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Chiang Mai – Where New Friends Were Made

After a month in India, we were ready for quiet, calm and order. We weren’t sure if we’d get that in Thailand, but nevertheless, we boarded the plane and off we went! Our landing went rather smooth except for a teeny tiny hiccup with the exit date stamped in our passports. We just happened to get a very grumpy Immigration officer who was incredibly displeased when the three of us tried to approach her at the same time. Ok, fine! One at a time we go. She stamped the wrong date in all our passports and I knew we had to fix it before leaving the airport – overstaying in Thailand can carry a fine or even jail time. Bruce wasn’t too keen on approaching her but I insisted we take care of the issue and found another officer who took care of it without any questions. pheewww!

We landed in Bangkok but decided it would be only for transition and we wouldn’t be spending any time there. After a night at a hotel near the airport, we boarded yet another plane and headed to our destination in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai is a very popular destination for digital nomads and long-term travellers and one of our goals was to meet other families. We certainly achieved that and was the best part of our stay in this city. We spent close to three weeks here and passed our days rather lazily and absolutely loved it.

Enjoy a delicious smoothie and listening to live music

Enjoying a delicious smoothie and listening to live music

 

Accommodation

There was definitely no love here. Our apartment was cheap and in a fantastic locationย but oh boy! were we ever greeted with filth ๐Ÿ™ ย It seemed as though the place hadn’t been cleaned in weeks and thatย smell!!ย We debated looking for another apartment but in the end decided to give it a good scrub and tough it out. The price was fantastic and theย location even better. We went out and bought cleaning supplies and spent a couple of hours cleaning the place from top to bottom. Having a pool was definitely a bonus.

Ninja Canon Ball

Ninja Cannon Ball

 

New Friends

We met some incredible families here.ย Thanks to social media, we hooked up with a few families within hours of our arrival. We spent our first evening enjoying a delicious dinner at a Burmese restaurant and getting to know them. It was great for Kasm, as most of the kids happened to be around the same age and after months of spending his time with his boring parents, he could monkey around with other kids. Over our short stay in Chiang Mai, we got together with them a few times especially Eric, Penny and Cameron. We really enjoyed their company and Kasm and Cameron became good friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Burmese Dinner - We met some wonderful families that night!

Burmese Dinner – We met some wonderful families that night!

 

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Kasm & Friends

We did an outing to the Bua Thong waterfalls. Thanks Eric for organizing it! We packed five families into two Songtaews and off we went for an awesome adventure. The place is also known as the sticky waterfalls due to a mineral deposit that provides a grippy surface that allows you to climb up and down the waterfalls. The kids (and adults) had a blast climbing the falls. There may have been a few falls here and there but no major injuries ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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The crew getting ready to head to the waterfalls

 

Chiang Mai Thailand

Look at us! Riding a songtaew to the waterfalls ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Kasm climbing the waterfall

 

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I needed a little help ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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This is what kids do when there are no electronics ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Lovely Ladies I met in Chiang Mai. Harmony, Liz & Penny – Fab & Angee are missing from the picture ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

Daily Shinanigans

Our time in Chiang Mai was pretty chilled. But we did get out every day and explored the city.

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

We enjoyed some delicious food and the night markets were a lot of fun to explore.

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Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

We always manage to find used bookstores no matter where we are ๐Ÿ™‚

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

A fish spa you say?!

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It tickled just a little ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let’s not forget the skating. The boys put some funny looking (and not-so-comfy) skates on ๐Ÿ™‚

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And of course, there was the visit to the museum of the creepy crawlies. There were thousands of various insects at this place!

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

 

We loved Chiang Mai and happy to have met so many amazing families. Who knows, perhaps we’ll run into them in another corner of the world ๐Ÿ™‚

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Fun times at Cameron & Liam’s birthday party

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2 Comments

  • Reply world travel family January 8, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Nice photos! We also had a great time in Chiang Mai recently, we must have missed you by days. Meeting the Normans, such a lovely bunch, a life long friendship I feel and we were recognised almost every day, so many blog readers there! I think it’s highly likely we’ll be living there at some point this year ( year 4!) Happy travels x PS. Looks like you have the same theme as me, I switched a few days ago with great traffic improvements, I too, resorted to putting my logo in the footer.

    • Baharak Ghorbani
      Reply Baharak Ghorbani January 8, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you Alyson! We really enjoyed Chiang Mai and the new friendships were definitely the best part of it. Year 4 ! Wow, that’s pretty amazing! We still have a few more of travelling before heading home to Montreal. Perhaps we’ll cross paths somewhere ๐Ÿ™‚

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