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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 19:25
It was another beautiful day which no one, no alarm, no phone call woke you up from your sweet dream. We had our breakfast in hotel and continue rent hotel’s bike to Chiang Mai city. Our first stop was Doi Suthep.
今天也是睡到自然醒，然后慢慢享用早餐，再慢慢的出发到另一个地方去。今天的行程也是临时计划，由于是星期六，我们计划到周六市场，就和酒店租借多一天的电单车，问问他们的意见后，决定先到Doi Suthep Temple去。
Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai University and Saturday market location map
On the way to Doi Suthep Temple, we passed by Chiang Mai university. We turned in their Uni and look for their canteen. Many stalls were not open due to Saturday. Again, we used hand language to order our meal, then bought a cup of coconut drink. The foods at here also very cheap, 20 Baht for a bowl of noodle, 6 Baht for coconut drink.
去Doi Suthep Temple时，途径清迈大学，我们便往里边兜兜。兜了一会儿，终于到达他们的食堂。也许是周六，食堂显得冷冷清清的，就几摊小贩在做生意而已。我们再次比手画脚的告诉面摊阿姨我们想要的面后，再买杯椰水，开始了我们的午餐。这儿的消费也超便宜，一碗面才20Baht,一杯椰水也只是6Baht。
We continue our journey to Doi Suthep Temple. The way to the temple was terrible if you go with bike. We regretted not going with Song Thaew. The temple was very beautiful and worth visiting.
吃饱后，继续我们的路程。去Doi Suthep Temple是崎岖的山路，车开了好久，不知转了几百个弯，都很难到达目的地，真的坐到我们腰酸屁股痛。看见身边一辆接一辆的双条割过我们，有点后悔为什么自己要骑电单车去呢？为何呢？就因为酒店人员告诉我们很近啦，只要到市区，没多远就能到达Doi Suthep Temple了。就这样，上当了。但也还好，途中有休息庭，让我们停下来扭一扭身体，吃一吃水果。
City view on the way to Doi Suthep
Doi Suthep Temple was built on mountain, entrance fee is 30Baht per person. Elevator is 20Baht per person. If you can walk, you no need to pay for 20Baht and can just walk up to the temple top through the stair case which consist more than 300 steps.
Doi Suthep Temple是建立在高山上的，入门票是30Baht一个人，程搭电梯到寺庙是一个人20Baht。要是嫌贵或体力好的话，你可以选择走三百多个阶梯的路上去，这可以省去20Baht。
Doi Suthep temple
Doi Suthep temple
Doi Suthep temple
We proceed to Saturday market at Wua Lai Road after Doi Suthep. Forgot to mention, along our journey, we do not hire tour guide nor driver. What guided us was GPS. While Camus riding on bike, I hold my phone on hand and read the direction from GPS. We were not worry about thief will snatch away our phone as we feel very safe in Chiang Mai.
Although GPS is powerful, but we were not able to reach every location with it's help. We lost our way to Saturday market, we stopped by at road side to study the map. Suddenly there was a voice shouting towards us, "hello...hello...". I was shocked and thought we blocked someone way. When we turned our head, we saw a man with his wife asked us "Any help?". Yes, in the end we got our way to Saturday with their help. We appreciate and sincerely thank their kind help.
There were various kind of foods sold in Saturday market, much more compare to night market near our hotel. We bought some foods to eat while shopping, suddenly all people stopped down, and those who seated stood up. I was surprise and shock as wonder what was happened. After few second, we heard their national song. It was 6pm at that time, everyday they will play national song and people will stand as a respect to their country. This scene did not appear to me for years in our country, what happened to our country Malaysia?
Chiang Mai is a very clean and beautiful place. You can hardly see rubbish on floor. I remembered when I was in front of one of the stall which selling fried pork skin, the stall owner keep pointing on empty plastic bag hold in my hand, she wanted to throw it for me. From there I understand why there is no rubbish in their night market. Not only this stall, some of the stalls owner will point you the dustbin when they see you holding any rubbish on hand.
Delicious thai food
Various kind of pure fruit juice (10~30baht per bottle)
Temple near to Saturday market
Temple near to Saturday market
We returned to hotel after get enough of foods. These conclude our third day in Chiang Mai.
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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 22:44
We got a warm welcome by birds outside our room in our second day in Chiang Mai. It was a cooling and wonderful day. We enjoyed our American style breakfast after woke up in later morning. The breakfast came with fried egg, bacon, big sausage and vegetable. It was very delicious. Apart from that, they have coffee and tea for you to choose. Yogurt, orange juice, fruit, oat, milk are buffet style. It was such a wonderful experience to enjoy our breakfast in this beautiful place.
