Fly to Chang Mai
Flight: AK 762
Depart: 7.20 am
Arrive: 9.10 pm
With another early start this morning (4.00am) we caught a shuttle to the airport, checked in for our flights and headed through immigration and customs. We opted to have breakfast once we got to the departure lounge which was a huge mistake because the options were less than exciting. One disgusting cup of cofffee later and an alright donut we settled in to wait for our flight. The actual terminal in KL was really small but when we heed for our flight we had to walk quite a distance to get to where the plane was and luckily there were people guiding us because we nearly caught multiple other flights! We were not able to get seats together this time so we took our appropriate seats and the flight left. John and i had a spare seat and as we were not too tired we played some phase 10 before Rob came wandering over as he was squiched between two larger people and had no room, so being the friendly caring bunch we are we let him sit with us and our 3 hour flight went quickly by with the pack of cards.
We arrived at Chiang Mai airport and disembarked, immigration, collected our bags (kylie's had shampoo everywhere!) and customers (what a joke) before we headed off to be met by the hostel. With a lovely little sign with our names on it, we changed our aussie dollars for thai baht at AUD$1 = THB$28 meaning our AUD$200 = $5800! WAY EXCITEMENT! None of us could fit the money in our wallet we have never seen so much. We were all very excited to receive a $1000 note and left the airport with nice big grins on our faces.
The hostel arrange for transportation for us and we bundled into the back of the vehicle (basically a ute with seats in the back and a cover over it, no door. Poor Zoie wasnt paying attention and got in last and asked how to close the door only to realise (from the laugher) that there was no door. Death grip on the luggage as we arrived in our hostel.
The Hostel is really lovely and the people are so friendly and helpful. We arrived earlier tan expecte because our flight got moved foward so we all relaxed in the really cosy outdoor covered area which is also our kitchen and internet lounge. It is so peacefull and we are surrounded by trees and water and we have these little bungalow type buildings that are our rooms. We are in a mixed dorm for 8 people with airconditioning, free internet, free tea, coffee and toast all day and all at the low low price of $8 per night! EXCELLENCE!
Our trek company came to give us a briefing on the trek which starts on sunday and then we put our stuff in our room, talkled about what we were going to do and booked a few things. After a few beers (at 11am!) we headed down the road for lunch. Lunch was at this awsome little cafe type place but everything is open air here and they had made a little garden with quaint little white seats and tables but all the food was in thai so we couldnt understand what we were ordering. Ammusement all round as we tried to ask for beef, but alas Jesse got pork and the rest of us got Chicken! We still have NO idea what it was but damn it was awsome and so fresh. We are loving the food!
After lunch we got collected from the hostel and taken to a massage palour where we all got 2 hour long massages and hot compresses. The massage palour is run by reformed prisioners trying to earn a respectable living and it was so fantastic. For $17 AUD we got 2 hour massages and they pick us up and dropped us back.
We returned to the hotel nice and relaxed, again drank some beer which is ridiculously cheap $30 THB = $1.05 for 6% alcoholic beer in a can! LOVING IT! After beers we headed to the night bazar for some shopping and to get some supplies for our trek. We didnt realise it would be so cold so we needed to find some warm stuff. All of us bought stuff but the only thing that is warm is possibly Zoie & My Scarves - the rest was just shopping! Shopping at markets lesson learnt!
We had some dinner, just maccas cause we were tired and hungary and couldnt decide on anything else, and then caught the truck taxi thing back to our hostel - or that was the plan. After numerous arguing we ended up walking about 1km home as he had no idea where we were staying and we got cranky. The rest of the night was showers and bed as we were all exhausted!