Tag Archives: golden triangle

Foodtrail In Chiangrai Day 2 – Chiangrai, Thailand

Advertisements

Began day 2 in Chiangrai pretty early by catching the sunrise at the rooftop of the hotel. Buildings in Chiangrai are not tall, maybe because of regulations on building heights. Anyways it was a pretty long day so be prepared to scroll down like mad. More of what I see, food wise was limited ‘cos I had very full brekkie at the hotel which lasted the whole day. Anyways, check out below:

Sunrise, what a nice cool morning at 14 degrees

Simple brekkie buffet, I’m ok with it actually.

Wow double yolk egg. How lucky!

Love it cos they have loads of veg for the brekkie

Fish porridge

Don’;t forget to eat your fruits!

Trying this for the first time. Ok lor, black sesame with soy bean. Not too bad.

Something you wanna be equipped with when on self-drive mode. An USB car adaptor! Just in case your car doesn’t already have one.

And a lot of snacks, water and tissue paper!

How the roads look like in Chiangrai. This is heading towards the Golden Triangle.

Found a quaint cafe which caught my eye along the highway.

Simple set up which to me is sufficient for business.

Oooooo ice cream cakes!

Yummy yummy!

My morning coffee fix!

Arrived at House of Opium

All these are for sale… I don’t have access to opium so didn’t buy hahaha

Temple uphill entrance

Arrived at the Golden Triangle

Pano shot of the Golden Triangle. As you can see, the water is very choppy and that’s about it.

🙂

Yeah I did many selfies here hahaha

One huge buddha here.

Boat structure not functional

See how narrow the boat at the bottom? That’s the transport to head over to Laos for some casino action.

Continued my journey northwards to Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Arrived and check out the flower arrangements on the floor

Wow no wonder 6 star hotel

My view at the coffee house

Very expensive per night stay here

Coffee house

Yes I was here to try this

Price for the coffee

Here it is, the much talk about coffee

Tried once, enough. Nothing special. No body, just like drinking tea.

Love the resort

Wonder if this is heading to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. But no access so headed off.

Scenery on my way back

Stopped by the roadside for some honey pineapples. Very very sweet and really delicious! I’m referring to the fruits lah. ;P

Yummy!

Spotted a cute resort opposite the road, made a u-turn and check it out

Cute

Simple resort

The top part has no purpose

Hey cutie!

Coffee house

Babe spotted

Nice chill place

Latte came… extraction could be better but it’s alright.

Bananas are free to eat.

Lady boss brought me around to view the resort

Simple rooms lah, cheap at 600 baht per night.

Lady boss decided to give me a tour around the vicinity of the resort by driving around in her pickup

Mae Fa Luang University

Interestingly I thought this is a temple but it’s actually the school’s Chinese culture society.

Wah got nice landscaping

This land will be cleared for some big hospitals

Some damn nice hilly resort

Protected area so cannot go in take pics

Even the roads they constructed all the way into their resort

Left the lady boss and drove on my own to check out this orphanage I found.

Ok looks good and very well organised

Nice landscaping inside also.

Alright head back to city for dinner!

Much needed Iced Thai Milk Tea

Phad Thai

Fried chicken was ok but I love the sausages,

Favourite mango glutinous rice. Mango was sourish sweet though.

After dinner walk to check out other shops. This one sells loads of sausages. This is where I tapao my Thai sausages!

At snack shop. Crispy worms anyone?

At Yoddoi Coffee. Best view to watch the Clock Tower

See my view… and it’s cool air 😉

Cappuccino is much to be desired.

Proceeded to Central Plaza. The only shopping mall which is pretty much what we have in SG.

Biggest mall in Chiangrai.

Foodcourt!

Got multiplex

Paus

This vegetarian takeaway is damn good.

Check out the colours from the glutinous rice!

At the supermarket and checking out the Thai bentos. I love bentos!

Wah lau so tempted… but didn’t buy lah.
So that ended my Day 2. Feel so tired just writing this post! Ok stay tuned for Day 3!

