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Category: Chiang Mai

Chang Phueak Mosque (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

The Chang Phueak mosque is located north of the old city walls, at the south end of Changhuak Road. It appeared to me that the Muslims living around the mosque are of a mix of Thai and South Asian parentage. At the time of my visit, the main mosque was under redevelopment. But I managed to pray the Zuhr congregational prayers with the locals in their surau.

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The Peaberry (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

I couldn’t book 2 nights stay at Le Meridien Chiang Mai because my decision to go to Chiang Mai was made only hours before my flight departure. And it didn’t help that a lot of the other hotels which I was interested in were either fully booked or very expensive. Luckily, I found The Peaberry hotel on Tripadvisor and it was ranked top 10 in Chiang Mai. The price I paid for one night stay was only $50. Even though the room wasn’t “five star” but the service was top-notch.

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Lunch @ Le Spice Restaurant (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

This is one of the many halal restaurants located along Charnoen Prathet 6 Alley, north section of Chang Klan road. It seemed that this place doesn’t want to be just an ordinary food place by the street. It wanted to be more than that. The service was professional and polite. The restaurant was thoughtfully designed. The food was flavourful, served quickly and most importantly affordable.

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Breakfast @ The Peaberry (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

The Peaberry Hotel doesn’t include any non-halal foods for breakfast. Basically, they serve eggs (upon request), cereal, coffee, tea, bread, milk and fruits. There is no meat for breakfast. Even though I feel the breakfast spread was simple, Mr Kishore brought the breakfast experience to life with his joyful conversations and his inexhaustible ability to make his guest feel at home.

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Le Meridien Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

I managed to get a room cheaply at Le Meridien Chiang Mai considering I booked it last minute. Due to some ‘mishap’, I was upgraded to the Executive Suite. The suite costs 4 times as much as the room I booked. Even though it was a pleasant surprise, I felt the room was too big for just one person. I wished I could share the joy and space with my wife and kids.

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Attaqwa Mosque (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

Finding Attaqwa Mosque wasn’t a straightforward endeavour at all. I had asked a total of 3 separate persons for its exact location and they all pointed at different spots on a map. The issue with that was I found it literally impossible to key in my exact destination on Google maps. As a result, I could not have specific turn-by-turn directions to the mosque. I had to figure out (manually) which roads to walk on, which turns to take, in order to get to Attaqwa mosque. Inevitably, along the way, I frequently got lost and almost gave up searching for it.

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Lunch @ Kabab Bar (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

This was my last meal in Chiang Mai. I was walking around the empty Anusarn Market and found a row of halal stalls in it. I chose Kabab Bar because there was Ayub, a super friendly dude, who welcomed me in. He is a Bangladeshi from Myanmar. Food was amazing and I loved being the only person dining in the restaurant because Ayub gave me his undivided attention.

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