Notes from Thailand (Part 3): Chiang Mai

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Mr. and I are now back in chilly New York, recovering from jetlag and adjusting to the fast pace of city life. After sorting through the nearly 700 photos that I took during our trip, I decided to present the latter half of our trip to Thailand in at least two more posts. Here are some photos of our time in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. This was definitely a highlight of the itinerary, with plenty of cultural attractions (with over 300 temples, this is THE place to be for monks in training), a cooking class at the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School and cheap, chic shopping at markets and little hidden boutiques. If you are making a trip to Thailand, we would highly recommend a stop here for a few days. So relaxing and beautiful...


Look who's cookin' now? ;)


Oh you innocent tomatoes... you didn't stand a chance.


We started class with a lesson in vegetable carving.


The Mr. and I with our finished products. Tomato juice everywhere. I was really bad at this!






Shrimp balls in a vegetable broth!


Spring rolls!


Shrimp in pandanus leaves


Some more delicious dishes that we made and enjoyed for lunch!


A night market


Put your bargaining skills to the test here.


Our cab ride home: via tuk-tuk! Once was enough for me :)


We took a private tour of temples and local markets


Temples




Girls in hilltribe costumes


The gorgeous view from a mountaintop temple






Bells, beautiful bells everywhere






Fresh flowers at the local market


Dragonfruit at the local market


A shot of the main market area - very busy at lunchtime!


While the Mr. finished some work at the hotel, I took a day with a driver through some of the craft villages and boutique areas in town. One of my favorite areas was Nimmanhaemin Road, with delightful homewares and import stores. Here is a shot of the gorgeous ceramics at AKA.


Ginger: where all things girlie, sequined and beaded come to mingle. My kind of store!

Hope you enjoyed these photos from Chiang Mai. Looking at these things make me want to go back for more! Three days in the city was definitely not enough for us... I won't bore you with more vacation photos this week as I have some fashion-related goodies to share with you! It's a fashion blog, after all :)

This weekend, I'll post some photos from our idyllic days on the beach in Phuket. Hope you are enjoying the start of your week!

40 comments:

janettaylor said...

Oh, lovely thai girls! :-)
Great photos!

WOW! Chanel sunglasses?

X♥X♥

Eva Internazionale said...

WOW! I adored this post. You've captured the life there so well. It makes me yearn for exotic places, especially with the dreary weather we're having here.

nookie said...

such beautiful photos dear!
the little girls in the hilltribe costumes are so cute!

jaassnnaa said...

delicious!!

Little Rus said...

Well, now I am hungry.... :) And feel like I need a holiday.
Looks like you had a wonderful time - what an interesting and gorgeous place to visit!
xxx

mysterycreature said...

It looks like a fabulous holiday! I am very jealous :)

Can't wait to see the next bunch of pics!

......Continued said...

oh amazing photos looks like an awesome trip!

daisychain said...

I am really in love with these pictures <3

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Adore this post!!
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Summer @ B is for Brown said...

WOW. I am beyond impressed with this post. I love it. You are so beautiful and just look so relaxed!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Cooking class in Thailand - brilliant! Thanks for the Chiang Mai tips - I totally hope to get there some day. Bangkok was lovely and I've missed it!

E said...

I'm so envious you learned how to cook such delicious-looking Thai food! And your photos are National Geographic-quality! I hope I can visit Thailand someday!

Jaime said...

So glad you had a great trip!

The view from the temple is amazing; that cooking class is once in a lifetime- how great; Ginger- I would love to shop there :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Gorgeous photos. These belong in a travel magazine! I'm glad you and the hubby had a wonderful trip!

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Welcome back home,D!

So many great photos!I loove your Chanel sunglasses! They´re so fab!!
Enjoyed especially the cooking school photos... vegetable carving.. I think you did a great job ;)... Haute Couture tomatoes!!!

Happy relaxing tuesday!!!

VersaStyle said...

beautiful pictures... looks amazing!

Susan said...

love these photos!
I was so happy about your e-mail, darling! :)
xoxo

Wrecked Stellar said...

Hey D! Wow wow wow, amazing, beautiful photos! I'd like to go right now! Thanks for sharing with us! xo, Mel

x ws x

InnyVinny said...

I feel like I'm there. Actually, I'm feeling that I should go there. I don't travel enough and all of these pictures make me want to wear out my passport.

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

WendyB said...

Tomatoes are slippery little rascals!

Bobbin Talk said...

The food looks incredible, and is making me hungry! The colors in some of these photos are amazing!

Lynn said...

such beautiful travel pictures, deanne! i miss the colors and vibrancy of thailand. wish i could go back someday :)

Tights Lover said...

Amazing pics. Looks like such a pretty country.

And that food looks so good ;-).

Hanako66 said...

that sounds so amazing...to be completely honest, Thailand was never really on my list, but after hearing about your trip, I'm totally changing my mind!

Maria Confer said...

Thailand looks so amazing. The colors, people and food are magical!!

So cool that you took a cooking class.

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jennine said...

omg the food looks so good! so good!

Chessa! said...

wasn't it so divine? I absolutely love Chiang Mai and I'm so happy that you decided to visit. loving your photos. :) can't wait to see what you bought yourself!!

Livie said...

fantastic photo recap of chiangmai. i have not been there in well over 15 years probably but those pictures bring back the memories. cooking school looked fun and delicious! now i'm kinda hungry =D

fashion herald said...

Oh my god, these pictures take me back as I was in Thailand years ago, and my sister and I spent a good amount of time in Chiang Mai. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time!

Deka said...

great photos!

Manju said...

i loved the pictures! makeing roses out of tomatoes, now that's really pretty

The Haute-Shopper said...

Great pics! Thanks for sharing... the foodie ones are my favorite, although I'm not sure I'd have the patience to start carving fruit. I wish I could do more Thai cooking, but I'd have to go to the other side of town to get most of the ingredients here.

The temple shots are lovely as well, though I must confess that having to sit through hour-long funeral ceremonies of both my grandparents in temples, I am a little off them now. Glad you had such a great time! Don't let NYC take away the relaxation you gained from the trip ;-)

stylewithbenefits said...

Wow, stunning pictures. I def. want to go to Thailand for my next trip. Thanks for sharing! You look so cute in the apron too.

xo, Becs

Shop N' Chomp said...

Hi Dream! Loved your Thailand pics! :D I've been to Phuket and Bangkok but not Chiang Mai. That's on my "to see" list!

Denise @ Swelle said...

Oh, Dee. You are quite the photographer. That was such a treat, and I'm so glad that I'm not hungry or that would have been torturous. I am very impressed that you attempted to carve a tomato. I can't think of a more difficult food to try that on! ♥

PinkBow said...

i love your photographs, so colourful, feel like i've been there with you! that little boutique looks gorgeous too!

Sandra said...

beautiful inspiring photos!! :)

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Jason said...

Beautiful photos. I would love to eventually visit Thailand and take some photos there too!

-Jason

nicole said...

Welcome back Deanne! Gorgeous photos and I love that you and the Mr. took a cooking class over there! It looked like a lot of fun, although, I'd probably be bad at the vegetable carving too... for some reason my 3 dimensional perception and hand-eye coordination just doesn't work hahaha

.:*aMbAr*:. said...

Soooo glad to have you back!! And OMG the art with those tomatoes. I will never look at them the same way.

I love all the pics. My fave one is the one with the two little girls.

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