Starting the day off with some breakfast next door to our hotel has become somewhat of a morning ritual.

The breakfast of champions.
The breakfast of champions.

The friendly owner who operates from his family’s front porch cooks up a mean coconut fried rice. He’s become accustomed to us farang stopping by to grab some food and no matter the time of day, he’s always serving up home-cooked meals with a smile.

Ride Wit Me

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Bless this mess.

It was then off to Mr. Mechanic to rent a couple of scooters to explore the outskirts of Chiang Mai. As terrifying as Bangkok traffic seemed, zipping around Old Town wasn’t as frightening of an experience as I thought it would be since it’s way less congested.

day9_chiang_mai_15Ruminations on Riding a Scooter:

  • It’s kind of like driving in Manhattan– mainly focus on what’s in front of you and hope for the best that everything behind you is A-OK.
  • Street signs indicating one way streets and no entry are more of a suggestion than a hard and fast rule.
  • We were stopped by the Royal Thai Police at a check point for obviously being tourists. Handing over our NY driver’s licenses, they asked for international driver’s licenses instead. Since we had no idea we needed them, we were fined 400 baht each. Woops!
  • If you are going to rent scooters in a foreign land, please have traveler’s insurance with decent coverage. Your wallet will thank you later.

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

The path leading into Doi Suthep-Pui National Park.
The path leading into Doi Suthep-Pui National Park.

It was about a half an hour ride to the entrance of the park where we were greeted by small stalls with snacks and refreshments to enjoy on the short hike to Huay Keaw Waterfall. We passed by lazy dogs escaping the afternoon sun, napping wherever they could find shade, as roosters crowed in the nearby treeline.

Huay Keaw Waterfall

Man vs. Wild
Man vs. Wild

Once we reached the waterfall, we sat and dipped our feet into the cool waters and watched as school children splashed about. After some carb loading on snacks, we carefully climbed down towards the entrance where we found a small, marked trail by some watering holes that led up a different path.

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A journey of a thousand miles something something I need to work on my cardio.
A journey of a thousand miles something something I need to work on my cardio.

A brief but strenuous climb upwards rewarded us with a pleasant view of Chiang Mai and plenty of selfie opportunities. At the top of the trail lay a small shrine where people placed offerings and various small buddha statues. We found a bag of incense thoughtfully placed by the trunk of a tree, lit them and placed them in clay vases before making our way back down.