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A week ago we left Chiang Mai for Ayutthaya. It was torture at first because the train was due to leave at 5:45AM and we had to ride our bikes to the station. We made it by 5:20 only to … Continue reading
Chiang Mai must be the easiest place in the world for the expat. There is everything for the westerner such as a variety of ethnic restaurants, endless guesthouses and hotels, live NHL games at an Irish pub, and an easy going pace that suits everyone. If it seems too western, though, you don’t have to go far to be right back in Thailand. Turn down a lane and you’ll find stores with only Thai script on their signs and houses where the locals live. In the nearby countryside to the west is a mountain range and to the east are the greenest fields you can imagine, growing rice year round due to irrigation. Then, of course, there are the over 300 temples (wats) with some ruins dating back to the beginnings of the city in the 13th century.
We grew roots here in Chiang Mai, staying for two months rather than our planned one month. I’ll miss it when we leave.