Visiting Temples in Chiang Mai and Traveling Back to Bangkok
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Today I had caught a Red Car to the city center to walk around and see all the temples in Chiang Mai. Itâ€™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, â€ś20 Baht, ok?â€ť 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, Iâ€™d for sure go back to Chiang Mai.
Itâ€™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.
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 â€śSmooth as Silkâ€ťâ€¦.
Cheesy, I know! Thatâ€™s the airlineâ€™s motto.
Anyway ďż˝ďż˝" 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 wasnâ€™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 wasnâ€™t allowed to sit and wait out front, so he was just going to drive by quickly for me.
But I just wasnâ€™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. Iâ€™m sad this phase is ending, but excited and happy to be going to the comforts of my home.