Monday, February 11, 2013

SE Asia day 3 - Chiang Mai day 1: and so this is massage

Chiang Mai is getting a reputation as an adventure capital of northern Thailand. i would have to agree. since we got here, we have been going full board, which is why no posts.


After 17.5 hours on the train as second class citizens, with no sleep, we finally arrived Chiang Mai.

I was expecting cool weather because of it's northern location and mountains. Nu-uh. Hot and humid.

Chiang Mai is a city of about 180,000 people and 180,000 scooters. Well, I don't really know, but it seemed like it. Scooters everywhere! One thing I wanted to do on this trip was have a taxi ride in a tuk tuk. We got one from the train station to our hotel. It was fast, stinky with exhaust, and fun.

Two videos of the calmer parts of the ride.


We arrived Manee House hotel. A nice place with even nicer people running it. The woman in pink in the following photo is Amy, the super friendly and helpful manager.



Speaking of friendly and helpful, I would have to say that is the absolute coolest thing about Thailand. The Thais are all really genuinely nice and helpful. They will go out of their way to make shire you are not lost on the street and that you have everything you need. I got no sense of scam really anywhere so far.


Our room was basic and clean. The beds were very firm, but I was so wiped out, I didn't care.


I love space saving design of a shower right there by the toilet. No curtain needed.


We walked around the neighborhood a bit after a brief nap. Then we went out and got some Thai food for dinner and, upon Drew's insistence, went for a massage.


Shoes off at the door...


Then they wash your feet with limes. Ten we changed into these blousey pants and a shirt and a small woman turned us into pretzels! I had never had a Thai massage before; it was uber fabulous. In Thai massage, the therapist uses her feet and arms to leverage your body against itself. The result is a whole body feeling. It was grand.


We also got pedicures after that. My poor feet needed it.


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