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Box Cafe – Chiang Mai Cafe Review

By Louise

Box cafe is a pretty new and modern looking cafe on Huaykaew road not too far from the KSK (old) mall. The cafe is also part of a hostel.

Location of Box Cafe

Menu for Box Cafe

menu at box cafe and hostel in chiang mai thailand

The Coffee at Box Cafe

I ordered an Americano, and while it was a bit weak, it wasn’t that bad in taste. The also serve a long black, which is good for Australians.

americano at box cafe and hostel in chiang mai, thailand

What’s Good About Box Cafe

It’s very quiet and there’s not many people at the cafe so you get to all to yourself. There are 2 tables outside and bar seating and table seating inside. The coffee is decent and there’s free wifi. Not too bad altogether!

box cafe at chiang mai, thailand

box cafe at chiang mai, thailandbox cafe at chiang mai, thailand

Internet Speed At Box Cafe

While it’s not fast, it is usable since there’s no one else there using the internet.

internet speed at box cafe

Monk Chat at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Monk Chat at Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan – Chiang Mai, Thailand

By Louise

On my third visit to Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, I stopped through the Monk Chat section of the temple grounds and spent 30 minutes chatting to Bin Bin, a Buddhist monk.

One of the main things I learnt from Bin Bin was to focus on the present and not dream about the future. A very wise comment 🙂

Location of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

Photos from my Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan visit

Meeting with Buddhist Monk at Monk Chat (Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan) in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Celebrating Children's Day at a Hill Tribe in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Visit To A Thai Hill Tribe Village For Children’s Day

By Louise

We visited a hill tribe in rural Thailand (several hours outside of Chiang Mai) a few weeks ago to celebrate Children’s Day (they were also celebrating New Years’ at the village).

It was a fascinating insight into the village’s celebrations although we were fairly confused what was happening most times.

Here are the photos (and video) from that day:
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Sticky Rice in Bamboo

Sticky Rice in Bamboo (Thai Khao Lam)

By Louise

I found this interesting Thai dessert in Thailand. It’s basically just sticky rice, coconut milk, and sugar cooked in a hollow bamboo stick. I found it very mildly sweet, but it can be made sweeter. The thicknesses of the bamboo sticks also vary – the ones I tried had pretty thin bamboo so that I could break open the bamboo with just my fingernails.

If you’d like to try making it yourself, then check out this recipe here.

Sticky Rice in Bamboo (Kao Lam)

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Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chareon Suan Ake – Chiang Mai Restaurant Review

By Louise

Chareon Suan Ake is located in a small village not too far from Maya (around 10 minutes scooter ride).

We went after reading about Andy Ricker’s recommendation of the place:

For those looking to go deeper into authentic Northern Thai cuisine, this is Ricker’s top pick, located in a small village off the Irrigation Canal Road.

This is definitely worth a vist – but if you have a Thai friend, then it’s way better to bring them along as there is no English menu and no server speaks any English!

Location of Chareon Suan Ake

San Sai Khlong Ngam 2, T. San Phi Suea (GPS: 18.8254913, 98.9701973)
053 852 778

The Menu at Chareon Suan Ake

The entire menu is in Thai unfortunately, so it’s best if you can translate it before getting there.

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Menu at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Food at Chareon Suan Ake

One of the other customers at the restaurant ordered a selection of dishes for us, so I’m not too sure what I was eating! Just beware that everything is quite spicy. My favorite dish (we ended up ordering 3 plates of it) was the pork jerky with crispy deep-fried lime kefir leaves.

The pork jerky with deep fried lime kefir leaves at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Pork jerky with deep fried lime kefir leaves.

Stir-fried vegetables at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Stir-fried vegetables

Banana blossom curry at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Banana blossom curry

The chicken curry at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Spicy curry at Chareon Suan Ake Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Fruiturday Smoothies - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Fruiturday – Chiang Mai, Thailand

By Louise

Fruitaday is one of my favorite places in Chiang Mai for smoothies (other than Mrs Pa of course).

In particular, they allow you to choose how sweet you want your smoothie – virgin, healthy, or sweet.

Location of Fruiturday, Chiang Mai

Menu at Fruiturday, Chiang Mai

There are quite a few smoothie options at Fruiturday – in particular, the Happy Monkey Honey is delicious. Personally, I like the purer smoothies – they make an excellent coconut smoothie that’s made just by blending coconut flesh with ice. The guava smoothie is also excellent and very refreshing.
menu at fruiturday, chiang mai

My favorite smoothie at Fruiturday

My personal favorite is the coconut smoothie (virgin).

Coconut smoothie at Fruiturday, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Coconut smoothie

The Atmosphere at Fruiturday

It’s a nice cafe atmosphere with some outdoor seating out of the sun as well as plenty of indoor tables to relax at. You can even at AIS wifi inside.

fruiturday smoothies, chiang mai, thailand

fruiturday smoothies, chiang mai, thailand

fruiturday smoothies, chiang mai, thailand

fruiturday smoothies, chiang mai, thailand

fruiturday smoothies, chiang mai, thailand