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Thailand: Chiang Mai, Part I

Thailand: Chiang Mai, Part I

My journey to Chiang Mai began at the Mo Chit Bus Station, in Bangkok. A series of kiosks line the inside and outside of the bus station, deciphering between the correct window can be a bit confusing. With help from many, I was able to find my departure location and proceeded to load the coach.

The bus was comfortable and offered more amenities than I had expected. We made several stops during the 12-hour ride, I awoke only for several moments and then quietly dozed off. Half a day later, we made it, we were in Chiang Mai. At 7AM there was not much to do in this sleepy, rainy city. We walked around until we saw a lively store front. Ah, coffee at last! We spent just enough time consuming copious amounts of caffeine before we were able to check into our respective hotels and hostels. 

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Baan Mek Hostel is located in the Nimman area of Chiang Mai, a trendy and modern part of the city. For $13 USD you get your own space with Shoji doors, a side table and outlets. The space is small, but perfect for those who prefer privacy.

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I quickly settled in and began exploring my surroundings. The first stop was food, of course. I stopped by The Salad Concept for a healthy and filling meal. After several days of airline meals and junk food, it was just what I needed. I spent the majority of my day wandering the sois--or side streets of Nimmhaemin Rd and putting together a loose itinerary of my time in Chiang Mai. 

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After 4 full days of exploring and attempting to acclimate to a 14 hour time difference, my body begged me for rest. I headed back to my hostel, curled up and fell asleep to the sound of rain.  

Thailand: Chiang Mai, Part II

Thailand: Chiang Mai, Part II

Thailand: Bangkok

Thailand: Bangkok

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