08.06.2013 - 08.18.2013 88 °F
06 -18 August 2013
Up early and off to the airport. Even though our flight wasn’t until that afternoon – we decided to head out to LCCT (KL’s low cost air terminal – hub for Air Asia) with Brenda, who had an earlier flight. Being a few days before Ramadan…it was crazy!!!!
Brenda is such a good friend, was an awesome teaching partner and made a great travel buddy. It was fun for us to show her a little of the Asia that we love. But it was time to say “see ya”. It was hugs and “safe travels” as she was off to a new adventure in Bali. No tears this time, she lives close by in Chandler – we’ll probably see her shortly after we get home in October.
The morning passed quickly into afternoon and we were off to Chiang Mai. Upon arriving, it was back through immigration “again”, a quick taxi ride and we found (or rather our taxi driver did) Elegant Lanna down a narrow lane outside the moated Old Town area.
We’d been in contact with another guesthouse, but being full, they referred us to Elegant Lanna. Initially, we thought we wanted to stay about a month and thus wanted a little bigger place but as usual, things worked out, in the end, how they were supposed to.
The room lacked just a couple of things, but Elegant Lanna helped us out by bringing up another chair and a table for me to work. In addition, the street (I hesitate to really call it a street) was very quiet and the views from our room were beautiful.
Also, not serving breakfast turned out to be a blessing. The Cat House and Kamala’s (very close by) were our usual “go to” places. For lunch and/or dinner, we tried a variety of different places – most of them good with only a one or two being only “ok”. As well as the Cat House and Kamala’s, I’d recommend the Bamboo Café, the Swan Burmese Cuisine and the New Delhi Indian for dinner. They all had consistently good food.
It rained quite a bit the “almost two weeks” we were in CM which again made it good weather to work and organize and also for ….massage. Yes, again we indulged – we just can’t help ourselves.
Another highlight of our time in CM was meeting two ladies from Australia: Margarite and Irene. They were in town for a little over three weeks to have some dental work done. Many Aussies come to Thailand (Bangkok and other cities) for dental work and get the bonus of a nice holiday. Margarite was/is an artist and Irene a film maker…it was wonderful visiting with them.
It turned out that the amount of time we spent in Chiang Mai was just about right. It gave us time to relax and also to evaluate our future travel plans. Referring back to my journal, it was on the 10th that Jim and I were talking about “where to go?” He asks….”Where is Koh Samui?” I let him know that it’s off the east coast of southern Thailand….and within an hour we had booked flights and a guesthouse for five nights. Decision made: that’s just how we roll.
With those plans made, the question is what to do between 23 Aug and 11 Sept? Then, more questions from Jim. “Have you heard of Borobudur?” My response “no” – “well, it is the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia.” Imagine that!!! Guess that’s where we’re headed. We booked travel from KL to Yogyakarta on 31 August and then into Bali on the 10th to leave on the 11th for Australia… but that means we still had some open time after Koh Samui….what to do ….what to do??? Not to worry, we always figure something out.
It’s time to leave Chiang Mai and with sunscreen in hand, we’re on our way to south eastern Thailand and some beach time.