Baan Lanna Moon

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.

Our room

Our room

Another view of our bedroom

Another view of our bedroom

The view down the hall - Herb's garden

The view down the hall – Herb’s garden

The pool area

The pool area

The shower at the pool - waterfall style

The shower at the pool – waterfall style

The view from the deep end

The view from the deep end

Poolside garden

Poolside garden

The view down our street, including sleeping cat

The view down our street, including sleeping cat

One of the sweet little cats that lives downstairs

Another cute little cat sleeping downstairs

 

Loi Krathong

This past weekend we attended the Loi Krathong and Yi Peng festival held at Maejo University on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. It’s an annual multi day festival during the full moon of the 12th Thai month, usually falling in late November. The lantern liftoff was absolutely breathtaking. It was mesmerizing to watch thousands of lanterns float up into the sky and swirl together and away into the breeze, like watching a galaxy form in fast forward. The pictures barely do it justice.

 

A lot of Thai

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

Us and Yui

Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice

Jane's spring rolls

Jane’s spring rolls

Jane's spring rolls

Jeff rolling spring rolls

The street outside Nong Hoi Market

The street outside Nong Hoi Market

Eggplants that actually look like eggs!

Eggplants that actually look like eggs!

Phad Thai - delicious in two minutes on the wok

Phad Thai – delicious in two minutes on the wok

Assorted Greens

Assorted Greens – including edible mimosa leaves

Tamarind

Tamarind

Dragonfruit and other produce at Nong Hoi Market

Dragonfruit, bananas, oranges and grapes for sale at Nong Hoi Market

Delicious Iced Coffee from Nong Hoi market

Delicious iced coffee being prepared

Sippin on that iced coffee

Sippin on that iced coffee

Nong Hoi Market

Nong Hoi Market

The stations at A Lot of Thai cooking class

The stations at A lot of Thai cooking class

Thai Red Curry

Thai Red Curry

Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry

Yui demonstrating cooking form

Yui demonstrating cooking form

Eating Phad Thai

Eating Phad Thai

 

Leavin on a jet plane

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

Jane’s bag and items

 

Jeff'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!