Getting Around in Chiang Mai, Thailand
|Sunrise in Chiang Mai|
It was my dream to explore Thailand. Its rich culture, amazing architecture, nice beaches, and, you guessed it right, delectable cuisine, lures me to temptation. And so when I was given an assignment in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand), I couldn't help but say a big YES! I instantly checked it on Google and found out that it is more like a countryside than a busy city like Bangkok, or an idyllic beach like Krabi. But the photos I saw online were nonetheless alluring, hence, I packed my stuff and the next thing I knew, I'm aboard Thai Airways' (TG) Manila to Bangkok to Chiang Mai flight.
It was also my first time on TG, and I must say the service is nothing short of impressive. From the moment we entered the plane, the warm smiles of the TG flight attendants welcomed us and led us to our purple seats. Minutes after boarding, snacks were served. You can have all the wine, liquor and drinks you want onboard. The cashew nuts didn't disappoint, too. And just when I was about to pop my last piece of cashew into my mouth, lunch was rolled out. I got the chicken plate, which all the while I thought was chicken curry but turned out it was something with peanut sauce. Think chicken kare-kare. There was a yummy Thai salad on the side and a small serving of dessert. I had two refills of brewed coffee and a glass of red wine as finale. With the food onboard, I didn't even recognize we were about to land already. How three hours flew fast.
|Sumptuous lunch onboard Thai Airways|
|Pre-Departure at Chiang Mai International Airport|
|Onboard BKK-CNX via Thai Airways|
|TG's snackbox aboard BKK-CNX connecting flight|
|Anusarn Night Market|
And as we walked through Anusarn, we found this small Thai eatery, and all agreed to check it out. First thing that we ordered? Pad Thai, of course!
Nothing really beats Pad Thai in Thailand! (Do I really have to say that???) The nutty flavours combine well with the sweet tangy sauce. The rice noodles were not saggy. We also ordered other Thai favorites like Chicken Cashew, Chciken wtih Basil, Yellow Curry and some stir fried veggies. Everything's yummy!
We did not bother to get a drink anymore (just bottled, I mean literally "bottled" water) because we found everything so flavorful! Thai food is love at first bite!
|Bottled Water in a Bottle (ano daw?)|
|Fried Pineapple in Honey Sauce|
|Dried Fruits - from pineapples to tomatoes, name it, they have it!|
|Colorful bags at 200 Baht|
|Brightly-colored ceramic plates|
|Pink eggs, anyone?|
|Lobo Thai spices|
|Pickled tamarind and mangoes|
|A local coffee stall in Waroros|