Chiang Rai: Traveling from Pai we wanted to stop in this city before crossing the border to go into Laos. The journey from Pai would have also made our trip take 3 whole days so after 7 hours of driving in a small bus (that also stopped in Chiang Mai) we arrived at our destination. We were really happy to not do the entire trip in one go. We ended up relaxing here and figuring out how to cross the border and where we could buy tickets for a slow boat.
Saturday Night Market: A street that has no end filled with hundreds of small stalls of people selling the most divers things. Halfway through you’ll spot a big stage and large field covered with tables, chairs and food vendors. In the middle of the field find people dancing the cha cha cha to tunes created by the local singer on the stage. Grab your favorite snack from the side lines and head on over to a table with locals and ask to join the group. You wont find many tourists here which made me love this night because you had the feeling you were one with the community.
Wat Rong Khun: We unfortunately were not able to see this hidden beautiful gem and we kind of regret it because we saw the most awesome photo’s from other backpackers who did go there. They described the place as breathtaking and unique to anything they’ve seen in Thailand before. The temple had an abstract modern arty twist to it with deformed heads hanging in trees to suggest symbolically that beauty is found within and not by appearances. Also find hundreds of hands poking out of the soil reaching upward to the sky with offerings in their hand. This represented the layer of hell that wanted to be freed. Also take a look upwards and find thousands and millions of glistening shimmers on the ceiling. This of course had to be shown and that’s why I give you this one from another traveler.
Must Sleep 1
Na Rak O resort: At the first glance I would have run for the hills as I’m not a big fan of small miniature dolls and statues scattered around a room or the combo of all the colors of the rainbow crammed in one building but, this place had it’s charm mainly due to the owner and that everything in the guesthouse worked perfectly plus was clean/comfortable. The owner was extremely helpful in explaining the city and was very friendly in welcoming us into her guesthouse. I’d much rather have this treatment that a hipster hotel with horrible staff!
The nice thing about this guesthouse was that you had a shared kitchen with the rest of the guests to make your own eggs in the morning. Sounds strange but making your own scrambled eggs in the kitchen after traveling a while is seriously super fun! Who knew I would miss cooking.
Must Sleep 2
Zan Pla Nade Guesthouse: We stayed here very very briefly as we arrived at 10 pm and left at 6 am and just needed a place to stay our last night before going to Laos. This hotel was comfortable and super chill: your own fridge in your room which is great for the early breakfast of yoghurt we would eat before being picked up at 6 am also the room had a big lounge area which was perfect to layout your backpacks to then completely clean out and re-organize our bags.
The picture might look a bit off but we were able to completely lay our bags out across the sitting area and look inside without getting a hernia: woop woop. The private bathroom was huge and felt like a small basketball field.
M&M’s: Find the world’s most expensive M&M’s only in Thailand. This little bag of yumminess contained seriously 7 M&M’s and cost 10 baht which is 25 cents for 7 frickin’ M&M’s. What happened here? I have no clue why every other junk food snack is cheap but, then these guys cost a fortune. Better stick to the Oreos, they’re probably also more healthy…. Not.
That’s all folks, next stop: Pak Beng Laos
For tips on other places I’ve visited check my older posts such as: Bangkok, Ayuthaya, Khao Yai National Park & More.
Keep you updated and posted, until then Korp Khun Ka!