Pheebs and friends came to visit us in Chiang Mai in late September last year. We played tour guide around Chiang Mai and Pai before leaving for Nepal in mid-October. Here is a look at the country I now call home from the prospective of my little sis.
Orginally posted on Adventures of a Phoebasaurus
After 13 hours of rice fields as far as the eye could see, jungles and the interesting food provided above (the pandan bun was my own 7/11 contribution), we met up with this ferocious woman in Chiang Mai.
Tee took us all in his songthaew (a pickup with benches in the back and a canopy covering) to our hostel, the best accommodations I think we had in Thailand. The family who owns it is very friendly, helpful and just kind.
The next day…
We had breakfast at a french style cafe, complete with croissants and rich hot cocoa, walked around Wat Chedi Luang (and a few others), where we found cannonball trees in bloom. They have impressively fertile looking blooms. We also visited Martha’s favorite shake lady and went to what passes as a thrift store in Thailand (of course we did) called the Free Bird Cafe.
And there I captured my first butterfly photo. So now you know what Thailand will look like through my eyes – buggy and leafy!
One of the sites the Emerald Buddha (now at the Grand Palace complex) resided was in this chedi. There’s a replica in it’s place now, not on this face of the chedi clearly. I found myself liking the simpler but no less impressive structures of Wats in northern Thailand.
For those unfamiliar with longans they are segmented with seeds inside, rather like a firm grape in texture and tasted every so slightly like grapefuit. Others disagreed on the last point, but those were my findings.
A nice termite mound, a nice moth.
Orchids are commonly bound to trees using wire/plastic mesh as an ornamental.
Lotus head at right, who-knows-what to the left. The more lotus I saw, the more I understood why they are heavily featured in a particular world religion. Here I am, gaining greater understanding.
There were many green houses to explore. A butterfly landed on my leg. There were orchids that won’t format the way I want, so I’m just showing my favorite one.
There was a house of carnivorous plants; L bladderworts, R pitcher plants
After several hours of exploring, we made our way back down the big hill, and met Tee. He apparently had been dispatched on a rescue mission by the guard who was skeptical of our well being, us having been gone so long. We got the impression that most visitors a) don’t hike around, using shuttles instead and b) don’t stay for very long. We had more soup, that’s Tee.
We gave the flower marker a quick visit on the way back to our hostel, look at all those orchids!
There were lots of bells hung for luck…
The handrail (for lack of a better word) up the murderous steps to the wat is the spine and body of these dragons at the bottom, pretty neat. Tee took some delightfully unflattering pictures of me that accentuate my stocky German breeding, we’ll leave those to the imagination.