Arriving in Chiangmai

I was particurally excited about coming to Chiangmai, as my Dad has been many times, and I wanted to see some of the places and people that he had talked about so much. Thailand was the place I most desired to come to and now I see why my Dad and many others love Thailand so much.

We got a coach from Krabi to Bangkok and then stayed over night in the @Hua Lumphong Hotel, just opposite the Hua Lumphong Train Station. This is a lovely hotel to stay in and is convenient if you want to be close to the train station for an early train/bus the next morning. We got a bus from Bangkok to Chiangmai the next day on Thursday 8th April. We bought our ticket from the train station. It cost us 850 Baht each. The first place we went to tried charging us 1000 Baht. The train is much cheaper, but because of Thai New year, they were all booked out.

The bus to Bangkok left at 10 am and arrived in Chiangmai at 8.00pm. The bus was very comfortable and also had a TV on. They played movies, but only in ThaiL We also stopped for lunch on the way, this was included in the price.

We arrived into the Arcade Bus station in Chiangmai at 8.00pm on Thursday 8th April. We were met by my Dad’s friend from Thailand, Suriya. He took us to find a Hotel in the centre. We stayed in the Lux Thai hotel for our first night. This is a nice hotel, with Wi-Fi and a swimming pool, for 650 Baht a night.

The next morning Suriya took us to another hotel called the Rux Thai. This hotel costs 490 Baht a night. We booked into this hotel for one week, as we wanted to have our accommodation sorted for the Songkran Festival (Thai New Year).

More blogs will be coming very soon about our time in Chiangmai. There is so much to say, and the reason why, we have not kept up to date with the blogs this week, is because we have been too busy. Chiangmai is really a great place to be!

 Ruth and Paul

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