After finish breakfast, we walked back to hotel room. Today, we rent a motorbike from hotel again as it is really convenient to have your own bike. You can travel to any places that you like at your own convenient time. Although Camus does not have a motor license, but he still can fetch me to go here and there, it was really romantic which we can't experience in our own country, an unforgettable experience we had there!
At first we were worried and thinking not to rent a bike as we afraid there will be a road block, carry helmet everywhere while you travel is not a convenient way also. But the hotel owner told us normally won't have road block, and if have just told police we forgot to bring license. We also can't believe the helmet can just hang on motor bike, 99.99% you won't lost your helmet! After get the assurance from hotel owner, we rent their bike and continue our journey.
Our first stop on this day was Royal Flora Ratchaphruek. When we arrived there, we saw many local people just leave their helmet on top of their bike without any lock. From there you can see how safe Chiang Mai is. Compare with our country, don't say you leave it on bike, even if you hang it on the hook under your seat, which consider lock it, you will end up getting back your helmet "ring" without the helmet and be prepared to spend another few ten or hundred ringgit to get your new helmet.
我们骑着电单车出发到Royal Flora Ratchaphruek，凉风习习，实在令人兴奋。抵达后，停放好电单车，观察周围的电单车，当地人还真的就把钢盔摆放在车上而已，真是不能不佩服当地的治安。要是在我国，别说摆放，就算你锁上了，可恶的小偷还是把钢盔给剪断。
Royal Flora Ratchaphruek map
We bought an entrance ticket which cost 100 Baht each. Inside the park, we get a 20 Baht track ticket to ride on track and round the park. The track will stop you at few stations, you can go to every station to have short walking trip. There are many types of flowers and plantation in the park. Among all, attracted me to most was the big winter melon.
For lunch, we arrived at another local market (Hang Dong market) to have their local food. That market was not a tourist place, hence all menus are written in Thai language. Good thing was they have picture, hence we simply pointed at the picture to order our lunch. From that bowl of noodle, it looked plain and simple, but it was very spicy. After ate, I immediately ran for toilet *diarrhea*. But, I like the noodle so much and it was one of the food that I miss so much, I will return for it again in future if I have the chance.
走完花园，肚子也都饿了，我们骑着电单车到处找吃。最后，我们到达另一个巴刹 (Hang Dong巴刹)，享用当地的汤面。食谱都是泰文，就只能看着照片随意点来吃。这碗汤面实在是辣，但非常好吃，也许是太辣了，吃完不久就拉肚子，但，它却是我一直还在怀念的味道。这感觉淡淡又辣辣的，普普通通的一碗面，竟然赢取了我的心啊。
After lunch, we returned to Baan Tawai, the place we went on our first day in Chiang Mai. We bought 2 wall lights at 300 Baht, cheap.
吃完后，我们再回到昨天去过的Baan Tawai, 购买壁灯。两盏灯才用了300Baht，觉得很便宜呢。
Baan Tawai map
Then, we returned to night market near our hotel to get our dinner again.
After meal, we had our Thai massage in our room, I expected a relaxing massage, which I experienced at Bali before, but it was a torturing one. I shout from beginning until the end, it was a "pain"ful experience. But one hour massage only cost us 300 Baht.
After that, we planed our trip for next day.
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Thursday, 26 September 2013 22:19
With Thai Airway, we fly at 8:10am early morning from Penang, arrived and transit Bangkok at 8:50am. Fly from Bangkok at 10:40am, we had arrived Chiang Mai at 11:50am. The total flight journey including transit time just took us about 5 hours, compare with Air Asia, longer time spent for transiting is actually a big waste. This is also another reason why we chosen Thai Airway.
By the time we touched down at Chiang Mai, taxi driver that we reserved through hotel already waited us at Airport. We quickly grab a free phone sim card and local map, then proceed to our first hotel, Baannamping. On the way to hotel, taxi driver dropped us at local market to buy some fruits, cup noodles and junk food.
当我们抵达清迈机场，司机已经正在等待迎接我们。我们快速的取了当地免费电话卡及地图，就前往Baannamping住宿。途中，我们请求司机停放我们在当地巴刹，购买些水果。我们买了三包各20Baht的水果，准备回旅馆享用。再到隔壁的Tesco Lotus Express买些杯面及零食，就回到旅馆。
Fruits, junk foods and cup noodles
After checked in to hotel, we had our lunch at hotel's restaurant. The meals are not as cheap as what we had expected. A plate of fried noodle Pad Thai is 150Baht, fried rice is 150Baht, apple juice is 85Baht. For taste wise, fried rice is the best, although it does not look attractive and portion is very small, but it really tastes superb. Pad Thai is their local food with sweet and salty taste. The noodle is actually thin version of our koay teow. We expect for fresh apple juice, but it was just a juice from box packet.
