Things to do in Chiang Mai Thailand | Top Attractions Travel Guide

Tonight we are visiting the Sunday Night Marketin Chiang Mai and right now we are at Thapea Gate and this is where the market starts runningone kilometer into the old city.

So we're going to be wandering around, samplingsome food and showing you what it is like over here on a Sunday.

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So you can buy a lot of handicrafts here atthis market.

For example, silk, scarves, wood carvings.

You can get some paintings.

They have ceramics.

Silverware.

Lots of jewelry.

I mean you can browse here for hours on end.

And trinkets galore.

Mmmmm.

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When you get tired of walking around in thenight market you can just head over here to sit down and relax and get a nice Thai footmassage.

Thirty minutes for two dollars right? Probably.

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Actually it's 80 Baht for the foot massage.

You can get a cheaper one at the Chiang Maipark.

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Sizzling noises.

Crowd noises.

One spring roll.

Yeah.

One tempura.

One of this.

One of this? Ah, yeah one.

Well you sure loaded up with some tasty treats.

Okay, so this is my second dinner.

I have some deep fried tempura eggplant witha sweet and sour sauce on top and fresh spring rolls with carrots and cilantro maybe andsome noodles.

Okay, try one of them? And that would be? It tastes very healthy.

Hahaha! Is it good? Mmmm, it's not as flavorful as I would havehoped.

Here, have a look.

It's actually bean sprouts not noodles.

I was wrong.

Bean spouts and tofu and some carrots.

And what is this over here? Well, I must have been a monkey in a pastlife because whenever I get a chance to try a banana I'm always in there.

And this is the deep fried version.

So, it's already kind of smushed up here.

Awesome.

Does it have some kind of special sauce overtop? No, there is no special sauce it's just deep-friedand the banana is really mushy and moist in the inside.

Okay, this is my tempura eggplant.

Mmmm.

Okay, that tastes a lot better.

It's almost like a french fry.

Can I say that? Yep, it has a nice sweet and sour sauce overtop and it's very oily.

Um, but that means it is very flavorful.

French fry on a stick.

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And that concludes our visit to the hecticChiang Mai Sunday Night Market.

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Today we're taking a fun little day trip outsideof Chiang Mai.

We are visiting the Elephant Nature Park, which is about sixty kilometers outside of the city.

This is an elephant rescue and rehabilitationcenter, so we're going to be showing you around.

This center is also a refuge for a numberof injured and abandoned animals such as dogs, cats, water buffalo and others.

We have a bucket full of fresh fruit and ontoday's menu for the elephants are bananas and watermelons.

Hi Baby! There you go.

No bananas.

Nope! That was my first time touching an elephantand there skin is surprisingly course and hairy.

Right now the rescue center is home to thirtyseven elephants.

Thirty two of them are female and five ofthem are male.

These are Asian elephants, which vary fromthe African elephant.

The African elephant is actually a lot largerthan the Asian elephant and they also have much bigger ears.

Most of the elephants on the site have beenrescued from logging, tourism and begging industries.

This is the happiest time of day! The elephants are now being bathed.

Overall, the experience at the Elephant Nature Park hasbeen phenomenal.

We've really enjoyed having an opportunityto feed, bathe and interact with all of the elephants.

It is a great alternative to doing the trekkingwhere you are just sitting on top of the elephant and they are working.

This way you get to spend time with the elephantin its natural environment feeding it and just having a great time.

This morning we're venturing up to Doi Suthepand there is a temple atop the mountain overlooking Chiang Mai, so we're going to be taking ared songthaew to get there and hopefully the views of the city will be amazing.

Here is the songthaew crew! Say hi! Hi! We're going to Doi Suthep.

Woo Hoo! We just got out of the vehicle and this isour first vantage point.

Unfortunately, it is still a bit hazy outside, so we don't have a great view at the moment.

But the city is there somewhere.

The long climb begins.

I'm not entirely sure how many steps we haveto go but I know it is going to be a long way.

I think there is over three hundred.

Ideally you should be able to see the viewsof Chiang Mai from up here but today it is just really hazy, so there is a cloud hangingover the city.

We can't really see much, which is unfortunate.

That concludes our visit to Doi Suthep.

It is definitely different than what I expected.

I was kind of expecting this quaint littletemple on top of a hill and instead it is an extremely popular tourist attraction.

It is really crowded over here.

I would say the exterior of Doi Suthep isquite similar to a lot of the other Wats we have visited here in Chiang Mai.

