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Foodtrail In Chiangrai Day 4 – Chiangrai, Thailand

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Day 4 is a long day as I leave the mountains to explore more of Chiangrai. I’m already in love with the city and the scenery it has to offer. Can’t wait to check out more of what this little city has to offer!

Woke up to this view
Love the morning silence
Farmers getting dropped off to start the day’s collection
Back at the mill, they are getting ready to transport the processed beans to the courtyard for drying.
Old uncle still strong at this age.
Bad cherries are floated on top and pushed to the pool beside
But first, latte.
The good cherries are at the bottom and are being sucked into the pulping machine
Cherries getting pulped.
See the cherries being separated from the beans
Coffee beans!
Good and bad beans
Balance of the cherries collected at another place to be used as fertiliser
GM of Doi Chang Coffee Farm
Last selfie of the amazing view
On the way down the mountain
Found a resort with a very nice river view for lunch!
Wow they are famous for pies! What a discovery!
My lunch view
Ice Thai Milk Tea
america Friedn Ri
Coconut pie…. yums!
Selfie!
The lady who started it all, Mdm Charin
Just nice the flowers bloomed when I was there.
Got aviary!
He didn’t show off that day…
Bridge to get to the resorts… yes, they own all these lands!
Selfie!
Reosrt
Fruit farms behind
On my way back to somewhere near the city and spotted some amazing architechtures
and padi fields
So serene
On the roads less taken
A hugh Singha statue
Loads of flowers
Love the flowers.
A lake behind where people are fishing
Reach my other resort for the night
Love the landscaping!
Bridge haha
Love it!
Outside my room
King size bed
Simple, good enough for me to rest.
Mosaic tiles are nice
Bath room
Back at my fav stall but trying something different
Default chicken rice must order!
Ordered this glass noodles in dark sauce. Yummy!
After dinner night market walk
Wow more food!
Another row of food!
Didn’t try this cos long queue but looks very good dessert.
Thai desserts from the supermarket… yums!

Wow what a long and tiring day! This is my last night in Chiangrai, gonna miss this place! Watch out for Day 5!

 

Yours gastronomically.

Big Roy

Foodtrail in Chiangrai Day 3 – Chiangrai, Thailand

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Day 3 began with me visiting a couple of places before heading up to Doi Chang Mountain. I just love not just checking out unique coffee houses but also less known street food! I will let the pics do the talking!

At Chivit Thammada. I’ve written a separate blogpost about this place before as it gave me some much inspirations. Love this place like mad!
So cosy inside
Counter
Superb surroundings
Riverside seating

My order of Scrambled Eggs Muffin with Smoked Salmon. Yummy!
Love the cutlery too!
Back in town, parked my car, on my way to 7-Eleven to top up my SIM Card data when I spotted this eatery.
Which was selling this awesome roast pork!!! Just by the look of the skin, I know this is CRACKLING! So guess what happened next? ;P
Yeah I ordered a plate of roast pork rice but I asked for lesser rice. It’s very well roasted BUT they chopped in really small pieces. 40 baht!
Pump petrol before the long journey up the mountains!
But first, stop by Wat Rong Khun aka White Temple. Seriously too touristy for me. So I took a selfie anyways! ;P
All white…
But check out the construction, really detailed.
This is actually a road divider cone at the White Temple. I don’t understand why they used 4-faced skull… Hmmm…
On my way up Doi Chang
Pano shot of the view halfway up. Very nice lake.
Selfie!
Almost reaching
Found a roadside eatery where I decided to have my lunch.
OMG check out the view. Very serene surrounding.
Lady didn’t speak English, so I used my limited Thai to order a fried rice. Thais somehow do damn good fried rice!
Ordered this bittergourd veg also but DAMN SALTY… If not also very nice. Maybe see me excited then put too much salt hahaha…
Decided to explore Doi Chang town a little
Lady selling water
In town
Houses built on slopes
Chinese school
Doi Chang Coffee Farm’s milling facility
I love this place!
Coffee bar
A cappuccino first!
Kopi Luwak… straight from the arse.
Pool for fermentation.
The bad cherries are filtered out for instant coffees and your 3-in-1s.
Good cherries gets pumped up for pulping process.
The hulling machine. Removes the parchment off the beans
Sorting in progrees into different grades and types
Colour sorter. Laser recognition to remove the off coloured beans which the bean sorter cannot detect.
Packing in progress
Manual sorting which is why Doi Chang beans are highly graded.
Coffee cherries plucking is tough!
Coffee cherry
After eating the cherry, the coffee beans remain
Drying courtyard
Beans….
Pool of beans
Storage
Selfie!
Akha Tribe. The original founding family of Doi Chang.
The original founder of Doi Chang beans. Not to be confused with the popular Doi Chaang chain all over Thailand, UK and now in Malaysia and Singapore. This uncle is the elder brother of the other one.
View of Myanmar. That’s why this family decided to settle at Doi Chang because they can see their homeland at a distance.
Sunsetting
Hardworking!
Time for the farmers to come and deposit their harvest of the day!
Weighing and recording of every farmer that is registered under the coffee farm so that it’s truly Single Origin.
Deposits went on till around 7pm+. Cherries are soaked overnight to be fermented for next day processing.
Dinner time!
Spicy like hell but I like!
My room for the night.
Simple toilet but damn cold at night.

