Hooray for Peter Pumpkin Head...
Chiang Mai Travel Blog› entry 7 of 67 › view all entries
Made it to Chiang Mai after an overnight bus ride. This place is literally a breath of fresh air compared to Bangkok! I'm staying at Daret's Guesthouse just outside the wall of the old city with a bunch of fellow Canucks I met on the long bus ride up here.
Yesterday we rented some bikes and drove around the area north of the city. Did a few touristy things like visiting a snake farm where some king cobra felt the need to attack the fence where I stood. It was a gorgeous 10 year old 9 foot long snake that was obviously unhappy some Thai worked just roused it from its sleep. We also visited a "monkey school" where we got to play with a baby monkey.
Then the best part - my first Thai massage this trip! I forgot how amazing they are! Those women know exactly what they're doing. And it's so cheap here in Chiang Mai! A one hour massage is only 120 baht ($4US). In fact everything here is ridiculously cheaper! Way cheaper than Khao San in Bangkok and better than what I remember of down south. I love it! I'm eating some of the best food I've had in Thailand and it's only costing me about 3 bucks a meal! And that's if I go to a restuarant. Street food here is awesome and I haven't gotten sick from it yet.
My friends and I ended our evening watching some awesome muay thai fights - some real matches and some obviously set-up! Still great entertainment though.
It's finally starting to sink in for me that I'm out here backpacking again. It's taken me a bit of time to get back into the rhythm of things, maybe becuase I spent the beginning of my trip visiting family. But now it seems like the past 8 or so months I spent back home saving up money flew by and I'm back in Thailand, the same country I ended my last trip in. It's a strange thing being in a foreign country that brings back feelings of nostalgia.
Right now no real plans. I barely make plans from day to day and I'm really happy with the group of friends I'm hanging out with cuz they've got the same mentality as me. But I think I'll be spending at least a couple more days in Chiang Mai to explore some more.
TOTALLY RANDOM: Today Matt and I went to the park so he could play his guitar. Then along came some random dudes in red costumes with giant pumpkin heads. They pulled out a shaker and a tamborine and starting jamming with Matt while this other guy filmed it. I think the footage is going to end up on YouTube somewhere...