Monday, March 9, 2009

Chiang Mai

We arrived in Chiang Mai in the afternoon, not really knowing what to expect. We had arranged a place to stay with someone via the Warmshowers list but shortly before we were to leave he said that he would be away on a tour when we were due to arrive. He arranged for us to stay with a friend, who turned out to be a guesthouse. Actually we never met the friend. It worked out very nicely. The guesthouse was very inexpensive and picked us up from the airport for nothing.

We had arrived the evening of the weekly evening market which took over the city with throngs of tourists and locals taking in great street food and cheap and interesting market things. The temperature was around 20 degrees C, which seemed like heaven after Amsterdam where there was frost on the apartment building roof the morning of our departure.

I was dreading a bit how it would be the next day which was supposed to have a max temperature of 37 degrees. It turned out being quite reasonable when one wears shorts and is able to cool oneself off with a chilled coconut juice straight from the shell. We had a lovely dinner in a rather chic restaurant on the bank of the river that runs through Chiang Mai, expensive by local standards but extremely cheap by Amsterdam's.

We stayed 2 nights in Chiang Mai at the Ben Guesthouse, on the East side of the river. We had a double with a bathroom, which cost the princely sum of 250 baht per night.

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