We failed to hitchhike from Bangkok to Chiangmai in a day, not only I didn’t see any foreign tourists on the way, but also I didn’t expect to visit an interesting place.
Around 8 pm one family picked us up while they were on the way back home. about 10 minutes later driver said , “we are going to a night bazaar for dinner, you have to go around too."
“What? How far is it?" I thought they were on the way home, and outside it was already dark and nothing at all. I doubted it.
“Less than 10 minutes away from the highway exit." He answered.
“Uh….Alright." I was praying not to get so far from high way, it would be inconvenient for us.
“There is a (Mae Ping) river in front of the bazaar, you guys can camping by the river!"
Thank you for making us a romantic decision, I thought we will have to sleep on the high way, but we came to Kamphaeng Phet Provincial Night Bazaar Market. Night markets are very popular in Thailand. those famous markets in Bangkok are interesting, but too commercial and touristic. There was so much food in this local bazaar and the prices are more cheap than in Bangkok. we had a quick dinner then we left. people were drinking and chatting by the river and I realized that Thai people love drinking.
We stayed at a police station that night but the quiet atmosphere in the town made me want to take a walk, we told that to the police officer on duty and then went out. After 5 minutes we were attracted by a noodle restaurant, not because of the crowds, but because we were stunned by all the old and ancient stuff hanging on the walls and in the cupboards, from beer cans and soap packs to writing machines, glasses, toothbrushes and so on, different variations of daily things were collected at that place. Seemed like I saw that era appearing. it was like a museum, this owners collection. only part of them were tagged with a price. Misha bought a pair of original rayban sunglasses he liked for 40bht.
Actually Kamphaeng Phet province is a historical place, but we left in the next morning. Luckily, we met a man who was going directly to Chiangmai. he was funny and full of passion to show us around on the way. he stopped at Tak province bridge, so we could take a look and took us to a local bazaar close to Chiangmai. I call it everything-for-sale bazaar. Our driver was very excited to show us the huge variety of insects vendors. I took a bag of powder which looked exactly like matcha tea and asked
“What is this?"
“Green Algae from a lake." He answered.
I showed my surprised face immediately,
He smiled proudly and said “Chiangmai people eat everything!"
Let the fate take you when the plan is out of control, every moment there will be a surprise.