Expected to be met with “Sa-wat dee” upon my arrival at Chiangmai airport, I got only a firm handshake! So much for brushing up my Thai. Great places, cheap and good food and shopping? no need to say-lah. For those who intend to travel further north of Chiangmai, go and rent a car. For 1000 baht a day, you get a very comfortable car, 2000 baht for a 9-seater van with a driver who will take you wherever you want to go. Petrol is on you. Its really worth it. Just to travel in Malaysia your toll will costs you more than that. Oh, there is no communication problem – what they cant understand – try hand, head and body signs. It will definitely do the trick. To bargain, the seller punched his price on his calculator, you punched yours. No need to talk. When you order your food from the stalls, dont just point this,point that. You could be asking “What is that?”, to them it means “I want this one, this one and this one”. All three plates will be served on you in quick succession.
this picture taken at night bazaar. good place to put up your tired feet. Supposed to close at 10.00 p.m but look at the crowd..business is good!