Last morning at The Baan Orapin. We have really enjoyed our 7 day stay in this tranquil oasis. Wandered down the street for a last look at the Elephant shop with its brightly painted elephants. It is a Save the Elephant organisation and you can buy a small Elephant there and paint it yourself. Well worth a look if in Chiang Mai. Many other smart shops in the street.
Walked through Wat Kate to the 137 Pillars House Boutique Hotel. This would have been our choice if we still had money! Restored 1889 Teak building surrounded by 30 beautiful suites on 5 acres. We managed to get a guided tour and it was breath taking! The landscaping, pool and the Restaurant that is open to the public were all so tasteful. Listed as Small Luxury Hotels of The World. Costs from 12,350 Baht or $475 Australian up to 27,500Bht or $1057 Australian. To put that in perspective we are just around the corner where a Junior Suite (that we have been in) costs 2400Bht off season or $92.30 Australian (10% off for cash). We can recommend either of the above depending on the size of your wallet. After this Pensioner/retiree budget blow out we are off to 99Gallery in the Moated City where prices are considerably cheaper allowing us more money for living!
Took Taxi to new home cost 200Baht or $7.70Australian. Was good value as we checked out a Tuk Tuk for size and figured even if we could get aboard with two cases and a carry-on bag we might lose them at the first sharp corner! Have spotted people travelling by Tuk Tuk with luggage and they all looked very stressed by the experience. Settling in to new home well. It is a modern Hotel and even has 66 TV Channels. Its position makes it a great spot to explore the old moated Town.