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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai – Fern Forest Cafe

Via: Where To Eat in Chiang Mai

What a better way to catch up with a friend over coffee and cakes in the lovely tropical garden of Fern Forest Cafe.

Fern Forest Cafe is set in a wooden Thai house in one of the lanes in Chiang Mai’s charming old city. You can dine in the shady tropical garden, or in an air-conditioned room in the house. The menu is quite extensive, with lots of different types of cakes, coffee and other drinks, as well as meals like quiche and sandwiches.

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I opt for the Banofee Pie (see photo) – very interesting! I have never seen anything like it!

The base is nice and crumbly and crunchy, laced with caramel, I think. There are lots of just plain old bananas, as you can see, and a layer of caramel syrupy thing is spreaded over the top, and the “pie” is then topped with a thick layer of cream. Very nice and lightish (if not for the cream!). 75 baht. ($2.42 USD)

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My friend chose the Coconut Pie, which is also quite nice. The pie is filled with shredded coconut in smooth, soft and creamy (something like) custard. Also 75 baht ($2.42 USD). Incidentally, quite a few people from various internet sites recommend this pie.

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The coffee is fine. Apparently Fern Forest Cafe grows their own coffee. Coffee connoisseurs may not find it too impressive though, but I find it quite pleasant, and not bitter.

All in all, I think Fern Forest Cafe is a lovely coffee shop. Very nice relaxing ambience, very good (and interesting) cakes, pretty good coffee, reasonable prices. It’s worth a visit if you’re in the area. It’s also quite a popular place with streams of people coming in an out the whole time we are there.
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See website for address and map:
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http://cm-eat.blogspot.com/search/label/Old%20Town
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personal thought:
I can’t recommend this place enough – check it out!
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October 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thailand stares down the barrel of rising gun crime

Via: Reuters

Similar altercations have become a focus of public attention, with shootings affecting seemingly ordinary folk.

In one incident at a busy intersection, a computer repairman shot dead two people and took a third hostage. Witnesses said it resembled a scene from a Hollywood blockbuster.

A tourist haven and regional base for multinational companies, Thailand has the highest number of guns in civilian hands in Southeast Asia — almost FOUR TIMES more than the Philippines, a country notorious for violent gun crime.

Some blame the rise in gun crime on political instability that has gripped Thailand since a 2006 coup that removed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Unrest culminated in a two-month stand-off in 2010 between government troops and “red shirt” protesters backing Thaksin and clashes that killed 91 people.

Others say that the seeming impunity enjoyed by the wealthy has prompted some to take the law into their own hands.

“Thailand has become a Wild West movie,” says politician Chuwit Kamolvisit, a former massage-parlor tycoon who says he used to pay off local police to run his seedy businesses. “People pull out their guns at a moment’s notice.”

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FACT: Thailand has the highest gun murder rate in Asia, according to http://www.gunpolicy.org, a site hosted by the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health in Australia.

There were 5.3 murders by firearms per 100,000 people in Thailand in 2011, compared to 0.2 in the Philippines, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported.

Read more, HERE:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/21/us-thailand-guns-idUSBRE89K0GE20121021

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Personal thought:

I think one of the major drivers of the gun violence in the availibity/use of metamphetamine – Thai: Ya Ba (crazy medicine).

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Related Post:

‘Chiang Mai – Huge drug haul up North; several held’

https://seattle99.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/chiang-mai-huge-drug-haul-up-north-several-held/

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October 23, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment