Life in Thailand - first impressions

We went to Thailand for the first time and immediatelyhibernate, hoping for the Russian chance, and rave reviews on the forums, so many things were unexpected and unusual for us. Also probably played a big role that we literally 5 days before Thailand returned from Europeand, accordingly, the contrast is felt stronger than if we were just traveling from Russia. Well, now about life in Thailand, which we saw at the beginning.

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People and city

Everyone writes about smiling people, and reallypeople here often smiles. In order not to lose face, we try to do the same, and also not to raise our voice on the street. By the way, at the airport, the customs officer checked the documents with such an ugly face that I was ready to fail through the ground. Probably not Thai blood flows in her veins.

First of all, what we noticed is decentpopulation density. Moscow, of course, is still an anthill, but for some reason it seems that there are more people here. Maybe because the buildings are low, there is no empty space at all, and somehow it is cramped.

With unaccustomed very bustling and noisy on the streets, andalso the air is very dirty. All pedestrians apparently moved to motorbikes, and scurrying back and forth in huge numbers, dabbing exhaust gases all the way past. And it’s worth the chatter that it’s very difficult to talk. Crossing the road is also not an easy task.

Heavy traffic on the streets

Heavy traffic on the streets

Supermen ride the streets and holy monks walk

Supermen ride the streets and holy monks walk

Transportation in Thailand

Transportation in Thailand

Minibuses in Thailand

Minibuses in Thailand

For some reason, there are no sidewalks, well, or if theythere are, they are narrow and filled with bikes, cafes, trays. And, accordingly, it is necessary to go in single file on the roadway, shaking away bikers passing by. Therefore, the walk turns into a little nervous movement from one point to another.

Streets of Chiang Mai

Streets of Chiang Mai

Lack of sidewalks on the road

Lack of sidewalks on the road

Lack of sidewalks on the road

Lack of sidewalks on the road

Were pleasantly surprised in Thailand by the fact that manyinscriptions on the streets, in cafes, in shops, are duplicated in English. The truth here is in terms of finding the address it does not save much, due to the lack of house numbers.

Food in Thailand

Buying food is a whole quest, especially on the first.time. Trying to find the usual products, but they are not - for example, cereals and black bread, or are expensive - chocolate and cheese. How can I now be without chocolates, oh ... But represented raznoorashie noodles and rice, and cheap brown sugar. For the first time around the store, we probably walked for an hour and a half in search. You walk in circles and do not understand what it is for sale, especially if the packaging is opaque and there are no inscriptions in English and the picture is missing. Although sometimes even transparent packaging does not clarify the situation. How do you like dried sweet fish in the form of chips, or bun with chopped beans, yogurt with corn, or rolled oats with beets? How much more interesting time will be spent on the study of the range, and the selection of a suitable menu for themselves.

First products in chiang mai

First products in chiang mai

Frogs on the market, we did not buy

Frogs on the market, we did not buy

The unexpected was that the cost of food inthe supermarket and the market turned out to be roughly the same as in Moscow. Therefore, spending 2 times less on food will not work, as promised by many living in Thailand. Apparently, everything depends strongly on a particular person and on what and where he used to eat. We and in Moscow that spent a little, about 8000r per month for two. But lovers of cafes can relax, they are much cheaper here than in Russia.

Separately, I would like to write an ode to mango. It turns out that it can be so delicious. For the sake of this alone, you can already come to Thailand. But the rest of the fruit is not impressed, melon, papaya, and dragon fruit (red crap with white flesh).

Tried and already Thai food in the cafes. I still somehow do not really, but my wife likes it. There seems to be some kind of spice added, and taste on the fan. She still smells everywhere on the streets. This way, it is also unusual that there are smells around.

Apartment

There were 3 apartments, whose addresses were found in Moscow. We took off first apartmentsI did not have the strength to walk and watch others. A month later we made a big overview of 30 apartments in chiang mai, use on health. We also have Guesthouse overview Chiang Mai, and for those who are looking for a hotel, I can advise the service Rumguru.

We are in our room

We are in our room

Our area from the roof of the mall

Our area from the roof of the mall

Everything is good, but there is no microwave. But the most important strained is the dumb Internet and its strange behavior. And for some reason, some Russian sites do not want to open, and you need to use proxies or anonymizers. Why can this be?

Heat!

That's all for now. We have here about 32 degrees and we enjoy the heat. A bit hot, but I think after a while we adapt. But how cool it is to walk in one T-shirt!

This is how life in Thailand began for us.

Buddhist temple

Buddhist temple nearby

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