Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Ayutthaya & Chiang Mai.

Ayutthaya & Chiang Mai

With the huge suitcase left behind in a storage cupboard somewhere in Bangkok, I feel waaaay more free to travel, although still I’m getting funny looks wandering into check in with three bags and a mini suitcase. I’ve really not yet got the whole travelling gypsy thing down to a tee yet lol.

So I may or may not have been robbed 15,000 Baht in a hotel in Ayutthaya (about £300) but apart from that I loved renting a bike and riding around the different temples and stopping off for fruit and coconuts from the street vendors. I did start to feel a little lonely in the hotel with only the Thai staff (who were amazing and taught me Thai phrases) so booked into my first ever hostel in Chiang Mai.

I searched for the best hostel in Chiang Mai cause I still gotta be a little Boujee loooool and ended up in Hostel by Bed in the Old City which made me adore my stay! It worked out at about £10 a night which is still one of the more expensive hostels and with that I got breakfast and coffee whenever I pleased. It was sooo much better than staying in a hotel and I’m not sure I’m going to go back to hotel stays now. The anxiety of having someone scale the building to get in to my room to kidnap me through the balcony was toooo much. Hahah. At least I know the little noises is just someone else coming in and going to bed and it was perfect cause each bunk had a blackout curtain so I still had enough space to feel like my own. I absolutely recommend this hostel and would defo return.

Chiang Mai was the first time I experienced cooking Thai dishes, I’m trying to master Mango Sticky Rice and Pad Thai and I went to visit the Chiang Mai Grand Canyon, shopped in the night markets, got some incredible massages (I would really recommend Lila’s Thai Massage which is all female ex prisoners and they literally do the most amazing job, they start by washing and drying your feet, give you a towel to wash your hands and face, give you your own locker to leave your belongings, you even get the full massage outfit and figure out how to put on the Thai pants lol with tea, rice cakes and even a key ring to take home afterwards. I paid the equivalent of £6.25 for this whole experience and my masseuse Lee was incredible and my tight shoulders are really feeling the benefits waking up today lol) 

I spent NYE in Chiang Mai and just as the universe works out my best friend and her boyfriend were in Chiang Mai at the exact same time staying in a hostel a 3 minute walk away from mine so we went to the Taipei Gate to let off Chinese lanterns and meditated at the Wat Phra Tao to welcome in 2019. Defo one to remember.

The absolute highlight for me was spending a day with the elephants in the Don Inthanon National Park. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have got so close to these amazing animals let alone gone for a hike through the jungle with them watching them forage and just be allowed to be elephants. The best moment was walking through a stream covered in mud to get to this beautiful waterfall, spend a moment being grateful to actually be in Thailand and feeling so happy and then turning round and seeing a huge Asian elephant about to join you in the water. Happiest moment of my life 😍

I’m so so grateful for my little travels so far and 2019 has got to be good having had a start like that. 

Next stop Pai. 


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