Chiang Mai Part 3 {Thailand- Day 2: Morning}

We’re so terrible at sleeping in…

When we booked our return flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, we booked the earliest we could get, and because we booked so last minute, that was 15:25. I figured it would be okay because after all of the travel and the excitement of the festival, we’d be dead on our feet. Our plan was to sleep until around 9 or 10, but after getting no more than 4 consecutive hours of sleep for the past several days, we woke up before 7 😱!

Turns out, most hotels around here include a breakfast, and the meal at @Chiang Mai Hotel was pretty delicious! After eating, we wandered around the city, no destination in mind, just seeing the temples. We did try to get a smoothie, but everywhere we walked past was closed!

While wandering, we found a Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institute! Back home, I’m a federal criminal defense attorney and have been to more than a handful of prisons, I wish we had clients in facilities like these. The rainbow sign welcomes visitors to their vocational training center where women are trained in “traditional Thai massage, spa and food and beverage services.”

We also took advantage of our adorable hotel to relax poolside for a little while and enjoyed the fairy garden.

The rocky edge & cool water of the pool felt amazing on my feet (but kyle’s socked feet at the best!)

For lunch, we went to an apparently famous roast chicken place called “SP Chicken”

1/2 rotisserie chicken, papaya salad, & delicious pork ribs (which were so good, I ate them before we could snap a pic 😳)
Gotta love finding Sprite (& other pops) in foreign languages 💕

Then it was time to check out from the hotel. Kyle finally got his sticky rice & mango! (I just ordered one while mango)

After 1.5 perfect days in Chiang Mai, we treated ourselves to Mai-Tais and Piña Coladas on our way back to the airport to catch our flight to Bangkok.

And now, we’re headed back to Bangkok and we got word that our lost packs are waiting for us at the hotel– YAY!! Check back in to follow our adventures in Bangkok.

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Chiang Mai (Thailand- Day 1: Morning)

What a day, what a day! We landed around 7:30 this morning and instantly caught a “Grab” (like Uber) to our hotel (@ Chiang Mai Hotel- highly recommend). The ride was smooth and it gave us good practice learning how to communicate with the locals.

Without any luggage, we didn’t need to go to the hotel, but thought it was worth a shot to see if we could get in super early. No dice, but the folks were super nice and said we could still get in by 11.

Instead, we ventured off to find breakfast at Angel’s Secrets Cafe…

First food in #ChiangMai! A handmade buttered croissant and fruit smoothie from #AngelsSecretsCafe. The smells coming from the kitchen are as heavenly as the name suggests 😇. But the real star here is the fruit spread next to the butter, it is some kind of passion fruit mixed with another fruit that is incredibly delicious!Next Stop:

Wandering around markets! (I love shopping & Kyle actually had a good time too!)

So the airline lost our checked luggage (at least it didn’t make it to Bangkok and they don’t know where it missed the connection), so we had to leave for Chiang Mai without it. Thankfully we had a few essentials (fresh underwear, toothbrushes, and ibuprofen) in our carry-on packs, so we trekked on without. Honestly, it was a good thing! Lugging those packs for such a short jump would have been a bit annoying and this way, we got to buy some sweet #ElephantPants!! (Along with 2 shirts for Kyle, a tank & purse for me, sun block, and toothpaste. All of this totaled less than $30USD)

I think I’ve mentioned this, but if not, this trip was inspired by Phil Rosenthal’s (creator of Everybody Loves Raymond) trip to Thailand during the first season of his Netflix show “Somebody Feed Phil.” We’re trying to see how many of the same places we can check out.

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Khan Soi from the same restaurant that @phil.rosenthal are at in his #NetflixAndPhil show #SomebodyFeedPhil. {{Thank you for inspiring this trip, Phil!!}}

I think Kyle’s expression says it all 🥰

Finally, we made our way back to the hotel for a much needed nap, making sure to take pictures of every adorable elephant statue & grab a smoothie on the way.

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