Our apartment is tucked in between two busy roads here in Chiang Mai, so we can stay plenty occupied, but we do appreciate that we’re on a quiet back lane. A little more local, and most of our neighbors here at the Baan Lanna Moon apartments are expats or on extended vacations, much like us. Our neighbor Herb is a friendly Canadian with a lovely garden and an open-door policy. It kind of feels like the dorms at college, but with a global twist. We have lots of interesting and chatty neighbors, and Jane has even had a few occasions to practice her French.
We’re paying 7,000 Thai Baht per month for our place, which is about 220 USD. Pretty much a steal! The apartment isn’t huge by any means, but that’s not a problem since we have access to a great pool and lounge area downstairs, as well as a communal kitchen when we feel like cooking. Not to mention, it’s fun just to get out to wander the streets of the city and get a little bit lost now and then.
Another view of our bedroom
The view down the hall – Herb’s garden
The pool area
The shower at the pool – waterfall style
The view from the deep end
The view down our street, including sleeping cat
Another cute little cat sleeping downstairs
Back from radio silence, guys! We spent the last few days adjusting to the time difference, taking the BEST Thai cooking class, and finding our new apartment (so cozy). Apartment details next time, but for now here’s a gallery of our cooking class with Yui, the teacher for A lot of Thai home cooking class. She’s been cooking and teaching for 14 years, and was so frank and fun to spend the day with. We improved our knife skills, took a tour of the local market, and ate waaay too much. Take a look!
Us and Yui
Mango Sticky Rice
Jane’s spring rolls
Jeff rolling spring rolls
The street outside Nong Hoi Market
Eggplants that actually look like eggs!
Phad Thai – delicious in two minutes on the wok
Assorted Greens – including edible mimosa leaves
Dragonfruit, bananas, oranges and grapes for sale at Nong Hoi Market
Delicious iced coffee being prepared
Sippin on that iced coffee
Nong Hoi Market
The stations at A lot of Thai cooking class
Thai Red Curry
Thai Green Curry
Yui demonstrating cooking form
Eating Phad Thai
All our bags are (lightly) packed, we’re ready to go! And we are now sitting in Lambert airport, waiting for our first of four flights ending in Chiang Mai, Thailand at 8:10 am on November 10th. As you can see below, we have decided not to bring much with us. It feels good to have all of our belongings fit into one small backpack each, although we do plan to purchase some things when we arrive.
Jane’s bag and items
Jeff’s bag and items
A few things we’re also bringing that didn’t make it into the photos: two inflatable travel pillows, our NEX-5n camera (which we used to take these photos), and Jane’s underwear
If you have any questions about what or why we packed what we did, please leave us a comment!