We learned a Thai word, “kòp kun” and it means “thank you.”
Jetlag is strange this time around. We noticed that we are waking up an hour more each day, no matter what time we sleep. On Wednesday, the day we came we were up at midnight! The next day, we were up at 1:00 am, then 2:00 am and so on. I can never understand jet lag but I know it’s really tough for the body and mind the first week of traveling.
Everyday, we get up and have coffee in our room. The “hotel” we are staying at doesn’t feel like a hotel but more like someone’s home. There is an atrium with table seatings to eat take out meals right outside our room. There is a community microwave available for anyone to use as well as plates and utensils right by the kitchen. The location is great, just right on the edge of the old city and centered to everything we need. Our bikes are parked by the atrium and the gates lock after a certain time in the evening. If we are out late, we were provided with an access card to enter the gates after hours. There is a big fridge in the room to store water and food. Wifi is great and there are many English TV channels.
The 3 resident Schnauzers roaming around the hotel is such a treat. They are friendly and just hanging around the hotel. They always greet us with a little sniff whenever we get back to the hotel. They would follow us around and check what we got, like food!
We did our laundry yesterday in the bathroom sink. A big exhaust fan runs every time we turn the light on to keep the bathroom free from moist. There is a hot water dial so we can set the heat of the water for our showers. I know this sounds normal but it’s really not common in Asia specially the cheaper hotels so for us, hot water is luxury traveling to Asia.
The toilet papers aren’t the greatest in the world. We used up a roll per day! Luckily, we get room cleaning everyday and the hotel provides us with a new one each day.
There are mosquitos in the room. The air conditioner helps but we’ve got a few bites. The other day, I went to the pharmacy to get some itch cream. It’s not very bad because mosquito season is really during April and May where it’s the hottest months in Chiang Mai so it’s not so bad in February. October and November are peak season months for tourists in Chiang Mai and it can get really busy. Monsoon seasons are usually June, July and August.
Right after coffee, we check emails, social media and plan out our day. If I feel like it, I would write a blog. Our daily schedule depends on how we feel and how tired we are from the day before.
We head out with our bikes to the market to find breakfast. There are 2-3 markets around half a mile away, it’s just a matter picking which one we feel like going to that morning. We are starting to know the vendors a little bit and have some favorites that we go to.
Lunch yesterday cost us $1.83 for 2 bowls of soup and dessert. Typically, it looks like we spend less than $10 per day for meals, for two people. Yesterday, we bought too much food for lunch and couldn’t finish it.
Dinner this weekend was eating at the night markets. There are 2 really big night markets on the weekend. Saturday’s night market stretches about a mile away of closed roads with all sorts of vendors and food is everywhere. Both markets are packed with people walking around shopping while tasting Thai food while they shop. Yeah, it’s crazy fun in my opinion. We thought Saturday’s market was huge but we didn’t even cover half of Sunday’s market because it was bigger. All the food vendors are tucked in the Wat or temples so we get to tour around the temples while we eat away. There’s just so much food! It’s the same atmosphere as Saturday’s market, fully packed with body to body (like bumper to bumper) traffic!
Dinner came out to be $4.33 including refilling our 2 liter water bottles from a machine. We got Pad Thai, sausages and split a fresh young coconut. We were stuffed!
Everything here also requires a lot of walking, which we love. I got me a pair of slippers at the Warorot market the other day for $2.00. I’ve walked many miles with it and so far no blisters. Warorot market is basically the Chinatown of Chiang Mai. The market is always open and there are 3 buildings of pure shopping. The shops go on and on. Food, as usual is everywhere. We rode our bikes to Warorot market which is about a mile away and parked outside the back of one of the buildings. People don’t steal bikes here. The other day, Doug saw an expensive bike parked outside a store with no lock at all. There are a lot of bikes parked by the market without locks also.
We can ride around Chiang Mai on a bike all day long which we did this weekend. We try to get lost, it’s more fun that way. Also, we get to practice riding in traffic. We found the Night Bazaar’s location yesterday, another shopping market we need to check out.
The run around the old city is less than 4 miles, riding around the city and getting lost can easily rack up around 6 miles then the walk to the night market, around the market and back is around 4 miles. That’s about 14-15 miles of moving in a day.
The food here is absolutely fantastic! We haven’t had bread since the day we came nor dairy and we are okay with that! Most of what we eat are fresh fruits and vegetables, rice, meats like pork or chicken and almost everything is unprocessed. We keep our daily diets on the real food and unprocessed foods. It’s also awesome to have fresh juice like beet juice, carrot juice, tropical fruit juices and fresh young coconut anytime of the day! The fruits here are insane fresh and so good.