The Cheapest Noodles in Chiang Mai

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Fans of small portions and anyone hoping to hit the elusive $500 per month budget for living in Chiang Mai should check out ก๋วยเตี๋ยว 3 บาท Kuay Tiao 3 Baht – “3 Baht Noodles”. As the name suggests, a bowl of noodles goes for just 3 baht, which is less than 10 cents in American money. You can’t exactly expect a filling meal for under a dime—even in Southeast Asia—so … Continue reading…

Sky Gods Take Pity on Northern Thailand

vishnu with garuda Thai painting

My fellow human beings don’t seem to have enough common sense to refrain from setting alight thousands of fires in the forests and fields of Northern Thailand each dry season. Every year, around March, the skies over Chiang Mai turn into a thick, choking smog—leaving the citizens with burning eyes, sore throats, chest pain, and asthma. The toxic particles in the air become too much for some of the elderly … Continue reading…

Wat Jed Yod – A Little Bodh Gaya in Chiang Mai

stucco temple art at Wat Jed Yod temple

Despite being one of the most important historical temples in Chiang Mai and having some of the most beautiful original stucco artwork in Thailand, Wat Jed Yod is largely quiet and free of tourists. It’s not only quite peaceful, but Wat Jed Yod is also designed like a miniature version of Bodh Gaya, making it an interesting temple to poke around and have a look at. The name Jed Yod … Continue reading…

Survey Says… Chinese Tourists Wearing Out Their Welcome in Chiang Mai

Chinese woman in yellow dress at Thai temple

A massive influx of Chinese tourists into Chiang Mai has given a much needed boost to the local economy . But despite this, guests from Thailand’s northern neighbor are quickly wearing out their welcome—and that is putting it politely. The Thai language Daily News was a little more blunt in their story on the attitudes of Chiang Mai residents towards Chinese tourists when they ran with a headline that translates … Continue reading…

Exploring the Chiang Mai Flower Festival

chiang mai flower festival decorated float

The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is a fun event with lots of eye candy and plenty of good photo opportunities. It’s held each year during the first weekend of February. If you missed it this year, then you can make plans to see it Feb 6-8, 2015. The beginning of February is a nice time to visit Chiang Mai as the weather is still not so hot and the worst … Continue reading…

Modern Buddhist Paintings at Wat Phrathat Doi Saket

buddha's victory over mara painting at wat phrathat doi saket

For ages, Buddhist temples have used artwork to tell stories. Temple murals often illustrate important events in the life of the Buddha, stories of his previous births, or key events in the history of the temple and famous monks who have lived there. Wat Phrathat Doi Saket is an ancient temple that carries on this tradition with a modern twist. The main assembly hall features recent paintings that express Buddhist … Continue reading…

Get Your OM On at the Ganesha Museum

ganesha statue and pagoda

Who doesn’t love Ganesha? The chubby, elephant-headed Hindu god has been gaining popularity in Thailand in recent years. And one Thai man adores Phra Phi-kha-net (as he’s known in Thai) so much that he built a private museum dedicated to him just south of Chiang Mai. The Ganesh Himal Museum is easy enough to get to if you have your own wheels. Just head south on Hwy 108 past Hang … Continue reading…