Beginning of my Journey!
Britt and I in the airport waiting to check in.
Our flight path from Brisbane to Singapore.
The first day of our travel from Brisbane to Singapore went pretty smoothly until we got to our hostel, which was very nice by the way. When we walked in for our reservations they told us that there was no reservation for that night, only a reservation on our trip back through Singapore. We were both tired and already so fed up with STA Travel (our travel agent) at this point, it was just not good. The man at the front desk let us stay there and said he would try to contact STA because we already paid for our stay and were not about to pay again!!
The hostel we stayed at, The Hangout.
I knew we were in Asia once I sat down on the toilet… my feet stuck out of the bathroom stall… and I am about 5 ft tall.
When we woke up the next morning they never said anything to us so we just left not wanting to mess with anything! We left at 4:30am in a taxi to the airport. At the airport, in Singapore, everything went smoothly… but then we landed in Bangkok. When we were looking for our flight to check in and re-check our baggage we got the pleasant news that the airport we fly out of is an hour away! Crazy right? Well good thing that our flight out of Bangkok got delayed two hours before we even left Australia! The ladies at the information desk was super helpful and told us where to go to catch the free shuttle to the other airport I was so happy we didn’t have to take a taxi for an hour!
On the shuttle
This shuttle ride was very interesting for the portion of it that I was awake 😉 Cars and mopeds don’t really follow any line system or anything. I was so surprised that we and nobody around us got in an accident! Anyways we got to the airport and had to wait in the longest line of my life to check in and check our luggage! After we checked our luggage we still had 2 hours before our flight took off, great timing. So we got some Thai food! Yum!!!
Our flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai went great! It was very short, a little over an hour. We landed and we were both so happy to see a man with a sheet of paper that said my name on it!!! This man drove us from the airport to our very nice hotel
PS the airport was full of real orchids (my favorite flower)!!! It was like a calming welcome
Once we settled in we walked around Chiang Mai for a little while before we met our guide. This is a picture of Britt at one of the pubs we stopped at for a cool drink.
When we met our guide and went over our itinerary we also met the other ladies that were to join us on our trek. Three girls from Norway and three girls from Germany. They are all super nice!
Here are some pictures of our very nice hotel – Mandala House
During our meeting with our guide we soon came to realize that we had to CARRY all of our luggage. Brittany and I specifically asked our travel agent two separate times if there was any chance of us carrying our baggage and they said no!! Well that was that and we had to, along with the girls from Norway , go buy backpacks. This was a fun experience because we had to bargain and they were so excited for our business! So we got knock off backpackers packs for 580 baht, which us around 20 bucks! Worked for us!!!
That night we went to bed once we got home, but I did not get a very good night sleep because I got sick! It sucked so bad! I think I got it from drinking pop with ice cubes, plus I accidentally brushed my teeth with water from the focet. :/ not fun!