Friday, September 24, 2010

Chiang Rai @ Downtown

Chiang Rai downtown is about 30 minutes away from the airport. Taxi fare is about 400 baht. The taxi which is non-air conditioned can accommodate about 6 to 8 passengers depending on the amount of luggage. It's sort of difficult to recognize the taxi as they don't have a taxi signage. Their taxi is actually a van and it is advisable that we check the price first before boarding one. However, I noticed that most of the people in Chiang Rai are friendly as it is just a small town.
It is easy to move around within the town of Chiang Rai as most of the tourist spot within the town are quite near to each other. There are sign boards everywhere showing the location and the distance. And best of all, there are restaurants everywhere.  And food in Chiang Rai are reasonably priced.
It was in May when I was in Chiang Rai. The weather was quite hot even during the night. I was told that the best time to visit Northern Thailand is during November to January as the weather will be cooler.
Actually what I enjoy most of Northern Thailand is the scenery and food.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Ko Samui

One of my favorite place to go when on vacation is the local market. I always make it a point to visit these places during the early morning or during the evening as most of the activity take place during these time. At the market you get to see typical or common food which the local people eat. Some market are huge and some are small. And usually I end up with my hands full of local stuffs especially local food. Also at the market, you get to taste local fruits, dishes and delicacies. 'Somtum' seems to be the most common food in Thailand which come is many varieties. It is a kind of spicy salad made from shredded unripened papaya, mix with chillies, lime, tomato, sugar etc. In fact it is the market too where you can buy cheaper souvenir items than any other tourist spot.
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