Sorry it has taken me so long to write about the next part of our trip to Thailand! Life has been pretty hectic since we got back, and I had NO time! If you missed the first post, check out Bangkok HERE.
Chiang Mai. Oh beautiful Chiang Mai. We got into Chiang Mai very late and grabbed a taxi to our hotel. It was almost midnight and the town was fairly quiet, not nearly as much hustle and bustle as Bangkok. Trevor and I looked at each other, subconsciously agreeing how much better we already liked it here. So far everyone was so kind, and so helpful. After a cold shower and a good nights rest, we woke up on the hunt to find a highly reviewed breakfast spot I had found online. We of course quickly got lost going up and down random side streets of this old town. We were hesitant to ask for help after our experiences in Bangkok, but figured we had no other choice at that point. We spotted a young man opening up a store and asked him for directions, without a word he just pointed at this man on the street. This sweet man walked us all the way to the restaurant! We chatted along the way, talking about his life and how he was born and raised in Chiang Mai. He waved and greeted those around us as we talked and you could tell all of them were his long time friends and neighbors. Of course the place wasn't that far away at all, and we quickly realized we had been walking in circles earlier. To our defense the streets are tiny little alley ways zig zagging like a little maze all around the city. Even if you knew Thai you could easily get confused. It was so refreshing to meet someone who just wanted to genuinely help us, expecting nothing in return. We quickly learned that everyone in Chiang Mai was like this. A very genuine and kind city.
A gazillion more pics after the jump ;)
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After breakfast we quickly got ready for our day and called our friend Mr. Bobo. We had met Mr. Bobo the night before when he took us from the airport to our hotel. From our hotel Mr. Bobo took us to the hostel we were going to be staying at for the rest of our stay in Chiang Mai. We had originally wanted to stay in the hostel the whole time, however the first night we were going to arrive they didn't have a room available with air conditioning... if you have ever been to Asia in the summer you would know why you need air conditioning in your room, ha! So we booked a hotel for the first night and after our breakfast headed on over to our hostel. Both places were great and I would highly recommend them if you want the contact information. The hostel was nestled in a garden like setting full of travelers. I loved seeing so many people from all over the world there. So many languages going on in that court yard! Our hostel was amazing. The room was just what we needed, and for only $6.00 a night, you can't complain! After we settled in Mr. Bobo took us to our first adventure in Chiang Mai. The adventure I was the MOST nervous about. Tiger Kingdom.
|Dying over my face in this one. You guys don't realize just how massive this guy is! It was intense!|
|Trevor is slightly embarrassed by all the many strange faces he made in these pics. Who can blame him, these things are crazy! If only you could hear the sounds they were making!|
|Trevor loved giving them a good rub down. They acted like total house cats! They loved it!|
|It became pretty clear that the tigers loved Trevor. He is much braver than me!|
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