Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wat Amazing Sandwiches!

I'm not entirely sure how we could possibly be hungry after our day at cooking school - but come lunchtime our stomachs were grumbling so we headed towards the Old Town.  En route we stopped off at Amazing Sandwiches - and I can assure you they did deliver.  One club sandwich and one pastrami on rye and all was right with the world. 

Having said that, the lack of bread we've had of late meant that the sandwiches pretty much sent us into a food-coma!

To walk off our sandwiches, we followed the Lonely Planet Old City Temple Tour - taking in Wat Phra, which is actually at the start of the Sunday Walking Market.  Wat Phra is Chiang Mai's most famous temple, housing the city's most revered Buddha image, Phra Singh (lion Buddha).  The location was gorgeous so we walked around for a while, enjoying ourselves and trying not to kill mozzies on sacred ground.

We headed on to Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phan Tao before backtracking to Wat Chiang Man - the oldest Wat in the city.

Sadly we'd left it a bit late in the day so the Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre and the Chiang Mai Women's Prison Massage Centre had since closed.  Note to self - check opening times!

Next was The Writers Club to wet our throats and discuss our evening plans.  We decided to head towards the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar just past Thapae Gate.  After the lovely markets we've seen to be honest we weren't blown away and the food didn't look all that appealing, so we headed onwards to Anusan Market.  If you're ever in the area go to the Lena Restaurant - it was a meal worthy of royalty.  Chilli garlic and lime squid, chilli burn prawns, morning glory, rice and a beer each cost £20 all in.  Not our cheapest meal - but worth every penny!

On the way back we popped by Interbar and our favourite Thai rock band were playing, so we had to stay.  Made friends with an Austrian called Sonia and spent the evening rocking out.  What a way to spend our last evening in Chiang Mai, although I know we're going to regret this in the morning.

Bring on Vietnam!

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