When visiting and Akha village, make sure you keep your eyes open when wandering around the Village, as you never know what you might see!
At the Village we visited, we saw Monkeys chained underneath the house.
Our guide told us that these could either be Pets, or they could be for eating.
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
The night bazaar is fairly rubbish and quite expensive when compared to the markets in Bangkok i.e. Chatuchak. We were hoping to get a load of presents to bring back to Bangkok but ended up just buying a couple of cheap ass t shirts and a postcard or 2.
When the girlfriend is dissappointed with shopping you know it is bad. She preferred shopping on walking street which is just off Moon Muang Road. I think these are the 2 best places to shop but do not compare to Bangkok markets.
Taxi's & Tuk Tuk's
Chiang Mai has tuk tuk's, motos, meter taxis and songtaews for getting around and they are all very cheap.
Our meter taxi from the airport to our hotel cost 50baht plus the 50baht you pay at the booking desk.
We never paid anymore than 40baht for short distances in a tuk tuk and the songtaews are 20baht a ride. You can flag them down everywhere.
Anyone for a wild time.........
The Monkey Club was just next to the place I stayed at. Looks like a house during the day but at night transforms itself into a cosy drinking garden/restaurant. This place definately has a very laid back atmosphere which is more like a garden party than a busy and noisy pub, which adds to its attraction. There is a live accoustic band that performs nightly, singing both english and thai songs. I have to compliment the female vocalists of the band we saw perform, she had the sweetest voice and sang a good variety of songs. The beer or beers........:P..........the restaurant serves thai food........a favourite is always the papaya salad ;).
three kings monument
It's one of the few monuments beside temples that I have seen around, and it's called the Three Kings Monument. The center statue is of Praya Meng Rai, on his right you have Praya Ruang and his left Praya Ng-am Muang. I read somewhere that these three kings are revered in Chiang Mai, but I have failed to find out why. Anyway, as you probably have guessed, Praya means King