A June 2005 trip
to Chiang Mai by sanukseeker
Quote: I spent a total of 6 days in Chiang Mai (June 14-19). The following entries detail my meanderings in Chiang Mai, some of my unique experiences and tips for prospective visitors to Chiang Mai.
Secondly, buy a "Speak Thai Quick 191" phrase book for just 60B at a bookstore just farther down UN Irish Pub, prominently indicated in above-mentioned map. [It seems to be the only place where I located this gem]. This bookstore occupies two stories and mostly sells Thai books.
Visitors should take note that the "market rate" for travelling via songtaew is 20B at most. I had drivers willingly drive me to Chiangmai University, which is quite out of the way from the moat area, for 20B, without me even needing to hassle. Unscrupulous drivers will tell you that your trip costs 50B or more. Just smile graciously, say mai pen rai, which means "never mind" in Thai, and choose an honest driver that is bound to come by within seconds.
Attraction | "Witnessing a 40-yr-old Tradition at Wat Doi Suthep"
Rough Guides readers who are visiting Chiang Mai in June [that's when a new school term starts, I reckon] must ask around for the day of CMU students' trek to Wat Doi Suthep so that they can bear witness to this joyous and monumental occasion.
*Chiang Mai University was established in 1964 and celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Trekking up Wat Doi Suthep is a practice fondly adhered to by every new batch of freshies.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2005
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Doi Suthep Temple)
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50300
Attraction | "Monk Chat at Wat Suan Dok"
Intrigued, I asked them to show me their radio station, to which they enthusiastically complied. The monk DJs welcomed me warmly and before I knew
it, I was declared as their "special guest" for their Easy Talk programme. I was apprehensive about going on air but as I couldn't bear to disappoint my amicable hosts, I gritted my teeth and decided to give it a shot.
Because I am serving my national service, the programme started with a lively discussion on the conscription policy in Singapore. Then, as the "special guest", I found myself bombarded with questions ranging from our population size to the various religions we practice. Occasionally, I was momentarily stumped by difficult questions such as describing a Singapore culture and sharing thoughts on our presidency!
This was an adrenalin-pumping experience! I felt so honoured to inform listeners about my country and can only hope that I conveyed successfully the idea that Singapore's strength lies in managing its diversity well.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2005
Wat Suan Dok
On Suthep Road, west of the Old City
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200