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Chiang Mai II

Before I begin, let me wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!
Hope the Dragon Year would be a HUAT HUAT year for everyone and may everyone be happy, sexy, glam and healthy!

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This Chinese New Year has been a rather quiet one for everyone in my family.
We didn’t do any visiting this year because of Grandma’s recent demise,
but we still had fun at our family chalet! πŸ™‚
I visited A’s place though, and it was a lot of fun meeting her family.
I hope A had fun at my family chalet and family dinner too. Heh!

I also received some pretty clothes to wear for the new year!
Special thanks to SugarThreads for the super adorable striped dress and
LustMonday for the comfy and stylish looking chiffon shirt dress!
Many many love!

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I shall continue with my travel to Chiang Mai!
This is probably my favourite part of the entire Chiang Mai trip – visiting the Karen Tribe in Mae Hong Son and Elephant rides.
But before I start on those, I MUST share this amazing place in Chiang Mai that A and I chanced upon
while we were researching about Chiang Mai couple weeks ago.

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Nimmanhaemin Road is supposedly the hippest and most artsy place in Chiang Mai.
Littered with lots of cute cafes and chillout places, this is the perfect place to escape to
if one wants to escape from the typical “Chiang Mai sights”!

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If you google or youtube the place, you can actually see a lot more pictures of the streets.
There are about 19 or more little streets branching off the main Nimmanhaemin Road, almost all are awesome!
Lots and lots of hidden treasures!

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We saw this pretty little shop and we were blown away!
A lot of the things in there were made from recycled materials and they are all super cute!
It’s at Nimmanhaemin Soi 19, for those who are interested.
There is a shop, a cafe and a Ukulele shop in one!

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There is this funky statue there. Look closely and you’ll see that it’s actually decorated with coins!
Creative!

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Here are some of the things they sell in there.
A bought that blue/green document bag you see in the collage.
When we first saw it, we were guessing the material it’s made with.
After checking with the store assistant, we were pleasantly surprised that it was actually made from an old fridge door!
The sides of the bag has the rubber tubings from the old fridge too. Mad special!
It’s not cheap, about S$200, but definitely worth the price!

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Our main aim at Nimmanhaemin Road was initially to find this shop we saw in one of the Youtube clips.
After asking around and some googling at the WIFI cafes there, we finally found it!
It’s called iBerry at Nimmanhaemin Soi 19. Super cute!
I wish there is such a place in Singapore too!

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SUPER BIG STATUE!
Look at the size of the chairs and tables next to the statue.
We were super tired from all the walking but thrilled when we finally found the cafe!

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Trying to look like that little thing on the table. Hahahaha!

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Then we found this thing where you can stick your head in and take photos!

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We had this super yummy thick toast thing there.
IT WAS FUCKING GOOD!
The bread is toasted and cut into little cuboids.
Honey is drizzled on the bread and it tasted heavenly with ice cream.
I’m drooling now already. Bring me back there!!

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The next day, we visited one of the prettiest temple I have ever seen.
The White Temple.
It’s unlike most conventional temples because it looks very modern and is entirely white!

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This place is almost like an art exhibition.
Check out these photos and you’ll understand why I said that.

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The artist’s depiction of hell.

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Something quite funny. You can actually see the artist’s standee all over the temple.
Apparently, he is tired of taking pictures with the tourists so he planted a lot of standees. Hahaha!

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Inside the main temple hall, photography is prohibited.
But I managed to sneak a few photos. Hehehe!
Look at this! In which temple can you see such funky wall paintings?!
These are the things that we mortals are all caught up with, that we forget the true meaning of living.
I see Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil, Kungfu Panda and Transformers! Can you? :p

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More pictures around the temple as we leave.
I LOVE this skull thing. Almost like McQueen!

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For those who have watched this really good Japanese movie called Departures before,
you’d know what a stone letter is.
Here is a stone letter A and I exchanged in the temple.

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After the temple, we ventured out to look at the infamous Golden Triangle.
I never exactly knew what the Golden Triangle is before I got there.
It’s actually a little triangle formed by borders of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand,
and it was one of the most illicit opium-producing areas a few decades ago.
I wonder if there are still such businesses going on in there now.

