Chiang Mai, salah satu kota favorit aku sejauh ini. Aku pernah tinggal di Chiang Mai selama satu bulan di akhir tahun 2015. Waktu itu, aku seneng banget karena bisa menyaksikan festival Loy Krathong dan Yi Peng.
Dan bulan lalu, aku kembali lagi ke kota ini bersama @wisatathailand dan teman-teman blogger lainnya. Aku masih jatuh cinta dengan kota ini!
There’s something charming about this city that I can never get enough of. People are friendly, the city is far from chaotic, the food was amazing. I couldn’t ask for more.
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Loy Krathong and Yi Peng (full moon day) are both two famous festivals in Thailand. They both take time on the full moon day on the second month of Lanna lunar calendar, which usually falls on November (but please check the exact date before you go!).
Loy Krathong, which means “to float a basket”, is a kind of festival where people will gather on a river side, or pond, or somewhere with water to release their “boat” or krathong. The krathong is traditionally made from banana leaves with some flowers and incenses on it. The more modern one can be made of bread (yes, bread) and even styrofoam (booo). I think people will normally make a wish before releasing their krathong. Lanjutkan membaca “Loy Krathong & Yi Peng Festival, Chiang Mai”
I should say that I’m not a huge fan of cafe when it comes to lunch time. I’d rather find those tiny stalls in the alley, or go to a local restaurant which is packed up with hungry people during lunch time. But this place got to be an exception, you’ll find out why!
So it was a sunny mid day in Chiang Mai when Fred, Susan, Adam, and I were going to a certain local eatery for lunch. We later found that the place was horrible. There were so many flies, or bees, we didn’t know for sure. But the point is, it looked super dirty and we knew we got to move to another place right away. This Nat Wat thing, was Susan’s idea. (Thanks to you, Susan!!!).
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I think it’s time for me to write something useful. If you read my blog before, you might already know that when I was living in Chiang Mai, I worked from one coffee shop to another, every single day. We tried out quite a lot of places, but ended up having some of our favourite place to work from which we revisited several times during our stay.
We found that not all coffee shops / cafes are suitable for working. Those with noisy customers and wrong height of table and chairs are definitely not in our list. We like the one with soothing ambiance, the one that has a perfect table and chair, and the one with reliable internet connection.
We don’t really care about the food or the price as most of the time, we just grab a cup of coffee and sit there for like 3 or 4 hours. And a 50 Baht & 70 Baht of coffee won’t make that much of difference. Lanjutkan membaca “My Favourite Cafes to Work From in Chiang Mai”
Do you believe in love at the first bite? I think you should, as it does exist.
We went here last December, just a couple of days before we left Chiang Mai. And we clearly understand what the fuss is all about.
Before we got to Chiang Mai, I did a little research about where to have nice desserts there (because, I just had to!). This place came up a couple of times and I read a lot of good reviews about it on TripAdvisor, Foursquare, Facebook, and even on some random site.
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A month has passed after my visit to Chiang Mai last year, and now, I can’t deny the fact that I kinda miss it.
It feels like yesterday when I hopped from one coffee shop to another, having a cheap tasty lunch in between, visiting the night market on weekend.
I kinda miss it, you know. I miss the small-but-not-too-small city, I miss the chilly atmosphere, I miss the cheap food, I miss the friendly locals that kept me smiling all day, I miss walking around wearing short pants without getting any cat calls. Damn, I miss Chiang Mai!
One food that I kept on eating while I was there is Gai Yang. At a glance, it looks just like a normal grilled chicken you usually find, which is probably true. But, there’s something about it that makes it so addictive. I don’t know what, maybe it’s just its charm? You’ll see.
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A lot of people have been asking me: “What did you do in Chiang Mai?” “Are you on holiday or what? Why does it take so long?” and blah blah blah.
Well, the truth is,
Yes, I was on a holiday, but no, not that kind of holiday where you have all the time in the world to explore the new place without having anything to do or anything to think about. I don’t have the luxury to spend my own money on a one month holiday, just yet. And I don’t like a short 3 to 7 days kind of holiday either. That kind of short trip might get more expensive because of the flight ticket and stuff and I didn’t want to waste my money only for a week of tiring holiday. Why should I, right? Plus, there is no way I could leave my work for a week, either.
But I could, of course, work 5 days a week in a different place, different country, and travel around the city on the weekend (and weekday nights). So it sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Lanjutkan membaca “How I Lived and Worked in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a Month”
Last month has been marvellous, I should say. Our (almost) one month stay in Chiang Mai was anything but stressful. I can see why there are a lot of Digital Nomads staying in that small city – It’s hassle free, it offers a lot of cheap amazing food, the internet connection is mostly reliable and fast as well, compared to what we usually get in Indonesia – it’s twice as fast I think. And as a result, we spent way much time focusing on our work, rather than wasting our energy on the bad traffic and any other small things that bother us, every single day.
We don’t need to wait for lunch time just to have our lunch. We eat when we feel hungry. We can easily get several cup of good coffee everyday, instead of those crappy coffee available in the office. In short, we got a much much better quality of life. It’s just… incredible.
So anyway, one of our favourite place to work here in Chiang Mai is in Roll Me Bakery. Susan and Adam from pergidulu.com once took us here, said this place is one of their favourite working space as it is very quiet and it has the right table and stuffs.
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