5 Things I Love About Chiang Mai

Moving out here wasn't easy. There are a lot of things I miss like the ocean, TV shows I can understand, average temperatures below 80 degrees . . .

But this is about the things I love.

1. The Old City
Chiang Mai has a moat, guys. I mean, yeah, it's got fountains in it, and it's basically one giant traffic circle now, but still. A. MOAT. The remains of the wall are pretty freaking cool too.

2. Rainy Season
You may recall that I love rainy days. Well the rainy season here lasts for like 7-8 months. LOVE!

3. Motorbikes
Best way to travel (except when it's raining of course). And you'd be surprised how much you can fit on one of these.

4. High Volume, Late Night Karaoke Bars

4. Loi Kratong (and other assorted holidays)
You know those lanterns from Tangled? Disney stole them (granted, so did I). The real things (a) don't float a few feet above the water (they keep going up -- basic physics, guys) and (b) are way more awe-inspiring.

We also have Songkran, the Thai New Year, in which 65 million people engage in a three-day long, nationwide water fight.

5. Western Stuff
Chiang Mai is among Thailand's major tourist destinations and is also home to a surprisingly large number of Western missionaries. Consequently, there's a lot of Western stuff here, for which I am grateful. Hamburgers, pasta, pizza, even good Mexican food can be found if you know where to look. (Not that I don't love Thai food, but sometimes I get a little sick of rice, aye?).

And thank God Thailand has a taste for Western sci-fi/action movies! It means that although I haven't heard of a single non-animated Oscar nominee, I still get to see Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and all the Marvel movies. Even better, the lines for tickets are short and, because you choose your seat when you buy your ticket, there are no lines to get in the theater at all.

 These people are not in Thailand (actually I think they're in Rome, but you get the idea).

Seriously, American Movie Theaters. Lines. What's up with that?


Matthew MacNish said...

Plus, you can probably get Larb Gai/Kai any time you want. Though I suppose even sticky rice gets old eventually.

Lori M. Lee said...

I bet the food is amazing too :) Those lanterns are so gorgeous. Like Rapunzel, I'd want to see them up close too!

vic caswell said...

those images!
especially the lantern thing...
lucky you!

jjdebenedictis said...

LOL! #3 brings back memories of India. Yep; one motorbike will totally fit a family of four.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Lines. It's the American Way.

And Holy Freaking Cool, the lanterns!!

Steve MC said...

I love rainy days, too, and I bet there it isn't as cold, so you can walk around in it.

And this would be an awesome beginning to a book:

Chiang Mai has a moat. I mean, yeah, it's got fountains in it, and it's basically one giant traffic circle now, but still. A. MOAT. The remains of the wall are pretty freaking cool too.

Peggy Eddleman said...

That moat is so very awesome! As is the mold growing on the bricks. And the lanterns! Wow! I wish I could see that in person. That, and the entire family on a motorbike. :)

The theaters around where I live have reserved seating now, too. Me love.

Myrna Foster said...

That first picture is my favorite. Beautiful.

linda said...

Neat! Thanks for sharing. I get #2-5 living in Taiwan (though there's probably Taiwanese versions of #1), but I'm not as much of a fan of rain as you are. But yeah, mass paper lantern lighting is awesome! Totally sang "I See the Light" from Tangled when I went to see the lanterns. And I'm super excited about getting to watch Hunger Games, too!