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.
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.
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.
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.