From the airport we headed out to meet up with some other Peace Corps friends Justin and Marlo who live and work in Bangkok. We rode the airport train for 35B each into the city and then had to transfer to another equally nice train for 25B to get to our friends house. Once we got off the train and down to the street we were surprised to see a plethora of gem and Buddha relic hawkers. They were everywhere and busy with patrons looking at relics with those diamond magnifiers to see if they were legit. ...I'm guessing not... We got a taxi which took us just the few final blocks to our friends house because we didn't want to get lost, it was pricey at 100B without the meter (we had already let a few cabs go because they refused to turn it on).
We got a nice lunch with out friends for the low price of 50B including Thai coffee which is ridiculously sweet and delicious. If you don't drink coffee now, start and get used so you can appreciate how amazing it is in Thailand. We had dinner one their roof with some well welcomed Leo beer instead of the red horse or san miguel we had been drinking for two years!
|View from our friends rooftop patio in Bangkok|
|The entrance to our first guest house in Chiang Mai|
We took a very quick taxi to the bus station at Mo Chit to buy our tickets to Chiang Mai ahead of time. Mo Chit is the bus station to use when going north and tickets to Chiang Mai cost 657B per person which included drinks and snacks. The buses were very nice and room with chairs that vibrated. The bus was overnight to Chiang Mai so we got to sleep most of the way. We left at about 8 pm and arrived early the next morning at about 6am.
|Buying tickets up to Chiang Mai|
|Double decker bus to Chiang Mai|
|Plenty of leg room!|