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Day 8, Chiang Rai - Chiang Mai

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This was a day we didn't see much, we left for Chiang Mai in the morning, where we would stay for 3 days. We had two coffeestops and arrived at about 12 o'clock in the Chiang Mai Grand View hotel.

We visited the famous Gem Gallery of Chiang Mai. It was beautiful. We saw how the jewelry was made and how the gems were placed. We also saw how the jade statues were made, how they were shaped, and got a little explanation about the different types of jade. Felt a little bit like being back in China when we had to go to a Jade State Shop....but fun to see :)

I bought a ring and a bracelet...silver...gold was very scary expensive...and then people said it was cheaper here then somewhere else...they must've been rich. After that we visited a factory where they made fans and parasols in a lot of different sizes, and went to a silkfactory. Next to the 'Silk Village' was a jade store, so we took a look there...we had time left anyway. Only not so nice was that there were Thai people running after you following every step and trying to sell everything you looked at...Got a bit annoying after a while. But i guess that's what they think of as customer service.

That evening we went to a Dutch/Belgium restuarant with the whole group. It was nice to have fries instead of rice....And after that it was to the Nigth Market!!! It was fun! Finally shopping time! Four of us had a drink at the end of it, my first cocktail that vacation, a Blue Ocean. We left for the hotel after that. We chose to get a tuk-tuk. Those things are fun!! I mean the driver raced through the streets practically, but it was pretty hilarious.

Posted by Astreia 17:00 Archived in Thailand

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