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Rent a scooter for the first time in Chiang Mai, discover Wat Suan Dok by night in 360° & eat an epic burger in the western Nimman district.
Renting a scooter in Chiang Mai
I went to Mr. Mechanic Shop No.1 (there are 3 shops in the city) because I saw good reviews online. I took a relatively “powerful” scooter for the same price as the beginners one because Violette, all our gear & I will have to climb a mountain with it in 2 days. This is my first time driving a scooter & the seller looked more scared than I did when I started the engine. After a couple minutes on the road, driving was fine. I find it pretty intuitive, so far… The traffic in Chiang Mai is low, so I guess this is a good place for first-timers in South East Asia.
Practical infos : it cost me 250 Bahts (6,50 Euros / 7,50 USD) per day with an insurance that doesn’t cover much (the insurance was an extra 50). I only had to bring my passport & a little bit of money, they didn’t ask for my drivers licence (which I have)… You’re supposed to drive with your international drivers licence (which I also have) and it’s apparently better if you avoid the main roads because cops might try to scam you. Other than that, getting a scooter is quite easy 🙂
Visiting Wat Suan Dok by night in 360°
The hotel receptionist told us to go to this amazing temple if we wanted to take good sunset pictures… And she was right, this spot must be amazing with the sparkling rays of the sun when it disappears. Unfortunately I drove so slow that we missed the sunset and arrived right for the closing time. The columns outside the temple still look great by night so I transformed this sunset run into a 360° discovery mission.
Nice and generous burger at Beast Burger
We tried our first american style burger in Thailand in Nimman, the Westerner’s corner in Chiang Mai (it’s where you can find all the digital nomad lifestyle related coffee places, co-working spaces, etc.). We went to Beast Burger to try… the Beast Burger. It’s nice and simple burger with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, bacon & a Thousand Island sauce (God I miss In&Out so much). It comes at 220 Bahts for a combo with fries and a soft drink. The place is tidy & service is good, which is rare enough to be highlighted here…