Chiang Mai, Thailand

TEMPLES

united_kingdomChiang Mai is the most touristic city in the North of Thailand. It’s a cool city, I felt safe and didn’t get bored at all. We spent 4 nights here: we ate Thai food with the locals, we saw a crowd of young monks in the city, walked a lot and relaxed our feet with a foot massage. In one of the days we went for Thai Cooking School.

 The first batch of photos are from different temples in the city.


romania_flagChiang Mai este cel mai turistic oras din Nordul Tailandei.  Mi s-a parut un oras fain, m-am simtit in siguranta si nu m-am plictisit deloc. Am stat 4 nopti aici, am mancat ieftin si bun la restaurante alaturi de localnici si am vazut un mare grup de tineri calugari. Intr-una din zile am fost la un curs de gatit mancare tailandeza, despre care am povestit aici.

In primele poze sunt diverse temple din oras.

Wat Pra Singh Chiang mai thailandfiber glass monk chiang mai thailandFiber Glass statue (it looks real!) // Statuie din fibra de sticla (pare real!)

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WAT DOI SUTHEP

united_kingdomNext photos are taken at Wat Doi Suthep. At the entrance were little girls with make-up who were dancing for money (a fancy way of begging, with child exploitation) and at the entrance were children wearing colorful costumes and posing with tourists also for money; if you want to take their photo and not give them money, they cover their faces.


romania_flagUrmatoarele poze sunt de la la templul  Doi Sutep, unde erau fetite machiate strident ce dansau pentru bani (o exploatare a copiilor pentru un cersit mai …fitzos), iar la intrare alti copii in costume colorate, pozau cu turistii pentru bani; daca nu le dadeai bani isi acopereau chipul si nu se lasau pozati.

 

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SUNDAY WALKING STREET AND NIGHT BAZAAR

united_kingdomFollowing are photos from the night bazaar and Sunday Walking Street (street markets where you can find lots of stuff like clothes, food, souvenirs).


romania_flagIn pozele urmatoare puteti vedea Bazarul de Noapte si Piata de Duminica din Chiang Mai unde se gasesc o multime de produse: haine, mancare, suveniruri.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM

united_kingdomNext photo is taken at Sunday Walking Street and people are standing still while the National Anthem of Thailand was played on speakers at 6:00 PM. Thailand’s National Anthem is played twice per day at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM and you have to stand up while it plays.


romania_flagUrmatoarea poza e facuta in Piata de Duminica: oamenii stateau nemiscati in timp ce din difuzoare rasuna Imnul National al Tailandei. Imnul Tailandei se aude de doua ori pe zi (la ora 8:00 si ora 18:00, pe strazi la ocazii speciale, in cinematografe inainte de inceperea fimlului, la TV) si trebuie sa te ridici in picioare in timp ce canta.

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VIDEO

united_kingdomIn the next video you can see Buddhist Monks praying (it’s a rhythmic and repetitive song. Very interesting!) (put the volume high!)


romania_flagIn urmatorul videoclip sunt calugari budisti la rugaciune (e un cantec ritmic si repetitiv. Foarte interesant) (dati volumul tare pentru a auzi!)

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Cooking school in Chiang Mai, Thailand

There are many cooking schools all over Thailand. We had some extra spare time in Chiang Mai so we went to Thai Farm Cooking School. I chose this cooking school because all the ingredients used for cooking were from their own organic garden. It was a great day, the atmosphere was nice and relaxed, the teacher was funny and happy all the time.

The day started by visiting a local market where the teacher showed us various products that you can buy there, such as: many types of rice, noodles, meats, sauces, pink eggs, salty eggs and she explained also how the coconut milk is produced.

local market chiang maiUp left: machine for shredding coconut. Right: pink eggs, that come from pink chicken 😀
Stanga-sus: masina pentru tocat nucile de cocos. Dreapta-oua roz de la gaini roz (glumesc. Sunt oua fermentate in solutie salina care nu miros tocmai placut, din spusele profei)

Veggies and chillies at local market in Chiang Mai

So many types of rice! Sticky, non sticky, brown, black, long grain, short grain...Many types of rice: sticky, non sticky, brown, black, long grain, short grain…
Multe tipuri de orez: lipicios, nelipicios, maro, negru, bob lung, scurt…

Sauces, pickles mushrooms, noodles..you find everything at the local marketSauces, pickled mushrooms, noodles..you find everything at the local market

Fried crickets and bugs to eat/Greieri si gandaci prajiti gata pentru a fi mancati.Fried crickets and bugs to eat / Greieri si gandaci prajiti gata pentru a fi mancati.

Yummy food at local market in Chiang Mai/Mancare in piata din Chiang Mai

We finished with the market and all 10 of us (the teacher and the driver included) drove to the farm. It was a nice ride on country roads. At school we put on hats and red aprons and started with a tour of the garden to see the different types of plants that we will use for cooking.

We tasted all sorts of leaves and plants. Up left: kafir lime; Up right: lemongrass/ Am gustat din toate frunzele si plantele din gradina. Sus stanga: Frunze de kafir. Dreapta: lemongrassWe tasted leaves and plants. Up left: kaffir lime; Up right: lemon-grass
Am gustat din toate frunzele si plantele din gradina. Sus stanga: Frunze de kaffir. Dreapta: lemongrass

The garden of the farm, with big water lillies/ Gradina cu nuferi imensiThe school’s garden, with big water lillies/ Gradina cu nuferi imensi

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Our working tables / Mesele de lucruOur working tables / Mesele de lucru

With red aprons and hats around the garden where we tasted all sorts of leaves and plants / cu sorturi rosii si palarii prin gradina, unde am gustat tot felul de frunze si planteWith red aprons and hats around the garden where we tasted all sorts of leaves and plants/
Cu sorturi rosii si palarii prin gradina, unde am gustat tot felul de frunze si plante

Let the cooking begin! First, we made our own curry paste. Then we chopped, cut, boiled and ate all the 5 types of foods that we cooked, with a siesta break in the middle of the day. The left-overs were put in bags and we took them home. The food was so tasty and flavored! And as a bonus, at the end of the class we received a small cooking book with all the Thai recipes that we cooked.

Cooking at Thai farm cooking school in Chiang Mai. Men are sexy while cooking, right? / Barbatii sunt sexy la cratita, nu-i asa?Man cooking

We started by making our own curry paste/ Am facut pasta de curryWe started by making our own curry paste/ Am facut pasta de curry

Me in cooking classMe in cooking class

Ingredients for the first course: Tom Yam Soup / Ingrediente pentru primul fel de mancare: eu am gatit supa Tom YamIngredients for the foods we were about to cook. My first course was Tom Yam Soup / Ingrediente pentru felurile de mancare: primul fel de mancare gatit de mine a fost supa Tom Yam

Eating our first dish - the soups/ aici mancam primul fel de mancare: supeleEating our first dish – the soups/ aici mancam primul fel de mancare: supele

All the foods we made: red curry, yellow curry, chicken with caju nuts, pad thai/ Orez, curry rosu, curry galben, pui cu caju, pad thaiAll the foods we made: red curry, yellow curry, chicken with cashew nuts, pad thai/ Orez, curry rosu, curry galben, pui cu caju, pad thai

Of course I couldn't eat everything, so I took it to go / bineinteles ca nu am putut manca tot si le-am luat la pachetI couldn’t eat everything, so I took it to go / Nu am putut manca tot si le-am luat la pachet

A lazy cat that slept all day /O pisica lenesa ce a dormit toata ziuaA lazy cat that slept all day /O pisica lenesa ce a dormit toata ziua