When i was sitting outside in the steps of my hotel in Bangkok, the local taxi chaps said : get out of Bangkok, ther's nothing here.
Yes indeed, the cosmopolitan megacity had just malls n shops n crowded tourist spots like few temples and palace etc. To get some fresh air and to see real Thailand one has to move north to Isaan.
So after i was done with half day city and temple tour with stopover at souvenior n gems/ jewellery shop, walked into a travel agency for a Chiangmai - Sukhothai - Ayutthaya trip. A 5 nights trip with bus transit was bought.
So early next morning to my surprise a pajero came over to drop me to the bus stand. I was the lone passenger as it made its way out of the early hours Bangkok traffic to Northern bus terminus. Here all the seats got filled and i got a ticket against my baggege. Being from India, i found the highways to be 100 times better and the traffic well behaved. All throughout we did not pass through any crowded places as all small towns were by passed, saving time.
Most petrol pumps were having a cafeteria of sort on way with wide parking bay. But as we proceeded further north it was more countryside less concreate. At some point along the route, the bus stopped for a pre paid lunch break. The young hostess girl told me about the free meal and later waved at me when i was still standing outside and the bus ready to leave. It was a simple rice vegetables and chicken meal but very tasty and filling.
As the last leg of our journey began, they put on a Thai comedy and i enjoyed it a lot despite the language. After a while the body gave up and i woke up only when the bus stopped at Chiangmai stand.
Here a jolly fellow Ken was waiting for me with a mini van and took me straight to Star hotel, my bed and breakfast for the next three nights. It was raining heavyily that night so after freshning up i had dinner at the hotel restaurent downstairs. I was dissapointed with the alloted room but for the night stayed with a room with no view. The rooms were not much and looked dated and smelt damp. But as i only came just to sleep at night it was ok but got myself shifted to another with a view of the neighbourhood.
The restaurent food was however exceptionally good both dinner and breakfast. I mostly has chow and gravvy rice with chicken plus juice and fruits.
The whole day here was spent sightseeing, but in the early morning and late evening i did walk around the neighbourhood and loved the peaceful place. One morning visited a locality shrine and talked to some lovely elderly ladies who were happy to meet a pi nong from Assam.
Did visit the Lao border at golden triangle point and Shanland border at Mae Sai and ofcourse Doi Suthep and highest point etc.
Travelling along a new group of people was fun and enjoyed the speed boat ride on the Mekong to walk on Laotian land.
And once the day was over and a bit of rest taken, roaming around aimlessly in night market became the routine. Did buy a few knick knacks here though, so the other group members used to say big buyer.
Towards the end even though i wanted to extend my stay second time, rooms were not available and they weren't able to postpone onward stay dates at Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, so with a heavy heart i bid farewell to the Northern city.
But not before having a look at elephant football and painting. Here i met an elderly south Indian lady and chatted. Its always nice to meet a countymen abroad.
Anyways given the option, i would not mind staying at this property once more as long as they have refurbished the interiors and furnishings, specially the hard bed. But my full marks to the restaurent staff and reception guys for their hospitality.
And special thanks to Ken for being such a sport.
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