However, the highlight for me was actuallygoing inside the temple because there is a courtyard with a golden stupa and you canwalk around light candles and there is incense burning, so that was a great experience.

You know we love to eat, so today we've signedup for a cooking course where we're going to learn how to make some of our favoriteThai dishes.

Right now we're at the local market, so we'rejust going to be walking around picking out some of the ingredients we'll need today forthe class.

Let's have a look.

Judging from the amount of cooking videoswe make you'd probably think that we're constantly in the kitchen and that we always like tocook.

That couldn't be further from the truth.

Most of the time when we're on the road weeat out, so this is actually kind of an excuse to get into the kitchen and cook and to actuallytry and make food because normally we don't do that.

We have now arrived at the Thai Farm CookingSchool.

We drove about seventeen kilometers outsideof Chiang Mai and it is a completely different world out here.

We're just surrounded by nature and an organicfarm.

We're actually going to be picking a lot ofvegetables from here.

We had a choice between doing the cookingcourse in the city or going out to the countryside and I think we've made the right decision.

Now clean rice already.

Please come inside.

I would like you to pick by yourself the wholeleaf basil.

I'm making my Yellow curry paste.

Pound, pound, pound! Harder! Faster! Stronger! So Sam is lagging a little behind right? Come on.

Master Chef here – look at that.

Perfection.

No, I really am lagging behind, I better hustleup.

I'm making a yellow curry today.

This is mine.

This is what I created and Sam went for thegreen curry, so this is his.

And I'd like to point out I don't think hedid a very good job.

Oh, that just fell in there.

What is this? Whatever.

Total chunks.

You get an F! Alright, oh! It's boiling! It is not supposed to boil.

We're making the Tom Yum soup.

Mine is going to have shrimp and I've gotmy coconut milk here, so I'm going to be adding some ingredients – mushrooms, onions.

I'm ready to try fine creation.

This is my Tom Yum with shrimp.

Let's see.

I made mine really sweet.

I think maybe I put in to much sugar but itis kind of nice and creamy because I used coconut as a base.

You need to add more salt or fish sauce then.

Mine does need more salt.

How is yours? You look like a farmer drinking soup.

I'm keeping this hat I swear.

I'm quite happy with mine.

I put quite a bit of salt in it and I alsoput fish sauce.

I'm making my Yellow curry now.

I'm just stirring the coconut milk.

I put in the curry paste I made earlier.

There is also some pumpkin and potatoes andI accidentally added some leaves that I wasn't supposed to but shhhh.

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Cheater! Not that we've chopped everything up we'regoing to be throwing this into the Wok and making our stir fried rice.

I was wrong about this dish.

It is not a stir fried rice.

It is just a vegetable stir-fry.

It's really good.

I made one with chicken and string beans andmushrooms and here is my yellow curry with potatoes and pumpkin.

Is it good? Uh-huh.

At this point in the day I'm getting completelystuffed.

I actually wouldn't mind taking a siesta rightnow but we're going to be making two more dishes.

I'm going to be making a Pad Thai and thena Mango Sticky Rice.

So I'm suffering from what my family callsbulbous plumptitude.

I'm making Pad Thai.

Your favorite.

Here is my Pad Thai which is probably oneof the easier Thai dishes you can make.

We saved the very best for last.

Here we have our favorite Thai dessert – MangoSticky Rice – and it has some deep fried Mung Bean on top.

It is crispy.

This is going to be good.

Alright, let's check out that first bite.

It is nice and coconut-y and it is amazing.

So overall that was a really cool experiencelearning how to cook Thai food.

I made five different dishes.

I'm beyond full.

Like I feel like I'm ready to hibernate now.

So this was 1100 Baht.

It was like lunch and dinner and the thingI really liked about this particular school was that it was out in the countryside wherewe were able to get outside of the city and away from the pollution and whatnot and justhave a really cool organic cooking experience.

So it is Saturday night in Chiang Mai andtoday we are heading to the Saturday Night Market.

Well, we're still a few blocks away but Iknow we're close.

You know why? Because I can smell the food.

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What do you got there? So I got myself a twisted potato which isa lot like the tornado chips we used to have in Korea.

It looks like it is all seasoned? It's nice.

Barbecued flavored.

You're going to be sharing that? You are wasting the chips.

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Yes, blueberry.

That looks good.

It's like blueberry cheesecake with ice cream.

It's going to be messy.

Snow ice cream with blueberry sauce drizzledover top.

How articulate.

Mmmmmmm.