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Allow me to introduce our funny tour guide.
Her name is Thip and she got the funkiest accent ever.
She pronounces January as “Jan-jer-ree”, Belongings as “Bee-long-jings” and Louis Vuitton as “Loo-wee-tong”.
Hahahaha. But she is still totally amazing.
A says she will make an awesome sales person. :p

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After a short 10 mins boat ride, we crossed the river and ended up in Laos!

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You can buy postcards here and mail them to your friends.
They will receive them 2 months later. Haha.

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We also saw the funkiest baby “basket”!
And of course, adorable children. πŸ™‚

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Saw neatly arranged rocks. I think these must be some children’s toys.

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Then we went back to Thailand (sounded so far haha) and checked out the actual Golden Triangle itself.
Okay lor, it was just a piece of triangular-shaped land.

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After a short bus ride, we reached the northern most end of Thailand, just a bridge away from Myanmar.

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*My eyes are getting a bit dizzy from all the uploading of photos and typing*

We later went to visit the Karen Tribe at Mae Hong Son.
This is one of my favourite parts of the entire trip.
I have heard so much about these long-neck people and I’m honoured to have the chance to meet them.
They live in the same village as another tribe where the women would enlarge their ear piercings.
It’s fascinating!

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Her teeth is like that because of all the betel nuts chewing.

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And this lady is one of the singles in this village, supposedly one of the prettier ones there.
Their skin is so fair and nice!
Put her in a singlet and jeans and she can pass off as one of our cousins lor!

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And the long-neck tribe, also known as Karen Tribe.
They originate from Burma, present day Myanmar.

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Looking at these women saddens me a bit actually.
The tour guide told us that these women need to put the rings into their necks by
slipping brass rings in molten state through their heads and let them harden at their necks.
So they will have a lot of burn marks under the rings.
THAT’S SO CRUEL AND SCARY!

But after doing some research when I got back, I realized that that wasn’t the case.
Tour guide kayu.
Here is a Youtube clip that shows you how the rings are put on and removed.
And yes, it is also a myth that these ladies will die and their necks will break the moment the rings are removed.

But in some articles, I read about how the muscles in the neck will weaken after prolonged wearing of the brass rings.
And that after they remove the rings, the woman must lie in bed for the rest of their lives.
It was said to be one of the punishments for adultery.

Here is an article explaining why the Karen women wear the brass rings around their necks.
“There are many different accounts of why the Padaung practice this bizzare custom.
Their own mythology explains that it is done to prevent tigers from biting them!
Others have reported that it is done to make the women unattractive so they are less likely to be captured by slave traders.
The most common explanation, though, is the opposite of this –
that an extra-long neck is considered a sign of great beauty and wealth and that it will attract a better husband.”

Anyways, it was the Thai Childrens Day that day so A and I decided to buy some candies and chocolates for the kids.
Some of them never eat chocolates before eh. 😦
And they are so not in touch with society that they don’t even know it’s Childrens Day.

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This lady has the most number of rings in the village.
Her picture is on the Wiki page about their tribe too eh!

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She has like 26 or 28 rings around her neck!
A and I tried on the rings (there is only 17 rings here) and we are so glad we were not born into this tribe.
We would be considered freaking ugly if we were. Haha.

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And one final photo with their pretty headgear before we leave the village.
I bought that yellow necklace I’m wearing in this picture too! Pretty? πŸ˜€

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Think I’m going to pass out if I continue blogging!
Have been at it for the last 4 hours. OMG!
I’ll be back with more pictures from Chiang Mai.
And till then, hope you all have a wonderful day ahead.
Cheers!

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Peggy is an independent blogger from Singapore who has a penchant for impromptu travel plans and good caffe lattes. She is the co-owner of two little cafes, The Tiramisu Hero and Butter My Buns, and hopes to be able to see the world someday; one stop at a time.

14 Comments

  1. Hi,

    Am impressed with the places visited and ventured. Am really interested in heading for one myself. Did you travel to these places free and easy or did you go by a tour group? Can you elaborate more on how you move about to the different locations? And how many days did it take you to head to these places and on what budget? Thanks!!

