Started the day with our second great breakfast here. Erica got chatting to an interesting lady called Sylvia who is here with her husband Bill getting dental work done. They are from Forster Tuncurry in Australia and have always travelled. She was a kindred spirit and we exchanged stories for an hour or so. One of the most interesting things she said was the toilets on the trains across the Silk Road are now clean! We had never attempted that trip for fear of the filthy squat toilets one used to have to share for days.
We set of by Tuk Tuk to The 99 Gallery Hotel in the Old Town. Erica had picked it as the best for a 3 week stay as it is in the middle, modern and easy to radiate out from. It appeared to be booked out on the web so we thought let’s just turn up and see.
The staff were delightful and welcoming and all had smiles. Erica explained we wanted a 3 week stay and that we were very poor. They got a lovely young man called Non to attend to our request and after phoning someone he offered us a great rate for the 3 weeks for a ground floor room. He showed us the room which is compact but very stylish and will suit us fine.
We had explained that we write for Planet Boomer and maybe that was a help in getting into this great value modern hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai. The Hotel has suites on higher floor and great public areas which we will be using.
Leaving The 99 Gallery Hotel we wandered through the old Town and stopped for a freshly made Fruit Shake at a roadside stall. We had mango, banana and passion ones and they were sensational! The lady even topped us up with a bit extra after we had drunk some. Cost 30Baht each or $1.15 each.
Decided to explore further and walk back to The Baan Orapin. After a couple of hour in 35°C heat we realised we were lost and a kind lady in a shop explained on our map were we were. We had gone in the opposite direction and starting to fade we opted for a Tuk Tuk home.
This TukTuk was pretty old and tired and piloted by a very young lad. He drove pretty aggressively and eventually shunted the back of a 4 wheel Drive Ute and his mudguard attached us to her bumper bar. Fortunately the ute was stopped as we had visions of being dragged along at high speed stuck to the back of the ute. He managed to extricate himself from the bumper bar and the female driver got out to inspect the damage. Our trip was over and we knew where we were so paid the driver and left him with his accident.
Spotted an overloaded taxi truck and a scooter with 2 kids and an adult on it. Transport Chiang Mai Style!
Happy to arrive home and have a cool shower.