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In Chiang Mai, they have 12 temples which are associated to the 12 animals (Chinese Zodiac).  It is believed that, people should visit the temple according to their Year of Birth (according to your animal Zodiac) to bring them highest prosperity.  They also strongly believed that you should visit the temple at least once in your life or if time permits, on the anniversary of each 12-year cycle (i.e. 12, 24, 36, …).

So this trip, I make it a point to visit Phra That Wat Kedkaram (Year of Dog) 🙂 There were no tourist when I was there, and I believe that, because not many people know about this particular reason or the existence of such temples associated with your Zodiac.  Most tourist visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (Year of Goat), which is the most famous temple in Chiang Mai.  I will blog about Wat Phra That Doi Suthep later.  🙂

Pictures around the temple.

The Pagoda.  There’s a reason to why the Pagoda is not built straight but “senget”

The Wishing Wheel

Dogs Ornament Around the temple

I promise myself i’ll be back to the temple again 🙂



On our recent trip to Chiang Mai,we took a day off to visit the Golden Triangle at the Chiang Rai province.  After much research, I decided not to stay a night there (most tourist do), as I don’t really see anything that I would want to explore.  But Golden Triangle is much like,  a must-do-one-time-tourist-thingy. 🙂 So i hire a driver, and told him we just want to visit the Golden Triangle.  On the way, we stop by a Hot Spring area as well as the Long Neck Tribe.  I don’t post any picture here because, first I didn’t really take any picture at the tribe and second, I am not too sure about the tribe thingy.  Some say, its to support them, but to me it feels like a human zoo and I felt a bit sad looking at them too.  😦


Ok so, Golden Triangle, really its just about this hilly landscaped and you can see the three countries (hence TRIANGLE) divided by the Ruak River (and flows into Mekong River).  See the Map below.

Close up…

See the GOlden Triangle LOgo? Yup… so you can see the three countries, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.  And Golden Triangle derived the name GOLDEN is because this place use to be a place where opium trade takes place.  The real active one.  And Opium is like a lucrative business then, hence, represents GOLD and hence the name GOLDEN TRIANGLE.  🙂

So from this viewing deck, you can see the three countries.

Yah, that’s about it.  LOL, then we walk to the side to take some pictures at the site.  🙂

Next, we went to visit (picture taking) at the Big Buddha in Golden Triangle.

that’s all for GOlden Triangle.  Some may not really want to go, but its all up to you.  You can also do a trip to Chiang Rai town while at Golden Triangle.  Anyway, if you would like to put up a night in Chiang Rai, there’s always the Four Seasons Golden Triangle and Anantara Golden Triangle.  🙂


During our Chiang Mai trip, we decided to do a day trip to Chiang Rai.  Weeks before my arrival, I inform the driver (nice guy) that we intend to drop by White Temple, which is actually on the way to Chiang Rai.  So there we were 🙂

Wat Rong Khun is more well-known to the tourist (like me) as the White Temple.  Its not hard to guess why.  The color chosen (White) is to symbolize Lord Buddha’s purity and white glass to represent Lord Buddha’s wisdom shining all over the earth and universe.

Wat Rong Khun is designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat.  I’m amazed by how he pay every little detail attention to the temple. And the picture speaks for itself.  Construction started in 1997 and is still ongoing.  No pictures allowed inside the temple.

Pretty hot day, hence the nicer picture, i likey 🙂


Can you see how white is white?

Me in front of the temple.  The cloth to cover my leg was provided for free

Pictures – Surrounding the Temple

Looks nice right? Especially with the water feature that gives the reflection of the temple

Guess what? I thought the water is super shallow, but they rear fish.  I love this pics 🙂

This is the sight you will see while getting to the bridge in front of the temple.  The bridge symbolizes the transition of cycle from life to the land of Buddha.

On each side of the bridge, there are 8 monsters, totaling 16 monsters, which represents 16 types of passion.

I love how the artist really pay super detailed attention to the whole temple.  🙂

On the way to toilet tee hee

Western Style Toilet = Our usual toilet.  🙂

Last picture of the day….. even this is decorated 🙂 Cool, no? 🙂

So if you are on your way to Chiang Rai, drop by the temple.  You will be amaze with the details 🙂

On our recent trip to Hong Kong, we happen to be in the Ap Lei Chau area.  As usual, I will be looking for coffee fix for the day and that led us to The TREE’s Chill Out Cafe.


TREE cafe is actually situated right inside the flagship store of TREE boutique.  TREE boutique is Hong Kong’s first eco-chic furniture boutique.  TREE is known for creating sustainable yet comfortable home furnishing.  They reclaim, recycle wood and turn it into beautiful furniture.  🙂


TREE cafe counter


The ambience of TREE cafe is pretty much the same concept as its produced furniture, and some of the chairs/sofa/table in TREE cafe are actually up for sale too! 🙂


Look so comfy I wanna jump on it – but I will sure break it LOL

Chair For Sale =)

See the Wall at the end with the glass window? That’s where the Carpenter at work!