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    • sixpegs says

      G – thank you very much. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you are interested in going out to places like that too! For this Chiang Mai trip, I followed a tour. But I think you can easily go up to these places free and easy, and by just hiring a driver or minibus. In this post, Nimmanhaemin Road can be easily reached by a minibus. Only about 20baht each by minibus from the “town area”. As for the villages where the tribes stay, it cost a little bit more, but def affordable. About 500 baht each for entry. The White Temple and village where the tribes stay are in Chiang Rai. That’s further up north and you will need to travel further up north via a bus or something. So I’d recommend going with a tour or with a trusted driver. The trip there is about 6 hours. You can stop at many locations along the place though, like White Temple, hotspring etc. If time is an issue, I’d recommend flying to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai, I think it’s about 2hours if I’m not wrong. Chiang Rai, from Chiang Mai, can be a one day trip. I think you can pretty much finish all the sights within a day. Alternatively, you can also consider staying there for one day. There are LOTS of shops along main Chiang Mai town area that organizes one day trips and transport up to Chiang Rai. So it’s pretty easy to get a guide when you’re there. Hope that helps!! πŸ™‚

      Rene – thanks a lot girl! A bought her boots from Aldo. Not sure if they are still selling those now though, you might like to check it out! πŸ™‚

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  2. Hiya. I love your travel photos. Your photos always seem to have a unique (but very interesting) angle. The cafes look so pretty! It’s a pity that cafes like these probably won’t flourish in S’pore cuz life’s just too fast paced here for anyone to chill over coffee very often. : The White Temple looks absolutely gorgeous too~~ Chiang Mai’s now definitely a place on my to-go list! The kids look so good and everyone looks so…happy. πŸ™‚

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    • sixpegs says

      Yumz – thank you for your comment and compliments! the cafes are really pretty and how i wish we could find such pretty chillout places in Singapore too. Everyone, no matter where we are from, needs a chillout every once in a while. Maybe we can aspire to open such a cafe in time. Heh! I’m glad it has inspired you to visit Chiang Mai too, you’ll definitely have lots of fun there if you do. πŸ™‚ Cheers!

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  3. Shuhui says

    Hello Peggy,

    May i know which travel agency did you followed for this Chiang Mai trip? Im quite interested in going to Chiang Mai as well! πŸ™‚

    Thanks!! πŸ™‚

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  4. wendy says

    hi peggy, thanks for the lovely post, can see that you really enjoyed yourself! I really like those whimsical places you visited in Chiang Mai. May I know what were the keywords you used when doing your research?

    I will be going to Bangkok in March for the umpteenth time. . Other than going for my mandatory massages and seafood at Chinatown, I wanted to research for interesting places, similar to those you visited in Chiang Mai. But, I seem to be going abt my research wrongly :/ Google just kept popping up art museums for me..

    Thanks Peggy! Hope it’s not too much trouble for you :3

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    • sixpegs says

      wendy – I searched with words like “local designers” or something like that I think. But I think it would be really helpful if you can also read up some forums, you can just google the country and I’m sure the forum threads will pop up. For Bangkok, you can try Chatuchak Market ah! I think the Section 3 (if I remember correctly) has a lot of local young designer stuff. And also in Suan Lom Night Market, you can find really nice things that are not too expensive there! Hope it helps! πŸ™‚

      jl – I got them from m)phosis! Cheap cheap!! πŸ˜€

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  5. hi, i love the black glossy sandals you’re wearing in this post, may i know where you bought them from?

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  6. Charlotte says

    Hi peggy! I totally am in love with your photos that you took when you were in chiang mai and europe! Actually, to be honest, i love ALL your photos πŸ™‚ each picture seems to have a story tied to it. I am going to europe this coming june and I hope to take such pictures too πŸ™‚ do you mind sharing what camera you are using as well as some tips for taking pictures? Thanks a million! πŸ˜€

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  7. Hi! I love your itinerary! I am planning to visit my girlfriend soon..
    Care to share how/where you book your one day hill tribe tour and how much it cost?
    Many thanks!!

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    • sixpegs says

      J – We got the tour with our agency that time, not sure how much it costs leh. You can check with the local agencies when you’re there. I think they have those one/two day tours up to the mountains!

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