Tag Archives: Chiang Mai

Backstreet Books 

Nomenclature of bookshop — Backstreet Books

One thing I love about Chiang Mai is the prevalence of bookshops selling used books. One of them is Backstreet Books with its categorized and neatly arranged books, so unlike most secondhand shops. By the way, browsing in a used bookshop is oftentimes more delightful because of that library feeling ambiance I would get — a feeling that is absent in those Barnes & Noble types.


Chiang Mai Post Box

Toilet Gender Segregation

Table Condiments 

Customizing the final taste of fried rice, noodle dish, or viand is a Thai eating experience, hence the availability of more than three kinds of condiments on the table. I would usually put spicy fish sauce on my fried rice to make it hot and salty.

Chiang Mai Refrigerator 

A kind of refrigerator I have seen in small food shops or eating places in Chiang Mai. Looks heavy duty.

Leaf Roof

In Northern Thailand, dried teak leaves are used for thatching.

Sai Aua

Fanning the freshly fried sai aua, a Northern Thai spicy sausage

Closed Sign

A sign made from a scrap flattened carton box that is posted on a fabric that covers the furnishings of a humble sidewalk night-time eating place. It says “Closed for 1 day” (I guess).

Quail Egg Snack Bowl

 For a 20 baht snack, it’s a choice between boiled or sunny side up quail eggs on a banana leaf bowl.

Potted Pond 

One peculiar thing about Chiang Mai shops is the presence of bowl ponds at their frontage. Whenever we walk by each we try to scrutinize the water lily and what type of tiny fish that dwells in it. Yes there are tiny fish so mosquitoes  will not use it for breeding.

Cat Wall Art

Pickup Truck Jeepney

Normally red in color, this pickup truck transformed into Philippine jeepney-like vehicle is used as a means of passenger transport around Chiang Mai. I like the idea that there is a trash basket on one side of the step platform.

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