Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Pai

Again, worked on this post about a month ago but failed to post it cause I couldn’t upload any photos.

Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Pai

So Ann extended her stay at the farm to leave on Saturday with Marian and I. We decided to spend a day together in Bangkok; might as well since Marian and I had time to kill before our 7.35pm 14-hour sleeper train to Chiang Mai. Plus we’d all gotten to know each other better and decided to make the most of our time left together, together!

27 June 2015, Saturday

We wanted to catch the first minivan to Bangkok which we were told was at 5.30am. Eeps! So up we all were, at 4.15am, preparing to leave at 5.00am. Then surprise, surprise. Arnon came along and told us he made a mistake – the first minivan was at 5.00am… which we just missed. The next one was at 6.30am. OH WELL! It gave me more time to charge my phone and idle around. At least with this spare time, we managed to get a chance to bid farewell to Mama!

& this Arnon went back to sleep without even saying goodbye to us!!! He went to catch more rest cause he needed to orientate the new volunteers and bring them to give alms to monks.

Mama and Arnon’s brother (Ou*), brought us to the terminal and Mama teared when she was saying goodbye. :'< I didn’t think that I would get teary from leaving the farm as compared to the elephant camp cause there wasn’t much emotional attachment to the people and animals. But seeing Mama tear made me tear as well because it isn’t easy doing what she does at her age – cooking meals for everyone, doing tasks to maintain the farm, and everything else which isn’t profit-driven.

Onward we went! Reached Bangkok around 9+am and took a cab to Ann’s rented Airbnb apartment. The host kindly let Marian and I put our stuff there for the day and use the shower. It’s a good thing that the apartment was near a MRT station – easy for us to get to Hua Lampong Station after!

Dumped our stuff, met Ann’s other half – Jacob – and cabbed to Chatuchak Market for Marian to experience it! Since I’ve been there countless times/ on a budget/ didn’t need anything but food, and Jacob being a guy… we chatted/ waited for the girls while they shopped but surprisingly didn’t drop.

The must-have coconut ice cream with one of the flavors being Thai tea!
The must-have coconut ice cream with one of the flavors being Thai tea!

We intended to visit the Royal Palace Temple and Wat Phra xxx but those plans were happily ditched cause shopping > anything else. I didn’t mind anyways. Spent a total of five hours at Chatuchak!!!

Really glad we could shower cause I was really sticky and didn’t wna feel disgusting for the next 24 hours. Grabbed a quick snack with Ann and Jacob and we sadly parted ways. That was the end of us Farm Girls’ journey.

My legs were so sore after a long day of walking plus I still had those pretty horrible swollen infected bites. I was looking forward to lying down and resting my legs.

Reached the railway station, boarded our cabins (we were both separated), and made friends with my 14-hour neighbors. One was a German who made small talk and the other two were Korean who didn’t speak English.

Waiting for the train to pull in.
Waiting for the train to pull in.

The sleeper train was different from the one I took from Nong Khai to Bangkok! This had cabins with two already-laid ‘bunk beds’ meant for four people. Marian and I bought top bunk tickets though I would have preferred the bottom bunk but the ticket specifications was lost in translation.

Cabin for the night! Staff making the beds for us.
Cabin for the night! Staff making the beds for us.

Didn’t purchase the train dinner/ breakfast in a bid to save money! I wasn’t hungry anyways, just exhausted. Once the staff made the beds, I clambered up and to sleep shortly after around 9.00pm.

Whoop!
Whoop!
Getting all cozy in the top bunk.
Getting all cozy in the top bunk.

I slept for a good 11 hours; rest well-deserved after many consecutive days of waking up early in the morning. Apart from blinding corridor lights and waking up a couple of times, the top bunk was surprisingly comfortable! The ride didn’t feel as bumpy as my previous bottom bunk experience. Maybe you feel less impact being on the top.

Next leg of my travels with Marian!
Next leg of my travels with Marian!

So back to Chiang Mai I was; my 8th time in that beautiful memory-filled city. Took a song taew to our guesthouse – Big & O’s House – and started wandering! Marian wanted to visit some temples after not catching any in Bangkok, and cause after all we were in Thailand.

50baht/ person Song Taew ride.
50baht/ person Song Taew ride.

Walked around for a bit before we both agreed to head back to the guesthouse to rest. But before that, we shared a bowl of boat noodles and did a bit of pampering! Marian had a ‘panicure’ (pedicure) while I had a herbal facial scrub for 100baht. My face felt so clean after!

Had my FIRST Magnum during the trip as a reward for myself!
Had my FIRST Magnum during the trip as a reward for myself!

Went back to the guesthouse to nap and I’m really glad we did cause we spent a whopping six hours at the Sunday Night Walking Street Market!!! From 6.00pm to 12.00am, hoo boy! I was impressed. I have never spent that long in the market; my maximum was four hours. We covered almost everything but had to breeze through the last half of a street cause many stores were closing. 

Experiencing a monk meditation/ chanting session.
Experiencing a monk meditation/ chanting session.
Tried crickets for the very first time! Very oily; tasted like ikan bilis.
Tried crickets for the very first time! Very oily; tasted like ikan bilis.
The 3 Kings Statue.
The 3 Kings Statue.

28 June 2015, Sunday

I was excited!!! We were going to Pai, I was going to revisit my favorite elephant and people!

Getting psyched and impatient. Couldn't wait to reach Pai.
Getting psyched and impatient. Couldn’t wait to reach Pai.

Grabbed brunch before catching our 12.00pm minivan to Pai which after much waiting, departed at 1.00pm. I was getting impatient and eager cause I wanted to get to Pai as quickly as we could and catch the elephants before they were brought back up to the mountains!!!

Eventually arrived at 4.30pm, went to Thom’s office in town for the pick-up and found out our ride was only going to come at 6.00pm cause Thom was busy. Oh well! That gave us time to explore the town a bit and have some late lunch. I never really got a chance to fully see the town anyways! I spent 99% of my time with the elephants previously.

Dao, Thom’s sister, came to bring us to the camp. So ecstatic to see familiar faces again! But there were more people that I sadly didn’t get a chance to see cause they either weren’t working anymore/ went to University.

Will do up a separate photo-post in my next update since I’ve talked about life at the elephant camp previously. Till then!


 

6 thoughts on “Bangkok – Chiang Mai – Pai

  1. So jealous! I never got to go to Chang mai or Pai when i was living in Thailand! And if you havent tried it yet – get tiger balm at 711 and put them on all your mosquito bites!! It helps sooo much! :) The tingling makes them stop itching and it also helps to heal them faster!

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    1. That’s a pity. I hope you do get a chance to go back to Thailand and explore them! It’s really beautiful and enchanting in their own ways.

      Thanks for the advice! I did get Tiger Balm, love the menthol feeling! I applied so much that one of my friends told me to stop in cause I overdose. I bought antibiotic cream in the end cause it blistered and swelled up and took too long to heal.

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      1. yeahh its the best!! hahaha and i actually got the orange kind of tiger balm first until my friends pointed out that my legs literally had orange polkadots everywhere and told me to get the clear kind lol. And yeah its actually insane how some peoples bodies react to the thailand mosquitos!! One girl in my hostel would have giantttt welts from every single one!

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      2. I find that the cause the orange one has no menthol feeling, it doesn’t seem as effective as the white one!

        I’ve had tons of bites before but the ones at the farm were really the worst I ever encountered. Really sucks!

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      3. hahaha yeah i realized that too so I definitely felt like an idiot! Yeah I bet! To be honest my worst ones were always when i went out drinking at night! I guess the mosquitos love alcohol as much as i do hahah

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