My cousin Jessica wanted a short holiday trip during her leaves & asked us if we would like to travel together, and my grandma.
It was 1st time for us to travel with my relatives, 2nd time to travel with people. I mean we hardly travel with people, almost every holiday trip is just both of us.
Luckily it turned out okay. To my surprise, my grandma was more than well-fit in her age to follow us. Simply amazing!
So here is our 4 days 3 nights in Chiang Mai. Let the photos speak :)
On arrival we were trapped for a long time just to get through immigration checkpoint. There were too many tourists, especially from China. And yes, month December is always the peak season for Chiang Mai. It took us 1 hour 40 minutes from landing to checkout. But luckily the journey from airport to Chiang Mai town was only 15minutes.
I booked this budget hotel via Agoda because it was near to the night bazaar & market. If it were just two of us going, we would probably go for Meridien hotel standard & above. This we can compromise if we go travel with friends. Anyway, the hotel interior design was pretty impressive and the room was just fine to me as long as clean in every way.
The reception staff was friendly & giving help as much as they could. For two rooms booking via Agoda the price was around RM 1000.00 for 4 days 3 nights.
After check-in & rested for like 10minutes, we were hungry and need to eat. Yet I led them to the north from hotel to find food (lol), turns out nothing much in the north region. We walked all the way back & to Night Bazaar area. Luckily found a decent restaurant in junction of Ragang Road and Chang Klan Road.
Basically the 1st day was just only 1/2 day. After dinner, we jalan-jalan in the night bazaar. Actually it is no different from Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur where it sells replica branded stuff like handbags, purse/wallet, watches & so on.
Things that WORTH to buy here are, fridge magnet & clothes. Haha.
Halal Street in Chiang Mai.
There was more than 1 stall selling rotee in Night Bazaar, I believe. The one I'm showing here is full of people queuing to buy. So we decided to give it a try. Watch the above video for making rotee. It is quite similar to Malaysia local roti canai.
Rotee with Banana and Nutella. Yummy! And its only 50 Baht.
Look at how excited we were. Not sure how many pieces she put into her mouth. Hahaha.
The next 2 days we have private tour guide to take us to a few places that must go if visiting Chiang Mai. I read about this agency from tripadvisor site, the response from everyone was pretty good. The name of the agency was Travel Hub Chiang Mai (http://www.travelhubchiangmai.com). So 1 month before the actual trip I write them about few places that I want to go and they helped me arranging it. Here's the itinerary & price. Bear in mind, prices shown here is backdated if you read this years later.
Of course, we did not go on boat trip in Mekong River (to Laos) because we were afraid of kidnapping. I was afraid of kidnapping. LOL. Anything is possible in that border. But if you feel like going, please go ahead but be safe.
The tour guide arrived on time & we left hotel at 7:30am. It was a long journey from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. Along the trip, we stopped by hot springs to have little breakfast & take a few photos. Nothing special here, it merely just a stopping hub for a quick meal or toilet (chargeable), and of course the hot springs. It took us 1 hour 30 minutes from the hotel (town) to this hub and then we had 30 minutes to loosen up our body before we continue our ride to Chiang Rai. I have put photos & video together for keeping my post tidy & short. Afraid you might skip the reading if the post is too long. LOL. Click on the video below to see how's the place look like, so you have an idea if you going from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai & stop by this hot springs.
Then another 1 hour drive from hot springs stop to White Temple in Chiang Rai. Yeah, we reached White Temple at around 10.30am. Three hours since we left hotel early in the morning. We spent about 2 hours 30 minutes, from seeing White Temple & lunch to Black Temple in nearby area. Unfortunately, the White Temple was not open to public to go inside that day. They said it was under renovation. So we could only admire its beautifully crafted architecture from the outside. Pictures shown below is White Temple:
Pic above : Edit with HDR mode.
The hands reaching out from the hell. Located before crossing the bridge to the entrance of White Temple.
More photos in the video (below) :