Sawadee Kup, greetings from Chiang Mai, Thailand

Janurary 2008 has been a busy month for me. Many things happened and some still unforgetable. I hope to unfold some as we go along.

By the way, I just landed on Chiang Mai 3 days ago on Sunday. The first impression I had of Chiang Mai is pretty much a laid back and under developed town. It took us about 2.5 hours by air from Singapore. Straight from the Chiang Mai Airport, we took a taxi straight to The Empress Hotel located 15 mins away from the airport at ChangKlan Road. No negotiation is required when it comes to taking a cab. It is pretty much control and the prices are pretty much fixed according to your destination. So if you are one of those who do not like to negotiate, Chiang Mai is for you. People here are more straight forward, they do not even expect to me tipped. They are just more then to provide a service.

*yawn* thats all for now folks….will post some pics soon! good night.

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3 thoughts on “Sawadee Kup, greetings from Chiang Mai, Thailand

  1. Hey David,

    Glad to know you’ve had a safe trip. This is the first time I hear of a hotel by that name, EMPRESS having been used to our own EMPIRE HOTEL, our flagship luxury hotel.

    http://shimworld.wordpress.com/2007/12/28/a-day-at-the-empire-hotel/

    It’s been a while since I visited Thailand and I enjoyed the short stay then. It always helps to have someone local make you stay as hospitable as possible. Not very adventurous when it comes to braving the elements of unfamiliar territory, I am more cautious as a traveller but since I turned photographer, I tend to see everything now through the lens and it’s been one hell of a journey.

    Have fun and Gong Xi Fa Cai !

  2. Thanks Jan….Chiang Mai turns out to be a very safe place to visit. I was cautious too when I first landed as certain areas are pretty isolated. However, after spending a few days here, I feel that the people here are not as complicated as the city people! We spent the night visiting night markets and malls. They have 2 noticable malls here. Night Markets here are pretty interesting…you can find almost anything here. From fake LV bags to Pirated DVD movies to local artifacts and products.

    Suprisingly one of the mall we went, The Central Airport Plaza Shopping Center were pretty up to par. You can find fancy restautrants, IT/Mobile Shops, boutiques and local high end supermarket.

    Prices here are really affordable. Exchange Rate is like 100 baht to $4 SGD.

    A bottle of soft drink is like 10 baht and a 2 hour massage at a reputable massage outlet cost 600 baht.

    Well so much for now. Today we will be visiting Doi Suthep & Doi Pui Hmong Village. They are supossedly in high altitude and heard the scenary there is beautiful. Finally got an opportunity to bring back some images :)

    Will try to post some pics soon….come back soon ;P

    Sawadee Kup!!!

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