Bangkok to Chiang Mai
Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
181Trip End Jul 23, 2013
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We both spent the remaining 7 hours of the train journey in the open window restaurant car enjoying the changing scenery of jungle, remote villages, plains covered in rice paddies and mountains and valleys. All in all, a long but pleasant experience.
On arrival at Chiang Mai station (due to arrive at 13:05, actual arrival 15:25) we wandered along to Tourist Information to get an idea of how much to pay for a taxi to our Holiday Garden Hotel, and were quoted 150B (£3)
On arrival the Hotel looked gleaming, the reception area very plush; granite floors and walls and expensive looking furniture. We had prebooked 2 nights in the Superior Tower Suite and were given room 742 on the 7th floor. The room had a huge bed; TV; mini bar and a nice view over the city, we were pleased. Although we were knackered it seemed to early to go to bed so we both had showers and freshened up in the hotel, then walked towards the city. We hailed a Sorngtaaou to the city centre for 50B (£1).
After walking past several small restaurants we ended up in an excellent bar where we had a couple of beers, some spring rolls, a Green Curry & Chicken Fried Rice, all for 235B (£4.70). It was the best Green Curry I had ever tasted and Terry's Chicken Fried Rice was excellent too. We both felt stuffed so decided to try to walk it back to the Hotel, but after an hour or so of meandering around the little lanes of the Old City, popping in and out of boutiques and art stalls, we felt worn out, so jumped in another Sorngtaaou back to the Hotel.