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
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
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.
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
Houses built on slopes
Doi Chang Coffee Farm’s milling facility
I love this place!
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!
After eating the cherry, the coffee beans remain
Pool of beans
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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
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
Spotted a cute resort opposite the road, made a u-turn and check it out
The top part has no purpose
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
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.
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!
So that ended my Day 2. Feel so tired just writing this post! Ok stay tuned for Day 3! Wah lau so tempted… but didn’t buy lah.
Alright this is a very late post but at least the stalls are still there last check. Chiangrai is a very nice place if you haven’t been. Less crowded as compared to Bangkok and the weather’s cooler especially towards the year end. This blogpost may be quite long due to so many things to write about. So maybe I should just stick to the food? Ok maybe food with some attractions that I reckon you should know lah. Anyways, you will be seeing a lot of food pics and please read the captions below them, and yes I ate most of them. So don’t judge ok? ;P
Lunch place during transit at Don Mueng Airport, Bangkok.
My lunch at Don Mueng Airport while transiting. Can’t remember the name of the place but it’s on the left side bside Taurus Coffee Bar. Not bad, not expensive.
Taurus Coffee Bar beside the Japanese eatery
Some cake that looks good but was just too sweet at Taurus Coffee Bar
Latte was really bad from Taurus Coffee Bar
Finally arrive Chiangrai airport!
Collected my car which will accompany me for the next 5 days.
Simple lah, cheap also at S$40 per night.
Can see my car from the balcony. Nice.
Checked out the room service menu. The description puts me in doubt… So off I go outside exploring!
Found this roadside stall on the road that leads to the Clock Tower. Locals eat here so I parked my car and try.
Looks like a mess but heck with hygiene, this could be damn good.
Someone’s chicken noodles. So I snap!
Put this and you’ll need a lot of ice water.
35 Baht. A big bowl of porky madness
Not the glass noodles I like but this kway teow was alright. Love the broth and a must-eat whenever I’m in Chiangrai!
Roadside eating is very common in Chiangrai. If you’re not prepared for street food, then you may not be able to try what’s local.
This shop sells pau. I didn’t try because pau will take up my stomach space although I have a lot of HDD. ;P
Heard this stall is very popular due to the youtiao and pandan custards.
Most youtiao in Thailand are short cute ones, this one is what we normally have but at only 15 baht.
At first I thought is kaya but I was in for some surprise
Wah lau, this is some damn good Pandan Kaya custard lahhhhh
Think everyone knows what this is. Khao Naew Mamuang (glutinous rice with mango) Something I cannot resist.
Totally in love with this pink VW!
Just sit anywhere and enjoy your coffee and desserts
They are selling some toast with a lot of condense milk. Very local which I avoided cos of sugar.
Not a very good machine but it works for them and no one’s complaining, So we are all happy!
My order of kafei yen (Thai ice coffee).
The Clock Tower. See tourists gather at the road divider to take pictures. There is light display at every hour from 7pm. One prime attraction in Chiangrai.
Packed this Khao Mun Gai for only 35 Baht. It is really tasty and fragrant!
So that’s all for day 1. Stay tuned for Day 2!