抵达旅馆放下包包后，我们就到他们的食堂用午餐。打开菜谱，发觉价钱并没有想象中便宜。以为一盘饭面只需50Baht左右，但并非如此。由于肚子已在打鼓，所以就点了一盘炒饭150Baht，一盘炒面Pad Thai 150Baht，及一杯苹果汁85Baht。
After meal, we returned to our hotel room, started enjoy our free and easy life. After rest, we borrowed motor bike from hotel to Baan Tawai Village. This place sells many wood products and we like those wooden product so much. If you like wooden product, this is the right place for you!
吃饱后，我们回房休息，开始废了起来，这无忧无虑的感觉真好。废够后，我们向工作人员借了电单车，问了方向后，就到附近的Baan Tawai Village瞎逛。途中不知正确位置，就询问当地居民，他都很乐意的为我们指明方向。没多久，我们抵达目的地，当地所卖的木制物品，比我们想象的还多，只可惜很多都是带不回的，比如座椅橱柜等等，但也有些小样物品，就如灯，装饰品，礼品，服装等。我们购买了木制吊饰品，80Baht一个以作为纪念。
The shops at Baan Tawai closed at 5pm. After shopping, we went to night market near to our hotel. It is a small night market but there are plenty types of food. Foods are cheap and delicious too. Papaya salad 25Baht, fried port skin 20Baht, pork ball 10Baht for 10pcs, fried "yao zha kuay" and pandan custard 13Baht, egg tart15Baht, crispy hat biscuit 10Baht, sago dessert 5Baht. We returned to hotel to enjoy the foods we bought, we liked most of them such as the appetizing papaya salad. We faced some difficultly when purchased papaya salad, we do not understand their language and want to ask them the price for papaya salad, we asked the aunty "How Much?", she did not understand us at all, and pointed us what they sell. I looked at the menu and point at number "25", she knocked her head, from there we guess it is 25 baht. Although we faced communication problem, but their help and positive attitude had warm our heart. Unlike many other places, when you ask and nego for price, but in the end you decided not to buy, you will get scold by the shop owner, but we did not see this happen in Chiang Mai.
逛了没多久，差不多傍晚五点，店铺开始关闭了。我们前往当地的巴刹购买晚餐。由于第一次逛当地夜市，看见当地的食物，即便宜，看试又美味，所以很兴奋地，买了一样又一样。当中有木瓜沙拉25Baht，炸猪皮20Baht，猪肉丸10Baht10粒，油条和Pandan Custard 13Baht，蛋塔15Baht，香脆帽子饼10Baht，沙谷甜品5Baht，及水。看，都很便宜吧？买完后，我们回到酒店享用晚餐。木瓜沙拉超好吃，是由青木瓜，红番茄，青茄子等，再加上各种调味品所调出来的。酸酸甜甜非常开胃。还记得我们买沙拉时，问他们"How Much?"，他们完全听不明白我们问什么，只在比手画脚告诉我们她在卖什么，后来是看到牌上的价钱表，随便指一指才能让她明白。虽然语言完全不通，但他们用心来明白我们的疑问，及路人的乐心帮忙，温软了我们的心。至于其他的小贩，也是非常的友善，态度非常好，当你提问问题，或者购买东西时，他们都是以微笑来对待你。不只如此，就算问了不买，他们也OkOk笑笑回应你，并不会给你脸色看，和香港人实在是天地之差呢。吃完晚餐，我们继续废，就这样过了清迈的第一天。
Market near Baan Namping
Fried "yao zha kuay" and pandan custard
Crispy hat biscuit
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Thursday, 26 September 2013 21:36
In the beginning year of 2013, we had travelled to Chiang Mai. It was a happy and unforgettable journey which gave us uncountable surprises.
This trip was last minute planned and ticket was last minute booked. Due to money constrain, we choose Chiang Mai as our honey moon trip. At first, I do not really exciting with this place as I thought it is the same as Hatyai. Since there was no other option, I gave this place a try and start our 6 days 5 nights trip.
Due to our busy life in city, daily working pressure, previous rushing travel experience, we decided to travel with peace and most importantly, relax to the fullest at this trip. We do not plan too detail for the trip and just briefly list down places that wish to visit. Details itinerary will be planned on each travelling day, according to our mood on that day.
Before start our story, we would like to summarize those interested places that we went. Detail / zoom in map will be shown in each single post later.
Places we went in chiang Mai
Before purchase for air ticket, we compared both Air Asia and Thai Airway. Since both tickets gave not much different in price, we decided to purchase Thai Airway. With previous experience to fly with Air Asia, we are quite fare up with their service. Some time delay, some time cancelled, many thing are count by itemize billing, such as choosing a seat, baggage, meal and others have to buy separately. Thai Airway saves us from all these troubles. We spent RM2104 to purchase for tickets, although it was not as cheap as what we expected, but the service, departure time, arrival time and food did not disappoint us.
