Baw Song Village for Umbrellas
Baw song is a village near Chiang Mai that produces silk umbrellas and fans. The prices aren't that great at the factories! The stuff is cheaper in the night market! But it is interesting watch the making of different handicrafts. You will see lot's of umbrellas drying in the sun.
SUNDAY NIGHT STREET MARKET
THIS SUNDAY NIGHT STREET MARKET, WOULD HAVE TO BE THE BEST IN CHIANG MAI!
It was actually located in the street where my Hotel was, so I just walked out of the door and into the market.
My Hotel told me this was a good one, that prices were better than the other markets and the Night Bazaar AND that the prices are 'THAI PRICES' which means the same as Thai people pay.
I think they were right, as I had already been to both.
Here, you'll not only find Thai crafts and products, it's also located in an area full of coffee shops, sidewalk cafes, bars, restaurants, beautiful Thai temples and food & drink stalls.
The choice at these markets was amazing, and quite a lot that was on sale here, WAS NOT ON SALE AT THE OTHER MARKETS.
Thai handicrafts, clothing, shoes, food, photograph frames, hill tribe pillowcases and bed spreads, handmade jewelry, slippers, bags, Thai silk shawls and scarves, handmade soaps, dolls, pillow cases, art work and more ......
The Stalls are located on the sides and centre, so walk down one side, and back up the other, you won't miss anything then.
Chiang Mai's Sunday Walking Street Market is located in Old Town, (the area with the old city wall and the moat). On Sundays around 4pm, the city closes off the entire street (which stretches for at least a mile), plus other streets off the main road.
Then stall keepers start to set up their wares. There were street performers, and at the end of Phraprokkaow road, there was a Stage set up, with Thai Dancers and Music.
Plenty of chairs for seating was available.
The market opens at around 4pm and closes at 11pm every Sunday.
Lots and lots of people come here, keep your money safe, and have a good time.
Make sure you take a lot of money (you'll need it!)
A MUST DO!!!!!!
Rent a Mopad in Chiang Mai
We planned to spend a day on our own visiting local crafts shops so we decided to rent a motocycle. And it so happened that there the guest house across street from where I stayed had mopad for rent.
First of all, the cost was low. For under $3 USD, you get to own the bike for 24 hours. This is a very economical way to travel considering it costs more than $1 each time you hop on a tuktuk.
The second, you get total freedom to travel wherever and whenever you want.
The trick is, however, the mopad I rented had gears. It was kind of scary at first but in less than an hour, I got used to it and was able to manage it well. But I am sure there are other easier to ride mopads for rent.
The next obstacle was traffic. There is obviously no bike lane and motobikes aren't supposed to be on the middle of the lane; it's customary for motobikes to be driving on the side of the road to make it easy for cars to pass you.
The last one and the one I hated the most often was helmet. It's very hot outside and it would be really nice if I could enjoy the breeze kissing my face. Yet, for safety reason, I had to keep the helmet on and couldn't really enjoy it as much as I could.
So if you are not afraid of riding mopads in somewhat chaotic streets, it's a very interesting and economical way to enjoy Chiang Mai.
Official or Unofficial Hardrock Cafe?!?
When I told my friend there was a Hardrock Cafe in her hometown of 25 odd years she didn't believe me...........well here is the proof! Found along Loi Kroh road and endorsed by the real Hardrock Cafe organisation or not, it exists in Chiang Mai. Although not as fancy as other Hardrock Cafes, they serve a wide variety of meals, have the hardrock memorabillias on the walls and of course sells the Hardrock souvenirs.........oh ya, there is also a billiard table!
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
This is expected to be the best cooking school in Chiang Mai.
I wouldn't know since I had no previous experiance, but this was great!
In no time, I learned how to cook!! (yeah right)
The staff was fantastc. Funny, knowledgable -and they made great food!
We made curry, papaya salad, mango and sticky rice, fried noodles....etc etc.
Just a wonderful experiance.
You can join for 1 class or sign up for 5.
One class only is 990.00 Baht and after that it gets cheaper.