Day 3 was already time for us to fly to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. The city is much smaller then Bangkok and we loved it as soon as we landed. Our hotel was the Amari Rincome and since we only booked 4+ stars hotels, we started laughing uncontrollably when we entered our room: This place makes Hotel 8 look like a 5 star hotel.
We spent the day walking around Chiang Mai, then hopped in a tuk-tuk to the night market. Tuk- Tuks are 3-wheeled motorbike taxis that are absolutely everywhere in Chiang Mai at any given time. Tuk-tuk drivers have downright wild driving techniques but so does every car and scooter driver surrounding them. A ride around town cost between 1-3 $. On top of being a totally fun experience, it’s almost free!!
The night market is jam-packed with thousands of booths crammed with junk on top of junk for tourists. We did end up buying a small piece of art for which I bargained the unfortunate bite-size lady from 1200 Bath down to 600 (about $18)
On day 2 here, we booked another private tour to experience Chiang Mai to its fullest. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and very rigid on her Buddhism believes. Ready for a little funny? Her name was… Wait for it…... Wait for iiittt……. : Porn Tip. Bet she’d make great tips at Cabbage & Condoms with a name like that.
We started our day by visiting the hill tribe village high on a mountain and deep in a forest of Chiang Mai. Our guide gave us the story of this tribe which left us with a bad taste in our mouth. The tribe are people from surrounding countries that came into Thailand to grow poppies to make opium. To convince the tribes to stop growing drugs, the King offered them Thai passports, free land and help with starting new crops such as coffee and vegetables. They accepted but are still ungrateful and careless with the land inspite of everything that was given to them. If we would have known the story, we would have never booked the tour.
The rest of the day was spent between temples,
and yup, you guessed it.. more temples.
Every one of them is as beautiful and different as the last.
No disrespect and as interesting and spectacular as they all were, after visiting 8 in 5 days, we’re all set with temples for a few years!!
Tomorrow is "own an elephant for a day" day!!!