Our trip to Chiang Mai started with a 12-hour overnight train ride from Bangkok. We each got our own private sleeper and though accommodations were much more modest than I’d romanticized, I was happy I’d spent the extra money so that I could sleep comfortably during the trip. And sleep is just what I did. Food options were bleak on the train as nothing on the dinner menu looked edible so I crawled under my covers and slept for the entire 12-hour ride. When we arrived in Chiang Mai we headed straight to our guest house, where we finally met back up with Cher and Sean from Ko Samui. As you’ll remember, they were supposed to meet us in Bangkok but Cher was sick and they missed their flight.
On our first day in the city we took a day tour to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep to visit the sitting Buddha and yet another golden temple (much like gangster rappers, the Thai like their things dipped in gold). We took the tram to the top of the hill to see the temple but elected to walk down all 309 stairs to get back to our shuttle.
In exception to our day at Patara Elephant Farm, which I’ll get into in my next post, I feel like we spent the majority of our time in Chiang Mai shopping. This being the last city on our Thai tour, I think we were all worried that we hadn’t gotten enough souvenirs for our family and friends back home. On our final night in the city we split up for a few hours and each got our personal shopping needs met. Although it wasn’t quite as impressive as the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bagkok (in my personal opinion), Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar made for excellent shopping. I met back up with my friends at midnight and we went to a cute reggae bar to have a drink and say good bye to Thailand.