Saturday, 19.02.2011

From the first moments on we felt very welcome in Baan Hanibah Guesthouse. Staff is very friendly and helpful, like everywhere in Thailand. The room was clean and large enough with a very nice bath. The house is built from teakwood in the traditional Lanna style. We had breakfast in the small, but very nice garden where we could watch squirrel rushing through the trees.

Baan Hanibah Guesthouse

After our first breakfast in the sunshine - what a change to the cold winter in Vienna - we started exploring Chiang Mai. One can find a temple at almost every corner and most of them are within easy walking distance.

Wat Duang Di

Chedi at Wat Phan Tao

Buddha with offerings at Wat Phan Tao

Nagas watch over the entrance to Wat Chedi Luang

Stupa of Wat Chedi Luang

  reclining Buddha at Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Phra Singh

a monk made of wax at Wat Phra Singh

Bot at Wat Phra Singh

Chedi at Wat Pan On

Wihan and Chedi of Wat Chiang Man

colourful murals in the Wihan


After sightseeing we tried the street food at Somphet Market in the evening for the first time. We really loved the food and when available we even preferred it over restaurant or hotel food from now on. The latter is often too much adjusted to the western taste, but since we love it hot and spicy anyway we did not find that much of an improvement. We also never had concerns about hygienic standards or freshness of the ingredients. In the end, also a lot of Thai people eat there every day.

street food

On Sunday we planned to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the landmarks of Chiang Mai. =>

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