And here is my Cafe Latte, which were nice, but no Latte Art though. Love the mug 🙂

If you don’t fancy coffee, you can try fruit juice, tea or even bottled gassy drinks

Love the interior of the whole shop (boutique + cafe)

Nice Wall Art!


Address: 28 Floor, Horizon Plaza, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong

Website: Click here

Note: If you are hungry, they serve sandwich, cakes, pies, salads and others 🙂




Peak Spa Chiang Mai

Posted: November 21, 2011 in Travel
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As compare to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, if you ask me, is a place, where you can get away from the hustle bustle of city life, pretty much relaxing.  There’s not much major shopping in Chiang Mai, which leaves pretty much time for you to relax, hence, stay at a nicer hotel, and if you got time, go for Spa.  One of the many spa that we went, is Peak Spa & Beauty Salon, Chiang Mai.

I find the place clean and pretty much what a spa should be.  🙂 Oh, if you really want to try out Peak Spa, you should book it online.  They have online special every month.  You MUST book the service ONLINE.  Then they will arrange pick up (at your hotel), if you need one. 🙂 I book the Spa Package prior to arrival, give hotel details, time and date, and voila. 🙂 oh fret not, you don’t need to make payment online. Just a booking.  🙂



Treatment Room (a bit blur due to limited lighting 🙂 )

Peak Spa

Website: Click Here

Address: Twin Peaks Chiang Mai, 187/13 Chang Kln Rd Chiang Mai

Open Daily from 10am – 10pm

Tips: Arrange your Spa then proceed to nearby attractions (i.e. Night Bazaar near Le Meridien)

If you are walking around the temple of Chiang Mai, which include Wat Phra Singh or even Wat Chedi Luang, you can drop by this restaurant Huen Phen. Huen Phen is the restaurant to go (highly recommended) if you are interested to try authentic Northern Thailand food.  🙂

First the place is clean, price reasonable, and considering that you get authentic Northern Thai food, what more can you ask? 🙂 We order pretty simple food (we can only eat so much.. lol).

Cute Sign Board

Menu: Don’t worry, English Menu available

The famous Khao Soi – Crispy Egg Noodles serve in creamy curry accompanied with sliced pickled vege and lime

Fried Chicken: Think Bangkok Fried Chicken nicer, lol 🙂

Can’t remember this dish, but I think its Fried Pork Shoulder Meat 🙂

Platter – Northern Thai Sausage (variations), Pork Skin, etc

Huen Phen

112 Rachamankha Road, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand

I’m back.  🙂 Been a while since my last travel post eh 🙂  Earlier, I went to Chiang Mai and as usual, I will do my own research of the hotels FIRST.  Secure a place to stay first right? So as far as boutique hotel is concern, I came across U Chiang Mai and immediately set my mind on it.  🙂 Luckily my travel partner, Sara, is ok with it too.


U Chiang Mai is a 4-star boutique hotel in Chiang Mai and let me tell you why the name U Chiang Mai.  U stands for YOU (short form you see).  So your stay at this hotel will be all about you. How? During the booking, the hotel will let you choose the type of Pillow that you prefer to sleep in (Down Feather, etc), type of Soap you prefer to use (Green Tea, Lemongrass, etc), Tea Selection (Green Tea, Earl Grey, etc) and type of music to be pre-loaded in your ipod (yes, there is one ipod in every room) 🙂


Although the U Chiang Mai Hotel is not your usual massive hotel, they still have proper facilities, which includes a library (yes, library where u can read more about CM history etc), gym, swimming pool, yoga classes and selection of DVDs.


Straight to pictures, shall we?


Sitting Area (Lobby)

The Room! Love the design 🙂 Super comfy bed and the feather pillow as requested

Love the Lights

And the phone and the book which tells us more about Chiang Mai 🙂

The ipod with our music selection 🙂


Small chair

Fresh Fruit (Change Daily!)

Room with Balcony and I damn love the day bed 🙂

Oh, and the functional antique-lookalike fan at the balcony

Another thing is, the hotel surrounding is so clean, I feel i can walk around without any shoes.. see..

The Library.  Yes, with proper place to chill and read books 🙂

The Pool 🙂

And their breakfast is pretty decent.  Another thing about this hotel, is that you can eat your breakfast ANYWHERE.  Yes, anywhere.  You just need to inform the reception earlier.  For example, you can have breakfast in your room, the restaurant, the lobby sitting area, by the pool side, etc.  Just order your breakfast and they will serve you ANYWHERE 🙂

Orange Juice

My coffee with different coffee art everyday 🙂

Cute Yoghurt! 🙂


Breakfast 1

Breakfast 2

Breakfast 3 – Porridge with Condiments

Their Yau Cha Kwai is a shorter version but its nice and i like it 🙂

Nice right?  Oh and remember if you can’t climb stairs, remember to request the ground floor room as there is no lift/escalator.

That’s all from me and you can find the hotel details as follows:-

U Chiang Mai

70 Ratchadamnoen Road,

Sri-Poom, Muang District, Chiang Mai

Hotel Website: HERE

That’s all from me *love, blurdevil*