Living in a large city definitely has its perks. One of those perks is the night-life. Being a small-town Minnesota girl, I have never really experienced. At home, "going-out" is going to a movie, or walking around Target aimlessly, or getting late-night pie at Perkins. All those things are wonderful, but there is something special about being able to go out and listen to a live band on any given day of the week. Or, perhaps, seeking out restaurants dubbed as some of the best in the city by Anthony Bourdain.
Right from the start, I've been able to experience this night-life. My very first weekend in Chiang Mai, a group of us set out to find the North Gate Jazz Co-op. I loved it! It was a very charming building, with a couple spectacular bands. (I was so captivated with it that I forgot to take a picture. Next time...)
Last weekend, we decided to find another genre of music. We found a little reggae bar, called Roots Rock Reggae.
Another night, a few buddies of mine wanted to try out a few of the places given great reviews by Anthony Bourdain. (Check out the list here:
First we went to The Cowboy Hat Lady. She is known for, surprise, surprise, wearing a cowboy hat while she grills. While not overwhelming, the rice and pork was pretty good. Our second destination was a place called Midnight Fried Chicken. This one took us on a trek across the city, as we had decided to walk there. We happened to run into the ASEAN Pop Culture festival on the way. There were artisans selling their products, art displays, street performers, and there was even a live concert.
After much more walking and most of the group being ready to give up, we finally made it to Midnight Fried Chicken. The place was hopping! Most of the customers were locals, which meant it should be amazing, right? Right!
Needless to say, there is so much to explore in Chiang Mai. Sometimes we plan to go places, and sometimes we just stumble upon them. No matter how it turns out, everything falls back to the saying, mai pen rai. "Don't worry about it."