On our last day in Chaing Mai, we decided to check out the Sticky falls. We had read about them online and were intrigued to see what it was all about. Just an hour and half outside of Chaing Mai it isn't a big tourist spot so we had the place to ourselves. After being a little skeptic we slowly ventured out in the water. Wow! They really are sticky. The falls are made out of a porous rocks that you stick to making it easy to climb. It was a perfect ending to our time in Chaing Mai.We climbed, we laid on the rocks, and we napped all the way back to our hotel. We are never going to forget our time in Chaing mai. We all can't wait to come back.
One activity we knew we wanted to do in Thailand was a cooking class. We had been looking online and at the hotel for recommendations but weren't really impressed with any one place. While at Hug Elephant Sanctuary, one of the other guests suggested Da's Organic Farm. We checked it out online and new this was the place.
After being picked up, our first stop was Da's favorite local market to pick up a few ingredients for our dinner. Da showed us around, explaining all the different vegetables and letting us taste a few before buying what we needed.
Once we had the ingredients we needed, we hopped back into the truck and headed to Da's farm. The 45 minute drive outside the city was beautiful.
We arrived to a tour of his property, getting to taste and feel all the different herbs and plants growing. While we walked around Da's 2 year daughter played with the kids. Once we had seen it all, we headed to the kitchen. Da had everything laid out and ready to be cooked. He worked with everyone individually, even the kids got to cook all by themselves. After the last dish was made, we sat down to eat in at an open air kitchen table listening to the crickets. It was truly a magical day. Ella can't wait to share her new favorite Thai dish, Chicken with Thai holy basil.
Everyday we have been driving past a temple with this red statue out front. Since we were in the area, I suggested we finally stop and check it out. I am so glad we did. There were so many great areas and lots of monks. I am really sad we never got to do the "monk chat" next time.
After lunch we couldn't decide what else to do? More temples? We saw that a local mall had a bowling alley! We love bowling and why not see what it is like in another country. It was the middle of the day and empty but still lots of fun.
After a few days of checking out what downtown Chaing Mai had to offer, we were ready to venture out of the city. After considering our options of transportation (tuk-tuk, rental car, motorbikes, we decided the safest and most economical was to hire a songthaew driver.
At 7am, we greeted our driver, hopped into the back of the songthaew and were on our way.
40 minutes later, we arrived at our first stop, Sanpatong buffalo market. Downtown Chaing Mai has many markets but none quite like this one, Sanpatong buffalo market is a hidden gem not a tourist in sight. You can buy everything from clothes and food to motorbikes and even water buffalo! It turns out our songthaew driver was a local celebrity at the market. He introduced us to several of his friends and even bought us a few interesting foods to try.
After about couple of hours roaming through the market, we hopped back into our songthew and headed to the mountains. Our first stop was a small cloud village where we grab some lunch and walked through some of the shops.
After a great lunch, we were on our way to Doi Suthep. Once we arrived our driver asked stairs or elevator? 290 steps? No problem! After we've climbed mountains, temples, and the Eiffel Tower already, 290 steps was a piece of cake. At the top of the stairs you enter a complex of temples and sacred sites. Miles got blessed by a monk and we all walked 3xs around the temple chanting. After checking out all the nooks and crannies, we were ready to leave. Just as we put our shoes back on it started to downpour so we ran down all the steps back to our ride.
After a long day, our last stopon our tour was for some ice cream before we headed back to our hotel. Yep! you can get ice cream in any country!
Even though we all tired and cranky, Ella was anxious to get a fish massage(Eww!) so we headed to the Night Market for some food and fishes!
We stayed in Chiang Mai for 2 weeks. It was great to relax and just take in the culture and the city. We got into a great routine of heading to breakfast at Nam-dok-mai. Just a 5 minute walk from our hotel. Ella loved the french toast, Miles loved all the delicious lemonades. I loved having REAL coffee! and Sean loved the puppy we named Al Figi. Not only was there delicious breakfast near by but a great local market.
Another Highlight was all the Tuk-Tuks! The kids love traveling in these pint size cabs.
Our first days we checked out some of the local temples. We loved all the colors!
We checked out the local flower market one day. Amazing! All these flowers for just a few dollars. And of course squeezed into the market was another temple.