(I wrote this the week of Christmas…sorry for the delay!)
I want to start this post off with a HAPPY CHRISTMAS! It’s Christmas morning (EARLY) and naturally I can’t sleep – still working on getting over jet lag. I arrived on Monday afternoon and have woken up at crazy hours ever since. So begins the blogging…
We arrived at the train station about 40 minutes before our train left. We approached the departure time tables to see our train platform had changed. We also heard someone say, “leaving to go to Chiang Mai in 30 minutes?” This is when we met Tim – a tall, Dutch backpacker heading to the same place as us, and conveniently, on the same train. We told Tim yes and he showed us our new platform number. We made conversation – the typical small talk when you meet another English speaker during your travels: Where are you from? Where are you going? How long is your holiday? And so on. We invited Tim to grab a cup of coffee with us before the train left, which we did and then promptly headed to the train to board for our long 12 hour ride.
|Jonathan's homework face.|
|Exploring the tunnels in Wat U Mong|
|Wat U Mong - pagoda|
|The view from the top of Doi Suthep.|
The rest of the evening consisted of food at a great Western pub and a drink at several different bars around the area. We even participated in the lighting of a lantern, which Jonathan sent floating into the night sky. Overall, Chiang Mai has quite enough to do to keep the average fairly-easy-to-please traveller happy. Although, I do have to mention that many of the places we visited were geared towards farang, or foreigners. No problem. I hardly noticed anyways.
(P.S. more to come on our adventures in Chiang Mai...but there's so much I wanted to share I had to break it up into two parts. The second coming soon!)