Thursday, February 14, 2013

tSH goes to Thailand: Chiang Mai

Upon finally arriving in Chiang Mai (after spending countless hours in airports, or at least it felt that way for both of us), we caught a taxi and made it to our first abode. Hilariously our taxi driver misunderstood us though and dropped us off not at Mojito Gardens 2, our hostel, but Mojito Gardens 1, a sister hostel to our hostel. Luckily it was only a block away from our actual place of sleeping though, so we walked literally 5 minutes down the road and got to our correct accommodation. (Note: apparently there are Mojito Gardens, Mojito Gardens 2 and Mojito House all within Chiang if you stay at any of them be sure to be specific).

At a whopping $5/3euros a night we were curious to see what it would be like. The answer? Pretty awesome. We got our own private hut off of the main communal areas and the rest of the facilities were pretty alright. Our favorite aspect of the place by far was a communal zen pad in the center of the place where you could nap and lounge around next to a koi pond and fountain (which oddly also had a ray in it). You could even get cheap food from 8am until pretty late at night - fairly extensive drink menu too.

In any case, at $5/night it was definitely worth the price tag and suited our needs well. The main guy at reception, Boom (yes, that is his actual name) was also incredibly helpful in arranging a tour we were interested in the next day (well, that I was interested in - admittedly, my sister was less enthusiastic about it but caved when I said it was the one thing I was really looking forward to).

We spent a pretty quiet night exploring the neighborhood around our place, visited a random wat (temple) and called it early.

What did we schedule for the next day that I was so excited about, you ask?

Pachyderms. Oh yes, I was going to do things with elephants. I'd been hearing about it for a long time and I was going to live my dream no matter what. So, we went to bed early so we could get up early and spend a day with the elephants.

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