Day 2: June 3


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2-1. Domestic Terminal, Don Muang Airport

At 6:20 AM, Ms. Koh and I checked out Day Rooms. And we backed to Terminal 2 because of proceeding to Passport Control. After Passport Control and Customs, we walked to Domestic Terminal. But, a passage was so long. I recommend using buses.

 Go "Domestic Terminal, Don Muang Airport"
Photo: Domestic Terminal, Don Muang Airport

In Domestic Terminal, I exchanged British Pounds for Thai Baht. The exchange rate was 63.33 Baht for 1 Pound. Next, I ordered a chicken sandwich, french-fried potatoes and a cup of Coca-Cola for breakfast at the Burger King (95 Baht). At 7:40 AM, we checked in our Thai Airways International flight. We paid airport tax at the check-in counter (30 Baht). At 9:20 AM, our flight took off.

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2-2. Lost Baggage

 Go "Thai Airways Airplane"
Photo: Thai Airways Airplane

At 10:20 AM, our flight landed at Chiang Mai International Airport. We waited for our baggage to come out, but the turntable stopped soon. It did not come out. I showed my claim tag to the nearest airport worker. He motioned me to follow.

We walked and arrived at other turntable. There was our baggage. It got there earlier than we did. I was relieved it.

We reserved the Westin Chiangmai Hotel two months before. The hotel had an airport shuttle. It was free. But, we were not able to get on a shuttle, for it had already left. We took an airport taxi. We paid 100 Baht. The fare was 90 Baht, and we tipped a driver 10 Baht.

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2-3. The Westin Chiangmai

The Westin Chiangmai Hotel is nearby the Ping River. It is about 15 minutes from airport by car. At 11:30 AM, we checked in the hotel. And we talked our sightseeing plan over with concierge. He arranged a hotel limousine (400 Baht per an hour).

We ate lunch buffet at the River Terrace Restaurant in the hotel (328.66 Baht). I ate one of the northern Thai food, "Khao Soi Gai". It was Thai curry soup with noodles. It was very spicy, but I liked it.

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2-4. Sightseeing of Chiang Mai

 Go "Staircase, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep"  Go "Golden Chedi, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep"
Photos: Staircase, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (Left)
and Golden Chedi, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (Right)

At 2:00 PM, we rode on the hotel limousine to go sightseeing. First, we went to "Wat Phra That Doi Suthep". ("Wat" means "Temple" in Thai.) The temple is the symbol of Chiang Mai. We walked up a staircase comprising about 300 steps on foot. The temperature was 36C°. It was very hot. I was out of breath from walking up the staircase. The temple also has funicular rail cars. However, the rail cars did not work.

In the temple, there is a golden "Chedi" ("Chedi" means "stupa" in Thai.). The stupa contains holy Buddha relics. In the right side of the temple, it had a panoramic view of Chiang Mai.

 Go "Viharn Lai Kam Wat Phra Singh"  Go "Chedi, Wat Chedi Luang"
Photos: Viharn Lai Kam, Wat Phra Singh (Left)
and Chedi, Wat Chedi Luang (Right)

Second, we went to "Wat Phra Singh". The temple was named after "Phra Singh Buddha image". It is one of the focal points of Songkran festivities in April.
Third, we went to "Wat Chedi Luang". There is a large chedi, but it was damaged by an earthquake in 1545. In the 15th century, the temple housed "the Emerald Buddha image" now enshrined in Bangkok's "Wat Phra Kaeo". There was the reproduction in front of the chedi.
Finally, we went to "Wat Chiang Man". It is the oldest temple of Chiang Mai. There is a square chedi. The bases of chedi are stone elephants. As we arrived there, it was a heavy rain. June is the rainy season in Thailand. So, we returned to the hotel and tipped a driver 50 Baht. At all of the temples, I prayed Buddha for my family's health.

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2-5. Kao Pad American

 Go "Kao Pad American"
Photo: Kao Pad American

I ate room service dinner at the room. I ordered "kao pad American" and tea (223.85 Baht). "kao pad American" was fried rice with raisins and diced ham, topped with fried egg. "American" means ketchup taste. It was very nice.

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