February, 7, 2014
Our last breakfast in Chiang Mai. Hard to say goodbye to wonderful Pepsi who had more energy than a battery and Opas who arranged so many of our days for us. Settled our hotel bill. If you pay cash the hotel will give you a 10% discount.
All too soon the driver (same guy from 2/4) is here to take us to the bus station. Cost 150 baht. At the bus station I withdraw another 10000 baht from the ATM. I know I'll need money to pay Jermsak. The bus station has vendors where you can buy last minute things like T shirts, postcards and also food. There's even an information table on Greenpeace. According to our tickets we will board at platform 21.
|Our driver's nice car|
|Our bus will continue to Chang San after arriving in Chiang Rai|
|Chiang Mai bus station|
|There's double decker buses too|
The GREEN BUS is here for our 10:15 am departure. We have seats 2B and 2C. They are roomy and comfortable. They recline and have seat belts. A/C working fine. There's a hostess who gives each passenger a bottle of water and a bread bun with some kind of filling inside. Then we get a towelette to use for cleaning up. Passing scenery is ok but it's hard to get any good pictures from a moving bus. We arrive in Chiang Rai at 1:15 pm so it takes around 3 hrs. from Chiang Mai. Not too bad. No problem getting a taxi to our hotel. Cost 100 baht.
|Lots of storage|
|Hair dryer, mini fridge, coffee/tea supplies|
|Pool and jacuzzi/spa|
|Here you can see the row of double unit bungalows|
We have Reception call for a tuk tuk to take us into town for dinner. DA VINCI has gotten pretty good reviews so that's where we are headed. Cost of tuk tuk there 80 baht. I read that the lasgna was supposed to be good so I order that. My husband orders a Greek salad-at an Italian restaurant! However, he has the last laugh as my lasagna falls short. The pasta is overcooked and there's way too much cheese. My husband says his salad is great. Cost 750 baht for a disappointing meal-for me at least.
|Chiang Rai bus station|
|This is where I bought my grandson's T shirt|