好，就从机票开始吧。在买机票之前，我们考虑Ａｉｒ Ａｓｉａ和Ｔｈａｉ Ａｉｒｗａｙ。由于Ａｉｒ Ａｓｉａ只便宜Ｔｈａｉ Ａｉｒｗａｙ一点点，所以我们直接购买Ｔｈａｉ Ａｉｒｗａｙ，这也可以省掉很多麻烦，不必而外买行李，而外买食物，而外这，而外那。也不必担心班机延迟，又可以同样的价钱购买早班机飞，迟班机回的选择。那机票呢，共用了我们ＲＭ２１０４的费用。说便宜并不是，但还是照就买了。Ｔｈａｉ Ａｉｒｗａｙ的服务令我们满意，食物好吃，准时，座位等等，都没让我们失望。
Chiang Mai's hotels are too many for you to choose. We took few days to select the one that suit us. At the end, we chosen two different hotels that we liked. One is far from city, but very relaxing place, another one is in city, a thai style home stay.
BaanNamPing Riverside Village
59/1-4 Mu 7,
Tambol Koumung, Saraphi,
Chiang Mai 50140, THAILAND
Tel : 0066 (0)53 439 040, FAX 0066 (0)53 429 620
Location of Baannamping hotel
We booked the room through their website, superior room was 2900Baht per night, after discount was 2030Baht. They also free upgrade our room to deluxe room. We stayed there for 3 nights. Overall we are satisfied with the room, food and environment, but if they can clean off the dust around windows will be perfect! Breakfast is included in room rate, they serve lunch and dinner too, but slightly expensive. The only problem is distance, it took about half an hour from hotel to city. They provide motor bike rental service at 300Baht per day (not include petrol) as well as taxi service from hotel to city daily (also return to hotel) at 100Baht per trip.
我们是通过他们的网站订购的，Superior Room每晚2900Baht，30%折扣后剩2030Baht，又给我们免费升级房间去Deluxe Room。我们共住了三晚。房间是令人满意的，但当打开窗帘时，可见些灰尘。食物很好吃，但午餐及晚餐的价钱比较贵，早餐是包含在房价里的，很丰富，很好吃。周围环境也令我们非常满意。其中一个问题是离市区较远，大约半小时的车程。但他们也有提供租电单车服务，每天300Bath，不包括油费。
6 Moonmuang Rd. Soi 8 A.Muang Chiangmai 50200 Thailand
Phone & Fax. : 6653 - 287 524 E -mail : [email protected]
We contact this hotel through email. Double bed room was 1450Baht per night. We stayed for two nights here. Environment at here is good, but be prepared to get disturb from big mosquito and noise from other traveler, as the room does not have sound prove. Walking to ThaPae Gata is just about 10-15 minutes.
Summarize of maps
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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:09
My mother usually will buy home made mooncake (gong zai bing) from her friend every year. This year her friend does not make the mooncake to sell, so we make it ourself. It is not difficult to make this gong zai bing, we get ingredients and recipe from one of the ingredient shop in Penang. The sales person recommended us to use pure peanut oil as our cooking oil is not a pure peanut oil, they added a kind of essence to make cooking oil. I do not know how true it is, but from the price, they have so much difference in "real" peanut oil (RM11 for 500g) compare to our cooking oil. We also bought cake flour from her to make the mooncake but according to her, any medium protein flour will do. Recall back last year, I used low protein flour to make gong zai bing. Golden syrup is expensive too, RM11.50 for 1kg.
500ml golden syrup
200ml peanut oil
15ml lye water
700g medium protein flour/cake flour
1. Mix golden syrup, peanut oil and lye water in big bowl until combine.
2. Sift in flour and mix until combine. Do not overmix to prevent mixture become hard.
3. Cover bowl and leave for 6 hours or overnight. (compare with my last year recipe, which need to leave for 2 hours only, the sales person said 6 hours will let the flour absorb oil/golden syrup fully and give the mooncake better taste)
4. Preheat oven at 180C for half an hour.
5. Divide dough to 40g each and roll it round, lightly press with palm to flatten it.
6. Bake in oven (fan-forced) for 12 mins or until cooked.
The gong zai bing smell and taste really good after baked. It is best to keep and consume after 3 days, as when the biscuit just out from oven, the texture is not soft yet. I will keep this recipe for future use. The same recipe can be used to make traditional mooncake (wrap with filling) too.
To make piggy mooncake, follow here:
Before I end this post, MnYfoodtalk would like to wish everyone a very Happy Mooncake Festival!