Hard to believe we’ve almost been here for 60 days already. Like most expats in the north of Thailand we headed to Chiang Rai for a few days of sight seeing and to cross into Myanmaar for a visa stamp. While we enjoyed Chiang Mai, we also wanted to look for other housing options as well.
We started out at a little hotel called Huanchandee that we found on airbnb. It was a small room, the hosts were very nice but the bed was hard as a rock and there were no English channels on the TV. For less than $30 a night it was a good deal but after a couple sleepless nights we decided to change hotels.
Unfortunately the skies were overcast the day we visited. Personally, I think the views of Chiang Mai below would be spectacular and, in my opinion, it would be worth waiting for a clear day. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is definitely a must see for anyone visiting the Northern Thailand area. I think just about every Songthaew in Chiang Mai has an advertisement for rides up Doi Suthep and you can probably get a ride much cheaper than what we paid but we had a Songthaew available at our discretion. I believe we paid 1,500 THB for the ride up to the temple (‘Wat’ in Thai) and an additional 300 THB to continue further up the mountain to the Royal Garden. (NOTE: If you are sensitive to curvy, mountainous roads, I’d suggest hiring a cab).
is unlike anything you can imagine. Most people get around by motorbike, or scooter to those of you in the west. There’s often 2 or 3 and as many as 4 people on a motorbike. Many times there is someone sitting sideways on the back (which I tried once in Bangkok). I’ve even seen people sleeping on the back of one. While I’m not surprised that Thailand is ranked 2nd in the world of “Worst Places to Drive”, it has a certain ” appeal” that I can’t quite describe, although we haven’t jumped that hurdle yet and are still getting around by Tuk Tuk or Songtail.
Green Hill Place – just east of Maya on Super Highway. A little pricey for Thailand but they have excellent amenities, spacious apartments, and it is centrally located to shopping, food, and entertainment. Great place to meet other expats.