Day 33 - Last day in Chiang Mai
Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
105Trip End Jan 09, 2013
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Our driver then dropped us off at the Riverside Cafe area and we took a walk to Regina's - one of Tess and Sarah's favorites haunts. Very sadly it was closed for lunch so we ended up pulling into the Good View restaurant instead. Lunch was delicious as we sat next to the river and listened to the evenings band practice. We then caught a saungtauw to Thae Pae gate and enjoyed a stroll back to our hotel. We stumbled across a local fresh produce market so wandered around. Tess bought some durian (the stinky fruit) and some dragon fruit for John and Lynne to taste.
After a little swim fabulous Khun Nee came to fetch us for dinner and we headed off to a lovely restaurant just next to the river. We were delighted when her husband and two sons, Photo and Fanta, joined us. They were so sweet and although it was late for them they stuck it out for dinner with us. Nee ordered at feast fit for a king for us and we got to enjoy soup, fish, veggie dishes and so many other Thai tidbits that we all felt like exploding by the end of the meal
Then the shopping began and we thoroughly enjoy walking the streets and looking at the wares. The Bazaar has grown significantly since Tess was there last and much of it was rebuilt after a flood a few years ago. It is a fantastic market that really takes several visits to enjoy totally. But we did well in the few hours we could do and found some super pressies to take home.
Exhausted we caught a saungtauw back to the hotel. It's been a wonderful part of our journey being here and we agree that it is indeed a great city to live in with the relaxed environment, mostly fresh air and amazing people. The hospitality of our Thai friends has once again bowled us over and they are truly remarkable ambassadors for their country. Tomorrow we head to Phuket on an early flight for our last Thailand stop.