Our First Day in Chiang Mai; No Halal Restaurants Open
It was on Iedil Adha when we visited Chiang Mai. We planned to do Iedil Adha prayer at Ban Haw Mosque the biggest Mosque in Chiang Mai. But, because our train delayed so that when we arrived we missed Iedil Adha prayer already.
We arrived at Chiang Mai Railway Station at 12.30 pm from Hat Yai. It took us about 34 hours on the train. It was really exhausting but we can deal with it. This all was thanks to my best travel mates. They made this long train ride totally wonderful.
We need a few minutes at the railway station to book our return ticket to Hat Yai before continued heading to our booked guest house near Tha Pae gate. We decided to stay at Stay With Me guest house because we avoid a crowded place. The guest house was lovely. It’s located in a quiet location just walking distance to Sunday Walking Market.
After Duhr prayer at the guest house we decided to look for our lunch. But first we rent three bicycles for us. And then start exploring halal restaurants around the area. An hour passed, but we did not find any halal restaurants open.
Well, then we stopped at a Mosque meet Muslim people there. They told us that actually there are some halal restaurants around the mosque but no one is open on Iedil Adha. It is just some halal street snack that you can find on that day. Oke its fine, we just need to find everything halal right now. We were really starving already. Hahahaa
It was like a blessing for us. They suddenly bring us to the kitchen of the mosque and give us a lot of foods. Yes, a lot of delicious foods. What a blessing! Alhamdulillah.
We continued our journey cycling exploring the old city of Chiang Mai. We found a lot of temples around the area. And there is one of the temples that caught my attention. It reminded me of “Rumah Gadang”, traditional home of the Minangkabau Indonesia. I think it was so similar. What do you think?
After exploring the old city, we continued our journey to Anusarn Market – Night Bazar. It is told as a must see places in Chiang Mai. So, we decided to explore this place. We found plenty of halal restaurants here. Yea as expected, no one was open on that day.
Next journey was to the very popular Sunday Walking Market Chiang Mai. It is a very wonderful walking market. We can find almost everything here. It’s one of my favorite places in Chiang Mai. And i recommend everyone not to miss this place while your visit to Chiang Mai. It is a must visit place in Chiang Mai.
At about 11:00 am we back to our guest house. We stopped by 7/11 mini market to buy some halal food and snacks for our very late dinner. I felt so lucky; there is 7/11 near our guest house so that we did not need to worry about halal food anymore although no halal restaurants open.
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Have you been to Chiang Mai on Iedil Adha? How was your experience finding halal food on that day?