Alright that’s all for day 3, watch out for Day 4!

 

Your gastronomically,

Big Roy

Chiang Rai Day 4

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I began Day 4 by driving to a spot where the sun can be seen rising. As Doi Chang Coffee Farm was at the west side, the sun can only be seen way after it rises. Just being there, soaking up everything from the morning freshness and quietness, is just what I need. Would be great if I can prepare a picnic basket next time! 😉 After that I headed back to the farm, but on the way I checked out another farm and also a very nice private resort that cost more than S$1000 a night!!! But the view is really spectacular, no doubt about that. After that I headed back to the farm to watch the pulping process of the soaked beans using the wet process and bidded my farewell to the people and the Akha people! Check out the video I’ve done below. Very amateur but there’s always a starting point right? ;P

Then after that, I headed down Doi Chang, and I’ve managed to put everything on video here…

Hope you guys like the videos ‘cos there is no better way to show you guys what I’ve experienced! Stay tuned for Chiang Rai Day 5!

 

Big Roy

Chiang Rai Day 3

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Finally found some time to update day 3 as I was heading up to the mountains of Doi Chang and stay over a night there with limited data access. Now I’m sitting at Taurus Coffee Bar at Don Mueng Airport in Bangkok sipping a cup of pretty good coffee and eating a Double Shock Cake…

Double Shock Cake

I began day 3 with checking out of the hotel very early to visit Chevit Thamma Da Coffee House (Which means A Simple Life or Ordinary Life in Thai) across the river from where I was. Touted as the best restaurant/cafe in the whole of Chiang Rai, I can only understand why after I reached there. I’ll write on this place more in a separate post (http://wp.me/pCcuC-Hx). This place have me so much inspiration that I started videoing my experiences for my readers to see ‘cos a picture can tell a thousand words, a video can do ten times of that. Check out my video of the place  I spent a good one hour there absorbing the great ambience before I headed southwest towards my next destination.

Before I did the long drive, I drove towards town to look for a 7-Eleven to top up my SIM card. I found one and stopped along the side of the road and walked past a local eatery with a slab of roast pork hanging and I could tell the skin was damn crispy! After topping my card, I had to try this and ordered a plate of Roast Pork Rice but I asked them to half the rice portion.

The pork was so good, it beats any of the branded ones I ate before. And this plate costed me only THB40! I could order half a slab easily if I had friends traveling with me…maybe next time! I’ll definitely be back for this… Hopefully I can remember how to go back there again… *gulp*

The rest of the trip I’ve done up in a video form to present it. Totally unplanned and just for the fun of it! The video shows my journey to the white temple, up the mountains, etc. It was fun!

After that lovely but salty lunch, I headed straight to Doi Chang Coffee Farm where I made a prior appointment to visit. Learnt a lot over there and do check out Part 1 below and Part 2 later after I finish video editing.

Stay tune for eatwithroy visits Doi Chang Coffee Farm Part 2!