Another Day In Chiang Mai

By Jane Mountain | March 18, 2014

11,306 km so far.

We had planned to leave Chiang Mai today, but with so much organising still left to do for our trip between here and Cambodia, we decided we needed another 24 hours.

We took care of the important things first, like having another breakfast at Blue Diamond, ensuring that we sampled a couple more of their vegan cinnamon buns.

vegan cinnamon rolls chiang mai thailand

Vegan cinnamon rolls. We ate the missing one, at Blue Diamond.

We visited Tops grocery store to stock up on oats for our muesli. While we were there, we noticed these things they sell called “cronuts”. They are donut-shaped croissants, filled with custard and coated with chocolate. An absolutely brilliant invention.

If you ever wondered why the hell anyone would ride around the world on a bike, this is why. You get to eat cinnamon buns with cronut chasers without getting flabby.

As one repeatedly does in Chiang Mai, we stumbled upon an incredible wat in our daily wanderings. Wat Chedi Luang was started in the 14th C and completed in the 15th C.

elephant carvings chiang mai

Elephants at Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai.

Outside, it is decorated with the twelve animals of the Thai zodiac.

These are not from the 15th C.

Stephen spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out how we would get new shoes for cycling. Our waterproof Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra 2s hiking shoes have been awesome, but they’re a little well insulated for riding in the heat. We played out every buying and shipping scenario we could think of to get ourselves some Keen sandals to wear, before discovering that there is actually a Keen distributor in Thailand.

Stephen got in touch with them and it turns out they can send us some shoes anywhere in Thailand. All we have to do is pay in advance, find a hotel to ship them to, and choose which style, size, and colour we want. I can’t see anything possibly going wrong with this plan.

Working by the pool rounded out our day nicely.

The alarm is set for 6am. Back to the grind tomorrow.  

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    • Comment by Jane

      Jane March 27, 2014 at 12:39 am

      Whoa, I had no idea cronuts were a thing.

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