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Road trip in Chiang Mai

20 December 2015

The trip was to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. After a few minutes of orientation in the city, my eldest son, Robin took on the wheel. His first real driving experience is not in Singapore. It is Thailand!
Revisiting the temple 24 years later is unthinkable. Back then, both Goh and I were not married. We are now back at the temple, along with 3 sons. Time flies. Papa and I took the back seat, literally.

We’re not fans of temples. So we just chose the most significant temple to visit. Doi Suthep seems to be the most well-known. The most impressionable feature to us, was a structure with a giant bell donated by a Singaporean. There was a sign written Mr Tan Ah Ngoh: Blk 344 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #05-2202

Singapore 2056, THB100,000. (Magnify the photo to see clearly). Dominique and I stopped and guessed when was the donation made. The donation should be made between 1979 and 1995 because Singapore’s 6-digits postal code was introduced in that year. THB100,000 should be a large sum of money. Mr Ngoh and family should be glad that the structure is still there and fellow Singaporeans feel proud of his generosity.

Watching Robin calmly drove in the mountain roads, I have mixed feelings. The time our family have holiday together is getting lesser each year. After self-drive family holiday, in Australia, East Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, UK, USA, Canada, Indonesia, the driving experience made the kids’ desire to drive their own car even stronger. They want independence and freedom, ability to travel without parents, while their friends envy them about the confidence their parents have on them. Letting go is a natural process and we’re experiencing it. Let the boys call the shots.

Robin is competent in driving mountain roads. You will never get this in Singapore.

Revisiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthap 24 years later.

This structure is donated by a Singaporean.

At Doi Pui village, a destination we didn’t plan, we chanced upon the most delicious BBQ chicken thigh just 10% of price we could get in Singapore. Al fresco dining at a different level.


We should be the stall’s biggest customer of the day.

Clement said the dog looked grateful for the food he gave it.

Not the typical tourist place. Doi Pui Village, the Karen ethnic group village.

Lesson on the mechanicals of Toyota Vios. This is the most commonly seen car in Thailand.

The bricks with our wishes at Wat Phra That Doi Suthap

All massage places around Thapae Gate was flooded with marathon runners. We went to one with less customers. Moral of the story: Go to a massage shop that has less customers. They will value your business more and the masseurs are not overworked.

On a red car from Hotel M to Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3.

At Chiang Mai Bus Terminal 3, waiting for our number. All announcement is in Thai. Dominique googled Thai number and helped papa to monitor the status. Our bus fares THB660 for 5 of us.

Clement had a stiff neck. We were pleasantly surprise that the masseur gave him a free massage, while both Goh and I had 30 minutes during the wait for bus.

Head can turn after massage. This boy trusts professional more than his parents.

To Chiang Rai.

Looked chaotic but we were all calm and collected. All are savvy travelers.

Economy class is not bad.


About Pamela's Online Journal

Working mother of 3 boys, loves travelling & writing.


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