We're not staying in Chiang Mai but just a little ways North of it in Hang Dong. The reason for this was because it is super cheap ($23/night), it's quiet here and B doesn't like the hustle and bustle of the city a lot (who am I kidding, none of us do), we have a yard...and did I mention...IT'S ONLY $23/NIGHT!
Here are some photos of the house:
Bob dropped E and B off at the school after lunch and they stayed in Nina's class until two. The twins said they were 'really popular' and everyone had questions. Nina and some teachers were the only other ones who spoke English but it didn't matter. Bereket played Thai Checkers, Nina showed them all around and soon everyone was ready to go. They stuck with Nina the whole time but said that everyone was super friendly. Sadly there are no photos of this adventure because we didn't really want to send them away with our only camera. But Eskedar wants to blog about it so you can read about it in great detail when she posts it. I'll just say, it was a fabulous time, they fed zoo animals, saw knife and lasso tricks and a tiger show.
Stop that Songthaew!
We've used them to go the "Big C" grocery store and back, and going into Chiang Mai and back. It's a little nerve-wracking knowing when to get off because it's really hard to see out the small windows. And we're not really looking for any big landmark, just a store with a big leaf for a sign and a gas station with a flame for a sign. It's very possible to miss our stop (as we did yesterday).
There are red Songthaews in the city too. You can flag them down and ask the driver if he's going your way but you need to negotiate a price first. We haven't taken one or a Thai Tuk Tuk either. Chiang Mai is very walkable.
Chiang Mai: Rose of the North
Wat Chedi Luang
Speaking of elephants, it was just a quick walk to the headquarters of the Elephant Natural Park so we are good to go for Monday. We are really excited about our day and it will be our next blog post. We caught a bite to eat after that in a nice Thai restaurant. The kids had their favourite Thai Chicken fried rice and David and I had Pad Thai. Mine with glass noodles and Tofu and his with chicken. All of that and two smoothies (coconut smoothies are my absolute favourite - $0.86!) and juice and water = $10.50. Crazy!
We took a Songthaew back and just as we were heading out of the city, the driver stopped the truck, hopped out and came to our window. "Hello you! Where are you going?" "Hang Dong" "Oh, good!" He looked so relieved and shook David's hand through the window, hopped back in the truck and we started home. Just an example of Thai kindness!
Til next time!! Peace out.