Travel by bus to Chiang Rai.
Last night I was having doubts and feeling scared about going to Chiang Rai and feeling like I should just go straight to Laos. I spoke to Andrew about it and it felt better. I think I was feeling like that because I made friends and would be going on my own again.
I packed up my bags and headed out for the 20 minute walk into town. I tried to arrange a taxi from the hostel the night before but was told they couldn’t do it for me. And since it was raining that night, I didn’t want to walk into town so I figured I’ll just walk.
It was a long walk and heavy with my bags but I made it. We got to Chiang Rai in about 6-7 hours and before getting dropped at the bus terminal we stopped at the famous white temple. I snapped a few quick pics and 20 minutes later I was dropped at the bus terminal. I took a tuk tuk for 100 bhat to fun-d hostel. I’m so lazy to barter and definitely not walking with my bags so I just paid him and went on. I was a little worried because I wanted to book my ticket to Luang Prabang as soon as possible.
I got to the hostel and it was way nicer than I expected. It had a restaurant with a patio in the lobby and the guy at the front was really helpful and spoke great English. I spoke to him about booking my ticket and saw a poster for a tour that takes you to all the hot spots in chiang rai for only 1000 bhat.
The chiang rai open your includes:
– Visit the white temple
– Visit the black temple
– Visit the monkey cave
– Visit the long neck hill tribe people (extra 300 bhat)
– Go to the golden triangle where 3 borders meet
– Chiang Sean
I booked it and booked my ticket for the slow boat to Luang Prabang and then went up to my room. This hostel was so beautiful. I felt like I was in a hotel! Clean showers, clean beds and spacious rooms. I was in heaven. I definitely needed this after being in a bamboo room sleeping under a mosquito net for the past four nights in Pai.
I met a girl from my room named Aileen and we hit it off. We decided to meet up later to go to the night bazaar for dinner that night.
The night bazaar market was way smaller than in Chiang Mai but I really liked how the “food court”
was set up. There was a lot of seating in the middle of the square and lined up around it was good vendors. The ingredients/dishes were on display and then they would cook your food fresh for you.
In addition to “normal food” there were also more exotic options too. Check out the pics. Disclaimer: It’s insects lol.
There was also a show in the market which was a nice surprise, dinner and a show for less than $5! The costumes were beautiful and the dancing was really fun to watch.
I walked around the market and bought a ring for 30 bhat, bracelet for 60, necklace for 70 and a pants for 100 bhat. Then headed back to the hostel for a good night sleep.