Today is all about Local Markets. Set off this morning after another wonderful breakfast at The Baan Orapin. Service and food is beautiful with Pepsi serving every day.
Walked over the Nakormping Bridge to use an ATM and check out all the markets used by Thai locals. First ATM was for very short people only, screen only in Thai and the bank behind it was in- operative. Decided not to test the water there. Next bank the machine was out of order so we walked south along the river until we found one at the front of the main Police Station.
As I was a “Virgin” Thai ATM user I approached it all cautiously and eventually it spat out 5000Baht. The screen then turned to Thai language and it still had my Visa card! Erica quickly grabbed a Thai who was on his motorcycle with his girlfriend requesting his help. He promptly hopped off, took his helmet off and read the screen for me. I pressed the appropriate button the card was ejected and I was a “Virgin” no more having consummated my first Thai ATM transaction!
Now with funds we headed north along the river road past some of the best flower displays we have seen. About 50 flower stalls selling Lotus Flowers, Jasmine garlands, Roses (I suspect have come from China as they were cheap) and masses of Orchid Flowers.
Onwards into the Ton Lamyai Market and then into the Warorot Market. These two together cover a large area and are were Chiang Mai locals shop. The fruit was amazing Lychees, Mangoes, and masses of Durians, Rambutans, Mangosteens and every tropical fruit imaginable all at very reasonable prices. We bought 1.5KG of Lychees still on their branches for 45Baht or $1.75 Australian. We also bought three desserts at a very busy stall for 45Baht or $1.75 Australian. We have just eaten one that was banana in coconut milk. Yummy. No idea what the other two are but lots of people were buying them (so they must be good?) and we will find out later.
Moving through the market I bought a still hot Curry Puff for 7Baht or 27 cents Australian. Yummy again! Bought dried Mango slices and Pistachios to snack on. We have found our “Feeding Ground” for the next 3 weeks! While in the Warorot Market we came upon the scene of yesterday’s fire. The fire vehicles were still mopping up but for the Chiang Mai people it was “On with the Show”. Market stalls operated metres from the still dripping water burnt out stalls, no barriers to keep you away from the 5 four story Shop Houses that had been gutted by fire. Life just goes on!
Getting back to The Baan Orapin after the hustle and bustle of the market was like coming home to an oasis. The beautifully kept grounds and the way the individual houses are spread throughout the compound gives it a tranquil feel and it is incredibly peaceful. It is certainly a credit to Opus and his team.
Have just eaten second yummy coconut and jelly bits dessert. Looked yucky but tasted delicious! Now off on TukTuk to investigate Chiang Mai’s newest and largest shopping mall called Central Festival.