After 20 hours of continuous travel, a quick sleep in Bangkok, and another early morning flight, we finally arrived in Chiang Rai, Thailand, the first stop on our four-month tour of South East Asia.
We chose Chiang Rai because it looked like a sleepier and more low-key way to ease ourselves into our Asian travels. We’re saving rough and rowdy Bangkok for later in our trip. Our plans right now mostly involve recovering slowly from jet lag by medicating ourselves liberally with the terrific Thai food that seems more plentiful here even than Buddhist temples.
We’ll undoubtedly visit some temples too, like the relatively modern Wat Jet Yod shown above, which was built in 1884 and has the unmistakable virtue of being located just a few steps from our guesthouse.
But first, the food and an observation. With so much food porn circulating these days somehow nobody ever thinks to include the “money shot.” Sure that heaping plate looks great on film, but how do know it’s for real unless . . .