 

Yours gastronomically,

Big Roy

Chiang Rai Day 2

Advertisements

Today’s trip ended up with a lot of photos… I don’t think I can upload them all. Madness but interesting at the same time. I’ll prolly upload the more interesting ones, of course food as priority over here.

Got up really early, around 6am Thai time. Couldn’t get back to sleep so climbed to the highest level and try to catch the sunrise.

Brekkie was simple but for me is good enough. Food is food, as long as it fills my stomach. But I may skip tomorrow as I’m planning to visit one of the best cafes in Chiang Rai for brekkie before I head to the mountains.

After brekkie, I went back to my room to get ready for the trip.

Below are some essentials before setting off!

The snacks are a good way to keep yourself awake and of course the charging adaptor for my phone as I’ll be using Google maps quite a bit.

And off I go, wanted to look for a cup of good coffee for me to bring along my hour drive to the Golden Triangle. Then I chanced upon this little cafe I-Auon (amongst many others) and was a great discovery!

The ice cream cakes are from Buds of San Francisco, and pretty awesome to go with your coffee. I had the Cookies N Cream one (THB80). Coffee is pretty alright, beans from Doi Chang hence the characteristics of the coffee is assured (THB35). However the best of all is I got to know Amy, who apparently speaks pretty good English and we chatted quite a bit before I had to take my leave towards Northeast.

Arrived at the Opium Museum and tickets was THB50. I didn’t go in cos not much of a historian. So I browsed around the souvenir shop. They were selling all the opium related tools and stuff… But no opium how to smoke??? Hmmm…

I took a walk from the museum to the Golden Triangle where the Big Buddha is sitting. This is where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet! Below are some pics that don’t need description. ;P

Then I headed further north toward Anantara Golden Triangle Resort where the Black Ivory coffee is served. Black Ivory ‘cos it’s basically elephant poop coffee and harvesting this is tough as can be seen in the pics description below. For THB1500++ per pack, it serves around 5-6 espresso cups. Taste? Mild bodied, fruity and a hint of tea flavor in it. Prolly due to the elephants’ diet. Pretty aromatic actually but too mild for my liking and although it seems like its a marketing gimmick, the fact is that 8% of the sales goes to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation to provide veterinarian care for the elephants.

After that I headed back to towards the city but took many detours to discover the place. You’ll spot a lot of stalls along the highway selling the famous mini pineapples which are so damn sweet, I can only eat one a day.

Then I discovered a nice resort with a cafe in front. The coffee served there are a blend of 4 single origins from different parts of CR (THB55, not cheap but tasted good!) I was offered a Thai banana and trust me, it’s blardy good!

After that the lady boss drove me around that area to show me the university and also developments for that area.

Headed back to the city after that to look for dinner as I haven’t had any lunch! Nothing much to eat at the Golden Triangle as I find it a little touristy. For dinner, I saw this place called Balarb yesterday hence I’m back today to try it.

The ice milk tea (THB30) was pretty good and low sugar as requested. Phad Thai Goong (THB35) was pretty alright but my version in Chiang Mai was better ;P. The mix BBQ meats (THB120) are ok, a little dry though. But the Esan sausages are awesome! Khao Niao Mamuang (THB70) is pretty good although the mango is a little sourish sweet. But the mango given is huge and the only sweetness was from the rice. The sauce is just plain thick coconut milk and it’s warm! The crunchy thing on top is crispy mung bean which most places don’t use due to unavailability.

After dinner, I went to try Yoddoi coffee with the best view of the Clock Tower musical display at every hour. The coffee blend here is just alright, mild body and smooth. Somehow most of the coffee joints here do not extract the espresso shots the right way according to what I was taught in Australia. Hence the coffee powder is wasted. That said, the milk frothing for cappuccino is good.

Gonna leave you guys with pics of foodstuffs I saw along the way and also in Central Plaza where there’s loads of food and snacks! You guys can follow me on Instagram #eatwithroy, #tourwithroy and #roythailand. Need sleep for my long drive to the mountains tomorrow! Nite y’all!