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So what did you get? I've got some pan-fried dumplings that arevery similar to the Korean gun mandu that we often had when we were living as teachersin Korea.

So let's see if these are as good? They look hot.

Yeah.

Pretty good.

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Someone found his favorites here.

So what started as just a little snack outhere at the market has turned into a full on feast.

I've got dim sum and fried spring rolls.

Looking good.

I got this – German sausage.

Very good.

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And in case we didn't quite have enough toeat – a sweet little dessert treat.

So that is a banana and egg roti with lotsof chocolate and condensed milk drizzled over top.

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We came to this night market.

We were supposed to go for a walk but guesswhat? We ended up having a massive feast and soinstead of exercise we were gorging the whole time but it was worth it.

So today we are back at our favorite Thairestaurant but we're going to be having a special meal.

We have ordered a set for two people thatfocuses on Northern Thai dishes, so we are going to get a sampling of different curriesthat come along with sticky rice.

And this is what it might look like.

Our first dish has arrived and it is calledKhao Soi and it is fried noodles on top of a hearty curry.

That looks amazing.

It does.

Let's dig into that baby.

I'm going to try my first fried noodle.

I've never had anything like this.

It's kind of nice and the curry is kind ofspicy.

How is that? It's a very flavorful spicy curry.

I can tell it is made from coconut milk.

It's not a very thick curry.

It is more stew-like and soup-y but it isreally nice on a warm day like this.

I'm enjoying it.

Sticky rice inside.

So a lot of the Northern Thai dishes havepork in them, so as you can see over here we have a pork sausage.

We have something that looks like ground porkwith nice green herbs and this might also be pork if you ask me.

One of the characteristic elements of NorthernThai food is that you eat your side dishes with sticky rice.

This is going to be tasty.

So I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be usingmy hands or not but because this is sticky rice I am.

We're going to dip it over here and see how it tastes.

Spicy or sweet? This one is surprisingly sweet.

So I'm going to try one of these little puffsin another kind of dipping sauce.

That looks like it could be spicy.

Yeah, it is spicy.

Burning your mouth? We also have a nice pumpkin stew over herewith tofu.

Spicy? Not spicy.

It's just really hot.

Okay, what is next? So next up in the dishes to try here wouldbe the ground pork.

It looks like it has been marinated in a nicelittle sauce.

Very strong flavor with the sauce.

It looks like soy sauce but that is hard goingdown.

Very tasty though.

So it is only our first week in Chiang Maiin Northern Thailand but we are quite quickly discovering that this part of the countryhas a lot to offer in the cooking department.

Normally, when you think Thai food you thinkof Pad Thai, Green Curries but really there is so much variety here.

Today we had dishes that we had never evenheard of before and they were so tasty.

We still don't even know exactly what theyare.

We don't know the n ames.

I'm sure we will learn them over the courseof our time here but for now what we can tell you is that Northern Thai food is really tasty.

So just when we thought the meal was finallyover and we are so stuffed they bring dessert out for us and it is amazing.

So here you can see bananas.

Those are just slices of bananas in a sweet, thick coconut cream and it is amazing really.

Oh yeah, you need to try it.

I want to see your face when you bite intothat.

Wow! It almost has a bit of a rum caramel typeflavor which really accentuates the coconut milk.

That was seriously the feast of feasts.

We paid 300 Baht in total for that which isroughly ten US dollars and it was worth every penny or should I say every Baht.

It's a lovely day here in Chiang Mai and we'regoing to give you a tour of our neighborhood.

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So we live in a very residential neighborhoodand in this area you're going to a see a lot of traditional homes, as well as luxury mansions, so let's have a look.

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Hi, Puppy.

You're cute.

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Hi puppies.

How are you? Hello.

You're cute.

Look at you.

Barking.

Hello Puppy.

So we've encountered lots of friendly dogsthis morning.

One of my favorite things about this neighborhoodis that we live right by Chiang Mai Gate and it is a great place to get lots of reallytasty street food at night and the best part is that it is so cheap.

So you can get mango shakes and mango stickyrice, noodle soups.

There is just so much good stuff to eat there.

And what is your favorite part about our neighborhood? I like just how peaceful and quiet it is.

Chiang Mai can be a really hectic and chaoticcity in certain sections but where we live it's just tranquil.

And one of the perks of living in our neighborhood- we live right beside a Silver temple.

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So that is an example here of one of the moortraditional style Thai homes.

And right across from it you have a supermodern mansion I'd say.

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So that concludes our tour of the neighborhoodand we'll show you a different part of the city next time.

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