we knew we had to walk it all off since we ate so much. We headed straight to the Sunday night market. Much of the standard night market stalls were closed because of the Sunday market, which is on a different street completely. Once we made it to the Sunday market we were trapped in a sea of people. There were tons of different stalls selling all sorts of trinkets, goods, and food. Even though this market was way more hectic and crowded, I enjoyed it more because there was more of a variety in terms of what people were selling.
We walked the entire market, which ended up being about a kilometer on the street. There were tons of smaller streets branching off from the main street, but we chose to stay on the main drag. We saw a lot of interesting things and at one point we even stumbled upon a henna stand. Since I'd been wanting one for a while I decided this was as good as any other time! We waited about twenty minutes for a henna artist to free up before getting a cool piece on the top of my hand. After the henna action we continued wandering through the rest of the street. We ended up getting a perfect amount of stuff; I found a couple of bracelets that were being handmade right in front of me. I also found some gifts for some friends and family Last but not least, we found this adorable hand painted shirt with a rainbow elephant on it; it was lucky we found this specific stall too because it was almost at the very end and it was quite small compared to other stalls. I had seen a few shirts with elephants that I really liked, but this one really was one of a kind!
Since it was such a long walk down the main street, we had an even longer walk back to our apartment, so Justin decided to get some street food for a snack on the way back; he settled on some yummy looking pad thai. Our stroll back to the apartment was pretty easy even though it took a while. There were surprisingly a lot of small food shops open for business on a Sunday night, but that was probably due to the market. We even saw a tuk tuk driver screaming at two of his customers! We're guessing the customers didn't fess up the money they were supposed to because we hadn't seen any driver get angry like that before!
After all the action we finally made it back to our apartment! We were both pretty exhausted and hot at this point (especially Justin since he'd had such a tough workout earlier). Now we're all ready for bed and planning out our day tomorrow. We might meet up with a friend of a friend for lunch or we might try to explore some of the sites further out of the city. Until then!
Kaela and Justin
Walking around Chiang Mai.
Temples, sites, and gates we passed during our long walks today.
A cool store we checked out that sold inspirational travel quotes on paintings.
Walking around the night market.
Henna Tattoo in progress!
Scenic point of the wall on the edge of the old city.