Visiting Temples in Chiang Mai and Traveling Back to Bangkok

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View from the Red Car

Today I had caught a Red Car to the city center to walk around and see all the temples in Chiang Mai. It’s so easy to catch these; I almost felt like a local. I knew exactly where I wanted to go, so I flagged a Red Car down and told him exactly where I wanted to go and he said Yes (without us even discussing a fee), so I asked, “20 Baht, ok?” He nodded yes. I hopped in the back and in 10 minutes I was hopping off.

Just like that. I love Chiang Mai. If I were to revisit Thailand, I’d for sure go back to Chiang Mai.

It’s just a neat little town where you can walk, window shop and stop by for coffee (or beer, if you like beer) and people watch anywhere.

I walked around for several hours and visited the different temples and took pictures.

Inside the Red Car

I then caught a Red Car back to the hotel, grabbed my bags then caught another Red Car to the airport. My flight to Bangkok was “Smooth as Silk”….

Cheesy, I know! That’s the airline’s motto.

Anyway ��" I called the cab driver that I had arranged with to meet me at the airport to remind him that I would be arriving that night. He told me he would pick me up and I thought we were both clear on where to meet.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t there when I arrived to the airport in Bangkok. I called him again, and he was trying to tell me where to meet him. We must not have understood each other, because I understood he was at the airport, and I understood he wasn’t allowed to sit and wait out front, so he was just going to drive by quickly for me.

Pretty temple

But I just wasn’t able to figure out where he would drive by. So I waited around for over 30 minutes. It was hot, sticky, I was sweating, and I got tired of waiting. So I offered another cab my money and he happily agreed to take me to the hotel.

The next morning, the hotel helped me get a cab that ran his meter to take me to the airport. I had been offering everyone 400 Baht to and from the airport (which was way less than the initial 1100 Baht I had paid the first time). This day (my last trip to the Bangkok airport) was the first time I was in a cab that was going to run the meter, but I was sure it would have been less than the 400 Baht, as I had checked with the hotel receptionist and she told me 400 Baht would be enough but she recommended I let the cab driver run the meter.

The meter came out to only 200 Baht. It was just interesting to see how they try to get more from tourists. Now I prepare to go home tomorrow. I’m sad this phase is ending, but excited and happy to be going to the comforts of my home.

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View from the Red Car
View from the Red Car
Inside the Red Car
Inside the Red Car
Pretty temple
Pretty temple
Statues in the temple
Statues in the temple
Temple
Temple
I love all the detailed painting -…
I love all the detailed painting …
A Red Car coming down the road... …
A Red Car coming down the road...…
Another Red Car coming down the ro…
Another Red Car coming down the r…
I like how the Ronald McDonald is …
I like how the Ronald McDonald is…
Detail on temple walls
Detail on temple walls
A local
A local
Chiang Mai
photo by: Stevie_Wes